HOW BECOMING A MORNING PERSON COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE

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I’m lazy. I’m also a procrastinator (working on it), I’m not even gonna try to deny these things. That’s why me and my bed are bffs, me and my alarm clock – not so much. I’m gonna be honest with you on how I completely changed my morning routine, because sugarcoating isn’t gonna help any of us.

First of all, I’ve never been someone who likes to get up early.

I prefer watching Youtube videos or my latest fav on Netflix until I can’t anymore and fall asleep on the couch. And I still do that, the big difference is that it used to at 2am and now it’s at 10.30pm. Why? Because I get up early af and I LOVE IT. I would have never thought that I would ever say that but I really do. Another thing that I used to do, was to get up exactly 20 minutes before I had to leave the house. Not anymore.

I became someone who wakes up at 5.45 and gets ready to go to the gym (only during the week, on the weekends I sleep in, duh). If you would have told me two years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it myself, but here we are.

You wanna become an early riser, too? Here’s how I did it and how you can do it, too.

Find a legit purpose to get up – that makes you happy.

For me it’s my workout. For you it might be meditation or an hour of reading or drinking your coffee while scrolling through Instagram. Or doing a face mask. Getting up super early is just so much easier if you have a purpose! Give yourself some happiness in the morning, choose something that is fun and rewarding, something you look forward to and make a happy habit out of it. And after one week of constantly doing it, trust me – you wouldn’t wanna miss out anymore.

You can cross things off the list & relieve some stress.

My evenings are for me okay? I don’t remember the last time where I actually got too much time on my hands, cause guess what – adulting is a fuckin full time job. So if I can put another wash in, clean out the dishwasher, put the mess I made from choosing my clothes back I’m like yaassss I made it! I’m not even joking - first of all, it’s bliss to come home to a clean flat and second of all, I don’t wanna do shit in the evening. I mean it. I just wanna do fun stuff, hang on the couch, go for dinner with my friends and just all of the good stuff.

Snooze - but control yourself, girl.

They say “you snooze, you loose” but who cares? I’m not someone who gets up when the first alarm rings, no way. I need one, max two snoozes and that’s okay. My first alarm rings 20 minutes before I have to get up and that’s when I just grab my phone, start scrolling through Instagram (try to look at accounts that give you a positive boost for whatever you do next) and just kinda slowly get it startet. The the second one rings 15 min after, I press snooze once, then I make it out of bed. Find your own rhythm and what works best for you. You might wanna try around with it a little bit, to find the perfect formula for yourself.

Light is everything.

Don’t close the shutters. If you’re room is all dark when you wake up, you’re not gonna make it out of bed, but if you see some light (or even sun, hello summer) peeking through, it’s much more likely that you wanna get up.

Eat well.

I didn’t wanna eat my breakfast in the car of the subway anymore and I need my coffee. And my lemon water. In peace. Having a nice breakfast is one of the highlights of my day and it can become yours, too! That’s the best part about winning time in the am, you get to eat well.

Practice gratitude.

It might sound cheesy but remember to start the day in a mindful way. As soon as you get out of bed, try to start the day thinking of three things you are grateful for. You can write them down in a journal, pray on them (I always pray first thing in the am) or say it out loud. Remembering all your blessings can make negative experiences which happen during the day seem a lot smaller and less important. Always focus on the positive and this is the best start to have a positive day.

Find your routines.

Establishing a morning routine is not easy. You will need some time to find out what’s best for you and that’s okay. The most important thing is to keep in mind to integrate pleasure and things you love, and then you will find yourself not wanting to miss out on them anymore. Make it something rewarding, and you will find it easy to keep it up. But don’t beat yourself up if you wanna sleep in one day, listen to your body – that’s the most important thing.

Starting is not easy, but remember: Time is so valuable.

Happiness is personal effort.

And it just feels so damn good.

 

by Jana