It’s now officially summer, and with that comes brighter mornings and brighter evenings!
So, you’d think waking up earlier would feel easier, right?
In an ideal world, as soon as the alarm goes off, you’d jump out of bed, into the shower and be ready to start your day without worrying about rushing out the door.
But, it’s not always that simple, especially if you’re not used to it and you don’t have a routine.
I wanted to help you tackle how to wake up earlier…
… So you feel refreshed and ready for the day, you’re able to get more done, all without cursing the alarm clock.
Tips To Wake Up Earlier
First, don’t rely on yourself.
That might sound strange, especially as only you can make changes…
But if you’re not used to waking up earlier, your body will struggle to do so.
You know those morning where you wonder why you snoozed without waking up or kept hitting snooze to get ‘another 10 minutes’?
That’s exactly why, we need to be clever and make simple changes, to set us up to succeed.
One of the things I do, is put my phone alarm on my chest of drawers across from my bed.
Sounds odd right?
Well, I found that when I could reach my alarm while still lying in bed, I’d be more likely to hit snooze.
Put your alarm across the room, make it loud and choose an annoying sound, so your only options is to get out of bed to turn it off…
Then whatever you do, don’t get back into bed!
Next – wake yourself up!
The toughest part about waking up earlier than normal is the ‘fogginess’ we all have first thing.
The kind that makes you want to sleep, sleep and sleep!
The first thing I do, after walking across the room to turn my alarm off, is splashing my face with cold water and do some stretching.
If stretching isn’t your thing, use the time you have in the morning to go for a brisk walk for 10 minutes.
When I don’t, I feel slower and take longer to do everything I need to do.
Now, let’s talk coffee…
A lot of people say it’s bad for you, but only if you drink too much – here’s how we make caffeine your friend.
If you use coffee to stay awake later and to get you through the afternoon ‘slump’, switch to using it as part of your morning routine instead.
Have a cup of coffee in the morning after drinking a glass of water and use the caffeine to give you focus.
I usually stop drinking coffee by midday.
My final tip – build a morning routine around something you look forward to doing.
I used to spend my late nights watching TV series and laying in bed…
Now I truly look forward to my quiet mornings.
Here’s A Morning Routine That Works For Me:
- Wake up between 5:30 and 6:00 am
- Drink an entire glass of fresh water with lemon (I always make sure there’s a big jug of it in the fridge)
- Splash my face with cold water to wake me up
- Spend 5 minutes stretching my entire body
- Maybe go for a walk, run, or workout in the gym
- Grab a hot coffee and read
Then I’m set up for the rest of the day!
There’s something special about being awake early and knowing that you’re improving the quality of your life and able to get more done.
As a result, you have more time to do what you enjoy – instead of being in a rush everyday like most of us are!
Whatever becomes part of your morning routine, make sure you’re consistent so it becomes a habit you do without thinking.
– You’ll feel happier and more energetic.
– It will help you get through your to-do list a lot quicker.
– There will be a lot more time to spend with family and friends.
– You’ll feel more motivated to get up and go.
The best part?
You’ll achieve all of this just by making small changes to the first couple of hours to your day.
So, there’s my morning routine – what’s yours?
If you’ve transitioned from a night-owl to an early bird, what was your favorite change?
Here’s to waking up earlier and getting more done!