Mornings are ‘kinda my thing. I say ‘kinda, because when I’m in a good routine, sleeping well, waking up and going to sleep at the same time and exercising; well, early mornings rock. You wake up with the sun, feel like a majestic sparkling human that’s so on top of everything you should start giving seminars on how to be more like you. Then you have days, weeks, dare I say… months; that waking up early can honestly just go shove it. Waking up with the sun? Pfft. Overrated. And waking up for your job: “Maybe I’ll just call in sick today? I’ll tell them I’ve got gastro that should do it. Better yet, maybe I’ll just quit. Hallelujah no more early mornings.” – Wouldn’t recommend that one.
The morning is a great time of day, and can be used both usefully and productively if you allow it too.
Create your Space
The environment you go to sleep in is also important. If it is clean and uncluttered, it will be easier for your mind to be as well. Again, your room should be a tranquil space used almost solely for relaxing and sleeping. I always light a candle (or two.. or three), dim the lights and sometimes I’ll play some super light relaxing music. There are so many playlists on spotify, and if you tend to play the same one, your brain will recognise the music and start to relax knowing it’s bed time.
Establish a Bed Time Routine
In order to become a morning person, you need to first get a good nights sleep. Establishing a regular night time routine is one of the easiest steps to improving your sleep, once it becomes a habit, your brain can register patterns of behaviour and understands when it’s time to wind down. Stay off technology for at least an hour before you settle into bed, the blue light on your phone can disrupt the release of melatonin (a sleep hormone) which can make it difficult to fall into a deep sleep. This is something I struggle with.. confessions of a computer workaholic. Set your alarm f you need to, then chuck it on airplane mode that way you won’t be tempted to touch it with notifications! I also love to have a tea while I wind down, I always go for one specifically for bed time. My go-to’s at the moment are the T2: Sleep tight, Higher Living: Sweet Dreams and Celestial Seasonings: Sleepytime. Anything with chamomile, lavender and peppermint is sure to have you feeling sleepy! While I sip on my tea I’ll either read a book or journal, I highly recommend journalling if you are someone that tends to think a lot before bed time. It’s a great way to get your thoughts out on paper and allow your mind to relax. And the last thing… it’s a routine, so, stick to a time. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day!
Plan something to Get Up for
Before you say anything, I know you’ve got plans with that happy place called work, I hear you. What I mean is, plan something that you actually enjoy, before you leave for your day job. Have a nourishing and delicious breakfast planned, do some light stretches with relaxing music, go for a run, even just plan to sit down and check your emails while you drink your morning coffee. It’s SO much easier to click ‘close’ on the alarm when you’re rising for something you enjoy!
Sleep with your curtain open
Shock horror I know but hear me out! While I’m sure you can think of nothing worse than the sun sliding you first thing in the morning, our bodies are naturally wired to work with the sun. You know the feeling of waking up startled, you might feel a little nauseous and you definitely don’t feel well rested. That’s likely due to the fact that you’ve been woken up during a deep sleep. By closing the blinds every night and waking up in a dark room with an alarm you’re inhibiting your bodies natural ability to sleep and wake with the sun, this process goes by the name of the Circadian Rhythm. The sun will help you wake up in the morning at the right time so you’ll bounce out of bed feeling fabulous!
Make It Easy
Getting up in the morning can.. Well, suck. It’s cold, we’re comfortable, and it’s easier to stay in bed. Don’t make things any more difficult than they need to be in the mornings, the less you have to think the better. Pack your bag the night before, plan your outfit, have breakfast planned or if you’re super organised make something like overnight oats and have it ready to go!
Are you a morning person? What are your tips and tricks I’d love to hear from you!