We can often tell ourselves that we aren’t a morning person and that’s why we find it so hard to get out of bed in the mornings, when in reality, it is mostly down to your mindset. We all have the best of intentions in the mornings but when it comes down to it we find ourselves constantly hitting the “snooze” button and subsequently rushing around trying not to be late for work, again! But it is mind over matter and if you tell yourself that you don’t want to get up then you are actually only making it harder. Instead, be prepared and get up ready-to-go and seize the day!
Here are seven simple tips for waking up earlier and easier in the morning
1. Set your alarm one minute earlier everyday
It sounds technical and most people just set their alarm to one or two specific times but if you are serious about getting up earlier then this technique is definitely worth trying. Set your alarm one minute earlier everyday and allow your body clock to gradually change so that you will wake at the ideal time for you to get ready and out the door without any stress.
2. Look at what surrounds you
Technology surrounds us, nearly every corner of our room sits a device that requires an electrical current to power it. Often sleep patterns can be interrupted or disturbed by technology. Avoid using your phone right before you go asleep and instead train your body to fall asleep by itself without any distractions.
3. Move your alarm clock
If you have your alarm clock within arms reach, you can be sure that you are going to hit the "snooze" button! Instead, move your clock to a place that requires you to get out of bed in order to turn it off. That’s the easy part of the equation, now all you need it the determination and willpower to try to resist getting back into bed. Once you’re up, don’t go back, it's that simple!
4. Timing is everything
Bed, you are our favourite hello and hardest goodbye. Getting up during the dreary winter mornings can be difficult enough without having to pry yourself from the warmth of a cosy bed. In order to help make getting up on a cold morning a little bit easier, set your heating systems to a timer so when you get out of bed, your house is nice and warm.
5. Be prepared
We’ve all been there. Hit the snooze on our alarms one too many times and suddenly you're running around your house trying to find the match to your shoe while also trying to gather all the things you'll need for the day. Taking time the night before to get everything prepared is the best way to conquer the next day. Make the lunches, iron the clothes, pack the bags, do whatever you need to do the night before so that when you get up, you are ready-to-go and seize the day. Trust us, there is no better feeling than getting into bed knowing you only have to get up and get dressed.
6. Shower the night before
If you hate the idea of jumping into the shower in the mornings, then make sure you are prepared and have one the night before. Although, we have to admit that a quick shower when you get up can often be the best way to feel awake and refreshed in the morning.
7. Start your day on a good note
If you are not much of a morning person and find it hard to feel motivated in the early AM then why not play one of your favourite songs. Waking up to the sweet sound of a familiar and happy tune can really lift your morning mood.
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