February 24, 2015
February 10, 2017
We all know February can be a particularly rough month (especially when you live in a city as freezing as Chicago). When it’s dark, gloomy, and literally colder in the city than on Mars, it makes it even more difficult to get up early and get your day going. I’m not going to lie, I’ve done my fair share of sleeping in, but with the New Year, I’ve been consciously trying to get back into the routine and lifestyle of a morning person. It was tough at first, but there are so many benefits that make it worth it. As I started to wake up earlier, I found myself being more productive at work and feeling less groggy. I also found myself feeling more optimistic and making healthier choices. I even felt like my sleep quality improved over time! Here are a few tips that helped me transition into becoming more of a morning person:
Set an alarm, and DON’T hit snooze
I’m the type of person who only sets one alarm. When it goes off, I get up right away. If you let yourself lay there for a few minutes after it goes off or hit snooze, it just makes it that much harder to get up. Just rip the band-aid off right away and it will be a less painful process to get up and get going in the long run.
Sign up for a workout class the night before that you can’t cancel
Working out is a great way to wake up. I always feel super energized after I wake up early and go workout. Sometimes it can sound like a good idea before you are going to bed, but then when your alarm goes off at 6 AM it sounds like the worst idea in the world. That’s why I started signing up for classes that penalize me if I don’t show up. I’m so much more likely to get up and go if I know I will lose a class out of my package or will get charged money for being a no-show.
We all know coffee can be a life-saver. Give yourself that extra boost in the morning and help yourself wake up with a cup of joe.
Ditch the phone in bed
We’ve all been guilty of getting in bed and grabbing our phones to scroll through our social media pages one last time before calling it quits. But then next thing you know it’s 3AM and you’re knee deep in random cat videos and questioning your existence. Make it a rule to not go on your phone once you’ve hit the sheets and it’ll be way easier to fall asleep.
Go to bed earlier (duh)
As you get into a routine of waking up early, it just goes hand in hand that you’ll start to fall asleep earlier, making it that much easier to get up early.
Eat breakfast, and make it healthy
Eating a healthy breakfast like oatmeal or some yummy eggs will give you the energy you need to start your day and will keep you going throughout the morning.
Lastly, Just Do It