Sunday, 23 November 2014

9 Tips For Making Mornings Easier

How to make it easier to get out of bed

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

Out of Bed


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!

Setting an alarm for morning

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.


Reading a book in the morning


Morning cup of tea to wake up

 4. Wake up warm

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. 

Morning porridge with fruit


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.

Bedside radio

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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Top tips for easier mornings


What are your top tips for being a morning person?
Jennifer
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22 comments

  1. Such a nicr post Jenny. I totally agree with preparing everything the night before especially the outfit. It just saves you the stress and it is so much easier 😊

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    1. Oh definitely- I just need to make sure I'm decisive the night before haha!

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  2. I love that you said food because that is definitely my motivation. xD If there is the promise of good food, I'll do (almost) anything.

    xo, Rachel
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    1. I think food is a great motivation- so long as you stay reasonably healthy with it! X

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  3. Love your advice. I have to get up every morning at 6am and I find the song 'sunrise' great!

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    1. Ahh wow- I'm not sure how good I would be if I had to get up at 6am every morning! I will have to check out that song :)

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  4. I use to wake up to my radio a lot in senior school that always use to be a big help. I still use an alarm (on my phone) but I actually tend to wake up way before it (and if I don't set on i'll sleep in - sods law) lol.

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    1. Yeah, I just find the radio much more pleasant to wake up to. If I've set the radio, I still set an alarm 'just in case'.

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  5. I think this is a great post. My problem is I can quite easily sleep through an alarm, so have to have a horrible one to actually wake me up! x

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    1. Thanks :) Ahh that's a good point! If I think my 'nice' alarm might not work, I sometimes have a back up one for a little later! X

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  6. I like leaving myself some me time in the morning too! I wouldn't exactly call myself a moring person but I'm not someone who cries when the alarm goes off. Pancakes for breakfast tomorrow...now if that's not motivation then I don't know what is!

    Heather x
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    1. Pancakes definitely sound worth getting up for- hope they were good! x

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  7. I'm not a morning person at all! I find it so hard to wake up early, will try to stick to these tips hehe. Thanks heaps. :)
    ♥Natalie
    Yours Truly, NY


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    1. Hope they help! You never know, this could be the making of you as a morning person! X

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  8. I totally agree with these except #2. I need 4 alarms to actually wake up. I end up sleeping through the first one anyway. Basically, if I don't have multiple there's actually MORE of a change of me sleeping in. Haha. :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  9. Breakfast worth getting up for is definitely good motivation! Thanks for pointing me over to your blog. I think this will help me tomorrow in my quest for motivation ♥
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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    1. I think it's probably the tip that makes the most difference to me! x

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  10. Goodness I needed this post! I find it so hard to get out of bed, especially now as it's getting colder outside. Sorting things out the night before is a great tip and I love listening to Smooth radio on my journey to work so maybe I'll stick it on when I get up too! Great post x

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    1. I'm glad you found this post! Smooth Radio is great in the morning :) x

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  11. I really enjoyed this post Jenny - I could definitely do with taking note of a few of these tips! I've really been struggling to get into a regular sleeping pattern lately and have fallen prey to snoozing about 5 times each morning, oops! x

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    1. I hope they come in useful! I feel much better for getting up as soon as my alarm goes off :) x

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