Ah, how I love the early mornings. Especially in the spring and summertime. Daylight kicks in, birds are chirping, silence is all around me, and there’s something special about the fresh air of a young morning. And not to mention, I can start my day with actually doing something productive. Waking up early is a huge motivation for me to get some work done and begin my day energized and refreshed.
I made it sound like it’s easy peasy to wake up early, didn’t I? But unfortunately… it’s not. At least in the beginning of setting up this routine. So, I thought I could share my tips with you that helped me jump right off the bed as soon as I open my eyes (unless it’s 2 AM, I would then rather close my eyes again, ha!).
So here we go.
My 7 tips on how to be an early bird (without flying around with your eyes shut)
Get enough sleep
It’s easy to expect from yourself to rise and shine early, but if you go to bed past midnight, you’ll probably give up in about… 2 days. If you don’t get enough sleep you will definitely not be as productive as you want to be. However, you will be tired at first (more on that later) in the process of trying to wake up early, but this is completely normal.
If you’re someone who consistently sleeps late, try to develop the habit of sleeping at an early time. Or try to get some sleep during the day. If you’re a mom, catch up on sleep when your kids are napping or having quiet time. If that’s not possible, try to sleep early or in between feedings in the evening. Same goes for the working individual and the other busy bees out there.
One of the first things you should do is drink some water. You’ll be amazed at the effect of this simple act on your body. you will feel more awake and your organs will thank you for it. Everything will work properly at the time you consume your delicious breakfast.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Eat foods that give you energy in stead of wear you down. Especially during breakfast. Let’s keep this point a bit broader. Eat healthy throughout the day! You need to give your body the nourishment it needs in order for it to be healthy and full of energy. By the way, forget the effect of healthy eating on your body (actually, don’t), the results you will get on your brain are maybe even much greater. Your body and mind need the right fuel to perform the best they can; you can’t expect otherwise.
Don’t overthink it
Yup. You have to mute out your thoughts when you wake up early and want to get out of bed. I think you know what I mean:
“What do 5 more minutes of sleep matter? I’m going to wake up anyway!”
“It’s so cold out there!”
“I need my sleep sosoooo much.”
“Why can everyone sleep, but me?”
“Tomorrow… I will wake up early tomorrow.”
If you’re going to let those thoughts
torture get to you, you will definitely, and I repeat, definitely fall back asleep. In addition to that: you will dread falling back asleep when you wake up the second time. Action point: as soon as you open your eyes, throw your duvet away (watch out for your husband) and get up. You will get better at waking up early sooner or later. This brings me to the next point:
Power through – you will get used to it.
Trust me. Eventually, you will develop a routine that will cause you to wake up early like it’s no one’s business. Yes, it’s kinda hard at the beginning, but it will get easier over time. It will even get to a point where you don’t even want to sleep in.
Let me tell you a little story.
I have an adorable baby of almost 6 months old now, and because I have been up late due to feeding her and up early (yes, another feed), I have been sleep deprived for months, to say the least. So my husband kindly (understatement of the year) offered to help out and watch my 2-year-old in the morning so I can get some sleep. Every time I slept a few hours after the first feeding, I woke up in the grumpiest mood. Every. Time. No refreshing, life giving sleep in the morning. It works so much better for me to stay awake and do something because I’m used to it. I have to stick with getting a nap or sleep in between feedings for now.
Have something to do
This is an important one. Have something to look forward to doing in the morning. Sometimes I get crafty (sewing for my business) or I get blogging. Sometimes I even clean and prepare breakfast before the apples of my eye wake up. You’ll be pleased with all the work you can do.
Don’t burn yourself out
Don’t be hard on yourself. If it doesn’t work for you if you try to set up a routine in consecutive days, try at another time. If it’s important to you, you will get there, promised!
In conclusion, you really don’t have to be a morning person to be an early bird. Everyone can achieve this, it just takes some work at the beginning. But believe me, you will be catching yourself one day, waking up with a smile on your face, exciting to start your day at a time you’re considering way too early at this moment.
I would love to hear from you! Do you have some tips on how to wake up early? Leave them in the comment section!