A few months ago, there was no way you could drag me out of bed before 10AM. Nope. Not gonna happen. Sleep was very special to me and anyone who gets up before 8AM was crazy. And anybody who got up before the sun was up was absolutely insane. My bedtime was 3AM and I loved it. Completely loved it. There were times where I had to work at 5AM and I knew I wouldn’t wake up so my only option was to stay awake. I know, it wasn’t healthy one bit.

After having a baby I was forced to be up early and actually needed sleep for this. I was transformed into the morning person I never thought I’d be. I’m up between 4:30AM and 5:30AM. Becoming a morning person changed my life completely! I have a better outlook on life and my productivity is through the roof. Something about being up before the sun while most people are sleeping that makes me feel like such a boss babe. Looking back at it, I’m the type of person that I used to call crazy and I’m so in love with morning it’s really ironic. The peace and quiet gives me time to pamper myself and do a self-care routine. Since I get up crazy early I also have time to get work done with fewer distractions (aka a crying baby). In addition, my energy is up and my positivity makes me feel like I can conquer anything the day throws at me.

If you want to transform into a morning person, girl, I got you! With making a few simple changes and developing new habits you can become an early bird too.  If you’re nowhere near being a morning person and think it’s too complicated, these small steps will guide you in the right direction.

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PREP FOR THE MORNING

Change your bedtime.

I know, you’ve probably heard this a million times and a million times it never works. Well, you probably haven’t tried it the right way. If you normally go to bed at 2AM, rolling in bed at 9PM won’t solve anything. Your body won’t be used to it and you’ll be up tossing and turning for hours. So here’s a sleeping plan. The first week you head to bed 30 minutes earlier than your usual time. The second week increase it by an hour. And each week after you increase it 15min – 30min. It’s such a small change that you’re body will hardly realize it and soon enough you’re at your target bedtime! Be consistent and patient. I know that’s hard on weekends, but do your absolute best.

Waking up at the same time every day helps keep your body on a natural sleep cycle.

Create a nighttime routine.

I’ve been really obsessed with routines lately and in some ways, that’s a very good thing. A bedtime routine is essential to your mornings. They fall hand-in-hand. Once you’re in the habit of starting your routine at the same time and doing the same tasks, your body will will know ‘It’s time to wind down!’ Here are some ideas to help you create your own nighttime routine:

  • put away the phone an hour before you plan to fall asleep
  • read for 30 minutes
  • relaxing bath with lavender
  • meditate
  • tidy up the house for 10 minutes
  • prepare your clothes for the next day
  • bedtime yoga
  • setting your coffee timer
  • gratitude journal (handwrite! avoid using a computer) my favorite is the 5minute journal!

CONQUER THE DAY

Set your alarm!

Again, this one is so cliche but it absolute essential! Don’t go on hitting snooze a million times. This is where your self-discipline comes in and once your alarm goes off, you get up. I love using the Sleep Cycle app because it will not only analyze your sleep (which is pretty awesome and I love to see it every morning) but it also gradually wakes you up. Do you ever wake up one morning and realize you slept through your alarm? Since it gradually wakes you up within a 30 minute period, it really does wake you up. Since using it I have never slept through an alarm and noticed that I wake up more energized.

Once you’re up, don’t go back to sleep. This step will probably be the hardest and take the most discipline, but you’ll learn to love it. I promise.

Establish a morning routine.

Just like your bedtime routine is important, your morning routine is important too. Think of it like this: once you wake up you know what you’re going to do. Instead of wasting time and most likely falling back asleep, you’ll head straight into a morning routine. The first tip is to give your morning routine plenty of time. The worst feeling is to feel rushed. Know what you want to do, estimate a time, and don’t forget to put in how long you take to get ready! Here are some ideas to help you create your own morning routine:

  • meditate
  • exercise
  • eat a healthy breakfast
  • gratitude journal
  • dry brushing after a shower (helps with feeling energized and more awake)

TIPS TO HELP YOU OUT

Wake up early every day of the week. Yes, even weekends.

Once you’re using your routines, you have to stick with them! If you wake up at 6AM every weekday and then Saturday comes and you sleep till noon, you’ll be screwed. I know it’s hard. You’re going out on weekends and you know you don’t have a lot going on, but try as hard as you can! Maybe it’s not as early as you do during the week, but try only sleeping in for an hour more.

Stay motivated!

It’s easy to look at everybody else sleeping in on weekends or simply going with the flow. It can be discouraging when you’re trying to be productive as possible and everyone around you is doing the bare minimum. It’s like they can get by doing that, why should I do all this? Know that a simple habit of getting up early, having a morning routine, sleeping early can make such a difference in your life! You can get a whole lot more done while everyone else is sleeping. The feeling of achieving your goals is like no other. Use your goals as motivation to get up each morning excited to start the day!

What early morning struggles do you currently have? Any tips that are working for you now?

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