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How to Become a Morning Person— and Make It Stick

How many of us set an alarm?

Raise your hand if you set two or even three.

And then clumsily snatch your phone off the nightstand and frantically hit mute again and again?

(Guilty.)

Being a “morning person” doesn’t come easily for many people. Waking up early—whatever that means to you—can be a large feat, but there are plenty of upsides to being an early bird: being more productive, making it to class or work on time, and beginning the day feeling renewed and ready to go.

Once you get into the habit of it, it’ll become easier and allow you to make the most of your day. Here’s how to become that seemingly illusive but often heralded morning person:

  1. Get enough sleep the night before. I know, it’s easier said than done, but it’s true. It’s recommended that you get at least eight hours of sleep each night, however so many of us don’t. If you can’t sleep, there are so many helpful methods including melatonin or CBD (cannabidiol) oil (be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements or products), listening to calming music (I love rain sounds), practicing breathing exercises or even listening to ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) sounds. Different techniques work for different people, but getting enough sleep is so important to your overall health.
  2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I’m guilty of not drinking enough water, but water intake has such a huge impact on how we feel. Drinking water first thing after waking up really helps in waking up and being alert and ready to take on the day. Water intake recommendations vary based on a variety of factors but, generally, men should aim for about 15.5 cups a day and women should try for 11.5 cups, says the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  3. Move your body. Stretching or a light workout can really help improve concentration and energy levels, which is vital with so many of us practically glued to our computer chairs or couches for online classes.
  4. Set your goals for the day and plan your schedule. Journaling and putting your thoughts on paper not only helps to identify tasks and present them clearly, but it helps clear your mind for the remainder of the day/
  5. Not a breakfast person? Try drinking tea (I’m a big fan of matcha green tea), coffee or a smoothie (I love adding protein powder, fruit, and spinach or kale). It’ll give you a boost of energy until you’re ready to stomach some grub.
  6. Put your phone down. As hard as it may be, stay off of your phone and other devices for a half hour to an hour before you sleep. It’s tempting to be kept awake by social media and conversations you’ve had during the day, but it puts strain on your eyes and keeps your mind too active for sleep.
  7. Complete tasks the night before. If you know you’ll be particularly busy that day, prepare your snacks, pack your lunch or pick out your outfits ahead of time. 
  8. Have a friend hold you accountable. This works well if you both want to start waking up early, but even if you’re the only one striving to be an early worm, friends can make sure you’re staying on top of tasks and meeting your goals.

 

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Author: Sierra Warshawsky

Cece is a college student pursuing a degree in social media management, public relations, marketing, and branding. She hopes to one day work in the entertainment industry in the field and she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, cooking, and listening to true crime podcasts.