Last week's post was all about why you need to become a morning person, and today, a handy guide to tell you how to achieve that.
Becoming a morning person didn't come to me naturally, and I only wake up at 6am four out of seven days (weekend and Tuesdays are my off-days, so I sleep in till about 8am.) Sleeping early, powering down your gadgets, and locating your alarm clock a few steps away from your bed are suggestions that you may have already come across (they work, by the way.) But I thought it would be useful to share how I taught myself to become a morning person, and sometimes, forced myself into it because I started seeing just how productive I could be in the morning time.
• Find a reason to wake up early: What is it that motivates you intrinsically? You don't have to get something done from your to-do list, it is more important to convince your mind that waking up early is a good thing. Set a meaningful goal to wake up and accomplish, something that you feel positive about. I love the fact that I can get some me-time through writing, reading, and dressing up. It can be that simple.
• Do what is most important: Is there one thing that you absolutely need to do everyday in order to go to bed feeling good? Then do it in the morning. This will help add a structure and routine to your mornings. I cannot go without my daily fix of Yoga, so naturally, it is the first thing I do. You could switch things up based on deadlines, too. Sometimes I work on assignments and tasks that I have been putting off for a while, or work that needs a fresh mind.
• Shower: This one may seem like a no-brainer, but I found myself struggling to resist the temptation to go back to sleep even though I got enough sleep, especially during the first week. Then, I would just hop into the shower, and it helped awaken my mind and body in a slow, relaxing manner. Also, the chances that you'll go to sleep after you're showered and dressed are very slim.
• Workout: This is something you may have to slowly build into your morning routine. For the first week, I didn't force myself to accomplish too much. I focused on waking up, staying awake, and simply appreciating the morning hours. Once I started enjoying the morning peace, I added 30 minute Yoga routines and "earned" the morning shower by breaking a sweat. Two birds one stone? I think so!
• Set aside time to do something you enjoy: Post Yoga and shower, I sit down with my coffee (after a glass of warm lemon water, of course) to browse through BBC News, Business of Fashion, and Vogue. In 30 minutes, I manage to skim through the news, and gather a ton of ideas for content and blog posts. This has been very effective in making me feel like I have amazing things to look forward to every morning.
I hope these pointers help you ease into the process of becoming an early riser!
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. Spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
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