As a twenty-something student running a blog, working part-time and writing my dissertation, I’ve had to get used to early mornings. I used to get up leisurely, around 9am each morning, finding that I chilled in bed for a good hour before actually getting up and doing something productive. Over the past few months, I’ve had to get up pretty early in the morning due to work. I’ve come up with my own little morning routine which makes getting up so much easier, so I thought I’d share some tips and tricks on how I became a morning person and how I have stress-free mornings every day.
Stick to a routine
I tend to get up at the same time each day, even when I’m not working, as this is beneficial in the long run. Your body clock will slowly start getting used to early mornings and you’ll find it a lot easier to wake up. This will also allow you to create a decent sleep schedule and ensure that you are getting enough sleep. I like to use the alarm app on my phone as this also records how much sleep I am getting so if I am getting any less than 7 hours each night, I know I have to make a conscious effort to go to bed earlier.
Prepare the night before
I find that sorting out my clothes and bag for the next day the night before really makes for a much smoother morning. This means I don’t have to rush around looking for my uniform or my keys. I get dressed as soon as I get out of bed as this’ll prevent me from rolling back into bed.
Drink some water and caffeine
Drinking a cool glass of water in the morning will definitely help you wake up in the morning. I like to keep track of the amount of water I drink during the day, so this allows me to start the day off right. I also drink either a tea of a coffee with my breakfast, as this always proves to help me wake up.
Breakfast is the MOST IMPORTANT meal of the day. I honestly can’t stress that enough. I feel so much better when I’ve had a hearty breakfast in the mornings as, if I skip, I notice that I get tired easily and am less productive than usual. I like to switch things up in the morning, sometimes having toast or cereal, and other times throwing in a fresh smoothie with a bowl of fruit.
Do not nap
This might sound unusual, but believe me, it’s a pretty good trick to have when you are looking at becoming a morning person. If I nap during the day, I find that I stay up later, therefore get less sleep at night. If I’m really tired, I’ll sleep for about half an hour when I get in from work, but make sure I get into bed earlier to allow myself to wind down.
Plan an exciting day
Even if you plan to watch a new episode of your favourite series, planning something exciting will give you the motivation to jump up out of bed and get your day started. Although work isn’t necessarily the most exciting thing in the world, I like to always plan something fun to do after, whether that’s meeting a friend or coming back to climb into my pyjama’s and watch YouTube videos.
Get up as soon as you wake up! This’ll mean you have a sudden jolt of energy and prevents you from falling back to sleep. I tend to not check my phone in the morning until I’m sitting down with my breakfast as, if I check in the morning, I tend to lose track of time and end up rushing around.