For the last couple of years, I’ve struggled to get up in the morning. No matter what time I would set my alarm for, I would stay in bed until the last possible minute. I would constantly feel sluggish and lethargic. Whenever I’d come across a blog with a post similar to this, I would always stop and read it hoping there would be some trick that I hadn’t tried before.
I even gave it a shot a few times, setting my alarm clock for earlier and making myself a list of things I wanted to get done before work. Then the next morning the alarm clock would go off and then I hit snooze…once, twice, three times. With that would go any hope of getting my do list done or becoming a morning person.
Finally, I Made a Choice
On a Sunday in October after about a month straight of working out in the evenings after work, I decided that I was going to sign up for a month of Pure Barre and see if I could be one of those people that worked out before work. I knew that if that were to happen, I needed a class to go to where people were expecting me.
Making a Commitment
I signed up for the class before I would go to bed each night. In order to not incur a late fee, I would have to cancel 2 hours before the class. I knew that if I waited until the next morning to sign up for the class, when the alarm went off I would change my mind and go back to sleep. However, if the studio expected me and I would get charged, it would give me the motivation to get up.
I Set Small Goals for Myself
I decided I would commit to a week of morning classes and if it was a complete struggle, I would finish out the month by going to classes in the evening. The first week wasn’t too bad and I loved having my evenings free. So I decided to give it another week. The 2nd week was much more of a struggle. However, after completing the class I always felt physically better and much more accomplished walking into work each day.
What Other Tips Do I Have?
- Commit to getting up at the same time each day. Once in a while, I’ll sleep in one day but never more than one day in a row. It throws me off my schedule if I don’t stick to getting up at the same time.
- The first few weeks I started getting pretty sleeping mid-afternoon. I started drinking tea as an afternoon pick me up. This would give me a little bit of caffeine but not too much that I’d have a hard time falling asleep at night.
- Stick to an early bedtime. For me, this can be a challenge sometimes but I know what time each night I need to roughly get to bed in order to make sure I’m still getting enough sleep.
- Know it doesn’t happen overnight. There was definitely an adjustment period. I would say it took me a full month to truly adjust to the schedule change. If you are going to make a change to your routine, make sure you give yourself enough time to get used to the new schedule!
After 2 months of getting up at 5:30 each day, I can honestly say that I have successfully made the transition! Not only is it easier to get up each morning, I look forward to going my class each day (well, most days). I feel more energized and accomplished starting out my day with a workout. I love having my evenings free to catch up with friends, work on my blog, do chores or whatever else might come up. I also don’t have to feel guilty about not getting a workout in if I’m getting it over before work.
Would you consider yourself a morning person? What other tips do you have?