Not long ago, there was a time when I absolutely dreaded mornings. Especially Monday mornings. When I was a kid, my mother would have to physically drag my body out of my bed. Every. Single. Day. The only day I jumped out of bed with glee was Christmas morning, when obviously there was something beneficial for me. A bunch of treats and gifts for me under the tree.
When I started working a part time job, I considered myself lucky as I had scored a sales position at a tanning salon where I usually worked the late shifts, and occasionally a morning shift here and there. Okay, cool... I could handle that. As long as it doesn't become a regular thing.
Then to my utter dismay, I started college and they were making me start class at 8 am. And as a somewhat maintenance (no shame) female who requires at least an hour and a half to get ready, this would mean I would have to get up even earlier to get ready. Every Single. Day.
My initial thought was... "someone please kill me"... a bit dramatic. Okay, so second thought was "do I really need to be in school?" Yes, you need this. Okay, fine. I guess I have to do this. At first I was miserable. This is when sleep started to mean more to me than looking cute, so I would sleep in literally to the last possible second, roll my butt out of bed, and drag myself to class.
Eventually though, with the help of caffeine, I actually started to embrace the morning thing. It wasn't something that happened over night, mind you. A lot of people meet me for the first time in the morning and see how "perky" I am, and assume I've just been a Morning Molly my entire life. Which is so not the case, but hey, at least I'm able to so cleverly trick people. *evil grin*
So how did someone who used to try to fake an illness to get out of having to get up in the morning, go from such a night owl to an appreciator of the early AM? Well, as most people have to do in order to win the championship... I had to train myself.
Most people think they can instantly become a morning person over night and just drop it like a bad habit, but it's not that simple. It's great you have the desire and the drive to make a change in your life, and keep up that attitude. However, there's a deeper lying issue you have to address in order to make these changes stick.
Sleep is an incredibly important part of becoming a morning person. You need to find the exact amount of sleep your body needs in order to feel completely refreshed in the morning. Not just what a magazine recommends, or take the advice of a friend when they suggest 8 hours a night. That actually might be too much sleep for your body, thus causing you to feel tired and sluggish the next day. You may only need 6 or 7 hours of sleep to recharge your brain batteries. So really take some time to find your perfect amount of sleep, and then consistently get that amount of sleep every night. If you are having trouble falling asleep or still feel tired, consult a sleep specialist, there may be something that needs an expert opinion.
I cannot stress this enough though... don't expect things to change over night, so don't be hard on yourself if it's been a couple weeks, or even a month, and you're still hating life in the morning. It took me YEARS, people! DECADES even! (And I'd still say I tolerate them, at best!)
Joking aside, I do appreciate mornings a lot more now. There's something special about waking up in the very early morning, watching the beautiful sun rise, and just having some calm time to just be present before the hustle and bustle of my day. You could even think of that as your reward.
Melle Hartley is a professional organizer, interior designer and blogger. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her two cats and enjoys binge watching British (and American) reality shows on Hulu in her spare time. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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