Happy Tuesday, lovelies! Today I am talking to you all about becoming an early bird! Why? Because school is starting tomorrow for me, and I need to make sure I’m awake and ready to handle all of these first grade kiddos! I’ve always loved the idea of waking up early and getting a head start on my day. But does that always happen? No way. However, I have been able to train my body to start waking up earlier and earlier! Whether you’ve got an 8 am class you are dreading or you’re struggling to get out the door to your job, here are five easy tips to becoming an early bird!
- Don’t set your alarm too early.
If you typically wake up at 9am, don’t set your alarm for 5:30 right off the bat. I like to take the summer to condition my body to wake up at a certain time. I’ll set it for 8 am to begin with, then change it to 7:45, while still keeping the 8 am alarm set as well, just in case I fall back to sleep. As your body gets used to you waking up at each time, continue to set your alarm earlier until you are waking up at your desired time!
- You might have to become a granny.
And by that, I mean no staying up until 1 am. Usually, I’m asleep by 9:30 or 10:00 and I wake up at about 7:30. I know experts go on about needing 7-8 hours of sleep, but if you need more, take it! Don’t deny your body the sleep it needs. Early to bed, early to rise, right?
- Prepare everything the night before.
Waking up early is difficult enough without having to pick out your outfit, pack a lunch, or organize your backpack/briefcase. If you take ten minutes the night before, things will run so much smoother and you’re less likely to forget something!
- Try to avoid all electronics before bed
I sound like a total hypocrite as I’m typing this because I scroll through Pinterest and Instagram until my eyes are barely open. But it is so much better to unwind without social media, or even the tv, before bed! If you’re idea of unwinding is running a mile before bed, do it. It’ll relax your body plus all that physical activity puts you one step closer to catching some z’s. My idea of relaxing is to read a book. Lately, I’ve been reading more during the daytime, but whenever I do read before bed, I sleep so much better and typically sleep through the whole night.
- You have to ~want~ to get up early
If you aren’t serious about waking up early, you won’t do it. You’ll just hit snooze again or lay in bed and scroll through your Instagram feed until you fall back to sleep. I find it useful to plan my morning out. Maybe I want to make a big breakfast or workout, I have to be up by a certain time to do that – that gives me the motivation to get my butt out of bed. It also helps when you make plans with other people. They’re holding you accountable as well. Whatever reason you have for waking up early, take it seriously and stick to it!