Yep, it’s happened, I’ve become a morning person. I know what you’re thinking, ‘never gonna happen, night owl for life!’ But if you have to do it, you will find a way, and I found my way. Here are just a few tips that I follow to make sure I stick to being a morning person!
A Comfy & Inviting Bed
A good sleep starts with a comfortable place to sleep. Whether your dream bed is a mountain of cushions and throws, or a minimalist, MUJI-style sleep haven, your real bed should reflect this as much as possible. Make your bed a place you want to spend time in – and you will look forward to the time you spend there! You’ll start to notice that you look forward to going to bed!
The White Company
Tidy Room, Tidy Mind
There’s nothing more distracting than a pile of washing when you’re trying to get to sleep. So if you have time, tidy your bedroom! Put it as a priority above any other household chore – it affects one of your vital needs, so it’s important! Waking up in the morning to a tidy bedroom is great motivation for a good day ahead!
Let Go Of Your Worries
Your sleep time is your time, and your mind will only shut down when you stop worrying and thinking about all the things you haven’t done. One of the best ways to clear your head is to physically write all these worries or chores down, lie back, take a deep breath and let them go. They’re written down as a reminder for you, you won’t forget, and they don’t need to be done right now! Here are some of my favourite little pads to help you out!
Sometimes it’s good to just say no, and stick with what you originally planned. If you said you were going to have an early night, just do it! Yes, wouldn’t it be great if you watched the next episode of iZombie. Come on guys, is this really more important than how you’ll feel tomorrow if you don’t get enough sleep?
A lot of the time we make life hard for ourselves because we don’t want to miss out on anything, and we want to live in the moment. But, in reality, you need to give yourself a break. Turn the TV off, put your phone down, and take some time out for you every night. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, just letting go of everything that’s going on around you will help you in getting your priorities right, and knowing what your body needs. The sooner you listen to your body, the easier it will be to become a morning person.
Night Time Routine
Routine is a pattern you form in your memory, and if you don’t have a routine, it’s very hard for your body and mind to know what to expect. Treat yourself to a bath bomb, start a skincare routine, or meditate. Whatever you do, make it something that relaxes you and, even better, makes you sleepy! Cut out caffeine and snacks a few hours before bed, and you’ve got the perfect set up for a restful night.
Rise and shine! Eurgh, no thanks, close the curtains, turn the alarm off. That’s how I used to feel most days, and I’m sure you can relate. But whatever you do, do not snooze! Snoozing your alarm is one of the worst things you can do. Instead, set your alarm for a realistic time – leaving enough time to get ready before you have to leave the house or do anything important.
If you’re feeling a little flush, the Lumie Bodyclock is an alarm that could make the actual waking up process a whole lot easier, by gradually introducing light into your room. With the sunrise feature you wake up naturally and slowly – this will help avoid that knee jerk reaction to a blaring alarm tone.
If you need a cheap and quick fix – in other words, like me, you can’t afford a lumie alarm clock just yet – find a song that makes you laugh, or smile at least, and set it as your alarm tone. Who cares if it’s by an artist you’d never admit to liking – if it gets you smiling the moment you wake up that’s all that matters! Even better – choosing a song that you can’t help but dance to is a great way to get moving at the crack of dawn.
Once you’re awake, the first step you take should be to listen to your body and figure out what it needs. Keep a carafe or jug of water by your bed so you have something to quench your thirst as soon as you wake up. Have a yoga mat at arm’s reach or rolled out flat next to the bed so it’s the first thing you feel under your feet when you get out of bed. It reminds you to take the time to wake up naturally, and is a great way to calm your mind ready for the day ahead. As time goes on and you become more adjusted in your morning routine, try to set your alarm earlier, and spend more time stretching and exercising before you get ready. If you’re feeling uninspired, or not sure where to start, check out Yoga With Adriene and Carly Rowena for ideas!
Yoga with Adriene
Have any tricks up your sleeves that I haven’t mentioned? Are you a morning person and have your routine nailed down? Or maybe you’re still struggling with your rises and shines? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or send us a tweet @Gypsy_Dreams_ and let’s get a discussion going! Soon we’ll be kicking the ass of all mornings to come!