For the past few weeks I’ve been aiming to get up early and be out of bed before 6am. This is something I’ve always struggled with, and the fact I’ve got my routine down pat in WINTER is something to be applauded.
I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks that have been helping me to get up early, and actually enjoy it!
This is key. If I am lazy the night before and nothing is organised, I am running around like a mad chook trying to grab things from dark rooms, as my partner gets up later than I do. The things I always have ready to go in the morning for when I wake up are:
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks prepped for work
- Gym bag with clean towel, work clothes, gym card, makeup, etc
- Gym clothes laid out and ready to wear (next to bed for optimum warmth factor)
The downfall I’ve had in the past is setting multiple alarms. Going back to sleep or snoozing that extra five minutes can really eff up your morning vibe. I set ONE alarm at 5.30 am, I get up immediately and change into my gym clothes and chuck on a hoodie. That way there is no turning back! The longer you stay in bed contemplating on getting up, the harder it gets! I find that once I am out of bed and outside, it doesn’t seem all that bad!
Something I’ve noticed is that Mondays are way harder after a weekend that I sleep in more. I’m currently dabbling in getting up early on the weekends too. Maybe not as early as my week days, but not staying in bed until 11am certainly makes Monday morning wake-ups more bearable because your body clock isn’t so out of whack. I try to get up by at least 7am, make myself a coffee and enjoy the morning out on the balcony of my apartment.
The thing that makes it all worthwhile is appreciating an early morning. It’s quieter. Birds are singing. Sunrises. The feeling of the day being new and ahead of you. I realise this is super mushy but learning to appreciate an early morning for what it is – an opportunity – makes getting up worthwhile.
How early do you get up in the morning?