Updated: Nov 6, 2019
Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!
1. Create a morning schedule
Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each. Then stick with it. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do. I like to block out at least two to three things that need to get done before I start the rest of my day.
2. Let the light in
Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light. A lot of smart lightbulbs that connect to Google Home or Alexa are also able to come on based on programmed time.
3. Prep and eat breakfast
Although there are many of us who chose the skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. Try prepping protein-focused meals the night before or grab a yogurt or fruit and try to consume it right after you wake. Since I typically fast until the afternoon, the first thing I do is drink a 1.4 liter Nalgene bottle full of water. This fills me up and is incredibly refreshing after sleeping all night without drinking. After this, I feel like my body is primed to start the day.
4. Get your body moving
Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30 am spin class, getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction. If I'm not going to hit the gym and do weightlifting, I enjoy taking the dog for a walk or going out and tending to the garden.
5. Feed your mind
Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favorite book, catching up on the news, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions. This is my morning prayer time when I get to be alone with God without the distraction of a ringing phone or email notifications. No interruptions in the morning allow you to really focus on things that are important to you.
I hope that these 5 tips help you and provide you with some direction as you begin your journey to becoming a morning person. I know I was always groggy and lethargic in the mornings until I began consistently using these 5 strategies.
Matt Moreland, Realtor® is a real estate agent serving the Lubbock, Texas and the South Plains. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a concentration in real estate from Texas Tech University, he began practicing real estate full time at McDougal Realtors in Lubbock, Texas. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog. Some of his hobbies include investing in real estate, elk hunting, backpacking, barbecuing, and playing guitar. To schedule a commitment-free consultation please call 469-744-3610 or fill out this form to get started.