I Am A Morning Person, But I Had To Work Hard At It.
I have been wanting to be a morning person for quite some time. I know it might just seem like something I could do right away, but for me it took months to get myself to the point I am now. I had to get my mind around the fact that I deserved to be 'a morning person'. In my mind at the time, there was a strange cockiness that seemed to radiate from morning people. It seemed easy for them to just be 'up and at it' (a term only morning people say). It also seemed like they loved to make it look easy. A lot of this may have just been in my mind because I was dealing with the guilt that comes with sleeping in all the time. You just finished a jog and a book and it's 10 am? Awesome. I was always a night owl, so I was left feeling down compared to a morning person's routine. Don't get me wrong, I got a lot done before I woke up early too, but it's different now. I feel more on my natural clock. It took me a minute to realize I can be ME and have a normal routine. I guess I was afraid that a normal routine would make me NORMAL, which was something a somewhat eccentric can be afraid of. I realize now a normal routine doesn't make you normal, it just helps your sanity. I don't have to be a night owl to be Shannon, and I don't have to change myself to be an early bird either. I'm just going to be the same Shannon I always was. I deserve to have a happy day ahead of me! You might be reading this and think that I've possibly put too much on being a morning person. It's not an identify or anything, but for me, it was. I now know the only identity I have is my own, and other titles can just fall to the side. Yeah, I wake up early now, but only so I can be ME with some more hours to spare!
Here are my tips on how to be a morning person, without being THAT morning person.
1. Listen to your body. When you are tired, go to sleep. It's really simple, but sometimes when we get set in our routines, we ignore clear signs our body is trying to tell us.
2. Clean your room. I know this seems irrelevant, but it really does wonders to my sleep routine. My theory is when your room is cleared out, there is more room for positive energy. Get the clutter out and then get the best sleep you've ever had!
3. Don't eat too late at night. If you eat a ton before you go to bed, of course you won't have to wake up early. You are literally doing what bears do before they hibernate. No need to stock up, you'll be awake in 8 hours!
4. Limit your caffeine. A cup of coffee a day is fine, but really try to keep it small. I used to be the person that says "caffeine doesn't effect me" and then I would be up all night without realizing uh yeah it does!
5. Have something to look forward to each day. Life is amazing! Whether its big or small, there should always be a reason to get up! I have many, but the one staring straight in my face each morning is my dog, Butters. He too has become a morning person (or morning dog) so he expects to be walked early each day. He'll even paw at my face if I'm 5-10 minutes late on when I normally wake up. It's the cutest annoying way to wake up ever.
6. Just be. There is no reason to look down on the ones that have different sleep schedules than you, because we all have different lives. Just be you boo! You want to wake up early because it makes you feel better? Great!! However, if it only makes you feel better waking up early because you like to rub it in your neighbors face that you already finished your 3 mile run while they are still in their PJs, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. Be a morning person because it makes you feel better, not because you want it to be your thing. You are enough in this world.
7. Fake it till you make it. Wake up early in the morning because you want to. And even if you don't want to, make yourself think you do. It will make for a much less depressing morning driving to work.
What is your favorite morning routine?