If you want to become a morning person, start doing these 8 things before 8am

Ah, mornings. You either love ’em or you hit snooze like there’s no tomorrow. I used to be a bit of a night owl which meant sleeping later and waking up late too. Then realized something rather crucial — sunlight is really important. 

When we don’t get enough sunlight, it has detrimental effects on our physical and mental health. 

It causes the following unpleasant effects: 

  • Increased sensitivity to pain — ouch!
  • Muscle weakness
  • Compromised immune function
  • Low mood and depression

Seriously, when I first found out about vitamin D deficiency symptoms, it made me want to munch supplements while sunbathing — with sunscreen, of course.

How you start your morning sets the tone for the entire day. 

And guess what? 

Becoming a morning person isn’t as tough as it sounds. You just need a little nudge in the right direction. And while it can be a slog at first, the good news is it gets easier — you’ll even enjoy it. 

Convinced? Here’s how to easily transform yourself into a morning bird. 

1) Say hello to the sun 

You know how everything seems a bit brighter when you wake up early? I don’t just mean in terms of how much light’s shining through your kitchen window — I mean your mood. 

Well, there’s science behind that! 

Research shows that exposure to morning sunlight improves mood and alertness. This leads to you having a more productive day which leaves you with a sense of satisfaction and achievement and the end. 

When you wake up, make a point to go out to stand in the sunlight. Even if you’re sitting inside and there’s sun shining through the window — absorb it, it’s good for you!

I make it a point to bask in a few minutes of sunlight every morning, and it’s a game-changer. It’s like nature’s caffeine — minus the delicious coffee flavor.

2) Water you waiting for? Hydrate!

Did someone mention coffee? 

I know how much we all love coffee. But here’s the thing — you lose a lot of water when you sleep. 

How much exactly? 

Well, it depends on your body type and the temperature of where you’re sleeping. But on average, people lose about 200ml of water during sleep.

But wait, there’s more. 

If you’re not fully hydrated before you go to sleep, you won’t sleep as well. This is because dehydration causes you to sleep less.

So, if you’re not in the habit of hydrating properly, you risk messing up your whole sleep cycle.

Drink a glass of water before you reach for that delicious coffee mug. Your body will thank you for this one. And you’ll be more equipped to meet your goal target for the day.

3) Pen down power goals

So…. what is on your agenda for the day? 

Control your tasks instead of letting them control you. 

I haven’t always been the type of person to make a checklist of tasks for the day. But let me tell you, once I started doing it, it changed everything. 

Thinking about everything I had to do for the day while lying in bed used to make me so stressed that I wanted to just sleep an extra while to ignore it all. 

That’s because I wasn’t mentally organized. 

A friend of mine got me a day planner as a gift. I remember saying something like “I’ll use it to write a poem a day.” But she looked me dead in the eyes and said something like “Trust me. Use it as a to-do list. It’s a game-changer.” 

She was so serious about it, so I figured I’d give it a shot. It was a game-changer. You know what else is a game-changer? 

MOVING!

4) Get up — get moving

You know the way exercising is the last thing you want to do in the morning? Well, it’s actually probably the first thing you should do. 

It’s true, when you wake up your muscles are all still. Instinctively, it seems like the best thing to do is give them a chance to adjust to movement before exercising. 

I studied yoga in India and Tai Chi in the Chinese Wu Dang mountains. Both yogis and Tai Chi masters say you should wake early and exercise — we were up before 5 am to stretch and breathe. 

I’d feel so relaxed and refreshed for the rest of the day.

Studies also show that morning exercise

So, why not give your body that burst of endorphins it craves? Even a 10-minute yoga session can make a world of difference.

When you start the day with exercise, you build up an appetite. Now, it’s time to feed yourself. But what to eat?

5) Breakfast of champions

Let’s talk about the most important meal of the day. Whether you’re a smoothie guru or an eggs and toast enthusiast, fueling your body with the right nutrients is crucial. 

It’s not just about filling your stomach; it’s about preparing your brain for the day ahead. 

Here’s my special little secret though — it has to be delicious. 

Do you know why? 

Because when you’re lying in bed fighting the urge to hit snooze, you need something to get really excited about. You need something to make you want to wake up

Dry cereal? Nah. 

You need something that makes you salivate with excitement. 

Take some time to think about what kind of breakfast strikes the perfect balance between taste and health. And get into the habit of looking forward to it.

6) Become a coffee connoisseur

I hate to keep taking it back to coffee, but we are talking about mornings here. 

If you’re like me and you LOVE the taste of coffee, you can use it to your advantage to help you easily become a morning person. 

Instead of drinking low-grade instant coffee, invest in something more high-quality. 

Make a project out of it! Do some research to find some coffee beans that get your taste buds dancing and start treating yourself to a nice hot cup of high-grade coffee. 

It’s the same philosophy as the breakfast thing. 

If you can’t intrinsically motivate yourself to wake up and face your goals, create external treats that make waking up irresistible. 

7) Reflection time

Take a moment for some morning reflection. 

What are you looking forward to today? 

What are you proud of from yesterday? 

This isn’t just feel-good advice; reflecting on your achievements and goals can boost your self-esteem and motivation.

Becoming a morning person might seem like a tall order, but it’s all about taking small steps. 

You don’t have to overhaul your routine overnight. Start with one or two of these tips and see how they feel. 

The key is consistency — give it time, and you’ll start to notice a difference.

Remember, mornings are a fresh start, a blank slate. They’re full of potential. How you choose to fill that slate can make all the difference. 

So, why not make it count?

And hey, if I can do it, so can you. Make the early hours work for you, not against you. 

Mornings? Love them. 

If you’re used to sleeping in and the idea of mornings repulse you, you’re definitely not alone. 

There’s nothing wrong if you’re just one of those people who work more effectively in the dead of night. However, you might start suffering from the effects of a vitamin D deficiency — not really ideal. 

Low vitamin D has a bunch of nasty effects on both physical and mental well-being. 

I know mornings aren’t always easy to face. But there are things you can do to turn them from waking nightmares into something beautiful. 

It all comes down to making your day something to look forward to instead of something to dread. 

We can all get overwhelmed by the pressure of tasks weighing down on us. That’s why sorting it all out with a day planner and creating power goals can remove the sting of pressure in the mornings. 

If you find the lure of your duvet too appealing compared to what the morning has in store, then amp up the competition. 

Fill your morning routine with this to look forward to. For me, having a delicious breakfast and a mug of really high-grade coffee calling my name makes it much easier to jump out of bed.

Trust me. If I can do it — so can you!

Pearl Nash

Pearl Nash has years of experience writing relationship articles for single females looking for love. After being single for years with no hope of meeting Mr. Right, she finally managed to get married to the love of her life. Now that she’s settled down and happier than she’s ever been in her life, she's passionate about sharing all the wisdom she's learned over the journey. Pearl is also an accredited astrologer and publishes Hack Spirit's daily horoscope.

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