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How To Wake Up Early And Enjoy It
Have you ever wondered how some people manage to wake up early, almost at the crack of dawn, fit in a workout and have breakfast all before 7am? Oh, and seem happy doing it?!
The answer is simple- they have a kickass morning routine which they stick to.
Now, you may be thinking that this will never be you.
Your idea of a morning routine might be hitting the snooze button 5 times before getting up in a frenzy. After this, you will put on the same outfit you’ve worn 10 times the past month (because, of course, you have nothing to wear). That will end with you shoving a granola bar in your bag before bolting out of the door to make it to work on time.
Trust me, we’ve all been there.
This doesn’t have to be your reality. We are all capable of changing our habits, all it takes is a little extra effort from you, and patience.
I will say that again. Patience. This new change to your body will not come in a day or two, but it is worth the wait.
Soon enough, your biological clock will wake you up on its own. No joke- I wake up before my alarm a lot these days.
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Are you ready to join the morning squad? Read on.
It starts with the night before.
You know how I was talking about scrambling in the morning to find something to wear and eating breakfast?
To get out of the door well dressed and well-fed, prepare the night before. Pull out an outfit, steam it, and hang it all together so that it’s ready for you in the morning. Don’t forget shoes and jewelry!
You’ll also want to go through your bag, throw out any receipts or junk, and get it ready by the door for the next morning.
The next thing you’ll want to tackle the night before is breakfast.
Make something simple that you can enjoy the next morning. Overnight oats, a sandwich, chopped fruit, breakfast burrito, and egg muffins are some easy and fast breakfast foods you can prepare the night before that can hang out in the fridge until you wake up.
The last thing is to set your coffee maker for the morning if you’ve got one of those, and you’re done!
Setting the alarm.
Your ideal time to wake up might differ depending on your needs, but I think that 5 am is a good time to wake up for many people.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Soon you will be waking up at 5 am. Set the alarm all days in the workweek at 5 am. The goal here is to not snooze once it rings, which is why it’s a good idea to put your alarm clock away from your bed. That way when it rings, you will be forced to get out of bed to turn it off.
Make your bed.
Okay, so now that you’re out of bed, go ahead and make it. Making the bed first thing in the morning strangely gives a sense of productivity and accomplishment. It also makes your room look instantly cleaner and put together, which is bound to put you in a good mood.
This has been written about so many times, but it is one of the best things you can do for your body in the morning. Drink water, it’s good for you.
Meditation and working out.
Okay, so this might sound a little extra, you can even just close your eyes for a few minutes and enjoy the silence.
If you have fitness goals or want to get into yoga, the morning is the perfect time to get that out of the way. YouTube is great for short workout sessions that will get your blood flowing and get you ready for the day.
Spend 10 minutes cleaning up.
A few minutes every morning dedicated to picking up things which are laying around your house will work wonders in keeping your space tidy, and you won’t have to come home from work to a house which you’ll have to clean. You can get a lot done in 10 minutes, so set a timer and go!
Shower, get dressed and have breakfast.
Make sure you take a moment to appreciate how good you look in that outfit you’ve prepared!
Make a to-do list.
This one is a lifesaver. In the morning our brains are the most alert, so take advantage of that and write down everything you want to accomplish. I usually write my big goals first and go from there.
I prefer the old fashioned pen and paper route, but you can easily make a to-do list on your phone. Find out what works well for you. Or you can invest in a planner to help you slay your goals!
You don’t have to stick to this list if it’s not working for you. Feel free to rearrange some of these things around in order to fit your lifestyle and personal growth goals.
And like I mentioned earlier, habits take time to form. Whether it’s waking up early that’s your goal or something else, consistency is key.
Do you have any tips on waking up early? Leave a comment down below!