How to Make Your Mornings
If you have listened to all the successful people stories, they all have one thing in common, they are morning people! Morning hours are the calmest and quiet part of the day. The beauty of mornings is that they are unrivaled.
People like Benjamin Franklin credited their wealth, health, and wisdom, to the early mornings. Mornings have clearly proven to be essential as per all the stories you have heard and we are here to make you understand why and how you can make your mornings more productive.
Why Should You Become a Morning Person?
First things first, mornings always set the tone for your day. You must have noticed that how you wake up greatly affects how your day will turn out. Chances are if you wake up grumpy and tired, your day will be full of exhaustion.
The good news is, you can control your mornings! You can create your mornings and use them to achieve your goals and also accomplish great things. A good start of the day will positively influence the rest of the day.
One of the reasons mornings are incredible is the peace and quiet. If you have kids or a big family, you know that having a moment for yourself can be quite a task. However, by waking up before everyone else, you may be able to gather a few minutes or hours of quiet time.
Mornings are the best time to have some time for yourself. It provides you with the best time to meditate, reflect, think, and grow. Morning people are also much happier than the evening people. If not for anything else, this alone should be motivation enough: Happiness. If you become a morning person you will also be more likely to accomplish the goals you have set for yourself.
Waking up earlier than most people will make you more prepared and you will also be able to add extra hours to your day. Now that you know why you need to become a morning person, let’s take a look at how you can actually wake up in the morning.
How to Make Sure Your Night Doesn’t Affect Your Morning
- Have a night routine
Our brains love routines and habits. The bran tends to love it so much it becomes more of a bad thing than a good thing. However, the brain can’t differentiate what is a waste of time and productive, so you have to decide for the brain what is good and bad.
This is why it’s a good idea to create a nighttime routine, preferably short. The routine is meant to trick the brain by signaling that it is time to lay down. You just need to find a routine that is short.
Some of the routines you can indulge in include reading for 15-30 minutes, meditation for a few minutes, have a relaxing hobby, write or journal about the things you are grateful for, you can sit down and think about how your day went, and anything other thing that will relax you.
Once you establish a routine, you also have to make sure that you consistently follow it and your brain will know that the routine is associated with sleep. Make sure the routine doesn’t involve technology.
- Avoid eating heavy starches before sleeping or going to bed hungry
When you eat right before bed, you will have trouble sleeping because your body will be trying to digest the meal. Staying away from heavy food right before bed is a smart choice. You should particularly avoid eating carbs.
Even though studies have shown that starchy carbs help you sleep faster, you should avoid eating them especially for your weight. You also need to avoid going to bed hungry because you will wake up later looking for food.
- Reserve your bed for sleep and intimate activities
The bed should be used for sleep and intimate activities for those who sleep with their partners. Anything other than those two should be kept out of the bedroom. If you try to read and study in your bed, you will be affecting your sleep cycle.
Your brain needs to know it's time to sleep when it hits the pillow. So you should avoid going through your social media or studying and reading in bed. The bedtime routine will help you follow up with this.
- Make the schedule consistent
Consistency is always the key to making a habit stick. Whenever you fall off a habit after doing it for some time, you go back to square one. It takes time to have a routine, but you also need to remain consistent of you want it to stick especially if your brain was used to a bad habit.
Repetition is what helps the brain cells to form connections. So whether your brain is used to a good or bad thing, it will stick like a habit. The good news is, you can be able to undo the bad habits and replace them with good ones if you are consistent.
For example, if you are drug addict or alcoholic, you know that for you to overcome that is by making sure you avoid taking drugs or alcohol before bed. You can make yourself occupied by visiting weird websites, otherwise you’ll keep relapsing.
The night routine greatly affects your morning. It is the determinant of whether you will be able to wake up late or in the morning. A productive morning will only be efficient if you don’t have to keep snoozing your alarm and if you are able to wake up at the same time everyday.
Also make sure you create a plan for a successful morning. For instance, you can wake up and go for a run or to the gym, have a hefty breakfast, or meditate or even do some yoga. If you are not a fan of working out you can also make a point of reading a book in the wee hours of the morning or setting aside a couple hours to write. Just make sure to make your mornings as productive as possible.