(Sorry this is a day late. I was super exhausted yesterday, and then our power went out. :P)
I’m a night owl. I have no trouble staying up all night. I enjoy being up late, and I often have random bursts of inspiration at 12:30 am. Mornings are, personally, the worst time of day. Getting out of bed is honestly such a struggle most mornings, and depression definitely doesn’t help with that.
Therefore, you may be wondering what a night owl like me is doing giving out morning tips. Well, I’ve lately been working on going to bed earlier, and getting up earlier, because sleep is important, and it’s an early bird’s world. I did some research (“research”) and found some different things that can help you wake up in the morning.
- Bedtime routine: a lot of people said that having a regular bedtime routine is really important. Having a set time when you start getting ready for bed, a set time for getting into bed, a set time for lights out–it all helps your body unwind, which in turn helps you sleep better. I usually put down my homework at nine PM, and start preparing for bed: getting into bed, staying away from screens and bright lights, making tea, etc. I spend some time reading or writing (and drinking tea) to help my mind and body unwind, and try to get in bed, lights out, and roughly the same time every night. I’ve definitely found this helpful!
- Natural sunlight: Especially if you live up north (like me), natural sunlight can be hard to come by in the morning. I’ve heard mixed views on natural light simulators (that sounds like a paradox). Some people have found them very helpful, while others found the light too fake. Leave your bedroom blinds or curtains open to allow in sunshine in the morning, or, if you need them closed while you sleep, open them as soon as you wake up. Natural sunlight definitely helps me get up in the morning, but as I said, there isn’t a whole lot of it at 7 am during February in the Mid-west.
- Alarms: This one seems pretty obvious, but a few tips: Set your alarm to the radio, or you favourite song, instead of beeping and blaring. It’s a lot more pleasant to wake up to, and waking up to something pleasant rather than annoying helps set the mood for the rest of the day. Also, put your alarm on the other side of the room. Having to get up to turn it off always helps me get up and stay up.
- 30 minute chill time: working out right away in the morning is a good idea, but I usually need a bit of time to fully wake up before I work out. Doing something positive and productive right off the bat can help your brain wake up, and be alert while you wake up the rest of you.
- Breakfast: BREAKFAST IS IMPORTANT. I know you’ve heard this before, and it’s true. Remember, the last time you gave your body nourishment was twelve hours ago. Whether you’re feeling it or not, your body needs energy. Eating something with protein, or a slow-burning carb like oatmeal gives your body an energy boost to help wake you up.
- Pep talk: In the morning, your alarm goes off. Sit up, turn off your alarm, and stay sitting up. If you feel up to it, stand up. And before you do anything else, give yourself a pep talk. Start the day off with positive thinking. Distract your mind from feeling tired by thinking of all the good things that are going to happen today. Think about all the beautiful things that happen in the morning. Positive thinking.
- Prep for the morning: Before going to bed, think about every step of your morning, from getting out of bed and changing out of your pajamas, to eating breakfast and brushing your teeth. Walk through each step and get everything as ready as possible. Have your clothes set out, your dishes or cooking utensils prepared, your bag or purse ready to go. This gives you just a few less things to think about in the morning.
- Get up even if your alarm hasn’t gone off: This is something a lot of people stressed. Let’s say your alarm is set for 6:45, and you wake up at 6:38. If it was me, I’d lay back down and try to hold on those precious few minutes of sleep. But if your body woke you up that close to when you’re supposed to get up, going back to sleep will potentially send you back through the sleep cycle. Then, when your alarm goes off seven minutes later, your body will have already gone back to sleep, and it’ll be even harder to get up. As awful as it sounds, say goodbye to those few extra minutes of sleep. They really aren’t your friend.
- Wash your face or brush your teeth: Idk, there’s just something about water that really wakes you up. Right away in the morning, drag yourself out of bed and into the bathroom.
So those are a few scientific-ish tips that’ll help make mornings easier. (Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or a scientist or anything fancy, so don’t quote me on any of this. xD) But the title of this post isn’t “A Few Scientific-ish Tips That’ll Help Make Mornings Easier.” Here’s a list (of my own invention) of seven things that’ll just make morning funner and help get the day off to a good start.
- Listen to music and dance: On my phone, I have a playlist entitle, simply, “Morning.” It includes a bunch of upbeat, cheerful-sounding songs that I can sing along to and make me happy.
- Read the Bible: Even if it means waking up a few minutes earlier, reading the Bible in the morning is super important. God speaks to me every time I read his Word, and hearing His voice at the beginning of my day brings me peace.
- Make tea: Tea is good. Tea is important. It helps me wake up, but slowly and comfortably.
- Pray: Praying is a really good way to distract your mind from being tired. Focus on God, and on others, and don’t think about how good your pillow looks and how cosy you are under your blankets. Plus, praying in the morning is just important to get your day going.
- Stretch: This will wake up your muscles and help you feel good.
- Breathe: Just breathe. Breathe deeply, send that oxygen flooding through your body. Breathing is good.
- Smile: So simple, but so easy to forget in the morning. I don’t know about you, but mornings can be pretty grumpy in my world. But honestly, just smiling, for no reason, cheers me up. Usually because I end up laughing at how ridiculous I must look. 😉
I hope you’ve found both of these lists insightful. 🙂
Are you a night owl or an early bird? What do you do to make mornings a little less painful?
Tea is good, guys. So good. sips tea