Naturally people tend to either be an early bird or a night owl. I am the latter.
I do struggle to get going in the morning and I’ve always been a little envious of those who can get up in the morning and set to it (whatever ‘It’ may be!) straight away, without so much of an eyelid closure relapse!
The main thing I have realised – and I am totally clinging to this fact – is that although it can feel pretty horrendous being a morning person, I always fast forward just five minutes in the future in my head. And at this point, this five minutes later, the level of tiredness has decreased enormously. It really doesn’t take long for your body to think ‘OK, I’m up; I can do this!’.
OK, of course we need to wake up but how? How can we successfully be a morning person? Some people are lucky enough to wake up naturally. I am not one of those. I have two alarms. One on my phone as well as a normal one (just in case one fails). I’ve heard the daylight wake-up alarms are great too – they wake you up gradually and simulate the sun rising and therefore wakes your body up more naturally than just a couple of piercing, sleep-disturbing alarm shrills.
Early morning exercise is a well-known health benefit. I can almost see your eyes rolling!! Yes, I know exercise isn’t for everyone, especially first thing in the morning – but what about a stretch? Yes a lovely S – T – R – E – T – C – H. It’s a natural tendency for our body to want to stretch in the morning anyway so let it do its thing! A good stretch increases blood flow in the muscles. It can also help with any joint stiffness, aches and pains. And the best thing, it can help in being a morning person.
This one sounds too obvious but a quick shower not only of course cleans your body (no-one likes a stinker!) but also will fully awaken you. As for cleaning your teeth – it’s debatable as to whether you should clean them before or after breakfast so I’ll leave that decision to you. Either way a nice fresh mouth will set you up for the day.
We all know breakfast is meant to be the most important meal of the day but how many of us still skip it? Make time for breakfast. It will kick-start metabolism for the day and give you the energy your body needs after its awakening from sleep. If you really don’t have time, make sure you grab a healthy snack to take with you.
If you’re the sort of person who stresses in the morning – what to wear? – what to pack for lunch? – where did I put my keys? … then get everything ready the night before. It doesn’t take long to make a packed lunch, put your keys in the (same) safe place and get some clothes ready for the morning. It will really make for a calmer morning.
Make your journey enjoyable
Wherever you’re headed – be it school, uni, work etc – make the trip there enjoyable, not a chore. If you know your car journey is going to be impacted by other rush hour traffic, then put on your favourite music or listen to an audio book? Don’t stress. If your train journey is going to be long, take a book, a magazine or use the time to catch up with e-mails, admin or catching up with friends via your phone or tablet. Stay calm. Not only will your journey time pass quicker but you’ll feel you’ve achieved something at the same time.
So see what we did there? In just a few easy steps, we woke up and managed to leave the house to go to wherever we were meant to be going. So it’s not so hard being a morning person eh?!