After setting endless goals (and endless alarms) to be a ‘morning person’ and be more productive with my day, it resulted in scrolling innumerable pins and websites on Pinterest for silly hours. I then registered: I was actually being completely contradictory to myself. But then fell into this somewhat paradoxical frenzy of where the heck do I go from here to wake up and be a morning person.
Manic, I know.
However, now I feel I have become a morning person, and it is a genuine natural reflex for me rather than forcing my eyes open and dragging myself around which chugging my 3rd cup of coffee.
And how has this swift reordering of Em’s lifestyle happened?
Well to pin-point a moment or particular thing that turned the tables would be wrong of me. As it wasn’t just one miracle, it was a process. And I guess how it all turned around was that I started listening to myself.
It’s all good and well reading what others are telling you to do and trying them out. And you never know, it could work for you, which is great! I’m not knocking anyone giving advice, because having tried them myself I know they do aid this process (and that would be very hypocritical of me making this post!). But I just feel in these sort of changes we need to take a moment to look at ourselves and ask “What do I need?” Because the answer will be laying much closer to the surface than you may think. We can get so caught up in these articles and posts and remedies we forget the simple things. I asked myself where I was going wrong and it was as easy as giving myself 30-45 minutes with no lights on or anything to lay and relax, as it takes me a while to actually get to sleep so if my bed time was 11:00 I would aim to be in bed by 10:30.
Secondly, like a lot of people say, set realistic goals. But it is so important. As I mentioned it is a process, and we all go at different paces adjusting different things. So with the whole ‘listen to yourself’ – know what is realistic for you.
Although I do believe you should follow your own mind, I will share what I did which has developed me to be a morning person, as it is a case of trail and error and you never know, some of these may work!
- ALARMS – Since my time at school, alarms were my worst enemy, as I had to wake up to them. But the ringing and vibrating did fully wake me up. But then, the noise was just so galling, I had to change it. And decided to use a song, but a happy morning sort of song which would wake me up to a good mood.
- SHUTDOWN SO YOU CAN SHUTDOWN – My laptop, phone, any screen was off at least an hour before bed. It’s as simple as that.
- EXERCISE – Morning exercises were my favourite thing, especially runs, as you may know from my older post. It just put a whole lot of goodness in me for the day ahead. And although I may not be able to go for a run every morning, some stretches or yoga or a dog walk will do just as well!
- WRITE – I have a lot scampering round my mind, especially when I’m tired. Thought bubbles full of emotions or ideas or wishes or whatever, and they can keep me up, keep my brain ticking over too much. So I need to pop these bubbles, and I do that by writing, either a to-do list, diary entry or just on a scarp of paper.
- HAVE A PURPOSE – When I have something to do that day, I wake up with a spring in my step, as I have a purpose to wake up. So I set little goals or things to do the next day which push me to be awake and get it done.
I really hope this helps and you enjoyed it. I can’t say these will work for everyone but from reflecting on myself, it is what I have found to work and I mean, it still is a process, I’m not doing everything I’ve said constantly and sometimes I lie in a bit or go to bed at weird hours – but that’s life, there isn’t perfect consistency! But I do believe I have converted to the morning person life!
Until next time,