I am NOT a morning person. However, since my kids need to get ready for school, and I need to get started on my day, I usually wake up around 6:30 each morning. But, just because I'm not a morning person doesn’t mean that I can’t start my mornings off right. Check out these 5 tips for how you can get your morning started on the right foot regardless of whether you're a morning person or not:
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
The most important thing you can do is to get a good night’s sleep. You want to get in bed early enough to get 7 to 9 hours of deep sleep. To help you sleep better, make sure your room is cool (60 to 65 degrees). Invest in quality bedding. And create the noise level you prefer. Some people like a noise machine while others like silence.
For me, since I'm more of a night owl rather than a morning person, I have to force myself to get on a sleep schedule where I go to bed at a decent hour or mornings will be even worse! My husband gets up around 5:15 am, so he tends to go to bed around 9:30. I usually get ready for bed when he does and lie in bed and read for awhile before I fall asleep. I aim to be asleep about 10/10:15 each night.
Have Your Day Planned Out
Before you end your day, make sure you have a plan for the next day. Create a to-do list and then prioritize by importance. You can then schedule your day in a planner, if you like. This way you can get up and get started without having to decide what you need to do.
Take a Moment to Reflect
At the start of each morning, you should have a moment to reflect. You might spend the time in prayer or journaling. There are books you can purchase that have positive quotes that you can open randomly and read a quote for that day. This mental preparation will start your mornings off on the right foot.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
You need to always make time for a healthy breakfast. Even if you have a smoothie, you need to eat something that gives you energy for the day. If you’re a coffee only person, you need to slowly start adding food to your mornings.
Exercising in the mornings get you pumped for the day ahead. You have more energy to get the workout done. You also want to make sure to exercise after breakfast. This will help you burn more calories. Exercising in the evenings can actually make it harder to fall asleep.
If you want to start your mornings off on the right foot, it all starts with a good night’s sleep. Your day ahead should be planned out the night before. This way you can move throughout your day without pause. Take a moment to reflect and make sure to eat a good breakfast before getting in a workout. This will help ensure you have plenty of energy to make it through your day.