Rise and Shine: How To Become A Morning Person

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In high school, and even in college, I would wake up 15 minutes before class. This meant I was quickly getting ready to head out the door. I knew I could be so much more productive if I had more time, but I never thought that I would turn into a morning person. With a lot of hard work, I did turn into a morning person!

Well, okay. The truth is, I adopted my dog and he turned me into a morning person, but either way. Although I had to work really hard to become a morning person, I like to think it was one of the best things I did for myself. Waking up early has changed my life for the better. This is one of the habits I will fight hard to keep.

When I was 24 years old, I adopted a 2-year-old dog who didn’t understand the concept of sleeping in. As soon as the sun came up, he would jump in and out of my bed until I woke up. I had to become a morning person because of him, especially because if I didn’t get up, I would find him eating the trash or ruining my new clothes.

Creating this habit did not come easily. I went weeks where I hated getting up! Pushing snooze on my alarm multiple times became the only morning habit I had. And, I was not a fun person to be around. I created this habit and it has helped me in many aspects of my life. If you want to read more about creating good habits, I highly recommend reading Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. I read this book recently during Dry January, and it really shed light on why we create bad habits and how to break them.

 

 

Changes In Myself


Becoming a morning person has changed the way I view fitness. Starting my day off by moving my body really sets me up to be in a good mood. I love going to the gym early in the morning and getting it out of the way. That way if I want to do something after work, I can do so without the guilt of skipping the gym. Read here about how to get your body back in shape if you feel like you’ve been feeling sluggish lately! 

Before I was getting up early and working out, I wasn’t eating meals throughout the day. I would find myself snacking and casually grazing throughout the day. Being a morning person has also helped me regulate my eating schedule. Now, I am hungry in the morning after I workout. Eating a big breakfast helps to hold me over until lunch, and then I eat dinner. On top of my meals, I try to squeeze one or two small, healthy snacks. This is to help make sure I hit my protein goals for the day, but my body isn’t starving at any point.

I love waking up early for another reason, which is to focus my brain on the tasks that need to be accomplished on that day, whether it is work or errands. Having an additional 45 minutes before my first meeting in the morning has helped me reduce my anxiety. I can write down all the things that need to be done that day, and if time permits, I can even start working on them.

 

Here are the steps I took to become a morning person:

  1. Set multiple alarms – I would set five or six alarms that would go off three minutes apart. This way I wasn’t really able to fall back asleep in between them.

  2. On my nightstand, I have a lamp that I turn on when the first alarm sounds. Even if I roll over in between alarms, the act of turning on the lamp helps me get out of bed.

  3. I enjoy having something to look forward to in the morning. For me, that means getting my workout in first and then indulging in my favorite meal of the day – breakfast.

  4. Start slow and set realistic expectations – don’t think that you’re going to go from waking up at 8am to waking up at 5am overnight. I started with trying to wake up 30 to 45 minutes earlier than the week before until I reached a wake up time that worked for me.

 

Personal Time

My mornings are my “me” time. My time to be productive before starting my work day. Let’s face it, after work, I don’t want to do anything. Mornings allow me to wake up before much of the rest of the world and go to the gym, walk my dog, make sure I have a solid breakfast to make it through my morning meetings, and do 10-15 minutes of cleaning. Once I get out of bed, I instantly brush my teeth and spray my face with this Grace and Stella Rose Spray. It is so refreshing in the morning and is consistently part of my getting ready routine for the gym.

My Morning Routine

 

I wanted to share with you my morning routine breakdown, just in case it could be helpful to you. Of course, feel free to use it as a guide or modify it to fit your needs. 

  • 4:45am – my alarm goes off (this sounds much scarier than it is). Once I get out of bed, I instantly brush my teeth and spray my face with this Grace and Stella Rose Spray. It is so refreshing in the morning and is consistently part of my getting ready routine for the gym.

  • 5:15am – arrive at the gym. Depending on the dayI may do a workout class or I will do my own circuit of lifting and cardio.7am – Go home, drink a protein shake and get my dog ready for his walk

  • 7:20 – 8:20 – walk my dog, this usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the day

  • 8:30 – 9am – breakfast and get ready for work (I work from home, it does not take me long to get ready)

  • 9am – 9:30 – plan out my workday

  • 9:30 – begin my first meeting of the day

Now, in my late twenties, I find this getting up early has helped so many aspects of my life. The first and most important being my anxiety. Being productive each day is something I spend way too much time thinking about (I’m type A to the extreme). I allow myself the time to get up and get going. This way I can spend more time focusing on what really matters to me, which is my work.

In conclusion, becoming a morning person is not an easy task, but it is definitely worth the effort. By following the tips and tricks mentioned in this article, you can gradually adjust your lifestyle and transform yourself into a morning person. Remember to be patient and persistent, and don’t give up if you slip up once in a while. With time and practice, you’ll find that waking up early becomes easier and more natural. You’ll be able to enjoy the many benefits that come with being a morning person. So go ahead, set your alarm for an early hour tomorrow, and take the first step towards a more productive and fulfilling life!

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