We are halfway through the week and what better way to kick start the day than having on my first guest blogger 🙂 Lindsey from andthekitchensink.net is giving her tips on how to become a morning person because let’s face it, most of us aren’t naturally morning people and everyone can use a little help on the subject. So without further ado…
We all know at least one person who is always full of energy at 8 in the morning. Becoming a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed morning person is no easy task. However, there are many advantages to waking up early. Waking up early allows you more time to be productive or gear up before you take on the day. It’s going to take a little more than setting your alarm earlier. Night owls, do not fret, with a few simple changes you too can become a morning person!
Create a nighttime routine
My bedtime routine consists of putting the last of the dishes in the sink (or dishwasher if I’m feeling adventurous), taking off my makeup, putting in my retainer, and bringing the cat to bed. Regardless of your routine, try to do the same thing every night. Over time, your body will get used to the ritual and know that it means it’s time for bed.
Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends
Set an alarm and wake up at the same time every single day. Eventually, you’ll get to the point where you won’t even need an alarm clock. We started setting the alarm at 7:45am for work each morning, and now even on the weekends, the BF wakes up naturally around 7:30am every single morning.
Lighten up your morning
Exposure to light when you wake up will cause you to become more alert. Allow natural light into your bedroom in the mornings by opening the blinds or curtains.
Don’t do it alone
If you have an accountability partner you’ll be more likely to stick to your early wake-up routine. Get your spouse on board or convince a friend to join you for a morning workout. A pet can also be a great source to making sure you’re up early. My cat Midnight makes sure breakfast is never missed in our household.
Avoid caffeinated drinks after 2pm
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, try avoiding energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages after 2pm. Caffeine’s effects can last anywhere from 8 to 14 hours. If you struggle with falling asleep at night, consider stopping your caffeine consumption even earlier in the day.
We are going to be moving in June, which means I’ll have to wake up earlier to make it to work on time. I’ve been slowly implementing changes to reach this goal, so far I’ve been able to get up at 7:30 every day for the past week! Eventually, I want to be waking up at 7am. There are still times where I went to bed too late or couldn’t fall asleep right away, but implementing a new habit such as this takes some getting used to.
Are you a morning person? Would you like to become one?
Lindsey is a frugal living lifestyle blogger from North Carolina who enjoys posting about her frugal lifestyle, household tips and tricks, budget friendly recipes, and traveling on a budget.You can find her lovely blog at andthekitchensink.net