Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up every day with a smile on your face? You'd float over to the window and abruptly open the curtains to let the light illuminate your room while you sang along with animated birds. While adapting new habits to become a morning person might not make you feel that perky initially, they should make waking up a little bit easier. Being a morning person doesn't mean you have to be Chatty Cathy right when you wake up. It's totally OK to take a few moments to be silent while you start your day. Actually, one of the best ways to start your day is by not communicating with anyone and being mindful with your surroundings.
"We are all morning people. We might not think we are, but we've been trained by society that we are anything but. How so? Unnatural lighting, technology and screens, the '80s notion of celebrating multi-tasking (which is simply stressing the brain), being overly busy, etc. How to get back into your natural vibe? Start slow," says zen psychotherapist and neuromarketing strategist Michele Paiva in an interview with Bustle over email.
Don't beat yourself up if you have a hard time waking up in the morning ó everyone is different. You just want to find out what habits work best for you. "Most people are at their best in the early morning hours. That doesn't mean everyone has to be an early riser, and there is certainly nothing wrong with being a night owl. What's important to keep in mind is that most people will find that their creativity, discipline, and mental energy are at their best within a few hours of waking up each morning. Late night energy spikes can often be effective, but they can also work against a sustainable sleep schedule," says author of The 5 AM MiracleJeff Sanders in an interview with Bustle over email.
Becoming a morning person is possible if you're determined to make changes in your life. Here are 21 habits you can try to help you wake up earlier.
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1. Start With One Or Two Changes
If you normally go to bed at 2 a.m., don't dramatically change your schedule by going to bed at 10 p.m. The habit will not stick. "Some people have all of nothing thinking when it comes to starting a new habit. But that type of thinking tends to blow up because they do too much at once. They should start with one or two changes to help make the habit stick so they can wake up easier in the morning," says nutritionist and founder of NAO Nutrition Nikki Ostrower in an interview with Bustle over the phone.
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