Becoming a Morning Person: 10 steps to start the day
It’s 8 AM. Are you up and at ’em, or still firmly in bed, dreaming of becoming a morning person? I’ve got ten actionable steps to help you beat the sandman, tackle the day bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and trick yourself into believing that it’s fun.
Becoming a morning person in 10 simple (but not easy) steps
Start by getting enough rest. If you aspire to wake up with the sun, do your best to be in bed early. Sleep is essential. Though waking up early will give you more time in the daylight, it doesn’t mean you should be getting less sleep. If you do know you need to get more sleep one night, go to bed earlier, rather than sleeping in later.
2. Wake up to something fun!
Want to know what’s made becoming a morning person easier for me? I recently started setting my alarm to my new favorite jam. I let the song play while I get out of bed and shake out my bedhead. Not only is it something fun to wake up to it, but it has also helped me with my third step.
3. DO NOT SNOOZE!
I am the self-proclaimed queen of the snooze button. I am a professional at getting back into bed and going back to sleep – even after following the rest of this list. This takes some mental strength to accomplish, but you can do it! I believe in you!
Watch Mel Robbins’s powerful Ted Talk where she talks about exactly how much energy it takes to get out of bed in the morning (and how to stop screwing yourself over).
4. Have a reason!
Before you hit that snooze button, consider why you are waking up early in the first place. What do you want to accomplish today? As the great Jim Rohn said, “We all suffer one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” This quote rings loudly in my head as soon as my alarm goes off, but I will admit it: I’m human. I love my sleep.
5. Stretch before your feet touch the ground!
Picture this: it’s early in the morning, your favorite song is playing, and you curl up in a ball, holding your legs, breathe in deep, then release and stretch your limbs as far as they will go. Great! Now pop out of bed with a big, bright smile on your face and conquer the day!
And they’re off!
6. Drink Water ASAP!
Now that you’re vertical, drink a glass of water! After all, you have gone 6 to 8 hours without it. Drinking water as soon as you wake up will help with grogginess and fatigue and even boost your metabolism! Glug glug!
7. Lighten up your morning!
Try throwing open your curtains and basking in the morning light! This will help your body know that it’s daytime – time to be up!
8. Make your bed!
I love leaving my room with a well made bed and my pillows in their perfect spot! Something about a put-together bed says put-together person and that you are ready for the day! It also keeps you from crawling back into bed.
Try some light exercises before breakfast. I enjoy yoga, in particular, in the morning. Nothing fancy, but it puts me in a great mood! Get started with sun salutations!
10. Eat smart, poptart!
The day is better when you’re not hangry. Try having a nutrient-packed breakfast packed with lots of complex carbs and protein. Consuming breakfast within an hour of waking up also boosts your metabolism!
There you have it: 10 steps to becoming a morning person and tackling each day with style, grace, and a smile on your face! That said, don’t get down if this routine makes you a chipper morning lark one day and a cranky monster the next. Just keep working on setting the habit! Whether you’re praising the day or cursing my name, I’d love to know how this routine worked for you. Comment below if you tried this or if you have any tips of your own that help you tackle the day without homicide!