Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a horrific morning person. I usually struggle to get out of bed, hit snooze a million and one times, rush around, pull myself together enough to make coffee and hit the road. I often dream of having a life where I do not have to wake up to the alarm clock. One where I can quietly drink my coffee while I watch Kathy Lee and Hoda. But until then, I have found a few tricks to help ease the morning struggle.
How to (Almost) be a Morning Person Tricks:
- Prepare your things the night before – I try to get as much done as possible the night before, especially on work nights. I lay out my clothes for the next day, pack my lunch, and make sure the coffee is ready to be turned on as soon as my feet hit the floor. Having these little things done beforehand eliminates the time wasted going “Hmmm what should I wear today?”
- Avoid the Snooze Button! – I’m serious… do NOT hit the snooze. It only makes getting up harder. I have a horrible habit of hitting the snooze button over and over again and not getting out of bed until the last possible second. NEWSFLASH: The snooze button does not make you feel more rested! To break this habit, I moved my phone out of reach and started setting multiple alarms back to back. Do whatever it takes to get your feet on the floor.
- Allow yourself time to “wake up” mentally – Nothing is worse than realizing you’ve overslept and having that feeling of rushed panic. Try to allow yourself 10-15 minutes to stretch, make a to-do list for the day, read, or just sit quietly for a minute. This little bit of me-time helps you tackle the stresses of the day with a little more mental clarity.
- Drink water – I’ll admit, I really struggle with this. Unless my drink is caffeinated I really have no interest in it. But we go 7-8 hours without drinking any water while sleeping! Even if your body isn’t telling you that it’s thirsty, it probably is. Water helps your body flush out toxins and fires up your metabolism to start the day.
- Get to bed on time the night before! – I am a night owl, it is easy for me to get caught up binge watching Netflix or reading chapter after chapter of a good book. This is a vicious cycle to get caught up in. I started using Apple’s “bedtime” setting under the alarm clock app. You can set what time you need to wake up in the morning and how many hours of sleep that you want to get. It will then give a notification of when you should start winding down for bed. It sounds silly but trust me, it helps.
I hope these tricks help us all get to work (almost) on time. Comment below and let me know of any morning hacks that you use!