Becoming a morning person really is a difficult habit to get into.
During my teen years I was a night owl and loved staying up reblogging things on Tumblr, but in my adulthood, I’ve pretty much become accustomed to being a morning person.
Nowadays I almost never sleep in, I don’t go out past 9 PM, and I’m usually in bed by 11 PM.
I feel like being a morning person makes me so much more productive throughout the day and I get so much more done.
Today I’m sharing with you guys some of my tips on how to become a morning person and actually enjoy it!
1. Prepare for the morning the night before
Do you find yourself rushing to do a million things before you leave the house in the morning?
Lay out your outfit, pack your bag, and prepare your breakfast and lunch the night before.
This way, you’ll have a lot less to stress about the next morning.
Plus, it’ll make it easier for you to actually remember everything you need to take with you when you leave the house.
2. Swap out your phone for a good read
There are so many distractions when it comes to using your phone before bedtime, and even switching to night mode won’t always help.
Instead of scrolling through Instagram, try picking up a book instead.
For me, I find that reading before bed is much more relaxing for my eyes and it’s much more enjoyable to fall asleep doing.
Just don’t read anything too exciting or you’ll end up staying up anyway!
3. Have a comfy and cozy sleep environment
Going to sleep is so much easier when you’re comfortable.
Something I learned the hard way while sleeping on a couch with no blanket or heating in Iceland!
Invest in a high quality bedding set that’s soft and comfortable, so your sleep will be much more pleasant.
One thing that’s upped my beauty routine is a silk pillowcase and sleep mask, which not only makes it easier to sleep, but keeps my hair and skin in check.
4. Try essential oils
Lavender essential oil is popularly known for helping with both sleep and anxiety.
If you have an essential oil diffuser, let it steam before you sleep, or just rub the oil on your temples.
Alternatively, you can try LANEIGE’s Lavender Sleeping Mask or some lavender hand cream instead.
5. Get a good night’s rest
Sleep earlier so you can wake up earlier.
The average person needs about 8 hours of sleep a night, so if you have to be up for 7 AM, go to bed at 11 PM.
It ain’t easy to get up at 7 if you’re going to bed at 2 AM.
6. Set alarms every 15 minutes
Adam hates the fact that I do this, but I like to set alarms every 15 minutes from the time I want to wake up to the time I absolutely must wake up.
If you’re not a morning person, this will surely wake you the heck up and turn you into one!
7. Keep your phone in another room
It’s tempting to constantly hit that snooze button on your alarm.
To help with this, simply keep your phone in another room so that you have no choice but to get out of bed.
You don’t have to do this every single night – maybe just on days you especially have to get up on time!
This is something I often do when I travel, mostly because I have no other choice, but partly because we usually have busy itineraries to wake up early for.
8. Avoid going on your phone right when you wake up
If I go on my phone as soon as I wake up, I know I’m going to sit there for half an hour to an hour checking my notifications and browsing social media.
Instead, take your phone with you to the bathroom and get ready for work, school, or whatever you have to do that morning.
Watch Instagram stories or YouTube videos while brushing your teeth – pleasure and productivity at the same time!
9. Workout in the mornings
I don’t do this anymore, but I would love to get back into the habit of working out in the early mornings.
There was a period of time while I was in university that I would wake up at 6 AM and get workouts in before my 9 AM classes!
I felt super energized throughout the day and it made me enjoy mornings so much more.
Waking up early for workouts isn’t fun, but the feeling you get afterwards is amazing.
10. Coffee, coffee, coffee
I honestly think I drink coffee more out of habit than necessity, but I’m always in a better mood when I have it.
It’s delicious and something I look forward to in the mornings, whether it’s a hot coffee during cold winters or an iced coffee during hot summers.
If you’re not a coffee person, have tea instead.
How to become a morning person:
- Prepare for the morning the night before
- Swap out your phone for a good read
- Have a comfy and cozy sleep environment
- Try essential oils
- Get a good night’s rest
- Set alarms every 15 minutes
- Keep your phone in another room
- Avoid going on your phone right when you wake up
- Workout in the mornings
- Get caffeinated
While it’s not easy to suddenly become a morning person, you can make steps towards it, and eventually it’ll just be a regular habit.
Are you a morning person? What are your tips on becoming an early riser? I’d love to know in the comments!
P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on how to practice self-care daily.
Photos by Adam G.