So Autumn is on it’s way, with one of the signs being those dark and often dreary mornings!
Would you like to be able to start every day with a positive attitude and spring in your step?
Being a Personal Trainer, most would argue that I’m always up and raring to go, active wear on and leaping about! But the truth is I used to be somewhat of a sloth in the mornings…you know, the sort where I had set my alarm for 7.00am but if anyone dare wake me at 6.58am… BEWARE!
Having children obviously put a bit of a spanner in the works there, but I have still had to experiment and learn how to best motivate myself to do that things that I would rather not.
So with my tried and tested methods, I would like to offer you the best advice and honest opinions as to how you too can change the way you start your day.
Getting up early starts with creating a good sleeping environment. If you are prepared the night before, you will be able to overcome the snooze button more easily!
THE NIGHT BEFORE…
1) TURN OFF YOUR PHONE!
I have done this religiously at 9pm for several weeks now. At first I just placed it in a box out of sight, but I knew it was still in there, lighting up if I received an email, beckoning me to come take a peek!
So the switch off had to happen. Boxed up and switched off, I give my mind permission to also switch off and not think. Going to bed to sleep, not scroll!
2) PLAN AN EXCITING BREAKFAST – nothing gets me out of bed more than the thought of food! Be it porridge, eggs, waffles, or the waft of bacon…
3) SCHEDULE THE NEXT DAY
Schedule your most important plans for the morning so that you are more eager to get up and do it. Doing this the night before prevents me from lying there thinking about what I need to do after I’ve gone to bed. Removing the ‘worry factor’ means I’m able to go off to sleep more easily and sleep well, making the early start more manageable.
4) CREATE A BEDTIME ROUTINE
I spray my feet with Magnesium oil, and my pillow with relaxing sleep inducing aromatherapy oils. I have to be honest and say I have always been a skeptic of most supplements, believing that if I’m eating well my diet should give me everything that I need. I’m not sure if it’s just a mental thing but creating this routine has helped me to relax.
Studies have shown links between sense of smell and memory, which makes clear sense to me now. The smell that I have introduced at bedtime is a signal to my brain that it’s time to sleep.
HOW TO START…
How to be Motivated for the Morning
What’s your reason for waking up early?
Setting yourself a goal worthy of that extra time will make it seem easier.
For me, I get up early to start work. I do this because I am most productive during the morning from 6-12am. I then train, pick up the kids from school, have time to spend playing with them/doing homework etc. I then work again for a couple of hours once they are in bed.
My working hours total that of a full day but it’s more flexible, suits my lifestyle and most importantly – it makes me happy to live my life this way.
If you value what you are getting up early to do, you will make it happen.
1) ADJUST GRADUALLY
Setting unrealistic expectations has previously made me feel like crap in the past. Going from a 7am GRUMPY MONSTER (or 9/10 as a student!) to a 5.30am MOTIVATED FITNESS FAIRY does not happen overnight!
Setbacks happen but chipping away slowly definitely works.
Take time to adjust to a slightly earlier wake up schedule. By gradually setting back your wake up time 15 minutes earlier at a time you’ll shift your earlier morning routine in a month.
2) JUST GET UP!
HARSH BUT TRUE! The hardest part, but given too much thought, it just becomes harder. Place your alarm clock across the room (or better still outside the bedroom door) you will have to get out of bed to switch it off and will be more motivated to stay up once you are out of bed.
3) MORNING MOVEMENT
I could list down literally hundreds of reasons and benefits of why exercising in the morning is awesome. I would just recommend over anything else, that you try it for yourself – only then will you really feel the benefits.
Stretch, walk the dog, lunge up and down the living room, book a session with a PT… just try and note down how you feel.
4) STAY CONSISTENT!
May seem pretty mean of me to say this but truth is, I needed to STAY CONSISTENT – even at the weekends initially!!
By keeping weekend hours consistent, Monday morning didn’t seem to be so daunting. The body clock adjusts. And coming from a prize-winning morning grump – believe me, IT WORKS! Even my Husband will vouch for the fact that I’m the first out of bed these days!
More than anything else, it’s about creating habits.
Habits being a settled or regular practice (especially one that is hard to give up). Do your habits have a negative or positive effect on your life now?
Do you wan to be a positive or negative person?
Changing my morning routine was the crux of creating life-changing habits.
And if all else fails and I have a blip…there is always coffee!