As someone who has not always been a ‘morning person’, I have tried many a tip and technique to help me wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed. It takes trial and error to figure out the ones that work best for you; often a combination of many of the tips works best. I’ve already shared some of my tips for gently easing yourself into waking up early in Part 1 of this series, so here are some more of my favourite ways to help you on your journey to becoming a morning person:
- Do something productive // Nothing sets you up for a great day like being super productive. Try writing a to-do list for the day or cleaning your room for 15 minutes. This will get your productivity flowing and you’ll want to keep it up for the rest of the day.
- A quick burst of exercise // Do 10 star jumps to get the blood pumping round your body and lots of oxygen to your brain! You’ll feel amazing! (Cheat: if this just sounds all too HORRENDOUS, you could try doing snow angels in your bed instead)
- Move your alarm far away // If you’re tempted to hit snooze, place your alarm on the other side the room so you physically have to get up out of bed to turn it off. Once you’re on your feet, you’ve already done the hardest part of waking up!
- Accountability Buddy // Remember your accountably buddy you made in Part 1 of this series? Go do something fun with them! You could go out a morning walk and enjoy how peaceful the world is when it’s early. Or if they live far away, you could watch a series on Netflix at the same time in the morning as each other and call them immediately after to discuss the latest episode!
- Identify your Self-Sabotage behaviours // What it is you hate about waking up? Figure out what makes it so difficult for you then create a plan to combat it. If you like staying in bed because you’re toasty and it’s too cold to get up, schedule your heating to come on half an hour before you get up or wear fluffy pjs and bed socks to bed. Look at you go, ya little problem solving princess.
Remember that consistency is key and try not to set unrealistic goals. Telling yourself you’re going to wake up at 5am everyday in life from now on can feel very overwhelming. I used to be a very ‘all or nothing’ person and felt like I had failed if I had one bad day. Getting up early 3 days of the week consistently over the year is better than managing 9 days in a row, then giving up because you had one bad day!
Make sure to read my other tips from Part 1 (Part 3 coming soon) and try mixing and matching them with these ones to see what works best for you!
You’re gonna be a Perky Penelope in no time!