How to Be a Morning Person
We all know those people. The ones that pop out of bed at the crack of dawn with a giant smile on their face, and sing as they walk around the house – Morning people. Psychology tells us that there are certain personality traits and dispositions that can make us early birds or night owls. Our society and workplace has given rise to the morning folks with a preference for early hours. For those of you who struggle to get out of bed, here are a few tips to help get you charged up to take on the day.
- Get Moving: Once you’re up, get up. Don’t lay in bed scrolling through social media soaking up just a little more pillow time. It tells your mind and body that it’s still time to rest. Instead, pop on your slippers and walk to the kitchen and prepare your breakfast or lunch to keep you on your feet.
- No More Snoozing: It’s the same concept as getting moving in the morning. The longer you lay in bed half awake, the groggier you’ll be. Snoozing disrupts your natural sleep cycle, which leaves you feeling more tired and drained throughout the day. Plus, you typically set your alarm earlier than you need to so you can sleep through a few more. Instead, actually sleep for that extra 30 mins. Set your alarm for the real time that you are going to get up, and do it.
- Drink water: So you haven’t snoozed, and you’re up moving around in the kitchen. First thing you reach for is the coffee, right? Wrong. Coffee, while being a delicious joy, can actually dehydrate you, which makes thinking and doing more difficult. Before you’re splendid cup of brew, drink an 8oz glass of water. A glass of water can do wonders for those under-eye bags too.
- Make a List: If there are things that you need to accomplish during the day, or even just during the morning—make a list. When you write things down you are more likely to stick to the schedule and accomplish your goals. Even if you don’t get to everything, accomplishing 3 out of 4 things is a success. That’s 3 more things you wouldn’t have done laying in bed scrolling through Facebook.
- Take Time for You: When you start your day in a mad rush to get out the door, you’re set yourself up for a stressful day. You race through traffic, hope to work without coffee stains, and you haven’t even had time to think to yourself. Take time to push the reset button. The mornings can be a perfect time of quiet and solitude to let you recharge and reflect. Before you can be great for others, you need to take care of yourself. This can look like a light jog, yoga or meditation, or a prayer time. Whatever works for you. A short 10-15 mins can do wonders for clearing your mind and getting you focused for the day.
Even if you don’t naturally want to spring out of bed raring to go, by changing a few bad habits, you can have a better morning. When you have a good morning, then you’re set yourself up for a great day. With a clear and focused mind, you’ll be able to do more in less time, and have time to enjoy the little things that make mornings so great.