We explore four ways to help you make the transition into a morning person.
1. Plan for the morning
If you sleep through until you ‘need’ to get up, you can miss the most beautiful parts of the morning. It can be peaceful and very productive if you plan your time efficiently. Take a small part of your evening to do a number of small tasks that can make your morning easier. This could be prepping your gym bag, picking out your work clothes or even making your lunch. These tasks will give you much more time to be mindful in the morning – enjoying breakfast, spending time with family, relaxing with your favourite TV show before the day kicks off – it all depends on what you want to do.
2. Regulate your sleep pattern
Most adults work best on between seven and eight hours sleep. Some get away with six, yet others need up to nine. It all depends on the person. But one thing is for sure – a regular sleep pattern is key. Try to go to bed early to get up early – this will give you more time in the morning and will leave you feeling refreshed, ready to attack the day.
Tip: Carry on your sleeping pattern into the weekend – this will make it easier to get up the following week.
3. Maximise your day and free up your evenings
Although many like to work a lot in the evenings, this means your early mornings suffer. A good thing to do here is to make a plan that enables you to cover more in the daytime. This can have a positive effect on your mood – removing the chance of you being grumpy and tired every morning when you stroll through the door at work.
4. Make it difficult to hit snooze
You set alarm clocks with the best of intentions to get up on time to get more things done in the morning. But when the alarm goes off, you tend to think you could do with a few more extra Z’s, so you press snooze. This can be a tough habit to break if you continue to do it over a long period of time.
To help you break this habit, try putting your alarm clock somewhere in your room where you have to actually get up to turn it off. This will give you the impetus to start your morning, rather than crawling back under the covers for an extra five minutes.