A positive, productive day starts with being able to get out of bed and get going. Which is all well and good, but early starts, dark mornings and chilly temperatures can all make it feel like far too big a challenge to be starting a new day!
I definitely consider myself to be a morning person, finding it much easier to be awake and alert first thing in the morning, and having a hard time staying awake much past 10 pm. Yet even despite this personality advantage, there are still plenty of mornings when the alarm is very unwelcome and I'd much rather stay in bed. For the days when a lie-in is simply not an option, these are my tips for making it easier to get out of bed and get on with the day.
How to make waking up easier
1. Get a sensible amount of sleep
Sounds obvious right? Well we might as well start simple. Getting plenty of sleep allows us to wake up feeling properly refreshed and rested. How much sleep you require varies from person to person, but try and get what you need by going to sleep at a reasonable hour. A good morning starts the night before!
2. Set one alarm- no snoozing!
Be realistic with your alarm - it can be tempting to set an earlier one with good intentions, but if you know you'll likely ignore it, then just set one for the time you actually need to be up. Setting alarms that you don't wake up to can confuse your brain - whereas a single alarm you respond to is a signal to your body to get up!
3. Make your morning productive
I like having some "me-time" in the morning so it's an enjoyable period, rather than a frantic rush, focusing on where I need to be. It's a great way to start the day positively. Some people like to fit in a work out or stretching session, others like to make time to read. I like giving myself an extra twenty or thirty minutes in the morning to catch up on blogs, watch TV or just sit and enjoy a hot drink.
Our body temperatures actually change with our sleep-wake cycle, cooling down as we sleep and warming when we're awake. Setting the heating to come on approximately twenty minutes before you wake up (or longer if your room heats slowly) makes it far easier to transition from under-duvet, to upright.
5. Have an outfit ready
You don't necessarily need to have laid out every item of clothing, but mornings are much easier when you've eliminated any big decision making! Just make sure the outfit you think is clean, ironed and waiting in the wardrobe is actually there...
6. Have a breakfast worth getting up for
Food is great motivation to do just about anything, and an exciting breakfast is a brilliant example of this. It doesn't have to be an Instagram-worthy affair, just something that makes you want to get out of bed and eat it! Whether it's a bowl of lovingly prepared overnight-oats, your favourite chocolatey cereal, a stack of pancakes or the promise of poached eggs, having something to look forward is a great way of starting the day positively.
7. Put the radio on
Breakfast radio is all about getting everyone up and ready for the day ahead! You can use the radio as your alarm, or stick it on first thing as you wake. I really love knowing that I'm not the only person having to drag myself out of bed that morning, and the uplifting music might be all the motivation I need to throw back the covers.
8. Get things ready the night before
Make life easy. Having your bag packed, lunch prepared and purse/keys/coat somewhere sensible makes for a much smoother morning. Whether that's an extra ten minutes in bed, or time for some stretching or reading is up to you.
9. Have a nice alarm
Nobody likes a rude awakening, and many people hate the sound of their alarm! A harsh alarm doesn't fill me with positivity or make me want to get up, so I use the radio to wake me up. Alternatively rotating between gentle-sounding alarms can make for a much calmer start to the day (you can always set a back-up for a minute or two later if you are worried that you'll sleep through it).
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What are your top tips for being a morning person?