This post is as much for me as it is for you. I am most definitely not a morning person, but now that the clocks have gone forward and the days are lighter and longer, I’ve been feeling inspired to try and make the most of my mornings. I want to learn how to become a morning person and I’m hoping these tips will help the both of us.
No longer will we stay in bed repeatedly hitting the snooze button, waiting until the very last minute then jumping out of bed in a mad rush, wishing we’d just gotten out of bed earlier as we’re running to the train. That’s not an enjoyable way for anyone to start the day.
When Alive! asked if I wanted to try their Women’s Energy Soft Jells I saw it as the perfect opportunity to work on my terrible morning routine. These are the tips I’m slowly putting into practice to finally nail how to become a morning person.
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The night before
Set a bedtime – Start getting into the habit of going to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time that you can stick to and that ensures you’ll get 7-8 hours sleep. I know this is easier said than done, I for one am up writing this post half an hour past my bedtime but I promise I’m working on listening to my own advice!
Clear your head – Write down your to-do list for the next day so that you can go to bed without worrying about what you’ll need to do when you wake up. Write down your list and forget about it so that you can go to sleep with a clear head.
Prepare for the day ahead – Minimise the amount you have to do to get ready in the morning by preparing the night before. Pick out your clothes, pack your bag and prepare your lunch in the fridge so that it’s all ready for you to grab and go in the morning. This might seem like a lot of effort at first, especially when you’re tired but eventually it will become part of your nighttime routine and it will save you so much time in the morning!
Hydrate – Put a bottle of water besides your bed so that you can drink it when you wake up. It’s important to stay hydrated and drinking as soon as you wake up will give you an instant boost. I always follow this with warm water and lemon.
Keep your curtains open – Don’t close your curtains before you get into bed. Now that the clocks have changed we’re enjoying lighter and brighter mornings so make the most of it! Let the sunshine naturally wake you – but set your alarm just incase!
In the morning
Avoid the snooze trap – I am a lifelong snoozer and it is a habit I am desperately trying to break. Snoozing until the very last minute and then jumping out of bed in a panic is no way to start the day. Set your alarm early enough so that you have time to get ready at a comfortable pace, but not so early that you’re able to snooze your alarm. Put your alarm on the other side of the room if you have to so that you’re forced to get out of bed to turn it off.
Take your vitamins – As I said, I’ve been taking the Alive! Women’s Energy Soft Jells which are a unique dried blend of 26 fruit and vitamins. They are specially balanced just for us women with the full vitamin B complex to support normal energy. Suitable for vegetarians they’re made with orange and berry natural fruit flavours. I’ve honestly found I’m not feeling as tired in the afternoons since taking these soft jells.
Exercise – Whether you manage to go to the gym for an intense workout or just have time for a 15 minute yoga practice in your PJs, it’s all beneficial. Exercising in the morning fires up your metabolism, gives you a rush of endorphins and gives you a sense of accomplishment for the rest of the day. It’s also great knowing you’ve woken up to do something just for you, something that benefits you, rather than waking up to go to work for someone else, or to go to school because you have to. Take this time, whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour to work your health and fitness.
Eat breakfast – It is such an important meal and I can’t believe how many people still skip breakfast. Doing so will only make you hungrier throughout the day and prevent your body from utilising your energy stored and burning fat properly. There are plenty of healthy breakfasts that you can make in a rush – try one of these four easy oats recipes for a start.
These are the tips I’m slowly implementing into my routine to learn how to become a morning person. I say slowly because changing my terrible morning routine isn’t going to happen overnight. But that’s OK! Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to change everything at once, take on one thing at a time until eventually they become more of a habit and less of an effort. I started with just getting my bag, outfit and lunch ready the night before, now it’s become part of my everyday routine. As for the snooze part? Yea, I’m still working on that!
If you’d like tips on how to boost your overall energy (which can help with becoming a morning person!) then watch this video from Dietician and food blogger Nichola Whitehead.