"Ahh, what a lovely morning!" I say, looking out the window at the blue skies, ready to seize the day...
BEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP
Shit. That was all a dream...wake up to reality... I groan and pound the snooze button on my alarm clock, but I can't fall back to sleep because of the sound of garbage trucks and honking outside my window.
Yeah, mornings can be tough. I used to hate mornings. And while I still dislike waking up early, here's how I've grown into what you might call "a morning person."
- I drink coffee. This might seem like a total "duh", but in truth it has helped me for reasons beyond the caffeine. I have a coffee maker that can't be programmed to automatically go off in the morning. So the first thing I do when my alarm goes off is march downstairs and get that coffee a-brewin'. The movement gets my blood flowing and just the scent of coffee is very comforting and energizing.
- I do not hit snooze. This has been absolutely vital in transforming my mornings. Whenever I hit snooze and fall back to sleep, I am always, 100% of the time more tired when I do eventually get up. If I get up right away I will, 100% of the time feel more energetic all day long. Not sure why this is but it is definitely true!
- I listen to music. For a short while I tried reading inspirational messages to get me pumped for the day. What a failure that was! Who in the world wants to sit and read quotes first thing in the morning? When I get up, I pop in my ear buds and this gets the fuzziness of the dreaming state out and energizes me for the day ahead.
- I leave extra time between class/work starts and when I finish getting ready. My old routine was to wake up at the latest possible hour. I would even go so far as to minimize my time getting ready by putting out my clothes and taking quicker showers so that I could sleep more. Not anymore! I get up early and take my time now. This has had a huge impact on my entire day because taking the time to prepare and NOT rush out the door makes my head more clear and my confidence much higher.