How I Have Become a Morning Person
As a kid, I was always up at the crack of dawn, anxious and eager to start my day. As I got older, I was up later and it became harder to get up as early as I would have liked to.
Obviously, I had to get to school on time, but I would push it as late as I could before getting up and getting ready.
Since starting university, I have really challenged myself to become a morning person because I find that I generally have a better and more productive day.
Mornings are my time. I love the quiet time to read, write, plan and ponder before the business of life kicks in for the day.
I GO TO BED EARLIER
Yeah, I have become a complete nanna. I go to bed around 9 or 10pm if I am waking up at 5 or 6am the next day. I make sure that I am starting to wind down an hour before I sleep, I will often put my phone on aeroplane mode and have a hot shower and read for a bit before dozing off for the night.
I DON'T DRINK COFFEE AFTER 4PM
But, if I do, it is the coffee sin that is also known as decaf.
I GET SUPER EXCITED ABOUT BREAKFAST
Breakfast is hands down my favourite meal of the day. I literally go to sleep in pure anticipation for my morning coffee and a big breakfast. Sometimes on-the-go breakfasts are necessary, but when I get the chance, I love to cook up a big breakfast and take the time to sit down and actually enjoy it!
I OPEN MY CURTAINS AS SOON AS MY FIRST ALARM GOES OFF
Alarms are my worst enemy! Nothing within me wants to hit snooze and listen to the same alarm blare over and over again. Even if I don't necessarily feel like waking up; I will jump out of bed and open my curtains. Seeing natural light really helps me to wake up for the day.
I EXERCISE IN THE MORNING
I love to exercise in the morning. Lies. I actually hate exercising in the morning, but once it is done for the day it is off my mind. If I don't exercise in the morning, I will procrastinate all day and not end up doing anything. Getting exercise crossed off my to-do list early in my day means that I don't need to think about exercise for the rest of the day and I can put my focus on other things. The other day I seriously didn't want to gym but I pushed through and beat a lot of my personal bests, this put me in a great headspace to tackle the rest of challenges that the day threw at me.
I LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE I GET READY
This makes getting ready less of a chore and generally puts me in a more chirpy mood (especially if it is paired with post-exercise endorphins).
I GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
I love getting out and about in the mornings. There really is nothing like the glow of the sunrise, crisp autumn air and the smell of freshly baked bread to get your create juices flowing. Walks around the neighbourhood or trips to the local cafe are great ways to get out of the house. I find that if I get out of the house in the morning, I won’t spend the day in my PJs being unproductive and lazy.
I CROSS MY BIGGEST TASKS OFF FIRST
This means that I am not up late at night doing work because I have done it earlier on in the day. I instead use my evenings to relax, socialise and organise the next day.
I GRADUALLY STARTED GETTING UP EARLIER AND EARLIER
I am pretty fine with getting up at 5am and I certainly don't want to get up any earlier, but getting to this point was gradual. It involved a series of small changes in my lifestyle as I began waking earlier and earlier. It all started with a couple of scheduled 8am lectures and then I realised just how much I enjoy getting up early.
WHEN I DON'T GET MY EIGHT HOURS, I NAP
Sleep is essential and I don't think that getting up early should mean sacrificing sleep. It is best to get eight hours of sleep in one go, but sometimes this isn’t possible If I have something on that goes quite late, I will nap during the day. It hasn't come easily, I used to hate napping but I have come to love it. Recently, my body clock has been thrown a little bit out of whack with some late-night commitments that aren't part of my usual schedule. The other day I woke up. I read for about half an hour, went upstairs, made myself a coffee, got dressed in my gym gear and drove to the gym. When I got to the gym, the carpark was empty. It was closed. “This is weird,” I thought. I pulled out my phone and checked the time. It was 1am! So I drove home feeling like a complete idiot and jumped back into bed in my gym clothes. Needless to say, I was shattered! But a nap the next day quickly got me back on track.
I MAKE TIME TO ENJOY MY MORNINGS
It can become super draining if your mornings are only spent smashing out tasks with no time to relax. I love reading in the mornings, taking some time to catch up on social media or reading the newspaper at a good cafe. It is just my way of rewarding myself for making the effort to get up early.