I am NOT a morning person. The snooze button is my friend; sometimes I'll catch myself pressing snooze for an hour. It's terrible! And if I'm being honest, I've never really understood morning people. My husband is a morning person, he's fine with 4-6 hours of sleep, while I'm trying to figure out how he's functioning. A few weeks ago I realized I needed more organization in my life, which meant taking the necessary steps to become a morning person [insert 6am wakeup calls here]. Here are some of my favorites that I'm putting into use.
#1. Power down. Avoid watching TV, checking Instagram or eating a big meal too late at night. By powering down from technology 1 hour before bed, this will give your mind and body enough time to shut down. This was the first tip I read and I already wanted to quit - this is going to be a difficult one for me, hands down.
#2. Reward yourself. Now that you're up earlier, this gives you time to catch up on your favorite bloggers or drink that extra cup of coffee without having to race out the door. I'm so guilty of rushing through my mornings, so this has definitely come in handy.
#3. Schedule ahead. Of course, when you're laying in your warm and cozy bed you don't want to get up, but if you have your day planned out then you know you have to get out of bed. You can even lay out your outfits the night before to save time and energy the following morning.
#4. Exercise in the morning. Early morning exercise can help boost energy and adrenaline, not to mention just get it out of the way. I used to exercise in the evening but that left little quality time to spend with my husband. So we both hold each other accountable to work out in the mornings together…most of the time!
#5. Have a glass of water on your nightstand. Water is good for you and I definitely don't drink enough (but that's a whole other post). When we're sleeping, we get dehydrated so drinking a full glass of water when you wake up will help refuel your body.
#6. Allow light in. As much as I love some blackout curtains, I know it's a curse for me. Natural light helps us wake up in the morning.
#7. Create a regular sleep schedule. You're probably thinking….well duh! But this is much easier said then done. I've been trying to be in bed by 10pm ever night and waking up around 6am, but again that's a tough one…baby steps!
Are you a morning person? I would love your tips! I will master this whole morning thing.