Everyone wants to be a morning person whether it comes naturally to them or not. Waking up can be hard. Believe me, as a full time student, I know this feeling all too well. The world just seems too dark and cold when we could be curled up in our cozy beds. But the feeling of waking up early and getting a productive start to your day is far more rewarding in the long run. By embracing this extra time you allow yourself to slowly ease into the day so you can put your best face forward. Here are some of my favorite tips that work for me:
1. Plan your day the night before.
Almost every night before bed I write down a list of things I would like to get done the next day. I list them in order of importance so when I wake up I have my list and I can just get started. Checking things off is a great motivator for me to keep going. Of course things happen and my list might change a little, but having them all written down is a great visual to keep me on task.
2. Make your bed right away.
You’ve heard this one a million times by now. This seems like a silly one but really can make all the difference. As soon as you wake up and hop out of bed, just make it. This way you won’t be as tempted to crawl back in and can get started on what you need to accomplish for the day. Pros argue that if you begin your day with a small, completed task, then it feels easier to accomplish even more things going forward.
3. Get moving.
Whether it’s going for a walk or a full gym workout I always find a few extra endorphins in the morning never hurt nobody. Working out first thing in the morning sets tone for your whole day. It always puts me in a good mood and gets it out of the way! Also they are an excellent way to reduce stress and not have to worry about trying to force your way into the 5 P.M. gym rush.
4. Drink a big glass of water.
Drinking water is so so so important especially after a full night of sleep. Our bodies often wake up dehydrated so it’s crucial to fit in a big glass first thing in the morning to jump start our metabolism. Set a goal of drinking a big glass of water in the morning right after waking up—before downing a cup of coffee, before grabbing a bite to eat, before taking a shower—before anything. Make it a part of your usual morning repertoire to avoid feeling sluggish or tired.
5. Natural light.
Open the blinds! I know that bright morning sunshine isn’t always the first thing our eyes want to see but I promise it will help you get moving and lift your mood.
6. A good breakfast.
I don’t care what people say, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It doesn’t have to be anything super fancy but make sure it’s relatively healthy and something that can sustain you until lunch time. Having breakfast leads to better memory and improved attention skills and who wouldn’t want that?
Happy Sunday XOXO Anna