Friday, 13 January 2017

Becoming A Morning Person

Let's face it, very few of us are morning people. It's not uncommon that we hit the snooze button a few times (or a dozen), before finally mustering up enough courage to rip back the bed sheets and even then we'd need a good cup of coffee to get out of that half-asleep state, which only reminds us that we ought to become better morning people.

Surprisingly, now that I've had time to adapt to my 7am mornings, there's just something I really enjoy about being an early riser. Getting up early has allowed me to take advantage of the daylight hours (which means more time to snap photographs and write blog posts), but its also made me much more productive over the years. So today I wanted to share a few tricks I've picked up, that will enable you to become a better morning person too.

-The Snooze Button: I have a confession. There used to be mornings where I'd find myself pressing snooze every ten to fifteen minutes, for an hour straight... and every time it would happen, I'd end up feeling doubly frustrated with myself when I realized that I could have just set my alarm much later and gotten a solid hour of sleep instead of a disrupted one. Hence why I suggest you avoid pressing snooze altogether... be realistic with yourself about what time you're going to get up and stick with that plan.

-Get A Head Start: Having time to relax in the morning is great, but it can feel even more liberating when you start your day off on a productive note. When I manage to sort through my emails or reply to comments before 9am, I feel motivated and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. This also means I can end my working day much sooner than expected.

-Have A Morning Ritual: To become a better morning person, you should make mornings something to look forward to. When I used to wake up late, I'd find myself rushing to make it out of the door on time and often I was so stressed I'd forgotten something important i.e. my purse. Now, I have enough time to sit and enjoy a proper breakfast before my working day begins, not to mention I'm able to catch up on all my social accounts too.

-Hydrate: This was something I actually picked up from an article several years ago... It's absolutely essential, that after a full night's sleep you start your day with a nice tall glass of water, lemon water or a herbal tea - why? because you've just gone several hours without hydrating and this can lead to fatigue. A good way to stay hydrated throughout the day, is to drink a bottle of water before every meal.

-Routine: Once you get into the habit of waking up early, try not to break it. Obviously it's okay to give yourself a break from time to time i.e. at the weekend, but if you're going to sleep in until 3pm, it's going to be much harder to get back into your routine come Monday. Motivate yourself by sticking to plans, such as a morning walk, or brunch.

I hope these tips come in useful, but make sure that if you're going to get up early tomorrow morning, that you've also had a good/early night's sleep too!

Are you a morning person? What advice can you give to those who aren't?

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