Do you wake up each morning and immediately need to drink a cup of coffee? If you’re not a natural morning person, that’s okay! There is another way to wake up feeling energized, focused, and ready for the day. This method is simple and free; the only thing you need is a little self-motivation! The secret to becoming a morning person is to create a morning ritual.
I was never truly a morning person until I created a routine for myself. Each day I have an alarm set at least half an hour before I actually need to wake up. (This is where the self-motivation comes in, it’s so tempting to stay in bed!) Once I’ve turned off my alarm and gotten up, I immediately begin my morning ritual.
I created my morning routine with purpose; drinking a glass of water helps avoid dehydration and taking the time to stretch is stress-relieving. I’ve already talked previously about how important to-do lists are, and including this at the beginning of my day helps to stay focused. Finally, exercising boosts my metabolism and leaves me energized for the rest of the day!
As you start thinking about what you want your morning ritual to be, keep in mind you’re doing this for yourself. You’ll be waking up before the rest of the world which means you don’t need to respond to your e-mails yet or worry about getting ready for work. Really acknowledge how you want to better yourself and find a way to work this into your routine. Some ideas are meditating, having a cup of tea, watching the sunrise, reading the newspaper, or journaling. Once you figure out how you want to begin your day, starting is simple!
Set your alarm at least five minutes earlier than usual. You might dread this at first, but once you begin feeling the positive effects from your morning ritual, you’ll start to look forward to this! After you get into this habit you can then start waking up 10 or 20 minutes earlier. Before you know it, you’ll be a full-blown morning person!
I understand mornings can be extremely busy and hectic which is why taking the time to start your day right is so important. Find a way to bring positivity into your life from the minute you wake up and it’ll leave you feeling focused and energized all day. With a little determination you can easily become a morning person too!
How do you usually start your day? Share in the comments!