I'm such a not-a-morning person who loves being a morning person! I know I know, that doesn't seem to make any sense. But, really there's nothing I love more than the few days I get up on time. Too bad on most days, I hit snooze a million times, which is ridiculous because as a stand-up comedian says: "Hitting the snooze button in the morning doesn’t even make sense. It’s like saying, I hate getting up in the morning so I do it over and over and over again."
In this post, I talked about how I wake up at 7 and leave the house at 7.30. Since I wrote that post, things have improved a bit, so maybe I now get off the bed at 6.45. But with the many things I have to do before I leave for work, it's still not sufficient. So I decided I need to become a morning person! I mean, why not. Those who do it don't have two heads. Ok, to be honest, there's a part of me that is tempted not to force it because when I have a kid, I'm sure I'll become a morning person! I hear they keep you up all night AND all morning.
I did a bit of research as to how to become a morning person. I read all the posts that come up on the first page when you search "How to be a morning person" on Google! I especially needed to check if there were any secret potions I had to drink. The important bit for me is actually getting off the bed. So here's what the experts claim will help:
1. Pep Talk + Positive expectation: It's necessary to want something before we act on it. Maybe we should look into the mirror before we go to bed and say "I am a morning person, I will not snooze the alarm". As someone put it, before changing how you wake up, identify why you wake up. We therefore need to decide why we want to wake up early? To write a blog? Get some exercise? Spend some time praying? If we create an expectation then there's something to look forward to.
2. Start slow and be realistic: I probably won't go from waking up at 6.45 to waking up at 4.30. So it's necessary to be realistic in your goals. Little steps, one at a time, and maybe set a specific period to try it out. I'm trying this out for a month, and trying to wake up at 6 am.
3. Plan your bed time: It's necessary that you actually wind down into bed and not just fall asleep hungover with your phone in hand, and a full face of makeup. A shower before bed helps and with a good night sleep, which should lead to a better morning. I know some really successful people don't get any sleep, but I still think a good night sleep is essential. Minimum 6 hours. They also advise putting all phones and electrical devices at least one hour before getting into bed.
4. Prep the Night before: If you need to go the gym/work out first thing in the morning, have your gym clothes by your bed. For me, I'll try to think of my work outfits the night before. That way if it's a fab outfit, maybe I'll look forward to getting out of bed and totally rocking it.
5. Keep the alarm clock far away: I don't actually own an alarm clock. (Who does? - I thought we all used our phones?). But yes, I'll keep my phone farther away so I can actually get up. I once saw something hilarious on social media. The message on someone's alarm on her phone read "Beyonce will NOT hit the snooze button". But maybe I'll just swap the Beyonce for Jesus.
6. Drink a Full Glass of Water: The experts say this helps. But even if this doesn't help me become a morning person, at least it'll improve my poor drinking water habit.
7. Ignore the 'Gram: It appears looking at social media while still trying to wake up sends your brain into lazy mode, which is definitely not the way you want to start your morning! This will be a tad bit hard, especially after I've touched my phone to snooze the alarm. (Maybe I should get an alarm clock afterall).
8. Lights, Camera, Action!: Our brains are programmed to be awake when there's light. So if you could turn on the lights and leave open the blinds, that should help.
Finally, for me I'm definitely going to be asking for God's help! If that verse below doesn't make me get up in the morning, I'm not sure what will!
As someone puts it, you don’t have to want to get up, you just have to do it!
Are you a morning person? What's your routine like? When do you sleep and when do you get up. Share your tips please. Are you trying to become a morning person? What's your greatest challenge? Shall we do this together?
pS: I drafted this post yesterday and today I didn't hit the snooze alarm. Day 1 in the bag! Please feel free to ask me how I'm keeping up with this new resolution.
ppS: Apparently there's an app called BetterMe which shares your failure to Facebook, every time you hit the snooze button. Hilarious!
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