I don’t do mornings
“I am not a morning person”
“It’s too dark, I will go for a run after work” (never happens)
“It’s too cold to get up, I will snooze for 5 more minutes”
“I am just lazy”
We could write a book of excuses why to stay in bed for an extra 5, 15, 60 minutes longer in the morning. Coming into the winter months it feels harder and harder to get out of bed in the mornings. If you asked me 2 years ago to get out of bed at 4.45am for work I would have laughed my head off and said ” I don’t do mornings”.
2016 is a very different story.
Watching the sun rise at 6.30am in Aberdeen after my first class
A normal weekday alarm for me is 5am now and i genuinely thrive off waking up 3-4 hours before the majority of people.
What changed? A dramatic change in career focused on helping people get their workout done BEFORE 9am forced me to getting into the “early bird” way of life. However I also now make the most of my days and have most of my days work out of the way by 1/2pm giving me the afternoons to do things I want e.g. yoga, walking, meeting friends etc.
A workout before work is much more likely to happen than one after work
– Carpe Diem
I believe it is all about your mindset. After reading the book “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod (I am not endorsed by him or the book it has simply genuinely changed my perceptions of the morning dramatically so would highly recommend reading it if you struggle with time). The mind is a powerful thing, if you tell yourself you are “full of energy and love waking up early” enough times your subconscious will start to believe it. As well as this we are habit-driven creatures, the more you get up early the better your body clock will work for you.
Some top tips which have helped me get over my morning monster:
1. Prepare the night before. It sounds simple and very “the night before school” but if you have EVERYTHING laid out ready to go you are consciously and subconsciously forcing your body to get ready for the early start.
2. Set your alarm with intention. If you tell yourself the exact time you are waking up and read it aloud 7 times you are much more likely to get up easily as your brain will tell your body how many hours it is getting and switch your body clock on. The nights I do this I often wake up 1 or 2 minutes before my alarm goes off.
3. DO NOT snooze your alarm. I have read so much about sleep patterns and one thing I have read multiple times is that snoozing is pointless. It may feel wonderful for those 3 minutes to doze back to sleep but you can’t physically fall back into a deep sleep in that time so you are not giving your body any real extra rest or energy for the day. Count down 3, 2,1 as soon as your alarm goes off and force yourself up, after a week I promise it will feel easier.
4. Drink a pint of water as soon as you get up. If you struggle with breakfast this may be tricky. However usually when we feel groggy in the morning it isn’t from a lack of sleep, it is mostly through dehydration, from 8 hours without water. This should make you feel instantly more awake. If it helps then pour it out the night before.
I hope these top tips help in some way. Comment below and let me know how you are getting on with your early starts!