Believe me when I say, I have never been a morning person in my life. It was’t so long ago that the idea of waking up before 9am seemed like a chore. A few months ago, I would never have imagined that I’d regularly be waking up and leaving the house before 9am, and not because of work or uni commitments.
I’ve never really tried to become a morning person before now. I never shied away from blacking out my room and I’m certainly guilty of hitting the snooze button every now and then. Whenever I used to wake up earlier than I needed to, I’d happily roll back over and close my eyes for another couple of hours.
Since then, I’ve started making a conscious effort to become more of an early riser and I love it! There’s no better feeling than waking up and completing something on your to do list before it’s even 9am. You still have the whole day ahead of you!
Not everyone is going to be a morning person, and that’s fine. But if you want to become an early riser, here are a few things that have helped me.
1 . D I T C H T H O S E B L A C K O U T B L I N D S
Morning light is what tells your body it’s time to wake up. Blacking out your room tricks your body into thinking it’s still nighttime and therefore makes it more difficult to wake up. There’s nothing worse than waking up and still feeling groggy and tired, but that’s what blackout blinds are doing to you.
Since I ditched the blackout blinds in favour of letting the morning light shine in, I’ve been waking up between seven and nine and feeling a lot more refreshed in the mornings.
2 . G E T A N E A R L Y N I G H T
Late nights equal late starts. It’s inevitable. In order to wake up early, you need to be going to bed at a reasonable time. Research shows that you need 7-9 hours sleep per night to be fully refreshed, so going to bed at two in the morning and hoping to wake up at seven isn’t feasible.
I like to settle into bed no later than eleven so that I have a chance to relax and unwind before I actually go to sleep. I’ll usually take this time to read, FaceTime my boyfriend or watch a show on Netflix.
3 . H A V E A M O R N I N G R O U T I N E
They say that routine is the key to success, which may be a little over the top for this, but still relevant nonetheless. Getting into the habit of routine means that you look forward to mornings rather than dreading them. When I wake up I like to have a scroll through my phone before getting up and having a small breakfast. If I’m not in a rush to get anywhere then I’ll sit down with my laptop and work on my blog or uni assignments.
Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. After a while it will just become habit and you’ll have had a productive day before noon hits.
4 . S E T A N A L A R M
If all else fails but you’re still determined to become an early riser, set an alarm. However, there’s no use setting an alarm if you’re just going to keep hitting snooze. Move your alarm clock off your nightstand. If you’re forced to get up to turn your alarm off it’ll certainly wake you up.
If you’ve been struggling with mornings, I hope you found these tips helpful.