I originally wrote this out for my 11 year old niece, Kayli. She was asking me some questions about how to make it easier to get up early in the morning, so I wanted to clarify on a few things we spoke about.
I decided to go ahead and share it here in hopes that others will find it valuable. I’ll add to this at a later date as I definitely have a few other tips to consider as well.
Just to follow up with what we were talking about earlier, I figured I’d write some of it out for ya. Also a good idea for me to do so as this will only make it stronger in my mind by writing it down.
I have a rule that I created where I must stay awake for at least 20 minutes after waking up early in the morning. If at that point I’m still tired, I’ll allow myself to go back to sleep if I want to. More than 9 out of 10 times I will stay awake though.
Again, with the start of my morning routine I drink a whole bunch of water when I wake up. I stretch for a bit to work out some of the stiffness from laying in bed all night & to get my body moving. From there I’ll hit the couch where I’ll sit there in silence & go over a whole bunch of things that I’m grateful for… then I’ll relax, quiet my thoughts & do some deep breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth.
This helps to relieve tension & helps if I have a headache. I focus on the sound of my breath & also feel the oxygen going into my head.
I keep drinking water throughout the first hour of the morning until my mouth is no longer dry & thirsty at all.
From there I mix it up a bit but I usually walk Mr Q-tip (my dog), then will post up outside & read for 30 minutes or so. If you don’t want to read then decide what you want to do before hand. When you have to make decisions in the moment, this burns energy & can sometimes make you feel frustrated & tired depending on how hard it is to pick something. That’s why people who want to work out in the morning will lay out their gym clothes the night before. That way they can wake up & get moving instead of stumbling around trying to decide what to wear. Gotta work ahead & make things easier on yourself.
If you try getting up early & you’re continually tired every morning, try getting to bed earlier & earlier each night. If you get to bed & fall asleep at a good time, chances are when the morning rolls around you’ll feel fresh and will be ready to hop out of bed.
Also keep in mind that your body gets used to the routine you’ve been following. Since you have been sleeping in a little later, I’d suggest gradually waking up a little earlier each day if indeed you’re wanting to wake up early. Instead of waking up around 10:00 for a few weeks, then trying to wake up at 7:00, you might instead wake up at 8:30 or 9 tomorrow so your body can gradually get used to it.
Either way, everyone is different so it just takes trying & testing some things out, then finding out what works best & sticking to it. There are a lot of variables to consider (what time you went to bed, how late you ate, previous habits, etc), but at least you’ll be able to get a feel for what works best for you.
My biggest advice right now would be to make sure you don’t just try something for only 1 or 2 days & say that it didn’t work. It usually takes 3 weeks or more to develop a new habit, so you’ve got to stick to it & see it through before you know if it works on not.
I was never a morning person before, but now I LOVE to wake up early in the mornings. It’s quiet & when i do my best thinking. Too many people wake up late & then feel like they’re running behind all day. This causes unnecessary stress. It is something that I continually have to work on but now it comes A LOT easier since I’ve developed the habit.
All-in-all, remember to not put too much pressure on yourself if you make some mistakes & things don’t work out exactly how you planned. That’s part of the process. The main thing is to give your best effort with whatever you’re setting out to do. You also get to know yourself well with all of the trial & error, which is hugely important in life.
Anyways, figured I’d line this out for ya. Hope this helps! 🙂