Being a morning person has its perks. It can make the dreaded wake up alarm a little easier on the ears. It can make you more productive if you wake up fighting fit and ready to face the day. And it can help you to start off your day with positivity and a smile 🙂
But how can you train yourself to be an early riser and be happy about it? Here are our top tips!
1) Start tomorrow today
Reduce the number of things you have to do in the morning by getting them done the night before. Need to print off that Word document, get your bag ready, make tomorrow’s lunch? – there’s no time like the present! By reducing the number of things to do in the morning, you can take your time with getting ready and ease into the day comfortably, without the prospect of rushing a whole bunch of tasks first thing.
2) Prep before bed
Believe it or not, how you prepare yourself for sleep impacts how you feel when you wake up in the morning. Don’t wait until you’re on your last legs before falling into bed. Instead, stop your work or television 15 minutes before and take your time to get ready for bed and relax before dozing off. Set your alarms beforehand and swap your phone for a book, or just some time alone with your thought, giving your eyes a rest from all those screens. This is a fantastic time to do some duas before bed, get in 10 minutes of Quran or adhkaar or even just reflect…
3) Resist the snooze!
As soon as we hear our alarm, the immediate temptation is to hit the snooze button and get a few more precious minutes of undisturbed sleep. Before you realise it you’ve pressed snooze 3 times and are half an hour late! If you cant seem to break the habit, plan ahead and set your alarm for 10-15 minutes before you have to wake up. That way when you press the snooze button, you know you’ve got a little bit of time to wake up slowly rather than jumping up at the last minute and rushing.
There are also several apps that can help you resist the snooze, for example, Wake n Shake makes you shake your phone in order to turn off the app, while Better Me shares your failure to your Facebook every time you hit snooze. That seems like motivation to me!
4) Give us a smile….and a stretch!
Smiling has been scientifically shown to make you feel happier, even when you fake it! Waking up in the morning and smiling can boost your positivity, even if it’s a grey day outside. And its Sunnah! Spread the love by smiling at your family and friends, making for a happy morning all round. But before you start getting ready, do a few stretches. Not all of us can duck out to gym in the small hours (if you can, go for it!), but early in the morning, willpower is at its highest. Doing a few stretches, a couple of planks and squats can be just what you need to get your metabolism going and give you that boost of energy to start the day with.
5) Eat a healthy breakfast!
Eating well is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle and the most important meal of the day is breakfast. It doesn’t matter what diet you’re trying the rest of the day – make sure you eat a full and wholesome breakfast and you’re ready to face the world. Try and include healthy carbohydrates such as cereal and toast, as well as a portion of some fruits (berries <3). Eggs are a fantastic way to start the day too and so many ways you can make them! Enjoy your breakfast and you’ll want to wake up just to have it!
6) Start with Bismillah:
Everything goes better when you start with the name of Allah (swt). Let His name be the first on your lips in the morning, thanking Him for giving you a new day. Think of the huge blessings He has given you just by letting you be alive, giving you another chance to serve Him. Do some of your morning adhkaar, or even just start with the dua for waking up:
Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee ‘ahyaanaa ba’da maa ‘amaatanaa wa’ilayhin-nushoor.
“Praise is to Allah Who gives us life after He has caused us to die and to Him is the return.”
If you can, take some time out in the morning to read or memorise some Quran. Your mind is like a sponge at this time so make the most of it! Start even with just one ayah a day and see how much you’ve learnt by the end of the week
We already spend a third of our lives sleeping. Whilst we all love a good rest, try to increase your productivity in the mornings and see how much you gain spiritually and practically.