Becoming a morning person is a either an extremely gradual process, or something you’re born with. For me, it’s a mix of both. I naturally wake up around 5:30 – 6:00 am each day, unless I have to get up earlier for work, in which case I usually wake up in a blind rage, mad that I haven’t become successful enough to work from home and wake up on my own time. However, if I know in advance (AKA the night before) that I will be setting an alarm for an earlier start to the day, I like to prep a few things that night in order to make my morning look less like that scene in Home Alone before they leave before the airport, and more like the scenes in Home Alone when Kevin has the house to himself and is lovin’ life. Here’s a few tips to ease into an early morning.
- If you are planning on working out in the morning, go work out.
If I tell myself that I am going to squeeze in an extra morning workout before work, and then wake up and decide that staying in bed sounds better and I’ll just workout after work, chances are that isn’t going to happen either. I’ll be the first to tell you that trying to get moving in the early morning hours, especially during winter when it feels like below freezing outside of your sheets, is a real pain. That being said, if I suck it up and do it, then I feel like I’ve already accomplished something for the day, and it’s one less chore, or one less guilt trip after work. Also, if you need a quick gym routine that takes less than hour, look no further. Boom!
- Breakfast prep
While I also recommend lunch prepping the night before, breakfast prep also shaves a few minutes off your get ready time in the morning as well! You might be thinking, “So just pour a bowl of Apple Jacks in advance and then toss it in the fridge?” Yes, but preferably no. Another, and much more filling alternative is overnight oats! I’ve been using this strawberry and peanut butter recipe this week, and I love it! It keeps me full till lunch, and it takes no longer to than 5 minutes to prepare the night before!
- Take it easy
In the wise words of the only band my Dad listens to, The Eagles, try and “take it easy”. When it’s the night before don’t do anything that may potentially hinder your sleep, because as if waking up at an ungodly hour is bad enough, waking up after a restless night is even worse. Here’s a few things to avoid the night before:
- Caffeine (Obviously, but it bears repeating just so you know that a Diet Coke at 9 pm may not be the best idea)
- Booze (I’m not happy about this one either)
- Unfamiliar foods (Basically don’t try anything outrageous for dinner the night before. It’s always nice to avoid potential food poisoning.)
Now that we’ve covered the no’s, let’s share a few thing to try the night before:
- You may not be able to drink caffeine or booze, but you can drink chamomile tea (*collective boo arises from the audience*). Yeah, it’s not as fun, but it can help you unwind! Plus it tastes great if you mix in a little honey and lemon!
- Before bed, run through everything you were looking to get done that day (meal prep, making sure you have all work/school related items ready and handy, have alarms set, etc) like a mental checklist. The surer you are that all of your tasks are complete, the surer you are to sleep.
I hope this helps! Good luck, early birds!