I used to wake up feeling super rushed and anxious for the day because I didn’t leave any time for myself between sleep and work. I would snooze through my alarm clock, and leave just enough time to get washed up and changed before making a quick coffee-to-go. I can now confidently say that having a morning routine and time for myself has changed my life.
Here are 5 ways to become a morning person:
- Go to bed earlier
Waking up earlier starts the night before! A healthy beauty sleep should be at least 7 hours. Try settling into bed 30 minutes earlier than usual and be consistent. Try to avoid screen time for at least 30 minutes before bed.
- Have a set bedtime and wake up time
Creating a routine can’t be random. Having a set bedtime (i.e 10:30pm) and wake up time (i.e 6:30am) will train your body to become accustomed to your new sleep schedule. Overtime, you may not even need an alarm clock because of your mental alarm clock!
- Drink a glass of water when you wake up
We wake up dehydrated, so it’s important to hydrate right away. I don’t allow myself to even sip my coffee until I chug a full glass of room temperature water. It makes me feel alert, and powers up my brain!I remember drinking water used to be a struggle and now I am so used to it!
- Savour your coffee + practice gratitude
I highly recommend taking 5-10 minutes to savour your coffee or tea at home, and take time to reflect. I like to think about 3 things that I’m grateful for. This is an easy practice that sets the tone for a positive day. Bonus points if you want to light a candle, diffuse some oils and play zen music
- Move your body
If you’re able to, I 100% recommend moving your body first thing in the morning ( yoga, walk, weights, run, pilates, spin, etc.) If you’re not able to commit to a morning workout, I would still challenge yourself to do something small! Yup, that’s right, now you can’t say you don’t have time! (10 jumping jacks, 1 minute plank, 10 push ups, you catch my drift!)
Something I’m committing to is 10 push ups before 9am. I know this doesn’t seem like much, but committing to something small and actually following through feels very gratifying. Plus, often it’s that little push that will inspire you to continue working out and moving on to bigger or longer workouts. Baby steps! Always remember – movement releases endorphins = the feel good hormones!
I’d love to hear from you guys! Are you a morning person? Do you struggle with mornings? Comment below! XOXO