Ask anyone, and they will tell you, I’ve never been much of a morning person. But when you have to be in the office at 9 am every day, becoming a morning person is a must. Especially if you want to be the girl who has her shit together, and a routine to match.
If you would have said to me five years ago, I’d be a self-proclaimed morning person I would have laughed you out of the room. I prided myself on being a night owl and staying up into the early dusk hours being creative.
But if there’s one thing that the switch taught me, it’s that there’s nothing like a morning for getting things done. Now, when I wake up, most of the majority of my tasks are completed by midday.
However, waking up and feeling ready to go isn’t as simple as it sounds. But there are little tips and ways to make this easier. So, today, I’ll share with you what I did to feel more energetic every day that made sure I was up and ready to conquer. And trust me, if it worked for me then it’s bound to work for you too!
So, when the alarm strikes, don’t be tempted to pull the covers back over your head and walk around half the day like a zombie. Because mornings don’t have to be something that you dread, and with these simple tips, they won’t be:
First things first, ditch the snooze.
Does anyone honestly wake up feeling more refreshed after that 7-minute snooze? It’s just a tease, taking you back to that magical sleep you were in only to be pulled back out of it a few minutes later. Turning off the snooze and allowing yourself to wake up straight away not only gives you more time in the morning but will also stop taunting you with the sleep you are no longer allowed to be in.
Plus, constantly snoozing your alarm can have some really bad effects on the body, and science can back me up with this! And this is something to think about, every time you snooze, and your alarm goes off is another time your shock your heart.
When you wake up, get out of bed.
We all do it when we wake up, spend at least ten minutes under the covers checking up on all the social media we have missed overnight, but the longer you lounge in bed, the more you want to stay there. Getting out of bed will stop you from so desperately wanting to stay there, so get up and browse your phone from the kitchen table.
The easiest way I find to do this is by placing my alarm across the room from my bed, so when it goes off in the morning, I’m literally forced out of bed to switch it off. And once you’re up, you’re up. To go back to bed straight after would be just criminal.
Head for the caffeine.
Energy doesn’t always come naturally, but caffeine can help to give you the boost you need. Having some shortly after awakening can help to eliminate that morning grogginess, setting you up to face the day.
Plus, there’s no better feeling than waking up with your morning brew of choice. This will really ease you into the day and will make sure you’re ready to go!
Don’t skip breakfast.
Are you one of those who claim to not be hungry in the morning? Well, you are. Don’t worry. I used to be that person too. But it’s important to realize that while you were sleeping, your body entered starvation mode, and while this can lead to you not having much of an appetite for food, your body needs it.
Remember that food is energy, and your mornings are more likely to be energetic if you have some fuel in you. Think about it; you can’t drive a car without fuel, which means your body won’t be able to function at its best either.
Break the rules, have carbs after dark.
On the topic of food, it’s time to break the ‘no carbs after six’ philosophy and carb up at night. Having a bowl of porridge before bed can not only give you a better night’s sleep, which will help you to wake up feeling refreshed but provides a slow energy release that will last through to the morning.
Beat the tiredness with exercise.
When you wake up feeling exhausted the last thing on your mind is probably going to be exercised. While an extra half an hour in bed may seem like the best solution, exercise may actually help you to feel more awake. Invigorating the body can eliminate tiredness, and the endorphins that are released from physical activity are likely to put you in a better mood.
Have something to get up for.
Often having no plans can lead to lazing. Whether you have plans scheduled or not, getting up and doing something can help to relieve you of your tired state. Even if you just go out and get some fresh air, spending your morning do something is key to provide you with the energy you need.
I remember that I used to scare myself into being awake. I would always leave one important task to do in the morning that I would have to update my boss on and because I hadn’t done it the day before means I have to wake up and do it right away.