Always been the kind of person that quite fancied the idea of getting up a bit early and actually enjoying it? Well, you’re in the right place, because with Beauty at Brunch you can now do exactly that! I’m going to let you in on my
best worst kept secrets on how to bounce out of bed bright and early every day and finally become a morning person.
We all know one of those kinds of people. The kind that is always first in the office, always annoyingly spritely first thing, and they haven’t even made coffee yet… The self-declared ‘Morning Person’. Eww.
I was always secretly jealous of The Morning Person. Life seemed like it would be easier, and happier, as a Morning Person. I wondered what it would be like to start the day without an alarm blaring, eyes squinting and that familiar groan: is it time to get up already? I always needed “just 5 more minutes” in bed, and truly believed I was never destined to be a Morning Person. I just thought I didn’t have the super-human genetic makeup to ever be that girl.
Before I go into how to get up earlier (and enjoy it!), I’m going to tell you why you should. I mean really sell it you, so that you leave here so inspired and motivated, you’ll be a morning person in no time.
I’ll give you fair warning that, of course, getting up super early means going to bed a lot earlier, too. But let me ask you this: what do you do past 9pm? Are you still working away at your desk, are you spending quality time with your friends and family, are you working out, are you doing anything else that might be considered a great use of your time…? Or, in reality, are you watching TV or scrolling through your Facebook timeline…?
I became a morning person completely by accident. My boyfriend at the time had to get up at around 4am for work and I would get up with him to make his hideously early morning slightly more bearable by making his breakfast and sending him out the door with a coffee (whilst polishing my halo, of course). I soon found though, that if I resisted the urge to go back to bed, even though my eyes would barely stay open, that those small hours became my most loved, and my most productive of the day.
The world is so quiet and peaceful at 4am. The phone doesn’t ring, no notifications are pinging, and no to-do list is calling. No-one else is up yet, and the rest of the world won’t start their day for a good few hours, so there’s an enormous sense of well-being and satisfaction that comes with knowing that you’re up and cracking on with your day before anyone else!
The initial drag-yourself-out-of-bed bit gets easier, I promise. Fortunately, I no longer have to be up at 4am so my day now starts out of choice when the alarm goes off at 4.55am (haha an extra 55mins!) I have even become that efficient a Morning Person that I didn’t need an alarm clock in the summer; I’d just rise with the sun. It’s a truly glorious way to start any day, and really promotes daily gratitude and mindfulness practice as you can take the time to slow your morning routine right down and stop to appreciate the simple things.
Tell Me How!
Here are my super simple, tried and tested, Morning Person hacks. You don’t have to have super human genetics to do any or all of these and swiftly become a Morning Person. Trust me!
Make it easier to get up.
Sounds obvious, but there’s loads of things we can all do to get better sleep and bounce out of bed much more easily, regardless of what hour we want to get up:
- Set, and stick to, a sleep routine which means going to bed and getting up at the same time.
- Practice good sleep hygiene: turn off all screens an hour before bed, no phones in the bedroom, and leave your bed for sleeping and sex only (seriously, the more you hang out and do other things on your bed, ie read/study, the less your brain will associate it with sleep).
- Drink a glass of water before bed (or a nice calming chamomile tea) as this’ll promote good sleep, and chances are you might need to go to the bathroom as soon as you wake up, and so you’re up then too!
- If you’re trying to get up earlier, set the alarm clock for only 15-30mins earlier each week as this will be so much easier to adjust to over time. Don’t set yourself up for a miserable day by forcing yourself awake at 5am on Monday when you’re used to rising at 8am. Take it slow, enjoy the process and you’ll find a time that works best for you and your new body clock.
Make it harder to stay in bed.
It’s so tempting to hit the snooze button and roll over when we’re feeling tired first thing. Employing these little hacks will ensure your sleepy morning brain doesn’t overrule your good intentions:
- Grab yourself a sunrise alarm clock as featured here, and then…
- Move the alarm clock to the furthest end of the room!
- Instill a ‘no snooze’ law and enforce it daily. When you get straight out of bed after waking you are telling your mind and your body that it’s time to start the day, and that you want it to start now, which will give you a much more positive outlook on the day ahead, no matter how tired you feel first thing.
- Keep clothes next to your bed so that you can throw them straight on. This works especially well if you like to exercise first thing!
- Get up, turn lights on, get dressed, get moving, drink a glass of water, go to the bathroom, splash water on your face… And then don’t return to the bedroom! Your day has started 🙂
- Find your motive: what would you love to do more of if you had the time? Dedicating your early morning hours to it (or if that’s not possible, dedicate the morning hours to something that’ll free up time later, such as housework or exercise) will be motivation enough to get up straight away!
Are you a Morning Person? Would you like to be? Say hi in the comments section and tell me what time you get up, too!