Rise & Shine, Becoming a Morning Person in 10 Steps

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Jealous of those supposed early birds who can get out of bed with ease while the rest of us begrudgingly roll out? You are not alone, many people have a love-hate relationship with mornings but there are ways to adjust your routine to make you a morning person.

  1. Catch them Zzz’s

As much as we wish we had more time to sleep this is actually important as getting 7-9 hours of sleep is essential to our health. Sleep has shown to help retain important information, heighten concentration, lower blood pressure and stress levels, and lead to better metabolism.

  1. No Screens in the Bedroom

As much as we all love watching some reality TV before bed (Below Deck anyone?), the blue light emitted from electronics, especially cell phones, laptops, and tablets can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle. If you can’t have no screens in bed, try and limit it to as few as possible or restrict access to at least an hour before bed. If not, adjust the brightness to as low as possible (some phones have a blue light filter that works off sunrise-sunset schedule).

  1. Lay Out Your Clothes the Night Before

While you might not be in elementary school anymore, laying out your clothes the night before will make you feel more confident for the next day.

  1. Create a Nighttime Routine

Create a ritual (read a book, brush your teeth, go to bed) you repeat night after night in a specific order. Your body will get used to your nighttime routine and know it is time to shut down and go to sleep.

  1. Don’t Hit that Snooze

As annoying as some alarms can be, get up when your alarm goes off because you might say 5 more minutes, close your eyes and boom, its 30 minutes later and you’re running around like a chicken with their head cut off because you’ll be late to work.

  1. Get Up at the Same Time Every Day

Ever wake up a couple minutes before your alarm clock? That’s your internal clock and it can be thrown off as simple as sleeping in too long over the weekends. If not, by getting up around the same time every day, you can develop this internal clock where the alarm is just there as backup plan.

  1. Mentally Plan Out Your Day

Got those morning blues? Right when you wake up, mentally plan out your day so you can prepare yourself. Have something to look forward to in order to get you through the day.

  1. Meditate

We’re not saying you need to get up and go to yoga at the crack of dawn, but mediating for 10 minutes in the morning before you start your day can help you feel a little jumpstarted for the day.

  1. Grab Some Nosh

They were right; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In the morning, we usually feel rushed and don’t have time to grab some grub. However, breakfast gets your day going and kickstart your metabolism, giving you more energy throughout the day.

  1. Carpool with a buddy or coworker

Having some company in the morning will help you ease into the morning and sharing that time with other people will make sure you’re on time—giving you a reason to get up on time in the morning.

 

Are you converted morning person? Let us know what worked for you in the comments below.

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