Rise & Shine

It’s happened… the clocks have gone back and so the mornings are brighter and the evenings are darker. I don’t mind the dark evenings so much, I convince myself they are cosy, but the cold mornings make it a bit tough to wake up. Despite this, I love being up early to squeeze in a workout before the day really starts.

good morning yoga

Don’t get me wrong, I do not spring out of bed every morning, but it’s true what they say, do something often enough and you’ve got yourself a habit! There’s something a bit special about being up ahead of the posse and especially in the Winter, there’s a bit of magic about early in the morning.

Here are a few of my tips for getting out of bed that little bit earlier and staying on top of your day. It’s important to figure out why you want to become a morning person, that will help with the motivation (happy dance optional):

Pick a sensible bedtime
Yes, it can be a bit boring when you really want to watch just one more episode of your latest Netflix crush but late nights and early mornings just don’t mix. Figure out how many hours sleep you need and set a “go to bed” reminder on your phone if you need to.

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Set your alarm and stick to it
Decide what time you want to get up and don’t be swayed. Remember, you’ll feel much better once you’re up. Funnily enough, brushing my teeth really wakes me up so that’s first on my list!

Letting a little sunlight into your bedroom in the morning helps too. 

wake up
Lay out your clothes
Whether you’re getting up for a workout or just to start your day that bit earlier, organising your outfit the night before really will save you time. It also avoids any half-awake indecision in the early hours (picture odd shoes and inside out tops!).

clothes night before

It has to be said, don’t skip hydrating first thing. You may not feel thirsty but your body can’t wait to soak up some H2O… add lemon or berries for flavour if you fancy it. I try to start with a mug of warm water and lemon to wake up my insides.

hot water and lemon

If you are getting up to exercise first thing, pick something you enjoy, it will help you stick with it. I love to go for a run in the park in the morning (when it’s bright out) and although some days can be a bit of a drag, I remind myself how lucky I am to be out in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings, that usually puts the spring back in my step!
This is definitely me!

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Plan brekkie
I don’t like to eat before yoga or a run so I generally eat in the office but it makes things much quicker if I prep my breakfast the night before. Porridge is a favourite of mine, I soak it in the fridge overnight to make it nice and creamy. Whatever your preference, pack up what you can the night before to make it easy to grab and run or to minimise prep in the morning.


You don’t have to brag but do give yourself a little pat on the back and put a smile on your face… you did it. Doesn’t it feel great!

Remember the key to maintaining any healthy habits is balance. Enjoy your early, active mornings but love your luxuriously lazy lie ins too!

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Join in with your suggestions for starting the day right. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

Chat soon early birds!


About the Author

Aisling McCabe

Aisling may work a desk job but loves nothing more than being active and getting out into the fresh air and sunshine. She is a big fan of staying healthy and happy and believes the two are strongly linked.

She fell in love with yoga because of its feel good benefits and continues to reap the rewards of a regular practice every week. She adores the snow and sunshine and indulges in surfing or snowboarding as the season dictates. As a nutritional therapist and a bit of a foodie, she enjoys trying new recipes, looking for the balance between the wholesome and the indulgent!

Aisling has been our Yoga Dublin blogger for over two years and loves sharing her tips and insights for a healthy lifestyle.


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