If you’ve been reading my blog for long you know that I’ve always been a night owl that had hopes to one day be a morning person. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been staying up late and getting up with my kids. I used to stay up late and work but over the last year, it’s been more difficult for me to get work done in the evenings so I end up watching too many episodes of Real Housewives. I would wake up exhausted and honestly, feel horrible about myself for wasting those precious nighttime working hours. I don’t know what finally clicked to get me to start my days earlier but it began about a month ago. We had just gotten back from a road trip to visit family and I had driven eight straight hours. When we got home, I was so exhausted, I told myself “I’m going to bed early tonight!” and I actually did. That allowed me to wake up at my dream wake up time 5:15 am and the ball was rolling from there. I have used some other elements to help me go to bed on time that I’ll with you as well!
How becoming a morning person changed my life
Waking up earlier works better for me in so many ways! I feel more prepared for the day when I wake up a couple of hours before my kids. That means we don’t have to rush in the mornings to get us all fed and ready. I’m able to take my time in the mornings, enjoy my coffee and even take my time showering and getting ready. I love that I don’t feel rushed. That sets me up for success for the whole day. As a work from home mom, waking up earlier allows me to get essential work done uninterrupted. I’ve always browsed my emails first thing in the morning but before, it was while I was fixing breakfasts and filling water bottles. I would quickly go through my phone looking for any emails that needed an immediate response. Now, I can tackle email and social posts first thing in the morning. I spend my other working hours completely focused on content creation and writing which is essential to this blog. Having those extra hours in the morning keeps me off email and social throughout the day which is a total timesaver.
Waking up earlier is not only better for me, it’s better for my whole family. I’m able to really focus on my girls’ needs in the morning because I’ve already tended to blog work and I’m already ready for the day!
How I became a morning person
Make a bed you want to get into
This can feel a little silly but honestly, it makes sense. I want to go to bed earlier when I have the comfiest and coziest sheets and bedding. That also means making your bed each day which isn’t something I’ve always done (I know, *gasp*).
Go to bed earlier
The first thing that has helped me become a morning person has been to go to bed earlier. I put the girls to bed between 7:30 – 8:00 and then I spend thirty minutes or so cleaning up and then I get ready for bed soon after. I’m usually in bed by 9:00 and ready to fall asleep by 9:30.
I’m definitely not a person that fall asleep the minute their head hits the pillow. I’m notorious for coming up with my best ideas while I’m laying in bed waiting to fall asleep. I think about what I need to do the next day, blog post ideas that I want to share, what things my kids have going on, you know all the things. I started to use a sound machine app on my phone to help clear my mind to help me fall asleep more easily and it’s been a big help. The app I use is the free version of Relax Melodies. I like it because it has many many options for sounds as well as other features like a bedtime reminder, and it has a timer so it will automatically exit after a set amount of time.
We’ve been using essential oils for years but I tend to forget about them when it comes to specific uses. A few months back, my girls were having a hard time falling asleep and I started diffusing lavender in their bedroom at bedtime as well as spraying Gentle Baby on their sheets. It made such a difference for them that I tried it for myself when I was ready to start waking up earlier. Becoming a morning person meant that I needed quality sleep so that I wouldn’t feel the urge to hit snooze 35 times. So diffusing scents meant for relaxation and calming has helped me, not just fall asleep more easily, but stay asleep.
Don’t Hit Snooze
I’ve had some setbacks when it comes to waking up early and each of those times it’s been because I hit the snooze button. If I hit snooze once, I might as well just skip my alarm because I end up hitting snooze 20 more times. Instead, I force myself to get up as soon as I hear my alarm. I’d rather get up a feel tired for a little while than snooze for an extra 40 minutes and feel horrible because I didn’t get done what I need to.
Are you a morning person? I’d love to hear how you are able to tackle mornings – let me know in the comments.