Okay, I can admit, I like sleep. The warmth of my bed. The coolness of my pillow. The relaxation. It all feels great. But I hardly ever have time to luxuriate in the bed because things need to get done and there's no productivity when you're stuck in bed all day. Becoming a morning person is something I was [forced] into; with a two-hour commute, a side hustle, and morning spiritual practice, waking up at 7 am just doesn't cut it, so I had to [slowly] condition myself to wake up at 5 am. It's not fun, but with consistency and a routine, you can do it. But how when you're not a morning person?
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I. Establish a nighttime routine
The trick to becoming a morning person is to plan your morning the night before. If you're a 9-to-5er, get all your work stuff together the night before; breakfast, lunch, outfit, pack your bag, along with your keys, anything you would do in the morning, do it the night before. Doing this reduces a lot of running around in the morning and helps reduce stress; it will also open time for you to work on your side hustle or practice self-care before heading off to work. Since creating a nightly routine, I've been able to develop a spiritual practice every morning where I meditate for ten minutes and read a daily affirmation; this has helped with my anxiety and has given me extra time to work on my goals.
II. Create a sleep sanctuary
Your bedroom should feel like a sanctuary, a place where you feel like you can escape; this means no screens (phone or TV) and no eating in your bedroom; anything outside of sleep should be done outside of the bedroom. If this sounds too dramatic, think of ways you're able to create a peaceful place for you to get a good night’s rest. Because our brains need help transitioning, consider eliminating screen time one hour before bed; put your phone down and turn off the TV, if it's a must that you have the TV on, consider reducing the brightness and I encourage you to watch something light. I've made it a point to not use my phone one hour before bed and one hour after waking up, and avoid touching it while I'm in bed.
III. Get up the same time every day
You know that minute you wake up right before your alarm clock goes off, that's your internal clock waking you up; when that happens, get out of bed. Don't press snooze. Don't reset your alarm. Get up! Eventually, you won't need your alarm clock, and your body will begin waking you up. In the meantime, set your alarm clock every day for the same time; doing this will create consistency and eventually your internal clock will start waking you up. On the weekends, avoid sleeping in as this can throw off the schedule you're trying to create.
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IV. Get moving
Getting out of bed in the morning is the hardest thing to do, but the minute you wake up, get out of bed and get moving. If you allow yourself to wallow in the grogginess, your body will carry that energy throughout the day. Since you've now created a tranquil space in your bedroom, skip the scrolling through Twitter or your emails when you wake up, and move yourself to another room to get your body moving. If you have the opportunity, expose yourself to natural light; this helps to stimulate energy. Because I keep my phone away from the bed, it forces me to get out of bed to turn the alarm off; once I'm out, I stay out of bed and leave the bedroom; this forces me to get my day started with or without the energy to do so.
V. Have something to look forward to
Let's face it, most of us don't look forward to going to work, but it is our responsibility to set up activities, goals, and work we can look forward to. I encourage you to plan your week so you can set up things to look forward to; whether it be dinner with friends or a weekend getaway; give yourself reasons to hop-out-of-bed. I remember being told by a mentor, "if you're living for the weekend or vacation, you're not [really] living;" these words have remained, and I make it a point to plan something to look forward to weekly.
Once you're able to start your day earlier, the extra time is yours, and the more you do it, the easier it is to become a morning person. Mornings are hard, especially when you're winging it daily, but with a proper routine, consistency, and a moment of stillness, you'll be off to becoming the morning person you thought you'd never be.
As you enjoy your cup of coffee in the morning, write down five things you're thankful for and what you can accomplish for the day; this will also help you get your day started in a positive way. Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired.