How to be a Morning Person

how to be a morning person. learn to love waking up early and enjoy mornings

How to enjoy your mornings

A few weeks ago a friend asked me how I manage to wake up so early everyday and actually enjoy it – which is what gave me the idea for this post. I am a self-confessed morning person and I truly believe that waking up earlier improves my productivity and overall wellbeing. However, it is quite difficult to train yourself to love mornings and so today I thought I’d share my tips & tricks for becoming a morning person and learning to actually like waking up early!

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It won’t happen overnight.

Excuse the pun, but this is a very important point to make. If you are normally waking up at the latest you possibly can before work or uni and resenting the sound of your alarm clock, you can’t just turn into a morning person overnight. It takes time and quite honestly you have to train yourself to wake up earlier and actually like it. I’d recommend setting your alarm earlier gradually; starting off with half an hour and so on until you get used to the earlier start. Eventually you will be training your body clock to wake up naturally at your preferred time which makes it far easier to get up in the morning!

Get to bed at a sensible time

This seems like an obvious point, but honestly getting into the routine of going to bed earlier was a major turning point for me becoming a morning person. Of course it is going to help by giving you extra time in bed, but also getting to bed early just helps to relax and de-stress after a long day. I normally get into bed by around 9pm (no judging! I am a bit of a grandma, I know) and then either read or watch some Netflix before going to sleep between 10pm & 11pm. I set my alarm for between 6-7am and this is more than enough sleep for me!

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

I couldn’t agree more with this classic statement! I am a breakfast lover and it is often my biggest motivation for getting out of bed in the morning. Planning out a substantial breakfast will not only give you something to look forward to when you go to sleep but also give you a lot more energy after you wake up! My Apple & Cinnamon Baked Oats Recipe is super easy but very filling (& healthy!) if you’re looking for inspiration.

Change your attitude towards your alarm clock

I know an alarm clock can seem like more of a death knell at times, but by changing your attitude towards that wake up call you can get into a much better mindset in the morning. I always name my alarms something motivating, like “Goodmorning, have a good day!” or if I’m feeling more sassy, “Make coffee & get shit done!”. It’s a little thing, but it can really help. Also just thinking of getting up earlier as a positive  thing can help: think of the extra things you can get done, the lovely breakfast you can take more time over or the lack of stress you’ll have when you have more time to get ready. It means you’ll see getting up earlier as a good thing, rather than an unpleasant necessity!

how to be a morning person, how to wake up earlier, how to enjoy mornings

So that was all of my tips for being a morning person! Like I’ve said before, it does take some time to actually start enjoying waking up early but once you do it really does change your life for the better. Also on a side note – I was a bit nervous for using these photos as this is GENUINE ‘just woken up’ face & hair! Hopefully you don’t mind the lack of glam too much!

I’ve started to post an Instagram photo every morning as well as in the evenings, so if you’d like some morning motivation/escapism follow me here! I love scrolling through Instagram in the morning when I wake up, so I thought I’d start contributing to the early-bird content.

Do leave me any tips you have for being a morning person in the comments below! x

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  • I’ve been slowly making myself get up earlier over the past few years and now I’m a total morning person. I feel like I get so much more done with my days if I just get up a little earlier! I do end up going to bed really early, because I love my sleep and my bed is my happy place, but it’s so worth it for the extra time during the day xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

    • Lynnsay

      I totally agree! Since I started getting up earlier I get much more done & just feel better in general! x

  • I totally need to start getting myself into a regular routine to be more productive! Thanks for the tips.
    – Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk

    • Lynnsay

      Your welcome! I have to constantly work on being more productive but getting up earlier definitely helps 🙂 x

  • I’m a morning person in terms of getting up but I work better in the afternoon.

    Dionne
    http://www.deedeelouise.com

  • I’m a morning person with a love/hate relationship with my alarm clock. However, I do feel like I get the most of the day during my morning. I stop functioning after seven, I swear. I loved this post – I stumbled on it after checking The Girl Gang! – and I loved your photography. Consider me a new reader. 🙂

    Cristina, xo // My Cup of Tea

    • I’m the same, I really can’t do anything in the evenings! Thank you so much x

  • meg

    I really need to become more of a morning person. It’s weird. Sometimes I am, but most of the time, especially when working late nights, it makes it hard to be a morning person!

    Meg | Elmpetra

  • Love this post, some great tips for becoming a morning person. I am definitely the kind of person who has god intentions and then ends up pressing snooze till the very last minute. Definitely going to try and do it gradually and early nights are key but easier said than done if you’re a night owl ;)… Do you allow yourself a lie in on weekends? 🙂 Laura x

    http://www.twohumansliving.com