Because I never used to be one...
Writing from experience is always the best kind. It's natural and it's easy. So writing this post was a no-brainer. I used to hate mornings and never got up early. At university I hated it because my body would never wake up naturally so unless I set about half a dozen alarms, I'd sleep through a lot. But thankfully, having been in the working world for a few years now, my body seems to have come round to the idea, that sadly, you gotta get up! So how did I and how do I do it? Here are my top tips and tricks to making mornings that little bit more glorious - let's rise and really shine...
Get A Good Night's Sleep
Okay, so kind of an obvious one here but getting a good night's sleep will inevitably make you have more of a spring in your step come the AM. And I'm not just talking duration but quality too. Whether that's a blackout blind, good quality bedding, what position you sleep in and the room temperature. It's also about lighting candles, opening the windows and refraining from using technology too much at bedtime - there's other things you can be doing if you catch my drift. It's like laying the foundations of a house - if you don't do it properly, the structure will just collapse, and your body works in the same mentality - treat it well.
Find What Wake-Up Call Works For You
For some (and for me) my body now wakes up to the sun naturally rising (not as easy come winter) so because I have light blinds, it gradually awakens and it's rare my annoying alarm ever has to give me a kick-start. For others it's only alarms that will work. Some people set a calm tone to bring themselves out of their slumber whilst others choose a deliberately annoying tune so that they just have to switch (or hit) it off. A good call, literally, is to put your phone or alarm at the opposite side of the room to you so that you have no choice but to physically get up to turn it off. And hopefully, at that point, you'll be less inclined to get back into bed. I occasionally use the Sleep Cycle app which wakes you up within your lightest period (you can set the catchment time) and not only should you wake up at an optimum time but it also tracks how you slept overnight and gives you a rating of how 'good' your sleep was.
Jump In The Shower
Having a refreshing shower is the quickest way to feel more alive and more on board with the whole morning malarkey. I can get carried away with how long I shower so I have music on so I can mentally time how long I've been in there for.
Put Some Music On
I love music so to get me ready for the day, I always get ready to a playlist - it's 20-30 minutes of dedicated chill time and makes the whole process a lot more fun. I'm not sure if my flatmate agrees but she's yet to bring it up as an issue - sorry Mel if you read this. If I really have time on my hands, I'll have a morning dance because why the hell not. I'm sure my neighbours don't think I'm weird at all...
Now I live 10 minutes from work, I have way more time on my hands so working out before my 9-5 is a viable option and one that I'd recommend. Whether it's 20 minutes yoga or a 5k run outside to clear your head - you'll not only feel great physically but mentally it'll set you up for the rest of the day. It makes me reluctant to eat unhealthily too knowing that I've done so well in the morning. If you'd rather a workout in bed, there's always that option too...
Find Out What's Happening
Whether that's a quick BBC news bulletin on TV or seeing how your family in OZ are doing on Facebook, catching up with what you've missed will put you in good stead for the rest of the day. Thanks to Facebook, you'll know when your friends birthdays are, in case you've forgotten) so keeping on top of things has never been easier.
Virginia Woolfe once said how "One cannot live well, sleep well or xx well, if one has not dined well" and I couldn't agree more. Have a hearty and/or healthy breakfast to start the day right. I opt for eggs most of the time and at the weekend treat myself to an English Fry Up or my favourite, Eggs Benedict. Find what dish works for you and start doing that more often.
And if all else fails, I put on a good outfit, some long lasting make-up and down a Red Bull