Ever wonder how some people are so chipper in the mornings? Well today I’m sharing 7 ways to become a motivated morning person!
When I was in high school and in my college undergrad years, I was by no means a morning person. I hated waking up early, let alone trying to start accomplishing things. But as I got older and started realizing the benefits of being a morning person, I worked hard on becoming more motivated to wake up early and start the day!
Some of this motivation stemmed from the fact that after 8am, there was literally NO WHERE to park on campus unless I wanted to walk a mile to class. I didn’t want that. So, my choice was more of a “become a morning person or keep being late to class” kind of deal. Regardless of that, I wanted to share with you my top 7 tips for becoming a motivated morning person!
Tip 1: Plan Your Day In Advance
I love knowing what I’m going to do tomorrow and having it all planned out. If I schedule something for the morning, this motivates me to set myself up for a good sleep and an early rise. Being excited about your day can really help you transform into a motivated morning person. When you don’t know what’s going on or what your schedule is like, you’ll be more likely to stay in bed and waste the day away. I love using my Erin Condren Life Planner to plan my days and weeks in advance. It’s easy to keep track of everything and get excited when I see everything laid out for me.
Tip 2: Make Your Alarm Your Favorite “Pump Up” Song
When this certain song came out, I knew I had to make it my morning alarm ASAP. The super, amazing, pump up song was #Beastmode by Julian Benasis ft. Gametime Henderson-Vine. There’s a certain part of the song that makes me go, well, into beast mode. The lyric is “wake your ass up cause it’s time to go beast mode”! Talk about motivation at its finest.
Tip 3: Start Setting Your Alarm In Earlier Increments
If you normal don’t wake up until 11am without an alarm, why not try setting an alarm for 10:30am? Do that for a few days and then change it to 10am. Keep doing that every couple of days to allow your body to adjust to the new wake up time. Eventually you’ll get to a point where if you wake up every day at 7am with an alarm, your body will start waking up naturally around the same time.
Tip 4: Don’t Hit The Snooze Button
The snooze button is just a lame excuse that ruins our sleep. If you properly train your body to wake up at an early hour, then the snooze button should be a thing of the past. If you don’t have to be up until 7am, don’t set your alarm for 6am. You’re going to interrupt your sleep cycle and you’ll end up feeling exhausted. Just get that extra hour of sleep, wake up, and be a motivated morning person.
Tip 5: Take A Cold Shower
Now don’t do this if you’re in a cold weather spell! No need to get pneumonia. But, nothing says wake the f**k up like cold water raining down on you. Don’t leave the water on freezing, but definitely a cool shower in the morning will perk you right up and get you ready to start your day!
Tip 6: Drink A Hot Beverage
Warm liquids get your digestion system revved up and ready to go. So start your morning with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or lemon water. I love all three but stick to mostly green tea and lemon water. Both are great for energy, glowing skin, and detoxing the body. But every now and then a nice cup of coffee satisfies a craving that we all have. I highly suggest ending your day, before bed time, with hot tea or lemon water as well. My acupuncturist taught me a great deal about how finishing your day with cold food or liquids actually stops digestions and can ruin your sleep with heartburn or gas. So rest better by having a hot beverage before you hit the hay!
Tip 7: Hit The Gym Before Everyone Else
This, for me, started when I was at FSU. Like I mentioned before, after 8am there was literally nowhere to park. So I started signing up for the 6am spin classes at the gym. This gave me something to look forward to each day, not many people were at the gym, I could find a great parking spot the I could leave my car in all day, and I got an intense workout in before my body realized what was happening. And that rush of adrenaline while working out fueled my energy levels for the day! It also left me exhausted at the end of the day so a deep sleep was always coming my way!
Are you a morning person? How do you get motivated in the mornings?
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