If Neil Sedaka sings, “breaking up is hard to do,” many of us would say waking up (early) is also hard to do.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Being a morning person isn’t necessarily something you are born or not born with.
Like many things, it can be learned, practiced, and mastered over time.
What better way to start the day than being fresh and awake in the morning?
Here’s that donut.
HOW TO BE A MORNING PERSON (WHEN YOU’RE NOT)
1. Baby steps.
If you’re not a morning person to begin with, you’re not going to suddenly spring out of bed at 6 am (just because you are reading this article. But kudos to you if you do!). Make gradual changes as you go along. If you are used to waking up at 9, set your alarm for 8.45. The next day, set it for 8.30. The following day, 8.15. And so on. You get it. Do this until you have reached your desired wake-up time.
2. Strategically position your alarm clock.
Place your alarm clock/phone far from reach. We mean only as far as you can still hear it ring (don’t go putting it over in the other room and then blaming us for not making it to your yoga class). That way, you’ll be forced to get out of your bed to reach for it. One extra step to shock your body into a conscious state! We sure hope you are reaching for the “off” and not the “snooze” button.
3. Go to bed earlier.
As always, don’t make drastic changes. If you’re used to going to bed at 1 am, get yourself to sleep at 12:45. The next day, aim for 15 more minutes earlier. And so on, until you sleep at your desired hour.
4. Make your room sleep-friendly.
This applies only at night before bedtime. Many people can’t fall asleep not because they’re too full of energy. Oftentimes it’s because the television is on, the lights are on, heck—everything is on! Clearly, such a room is not conducive for sleeping. Here’s what’s worked for me. I’d turn off the lights (all of the lights) in my room around 15 minutes before I plan on actually sleeping. That way I am intentionally tuning down my mind and eyes, and signaling for them to turn in. Oh, and of course I put away my phone too (it’s asking a lot, I know).
5. Get busy with your phone.
This helps me tremendously. When I’m awake but still on the verge of falling asleep at any second, getting busy with my phone really helps. I either check my Instagram, reply to messages or emails, or open the CNN app for some news. This almost instantly jolts my brain to activity.
6. Pick up a routine.
Many of us don’t wake up early because we don’t have a reason to. So, make and have a reason. Perhaps you want to start a new routine—meditation, yoga, coffee, donuts—anything you’d like to do right after waking up. I know it really helps me to wake up when I have an agenda the next morning.
7. Save the lovey-doveys for the weekend.
We all love a quality time with the bed. But if you want be up early today, save those intimate moments of rolling around in bed cuddling with the pillow for another day, say the weekend or a special occasion. Get yourself up on your feet once you are awake!
8. Let in the sunshine!
If you have curtains or blinds over your window, open them the night before so you wake up to a room full of sunshine the next morning!
9. Get some water.
I mean get a glass to drink, but I know (from experience) that having cold water splashed on my face can only help.
10. Turn on the music.
Play songs that are happy and upbeat and let it play through your morning routine—from waking up, showering, putting a face on, breakfast, up until you need to leave the house—why not, right?
Have a fabulous day!