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Eating a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning helps prepare you for a great day. (Image: Rebecca Mongrain/Seattle Refined) 

You Can Do It: Become a Morning Person

I haven’t always been a morning person but a few years ago, I decided to tackle the dreaded morning. I now longer had the luxury of doing what I wanted on my own time schedule and I needed to start working out again. I knew if I wanted to start an exercise routine, I would need to get it done early in the morning. From there, I slowly became an annoying morning person who now thinks sleeping in is 6:30 a.m., much to my family’s dismay.

Becoming a morning person has improved my life in many ways. Research has shown that morning people make better decisions and tend to be happier. They are also more satisfied with their overall lives which can’t be a bad thing. Morning people are also more productive and better at planning. Becoming a morning person can be great!

Here are some tips for rising with the sun and beating the roosters out of bed:

Make Breakfast Your Big Meal

Eating a big, healthy breakfast is a great way to jump start your metabolism and get your day started. A full stomach means your brain will be ready to make big decisions. Also breaking your fast means your blood sugar will even out and you won’t have big energy dips which can make mornings unnecessarily rough.

Reward Yourself

When I started getting up early, I booked exercise classes that came with a financial penalty if I didn’t show up. Then I started treating myself to a reward when I had gotten up early 5 mornings in a row. I love good coffee so that was often my treat but a nice glass of wine at the end of the day or a lovely bubble bath to settle down for the evening are nice rewards too. For those who like gold stars, putting a star on a calendar for every morning you get up early might also be a great reward.

Prepare the Night Before

Get ready the night before by prepping your coffee maker, throwing oatmeal in the crockpot for overnight oats or just prepping your breakfast food for the morning. Set out your clothing and other stuff to ensure an easy morning of productivity.

Put Away the Electronics

Set down the phone, computer and tv at least two hours before bed. The blue light from electronics can confuse the body’s natural rhythms and inhibit sleep. Yes, catching up on The Bachelor is necessarily but try to watch your shows three hours before bedtime to ensure the best sleep.

Go to Bed!

Start your morning ritual the night before by going to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual. Slowly bump back your bedtime from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. so you can start leaping out of bed instead of hitting the snooze alarm. Create a bedtime routine that enables sleep. Brush your teeth, wash your face and get into your snuggly pajamas before climbing in bed with a good book.

Create a Morning Ritual

I get up at 4:45 a.m. to write three pages longhand in a notebook (Morning Pages) before heading to a 6 a.m. exercise class. Yes, 4:45 a.m. is an insane time of the morning but this ritual sets me up for a fantastic day. The quiet stillness of the morning means I am rarely interrupted by my children and I have a few moments of quiet. By the time, I am back home at 7 a.m., I am ready to tackle the day and annoy my family with my cheerful mood.

Exercise First

Start your morning with a sweat session for great results. I know morning exercise is my jam because I can just move and not think for the first hour of my day. Once my brain has fully woken up, I’ve moved my body and am ready to take on my day. Early morning exercise can boost peak alertness and provide a boost in metabolism for the day.

Figure out Your 'Why'

Figuring out why you want to become a morning person will help you achieve your goal. Make it a meaningful goal that will make your day better, be it a morning exercise class or just having extra time to jump start your day. Knowing why you want to do something makes it more achievable.