It seems to have become a hype to ‘be a morning person’. You see it everywhere nowadays. YouTube videos, Insta stories, all related to becoming a morning person. I must admit, I am a sucker for those videos too!
I’m also guilty of binge-watching videos on YouTube about being a morning person. It just sounds nice to be able to wake up early, do all the things you have to do that day and have the whole afternoon to chill! However, it did take me quite a long time to get the hang of it. Let me share my experience in becoming a ‘morning person’.
First of all, what’s really important, is to figure out WHY. What is the reason you want to wake up earlier? Tip #1, if you do not have a good reason, you will not be able to get up early, let me tell you that. My reason was that I do not like to be in a hurry in the morning. I hate rushing/forgetting everything and go straight to work. I work a 9-5 job, which means I have to leave my house at around 8am. I know, from years of experience, that I can be ready in 40 minutes, including breakfast, makeup, clothes and doing my hair. So I could get up at around 7am. However, I figured out that my preferred time to wake up is 6.15am.
So I wake up at 6.15am, and get out of bed straight away. That’s tip #2, DO NOT SNOOZE! If you snooze, you will only wake up feeling more tired than before (also based on personal experience…). Just get out of bed, splash some cold water onto your face and drink a big glass of water. Most mornings, my digestive system also starts after I’ve had a glass of water. I have crohn’s disease, which literally is a shitty-disease to have! Second reason I wake up early, I have to go to the toilet quite often in the mornings.. 🙂
I take about 30 minutes to have my breakfast. I like to take some time for my breakfast in the morning. Enjoy my food, look at my phone and slowly start to feel more awake. I usually have something small, like yoghurt, some muesli, and maybe a banana. I drink a cup of tea and finish my bottle of water. At this point it’s about 6.50 am and usually after my breakfast I have to go to the toilet again (told you, shitty-disease). Then I go upstairs, wash my face, put on some face products and brush my teeth.
At 7am, I’m in my room again and start doing my makeup and get dressed. Of course, in between I go to the toilet once more… Around 7.30/7.40 am I’m ready for the day and get my stuff and go downstairs. I take 10 to 20 minutes for myself. Write in my journal, medidate (yes I’m such a nerd), or listen to music.
I always prep my food the night before, as well as picking out my clothes for the next day. This saves me some time in the morning. Tip #3, prepare everything you can prepare the night before! Like, picking out your clothes, prep your lunch and perhaps even your breakfast! It only takes 10 minutes, but those 10 minutes are much easier the night before than they are in the morning.
One very obvious thing to do to make waking up early easier, is tip #4 go to bed on time the night before! Listen to your body, and go to bed when you start to feel tired. For me the best time to go to sleep is at around 9.30 pm. I know this sounds super early, and makes my evenings a lot shorter than they used to be, but I noticed that I need at least 8 hours of sleep! So do whatever works for you. If you only need, let’s say, 6 hours of sleep, you can go to bed a bit later. Just make sure your body and mind have enough time to rest. I mean, that’s the reason we sleep, right? To get enough rest!
I must admit that I do not always go to bed at 9.30 pm. Usually it’s around 10pm actually.. But because of this, I usually sleep a bit longer in the weekends. Just because I need to catch up on the hours of sleep I missed. So in the weekend I’m a bit more lenient with myself. I still get up at around 8am and enjoy a nice, calm and relaxing morning!
Before I start rambling more and more about this, I’ll cut myself of. So I hope these tips are helpful and that it will be easier for you to wake up earlier! First, figure out why. Second, do not snooze. Third, prepare what you can the night before and fourth, make sure you get enough sleep. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It is! Give it a try, and maybe it works for you. And if it doesn’t, that’s fine too. You don’t have to be a morning person of course. Nothings wrong with being a night owl 🙂 .
Lots of love,