If you’re not a natural morning person, the first few hours of the day can be rough. You’re probably grumpy and tired, and don’t feel ready to deal with life. But if you want to make the most out of your entire day, it’s important that you use your mornings wisely. If you can wake up early, feeling energized and raring to go, you’ll set yourself up for a productive and successful day.
The first step to making your time dynamic and effective is to lay the groundwork with a routine that helps you create a rewarding and constructive morning. It all starts the moment you open your eyes. Use these tips to ensure you wake up early, feeling energized and empowered.
- Sleep Rituals
- Bedtime rituals are habits that signal to your brain that it’s time for bed. These should be small, calming activities that quiet your mind and allow you to wind down. They might include making a cup of chamomile tea or reading a book before sleep.
- Many successful people and high achievers are early birds who get a ton done before most people have even taken their first sip of coffee. It’s not just about waking up early; it’s about having a morning ritual that will help you create the life you truly want to live.
- Develop a consistent sleep schedule
- By consistently going to bed and getting up at about the same time every day, your body will know what to expect — when it’s time for sleep and when it’s time to rise. You should aim to get your ideal amount of sleep most nights — usually somewhere between seven and nine hours.
- Treat every morning like Christmas
- If you constantly feel sluggish and humdrum in the morning, try changing the way you approach your day by changing your attitude about sleep. For instance, were you ever tired on Christmas morning as a kid, even if you didn’t get a lot of sleep? Of course not! That’s because you woke up excited. Even though you didn’t get enough sleep, you weren’t about to slow down.
- Wake up determined every morning
- If you get up every day with a sense of ambition and feeling determined to make something of your day, you’re setting yourself up for a satisfying day. Start your day with intention and feel motivated to jump into it.
- Move your alarm clock across the room
- By moving your alarm clock across the room, you’ll force yourself to get up to turn it off. This will reduce the urge to go back to sleep, as it will get you up and moving first thing.
- Create peace and calm in the morning
- Don’t allow stress and anxiety to wreak havoc on your morning. Quiet your mind by making time for purposeful silence. This is a chance to engage in mediation, practice mindfulness or even just sit quietly and allow yourself to feel peaceful. Start with five minutes and increase the length over time if it’s helpful.
- Do what is meaningful to you
- Do what is meaningful to you in the morning and you’ll set a positive tone for your whole day. If that means going for a run because you value exercise and want to get it done, then do that. If you value spending time with your family, then make time for that.