Good morning, morning person… Ha! Ever wish you could become one of those mysteriously rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. You know, the ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work, all before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!
- Create a morning schedule. Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each item. Then stickit and stick with it. Post it next to your bed, on your bathroom mirror, in your kitchen. Make sure you see it anywhere you may feel you’ll likely fall off. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do.
- Let the light in. Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light. I have a sunrise alarm clock that has been fantastic. Even though the rest of the world is still sleeping, I am ready to start my day.
- Prep and eat breakfast. Although there are many of us who chose to skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. Try prepping digesstive-focused meals the night before> Perhaps, grab an instant oatmeal or banana and try to consume it right after you wake.
- Get your body moving. Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30 am spin class. Getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction. It sets your day on course for greatness.
- Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favorite book, catching up on the news, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions. I am partial to some meditation and intention focus. But do what works for you.
After you’ve honed in your morning person routine, I hope you’ll report back here and tell us all about your new view on life.