Are you a night-owl trying to become a morning person? Or are you entering your ‘IT GIRL’ era and want to implement more healthy habits into your day to day life? If you answered YES, then you better keep reading…
“Win the morning, win the day” is a common phrase you may hear but it’s true, what we do in the morning sets us up for the day ahead. Not only does a morning routine set the tone for the day, it allows us to have control over our schedules rather than letting our schedules control us. Whilst there are so many benefits to becoming a morning person, through implementing small but impactful habits into your morning routine, you will begin to notice a range of differences in your day. This may be increased productivity, increased focus levels or you have more energy to power through your day.
If this sounds like the change you need in your life, follow along as we give you our 5 top tips to becoming a morning person!
PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE:
Prior to your day commencing, let’s BRAIN DUMP! Haven’t heard of a brain dump before? Simply write down everything you need to do the following day on a piece of paper and prioritise your daily tasks the night before. We also recommend setting 1-2 realistic goals for the day ahead so that you have a clear focus for the next day. This will help you get clear on what you want to achieve, setting yourself up for a successful day.
BONUS TIP: Set your clothes out ready for the next morning so this is one less thing you need to worry about.
GO TO BED EARLIER:
We cannot emphasise how important getting a good night’s sleep is! Not only is it important for your health, it allows both your mind and body to recharge before starting your day. First things first, ensuring that you are getting at LEAST 7 - 8 hours of sleep per night is vital. To become a morning person, you need to prioritise going to bed earlier than you normally do. Setting yourself a realistic bedtime goal to ensure you are getting a full 7-8 hours sleep is vital to training your body to adjust to its new sleeping schedule.
BONUS TIP: Set yourself a goal of waking up 15-30 minutes earlier each day. This will allow your body clock to slowly adjust until you have reached your desired wake up time.
LIMIT ANY DISTRACTIONS:
Now that you’ve brain dumped all of your thoughts & have established an earlier time to go to sleep, it’s time to limit distractions before going to sleep. Introducing… ‘DO NOT DISTURB’. If you have a smartphone, this feature truly is going to become your new best friend. By establishing a set time each night to turn on do not disturb you are limiting your temptation to aimlessly scroll through social media and will prevent you from having notifications wake you during the night.
BONUS TIP: If you don’t have the do not disturb feature, charge your phone on the opposite side of the room. This will limit your temptation to pick up your phone when notifications come through. PLUS this will also help you to get up in the morning when your alarm goes off.
MOVE YOUR BODY
If you struggle sticking to a routine during the week, we HIGHLY recommend moving your workout to the morning. Whether you go for a hot girl walk, participate in a group fitness class or even complete a home workout - moving your body first thing in the morning sets your tone for the day. Not only does it increase your energy levels, it releases endorphins which impact your mood (AKA making you happier).
MEL ROBBINS 5 SECOND RULE TO GETTING OUT OF BED
The 5 second rule is a simple yet effective way to act on a goal. For example, as soon as your alarm goes off you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it. “The moment you feel an instinct or a desire to act on a goal or a commitment, use the rule. When you feel yourself hesitate before doing something that you know you should do, count 5-4-3-2-1-GO and move towards action". Once you implement this rule, it can make getting out of bed that little bit easier.
BONUS TIP: Introduce a little bit of natural light into your room so when that morning sun rises it can help to wake you up.
Implement a step in your morning routine that gives you something to look forward to, whether it’s a coffee that you grab on the way to the gym or those delicious overnight oats you prepped the night before.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a morning routine that excites, motivates and inspires you.