Are you a Night owl as me? No problem. Getting up early has so many benefits! You’ll be able to fit more into your day than you ever imagined possible and being up that early is gratifying and beautiful.
Here are some ways to improve Monday morning Blues so getting up early can be made easier for you, especially if you are not naturally a morning person.
See here for more on a healthy work life balance.
Slash an Hour From Your Day
If you want to wake up earlier, trim down those evening obligations. We typically overestimate how much available time we have and take on projects that we have no business committing to. For the sake of decompressing your day, assume you have one less hour in the evenings (to be set aside for a wind down period) a say no to things that infringe on that time.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
For a few hours before bedtime as they can interfere with the critical sleep stage known as REM, when dreaming occurs and cells are restored.
Keep your bedroom cool
and calm and this may sounds difficult – switch off electronics 1 hour before sleeping to help you settle down.
Try to set the alarm clock for the same time every morning—including weekends. A constant wakeup call may make it progressively easier to jump out of bed.
If it’s dark when you want to wake up – say 5 a.m., for example – you can fool your brain into thinking the sun is up by using bright indoor lights.
Don’t rush and Wake up slow
Set some relaxing music on the radio to switch on 15 minutes before you need to wake up. This will ensure your mind is gently stimulated before you actually need to get out of bed.
Don’t skip breakfast
The most important meal of the day, breakfast, is something you should never skip. Never swap your breakfast for a black coffee. Your breakfast must be healthy and it must consist of whole grains, protein, and colorful fruit and vegetables. You can try a bowl of hot porridge or yogurt with your favourite fruits.
Set up a morning routine with things that you need to get done
so that when you do successfully get up early, you feel really productive and want to do it again.
Exercise when the sun comes up
Try to have an early morning workout routine. Exercise will definitely boost your energy for the rest of the day and your body and mind will be thankful + Research has shown that exercising before breakfast burns more fat calories and results in more weight loss than exercising after breakfast.
While these tips may not work for everyone, they may help make your mornings more bearable and your evenings more relaxing.
What is your best tip for learning to be a morning person?
Rise and Shine!