To many of us, morning time can be the only time where we can find balance in what we want to achieve in life.
You know … the time when you can think and relax and listen from within?
Sadly, too much time usually gets lost (before the rest of the world wakes up) if we’re just laying in bed pressing snooze.
And it’s very complicated to wake up early because you want to be one of those people (an early morning riser), but the struggle to wake up feels almost like a fight.
It’s like, do you wake up early and go after the life that you want with all that extra time that you’ll get back? Or do you sleep in like a little baby and stay in your warm comfy bed?
So if you’re like many, the struggle to wake up early is real.
Here are 11 clever morning tips to be that new and improved morning person so that you can conquer your life’s goals in the early hours when the world is asleep.
1. Have Intense Motivation.
Let’s touch on WHY you want to wake up so darn early?!
You have to ask yourself, what’s the point? Why do I want to be a very early morning person?
Is it because right now you’re rushing to school or work and you realize that’s no fun or maybe you have some major fitness goals that you’re trying to achieve or maybe you’re starting your own business and you need the extra hours to get your passion project started?
Once you have your reasoning and understand its importance and its significance, then all of the other morning tips will be much easier for you to carry out.
Basically, if you don’t have the intense motivation you need, then almost anything else you try won’t work. This motivation has to be a tremendous will and commitment to get up out of bed.
What’s your reason?
2. Yes, going to bed earlier really will help.
It may seem weird at first, but you’re going to get to a wonderful point in your life when you will like going to bed early just as much as you loved sleeping in.
Trust the process. It’s just something that magically happens and falls into place when you start getting into the rhythm of going to bed at a decent time and waking up really early.
If you go to bed early, you’re going to get as many hours as you need to sleep just as if you were going to sleep in. You just need to switch it.
3. Don’t think about anything upon waking up.
Here’s the trick that those extremely early birds all do each morning just after they open their eyes — They don’t think about sleeping in, they just get up!
That means you literally have to not think about a single thing when you first just wake up! If you have time to think, you have time to snooze and your brain will always talk you into staying in bed. ALWAYS!
When that alarm wakes you, you have to instantly turn on the lights, jump out of bed, put your dressing gown on, and walk out of your bedroom without even thinking about it.
It may sound really silly because you’re like “dah, like if I could do that… I would do it” but when you actually try to implement it, it works insanely well.
4. Keep your room a screen-free zone.
Before you go to bed (hopefully at a decent hour), the very last step you need to do (unless it’s reading to help yourself go to sleep), is to turn off all your digital screens.
That means either putting your phone away to stop the late-night scrolling or just putting it in another room altogether.
Turn off that TV and tablet, remove them from your bedroom altogether, and develop an easier way to rest your mind.
Try lighting a candle and read a really good old fashioned book while you’re laying in bed. And know that most morning people usually stay away from technology to get their brain ready for sleep and so should you!
5. Release your daily triggers.
A lot of people stay up tossing and turning in the wee hours of the night all because of something minuscule or something that they have no control over.
It’s totally justified too because at the end of the day, LIFE is HARD and our minds do the best review of it mostly right before we retire at night.
If this has you tossing and turning and sleeping late the next day?
Light some candles, start relaxing and winding down and review your day and what’s bothering you so you can address it before you turn the lights out.
By deliberately getting out what’s frustrating you it will create a really harmonious feeling right before bed. Which is something that you want to marinate in until you first wake up.
6. Maintain a clean home.
You won’t be able to relax with a messy kitchen or unattended house chores if try to go to bed with all that mess around. Waking up to a clean kitchen and enjoying your morning routine (instead of cleaning) will also entice you to enjoy your mornings much more.
This also falls into preparing the night before because it is much easier to relax in the morning if you know that you are prepared and you’re making your tea in your nice clean kitchen.
7. Hydrate & Reward yourself.
If you really want to be that morning person you crave to be, you have to create a reward system that is something unique to you!
What a lot of morning people all have in common is that they have daily morning rituals that release them endorphins.
We’re all different and we all like different things, so the best way to do this is to find what makes you smile or brings you a sense of fun and enjoyment and have that be your morning thing.
You can eat something tasty or have a favorite tea/coffee brand first thing after you first wake up.
Remember, just after you first wake up you’ll also have a lizard brain, so hydrate yourself because you haven’t gotten any nutrition in your body for eight or so hours.
Plus when you reward yourself every morning, your body will actually remember that feeling and get more and more excited as time goes by.
8. Maintain your morning time on weekends.
Waking up at the same time every day is super important to maintain, especially on weekends.
It can take a few short weeks or maybe a month to master but this means waking up early will eventually get naturally ingrained in you if you stay consistent with it, (by waking up early on weekends) to help you get to where you want to be FASTER.
Also, know that it’s totally okay to have exceptions on days that you’ve stayed up late but try to (for the most part) to keep your wake time consistent every day of the week.
9. Get a decent alarm clock.
It is strongly encouraged that you to do this right now if you really want to bust your butt in the mornings like an army sergeant — get a decent alarm clock!
Some people may not need an alarm like this because they wake up with the Sun, but if that’s not you, then you really need this unique alarm app.
I went ahead and did some digging and found this super cool math alarm app that I’ve also tried out myself.
It wouldn’t be on here if it wasn’t worth talking about and that’s because it WORKS!
Just remember that the first time you use it you’ll be like… “what the heck is this and how do I answer this math question?” 🙂 But it works!
Mathe Alarm Clock makes you do math questions before you can turn it off and it works pretty effectively!
10. Don’t beat yourself up.
If you fail at waking up early in the morning the first few times, a few weeks, or maybe a few months?
Don’t beat yourself up about it.
There is nothing more unproductive than being negative towards yourself. Chill out, stop the negative self-talk, and know that you’ll get back to it the next morning.
All the early risers have kept at it, so keep trying, you’ll eventually meet your goal if you do it casually and keep trying.
11. Set yourself up to win.
Lastly, set yourself up to hit the ground running right. Literally!
So, for example, this could mean getting your clothes ready the night before and setting them out to eliminate decision fatigue while feeling groggy OR having an easy breakfast go-to that you look forward to eating each and every day.
Whatever the helpful preparedness task that you figured out will help you the most, keep it simple, and make sure that your morning self will thank you for it.
Doing simple things that will set you up to win the next day will really help you out in the mornings.
So prepare anything you can the night before to help you feel more peaceful and less rushed. Even if that means just filling that kettle with water so all you have to do is give it a flick come morning time.
Find out what your drive is and pursue it relentlessly. Just like achieving any goal, if you want to achieve greatness, remember…
Anything uncomfortable in your life (that pushes you out of your comfort zone) is usually a good thing!
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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