Here's a real deal fact: a lot of people are absolutely not morning people. I mean, who really wants to have to stop their dream in the middle of the most climactic part, leave their nice warm bed, and venture out into the cold, unforgiving world? I don't know about you, but I definitely don't.
But the morning is one of the most important times for a 9-5, 5-days-a-week kind of worker. How you start your morning will affect the rest of your day positively or negatively, depending on your morning routine.
So, how do you become a morning person and fight those overwhelming urges to hit the snooze for the 5th time in a row? These are the answers you're looking for.
Becoming a morning person doesn't start with what you do in the morning, as a lot of people might think; it actually starts with what you do the night before. Make sure to avoid sugary foods, and drinks with high amounts of caffeine. Even watching too much TV or staring at a computer/smartphone can affect how you sleep! Try relaxing activities, such as reading a book, or drinking herbal tea to make sure you get a restful night of sleep.
I know how easy it is to hit the snooze button. Ten more minutes of sleep can't hurt me, right? Plus, I’m soooo tired! Contrary to belief, hitting your snooze button for a few more minutes of rest actually does more harm than good. Going back to sleep can seriously screw up your sleep cycle, and can end up making you more tired the second time you wake up than you would have been if you had just gotten up the first time your alarm went off!
What's your normal breakfast routine? Do you eat a healthy breakfast, full of eggs, fruit, toast or a bagel, and orange juice? Or do you eat a bowl full of sugary sweet cereal, with little-to-no nutritional value? A healthy breakfast that contains lots of vitamins and minerals can really boost your mood and energy throughout the day. And if you don't have time to eat all of that good stuff, make a healthy smoothie instead! I usually make a big smoothie with fruits, greek yogurt, spinach and milk to start my day.
What do you normally do every morning to prepare for the day ahead? For me, I wake up, take a nice hot shower, fix a cup of coffee and some breakfast, and watch at least one episode of my favorite TV show. These are all things that I enjoy doing, so it puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day! If listening to music is your thing, crank up some tunes to get you jazzed for the day, or read a chapter of a good book. By starting out your day doing things that you love, stress-free, you begin your day on a high note!
There are lots of different strategies you can try to get your day started off right. Slowly, you might even find yourself falling in love with the early morning hours! Try these tips out, and see how it changes your workday flow.
Contributor Caleb Hennington is a 23-year-old writer, who manages the Atwill Media and FGmarket blogs. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.
When not writing, Caleb enjoys camping, running, collecting comic books, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.