Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Well, here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!
- Create a morning schedule. Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each. Then stick with it. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do. I used to think I was a night owl until I made myself become a morning person.
Honestly, the hardest part about it is getting out of bed. Once you’re out, just go through the motions without thinking about it and the next thing you’ll know is you’re already heading out the door for a walk or workout!
- Let the light in. Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain it’s time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light. This one from Amazon is great and affordable! Many people who live in parts of the world where daylight is lacking have these types of lamps.
- Prep and eat breakfast. Although there are many of us who chose to skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. However, be sure to listen to your body and don’t force yourself to eat if you really aren’t hungry. Give your body time to wake up with you. You just don’t want your first meal to be lunch at 2pm when you’ve been up since 5:30am. Try prepping protein-focused meals the night before, grab a yogurt or some fruits and it’ll make getting breakfast together less hectic!
- Get your body moving. Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30am spin class, getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction. You also won’t have any excuses later in the day for missing your workout because you already knocked it out. I personally go to barre classes every morning at 6:15am at The Bar Method. Finding a workout you love doing will also help in getting you out of bed early!
- Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favorite book or listening to one, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions. However, avoid looking at emails and social media first thing since it can cause some unwanted stress from anything you missed while you were catching some z’s.