How to be a "morning person"

Do you struggle to get going in the morning? Here are 9 ways to become a morning person

Go to bed earlier. If you're going to be a successful morning person, you need enough sleep. Aim for a solid 8 hours - and that's from the time you switch your light off, not from the time you go to bed. Turn off the tablet and smartphone and go to sleep.

Set an alarm (and don't hit snooze!) If you want to be a morning person you have to get up early. It sounds obvious, but there it is. So, set an alarm (choose your favourite piece of motivating music, or uplifting sounds like birdsong as the alarm sound) and get up, don't hit snooze.

Get into a routine. Being a morning person is a habit and needs practice just like anything else. So get into a routine and stick to it for at least a week.

Throw the curtains wide. Let light into your room as soon as you get up. It will help you body clock adjust to your new routine and switch your brain to lets-go-mode.

Take it outside. The very best way to reinforce your new routine as a morning person is to get outside as soon as possible upon waking. Ideally, you'd do some gentle exercise: a walk around the block, taking your dog for a stroll, or perhaps a leisurely bike ride. If this isn't possible, stand in your garden or on your balcony for 10 minutes enjoying a cup of coffee. Look up at the sky and enjoy the peace and light.

Eat breakfast. Morning people are breakfast eaters, so eat something nourishing and nutritious as soon as possible. This could be a hot breakfast of oatmeal, or eggs, or something like Greek yoghurt with berries, or even a protein shake or smoothie. Your body and mind need the fuel.

Take a shower and get dressed. Now you're up, shower and dress for the day. This will prevent procrastination and make you feel energised, fresh and ready for action.

Get stuff done in the morning. The best thing about being a morning person is the fact that you'll be able to do more before 9am than most people do all day. Early mornings are prime creativity time for many people. So once you're dressed, have been outside and have eaten something - get stuff done. You'll be amazed at how much of your to-do list you can achieve in the morning hours.

Be organised. Of course, to tick off your to-do list, you first need a list. So prepare mental or written list of things you want to do in the morning. Start with the most important, biggest or most challenging one. It will feel amazing when you tick it off. And look how much of the day you have left!



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