For the past couple of weeks I've been implementing habits to become more of a morning person. I would generally class myself as a morning person as I don't often lie in past 8:30am/9am however with the time I was waking up at I felt groggy and unproductive. So I changed this. Now I wake up between the hours of 6/6:30am and feel so much better for it! Here's how...
1) Consistent Bed and Wake Up Time -
Having a routine for when you go to sleep and when you wake up is so key in keeping a habit up and staying consistent. If you start to fluctuate your bedtime and get shorter amounts of sleep on one night or longer the next it's more likely that you'll end up lying in or not feeling refresh. To help with keeping to a good bed and wake up time, try working out your optimum sleep time. This is the amount of time your body needs in order to feel refreshed and restored ready for the next day. Once you work out this, work backwards from the time you want to wake up and this will be your new bedtime.
2) Have a Plan -
It's all well and good saying you're going to wake up at 6am but if you don't have a reason or plan as to why you're getting up at that time then you're more likely to hit the pillow again. The night before (or week before), I like to plan out my day and what I will be doing each morning. This allows for me to have a clear prospective on my tasks and why I want to get up early.
3) Don't Delay -
When that alarm goes off don't sit around and contemplate getting up or shutting your eyes for another 5 mins. As soon as your alarm goes off, get up and make your bed. This will prevent you from staying in it any longer and also wake you up a little bit to signal it's the start of the day. The more you allow yourself to think about getting up the more you'll start procrastinating and thinking of all the reasons why you don't want to get up.
4) Set Alarm Far Away -
Following on from the above, I have found putting my phone at the other end of the room really useful for getting myself up. It is so easy if your alarm is next to your bed to turn it off and roll back over. Therefore, putting your alarm somewhere out of reach will force you up and make your feel a bit more awake.
5) How Will You Feel -
Lastly, think about how you will feel if you don't get up as planned and conquer your morning. Will you feel pleased because you're actually really tired that morning? Or will you feel guilty and annoyed at yourself that you didn't just get up and be productive? Thinking about how you will feel if you don't get up with make you more likely to get up as you don't want to be feeling guilty or unproductive throughout the day.
And there you have 5 tips to help you become more of a morning person. I hope you have found these tips useful? Let me know in the comments if you have any further suggestions to becoming a morning person.
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