I Successfully Became a Morning Person — Here's How I Did It

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In a perfect world, we would all be morning people who wake up at the break of dawn every day and ready to start the day off in a positive mood. Unfortunately, this isn't a perfect world and most of us have a super hectic schedule the moment our feet touch the ground. Let’s get real: it’s a miracle if I get out the door on time, eat breakfast, take my dog out, and be motivated for the day. Usually, I’m a grumpy mess who’d rather be cuddled up in my bed, instead of going about my day.

But even though, I am a creature of habit waking up early has always intrigued me. I’ve always wondered if I could become a morning person so that I could be more productive and motivated in the morning. With that, I've found some top tips that have been super helpful in becoming a morning person. 

Create a routine

IIf you stick to a routine, your body will naturally adapt to the change and allow you to become sleepy around the same time every day. One nighttime routine to try is to drink some tea or read a book 30-45 minutes before bed. However you choose to relax, make sure it’s something that you can repeat every night to make sure you get a good night’s sleep.

Wake up to natural light

By waking up to natural light, you’ll be woken up with a gradual light instead of a blaring alarm that you ended up hitting snooze a few times. Waking up to natural light allows you to feel more rested and ready to start the day because it’s the world’s way of waking you up. 

Work out first thing in the morning

I know this doesn’t sound like the best plan of action, but I promise you working out in the morning will get your mind right and your juices flowing. Now I know working out is usually put on the back burner, especially when it’s already hard to wake up early or your schedule is already busy enough but doing a quick 15-30 minute routine will release any of those bad toxins and allow you to start your day on the right foot.

Working out early in the morning will allow you to feel more productive and be more inclined to eat healthier throughout the day. A lot of people attempt to work out in the evenings after work, but you’re already physically and mentally exhausted that working out is the last task that you’ll want to do.

Do something uplifting

Once you wake up, do something that you enjoy or gets you in a positive spirit, like listening to a motivational podcast. It’s a proven theory that if you wake up with motivating thoughts, you’re more likely to have a better day and be more productive. It can be as simple as reading a motivational article or drinking a cup of coffee.

Changing any habit takes time and practice, so don’t rush the process. I wouldn’t say I’m always a morning person, and that's okay. Just take it one day at a time and don’t forget that things happen that might not allow us to go to sleep early or wake up early every morning.

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