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 summer, there’s a bit of magic about early 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.
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. I can’t wait until the clocks go back in a few weeks!
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!).
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.
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!
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!
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!