Not all of us are naturally wide awake first thing. For night owls like me, even the thought of becoming a better morning person fills me with dread. Getting up at 5:30 am to work out – not likely.
I’m wide awake at night but really struggle to get the brain in gear when the alarm goes off. Unfortunately, most people’s body clocks are overruled by 9-to-5 jobs and school runs. Not being good in the mornings isn’t an option.
Here are some tips to improve your lifestyle and healthy living by becoming a better morning person…
Wake Up Early
It’s far easier to be fired up, ready to start the day, if you haven’t just crawled out of bed. Some of the most successful women start their days hours before they get to the workplace.
You don’t need to wake up early to be successful, but taking time in the morning to ease into your day can make you more alert. It’s not easy being at your best if you’ve just crawled out of bed.
Waking up early and going to sleep earlier could be good for your mental health. A recent study found earlier sleep patterns lowered the risk of major depressive disorders.
Plan The Night Before
The trick to being cool, calm, and collected in the morning is to get everything ready the night before. Sort out your work clothes, the must-have items for your day, and even make your packed lunch.
Have time to yourself in the morning rather than rushing around trying to get organized.
It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you crawl out of bed, but even 10-15 minutes of exercise will set you up for the rest of the day. It doesn’t have to be strenuous.
Try daily yoga – it’s an excellent way to loosen up your spine. Willpower is stronger first thing in the morning. It’s better to have just a short exercise session than fail to do anything after a long day at work.
Do Something You Enjoy
Get up earlier enough to do something you enjoy before the day’s tasks take over. It will put you in a good frame of mind and mentally prepared to cope with the day ahead.
Reading a few pages of a good book, spending a little time outside… just something you enjoy.
Have A Routine
Knowing what you need to do and when is key to being a better morning person. Avoid being late and in a rush by having a set morning routine.
Get To Bed Earlier
It doesn’t work rising early and staying up late. Try and adjust your body clock by going to bed earlier and aiming to get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Set an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed and don’t ignore it. It will take a few days to get used to a new routine.
I’m not advocating the crazy, early morning routines of some successful people. My view is, if it’s not light, it’s not time to get up, (unless it’s mid-winter and you really have no choice).
But rising early enough to avoid a morning rush does make a big difference… I’d love to know your thoughts and hopefully these tips for becoming a better morning person will help.
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