I’ll be the first to say that I hate mornings. I love staying up all night and sleeping in until noon. That does sound that a teenager-ey thing to say. The thing is, when my alarm clock rings out at 8:30 in the morning, all I want to do is throw my phone across the room…and I know I can’t be the only one. For people who work on the Weekdays, that Monday morning alarm is the most excruciating sound they’ve ever heard. That’s how I felt this morning when I woke up. Let me tell you the back story.
When I was in the 8th grade (three years ago), I ran a lot. I ran so much that I wanted to run track&field when I got into high school. (Back then, I wanted to go to public school for high school.) One day while I was running, I damaged my ankle. After that, I ran less and less, until I stopped running altogether.
Since I stopped running, it’s been extremely hard to get back into it again. I’ve tried and failed multiple time since then. To be honest with you, I’ve been really lazy lately. But it needs to stop.
Three days ago I decided that I was going to start waking up early again to be more active and be able to accomplish more throughout my day. I hate not getting everything done when I want to and living in exhaustion.
This morning, I woke up at 8:30. I want to say now that I hated every second of the ‘getting out of bed process.’ But then I did it, I was out of bed, getting dressed, and grabbing my workout essentials.
Shouldn’t it be easier to get out of bed though? I want to stop dreading the mornings and I want you to stop dreading them, too. To all the morning people: how do you do it?
I’ve compiled a list of 10 easy tips that you and I can both do to try and beat the morning blues.
1. Create a Morning Playlist!
Compile a list of your favorite songs to hype you up and help you get out of bed! Some of mine are:
- Confident by Demi Lovato
- Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry
- New Rules by Dua Lipa
- 4 Minutes by Madonna ft Justin Timberlake
- Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
- Barracuda by Heart
- Man! I Feel Like A Woman! by Shania Twain
- Diva by Beyoncé ; and lot’s more!
I also found a pair of Bluetooth Earphones inside of GameStop for really cheap. They work amazingly! This way, I can dance around without worrying about catching my headphones on a doorknob and getting yanked away from my music.
2. Build Momentum
In order to beat getting out of bed, you just have to do it quick. Rip it off just like a Band-Aid. After you wake up, the challenge is staying up! Have stuff already set out, like:
- Coffee! Set a timer on your coffee pot to start making coffee the same time you’re getting out of bed.
- Have your Workout or Work clothes ready to go.
I know this sounds very Elementary School, but trust me. Stretching right after you wake up jolts your muscles awake. Not to mention, stretching it so good for you!
4. Wake Up At the Same Time Everyday
Having a crazy wakeup schedule is more likely to make you drowsier. When you start waking up at the same time every day, your body develops a pattern. You’ll sleep better AND you’ll become conditioned to waking up right before your alarm goes off!
5. Get Excited About the Day Ahead.
In order to want to get up you have to develop “get to” attitude. Don’t bury yourself in guilt on why you have to get up in the mornings. Instead, try thinking about it as something you get to do. Don’t be afraid to hype yourself up or do something you enjoy in the mornings. Associate mornings with joy and you’ve got it!
6. Stop Hitting the Snooze
I know you want that extra five minutes in bed, but it’s only going to make you more exhausted! In fact, trying to sleep after the snooze will only effect you negatively. You may even miss that important meeting because the more you hit snooze, the more your brain will start ignoring the alarm signal!
7. Have A Good Breakfast
Ever since forever, people have been saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; and it’s true! Breakfast fuels your body for the day ahead, so don’t forget to have a meal before you head out the door.
8. Try Exercising
If you exercise after you wake up, it’ll get your heart pumping and give you lot of energy. (Take it from me, I feel much better after getting up this morning and working out.)
9. Stay Hydrated
This is the one I struggle with the most. Hydrating yourself as you’re getting out of bed makes you more alert. Try keeping a glass or bottle of water next to your bed and drinking some as soon as you wake up.
10. Put Your Phone Down
Did you know that blue tones actually make you stay up. Now think about social media and texts. Blue everywhere! Say goodnight to your phone a good hour before you head to bed. Try reading instead!
Even as a night owl, you can still have a productive morning! Set a plan, remember it, and stick to it. These tips are actively helping me and I hope they help you too.
Happy Monday! xoxo