March 12, 2021

Being a morning person sounds great, right? Get a quick workout in, drink your coffee uninterrupted in peace, and have some calm “me” time before you start your day. Who wouldn’t love that? So you enthusiastically set your alarm for an hour earlier than usual, excited to become one of those morning people who have it all together. Then your alarm jolts you out of your peaceful sleep and you just can’t bring yourself to crawl out of your warm bed.

How to become a morning person when you really aren't one

Instead of giving up on your dream of being a morning person, check out these tips to help you become a morning person (when you really aren’t one).

Start With Baby Steps

If your goal is to wake up an hour earlier in the morning, don’t make that big of a change all at once. Trust me, your body will resist! Instead, work your way up to your goal a little each day. Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier for one week, then another 15 minutes earlier the next week. In a month you would meet your goal of getting up an hour earlier without even realizing you're doing it.

Prep The Night Before

Are your mornings rushed and unorganized? If you spend your mornings running around getting yourself and the kids ready, packing lunches, eating breakfast, and running out the door to make it to school/work on time then it is time to try something new.

Instead of waiting until morning to get everything ready for the day, prepare everything you can the night before. Have everyone’s outfits picked out. Pack lunches and backpacks before bed. Have your bag or purse by the door ready to go with your to-do list for the day. Have a plan for breakfast before you wake up so you’re not scrambling.

Starting your day off chaotic will only make the rest of your day feel crazy too. Prepping what you can the night before will help your whole day run smoothly.

How to become a morning person when you really aren't one

Get Plenty of Sleep

This is kind of a no-brainer. If you’re not getting enough sleep then your body won’t be able to function and you’ll never be a morning person. Give your body the kind of sleep it needs, at least 7-8 hours.

Do Not Hit Snooze

I know, it’s so tempting to give yourself a few extra minutes of sleep in your warm and comfy bed, but don’t fall into that trap! Hitting the snooze button might feel good for about five minutes, but in the end, you just end up feeling more tired.

If you just can’t seem to stay away from the snooze button, try putting your alarm across the room on a dresser or shelf. That way, you have to physically get up to turn it off. Instead of waking up to that jarring, buzzing alarm sound, try waking up to music instead. Whether it’s a sweet country ballad or some hardcore rock music, waking up to music that puts you in a good mood will help get you get moving quicker in the morning.

How to become a morning person when you really aren't one

Shine Natural Light

The best way to signal your brain that it’s time to start your day is by shining some natural light in your home. Open the curtains wide and fill your space with some of that golden sunlight. Your body will thank you for it.

Drink Some Water

Before you eat or drink anything else in the morning you should down a nice cold glass of H2O. Not only will it give your body the hydration it needs after sleeping for eight hours, but it will also give you a boost of energy and make you more alert.

Get Your Blood Pumping

Moving your body first thing in the morning will get your blood pumping and wake your body up. Get in a quick yoga session, take a walk around the block or even a quick dance party with your kids. It doesn’t really matter what kind of movement you do, just get your body moving!

How to become a morning person when you really aren't one

Stay Consistent

Like any other habit, consistency is key to making it stick. Waking up at the same time every single day - yes, even on the weekends - is vital if you want to become a morning person. Getting up early will be hard at first but your body will adapt to the pattern and eventually it will be automatic.

Becoming a morning person doesn’t have to be a far-off fantasy. If you start slow and stay consistent you will be a morning person before you know it.

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