I’ve been a morning person my whole life and my kids take after me. Well sometimes… they are early risers but if I wake them up before they do they tend to be a bit cranky, but I do digress.
If you struggle with waking up in the morning and often have a bad attitude until you’ve you’d had your coffee I’m here to offer you some support. But before I get into it please know that it takes time to change habits. Even after I’ve given you my tips you won’t become a morning person overnight, pun intended. You will have to work on it every morning.
Let The Sun In
If you currently have heavy, dark or light blocking curtains in your bedroom, I highly suggest you replace them with something that let’s the light shine brightly through your room. Or instead of closing them before you snuggle up in the bed, I want you to open the blinds.
Before you look at me all crazy remember that you came to this article because you want to know my tips on having the best morning person, okie?
If you wake up to a dark room your body can’t wake up quickly and you will find yourself hitting the snooze button over and over. But if the room is lit up with sunshine it will in some cases wake you up before your alarm especially if your alarm goes off after sunrise. The sun will drench your room and kiss your face as a wake-up call. Consider it natures alarm clock. It’s very very difficult for me to sleep when the sun is beaming through my room.
You know those loud obnoxious get the fu*k up right now alarms? Yea, ditch that. It disrupts my spirit when I’m startled out of my sleep. Instead I set my iPhone to a soft sounding alarm tune. My favorite tunes are slow rise and twinkle.
Set Your Phone to Do Not Disturb
If you have an iPhone the Do Not Disturb or DND feature should be used daily. I set my DND to turn on every night at 11pm and it stays on until 7am. To turn yours on go to settings> Do Not Disturb> Scheduled – and then set it to your desired times. I wake up some time between 6am and 6:30am on my own, but I have an alarm set for 6:30am just in case I don’t wake up on my own. My DND keeps all my notifications dormant until I’m done my morning routine and it helps keep me stress free.
If you rise with the sun, your day will naturally be longer (assuming you used to wake up a little later). Take this time for YOU and GOD. I like to read the daily meditation book “I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life” by Joel Osteen. Initially I planned to read it for 31 days and then find another book but after the 31 days I started back at Day 1 and Ive been repeating this because this works for me. If you prefer to read the bible do that. There are lot’s of bible apps, my favorite one is called Holy Bible by YouVersion. My friend Rachel shared with me an app called First 5 which is an app designed to connect your heart to God’s Word for the First 5 minutes of your day. I’ve not used this yet, but as I type this, I realize I need to and I think I’ll just start using it tomorrow.
Get out ahead of flushing your system by drinking water. If you’ve watched any of my What I Eat In A Day videos, you’ve noticed I always down 32 oz of water in the morning. After I drink it I can feel the water hydrating my entire body! You can also drink warm water with lemon, mint tea or simply a glass of water. It’s energizing and mood-enhancing, helps balance pH levels, hydrates the lymphatic system AND cleanses and detoxes your body.
Are you ready to get started on making every morning the best? What are your secrets to a better morning?