I am not a morning person. Or at least I didn’t use to be. I never thought “become a morning person” would be on my list.
However, lately I’ve been learning to enjoy the start of the day more and more. I don’t know if it has to do with the fact that I was born late in the evening (around 8 pm) and maybe that is why my energy peaks always in the evenings. It’s not chronic though, I never missed a flight or an important event because I couldn’t wake up on time. But it does mean that I used to be grumpy in the early hours of the day.
I was the biggest fan of late mornings, as you can read in this post from two years ago. My weekday mornings used to be crazy. I would wake up late but still be half-asleep, running around the house in the attempt to get ready to leave to work. I would often forget stuff at home and then be pissed off for the rest of the day. But not anymore.
How To Become A Morning Person
If I think about it, it must have been right after I came back from my trip to India, when I was still trying to adjust to the time difference. In the first week, I was wide awake before 6 am, staring outside the window at the crack of dawn. Then of course I was already sleeping by 9 pm. But because I was waking up so early in the morning, I had to develop some habits to occupy my free time before going to the office.
I started cooking a more elaborate breakfast, preparing smoothies, doing short sessions of yoga or even going for a 2-3 k run in the neighbourhood. It was then when I also discovered the beauty of meditation in the morning. I’m not a big fan of mobile apps, but ever since I came across Insight Timer, which is a meditation app, my practice has become steady.
Regardless, the biggest revelation was probably the fact that I have in fact a lot of time in the morning if I wake up rested, at the same time every day and take one step at a time. Instead of rushing, I now have time to start my day calm, peaceful, happy.
Benefits To Become A Morning Person
I still snooze my alarm every 10 minutes for about half an hour (something I still need to work on), but I feel rested after I wash my face and brush my teeth. I feel even more energised after my 10-15 minutes meditation practice and then I can move on to preparing my take-away lunch, eating breakfast, enjoying a cup of tea, getting dressed and leaving to work. Nevertheless, I like to keep my mornings different from one another, because when we end up in a routine, we tend not to pay attention anymore to what we are doing and just perform the actions on automatic mode.
It makes such a big difference to just understand that you are more efficient when you do things slowly and mindfully than when you are in a hurry and multitasking. Just think about it. Or better yet, give it a try. Start your morning in a mindful way, find a routine that works for you or alternate your activities. Just stay present every morning. Enjoy the sips of coffee or open the window and take deep breaths of the windy back yard. Create your beautiful morning and your day will be so much better!