When I got my job here in St. Louis, I had to adjust my schedule pretty drastically. At my last job, I usually worked from 10-7, so I had plenty of time to sleep in every morning, run errands, and take my time getting ready before work. Now, I’m usually at work by 6 a.m., which means that I wake up around 4:30. Gross. Not fun. But, I’m actually used to it now and it doesn’t seems so bad. Actually, if I’m being honest… I really like getting up early and getting my day started. I AM A MORNING PERSON! Here are some of the things that I found work to help me get up and out the door in the mornings!
– Go to bed early. Simple enough, but the most effective solution. Getting a full night of sleep will help you feel rested and make it easier to wake up before the sun starts shining.
– Plan everything you need for the morning the night before. Make your breakfast ahead of time. Pack your lunch for the next day. Lay out your clothes and make sure they are ironed and ready to go.
– Shower at night. Some people think it is disgusting to sleep and then not shower in the morning (that’s cool if you’re one of those people) but I find nothing wrong with it. Washing, drying, and straightening my hair takes a full hour, and doing it at night means that I sleep an extra hour in the morning.
– Sleep in your workout clothes. If you are wanting to wake up early and get your workout done, try sleeping in your workout gear. That way all you have to do is throw on your tennis shoes and go.
– Set appointments early. If you have something you HAVE to do in the morning, you might be more motivated to get up.
– No screens in the bedroom. No cell phone, no TV, no laptop, nothing that has the potential to keep you up later than necessary or wake you up in the middle of the night.
– Sleepytime tea. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. I don’t us it all the time, but on particularly stressful days when I just need a little help relaxing before bed, I’ll make a cup and have it while I read a book before I drift off to sleep.
– Avoid naps. This is my least favorite one, but it is so helpful. Getting up early makes your tired, but avoiding a nap during the day means you’ll go to bed easier, making it easier for you to get up the next morning.
– Don’t hit snooze. Those 5, 10, 15 minutes of rest aren’t going to make you feel more rested in the long run. Get up! Get moving! Put on some music! Dance around while getting dressed!
Those are my best tips and tricks. It took me a while to get used to waking up super early, but now that I’m a ‘morning person’ I wouldn’t have it any other way. Are there any other things I should be trying to help me get up a little easier in the mornings?