BEEP... BEEP... BEEP... SNOOZE!
Does this sound like your morning? The bed is so comfy and warm and now it all must come to an end! Getting up earlier sounded great last night! You were going to get a workout in and have a healthy breakfast! You were going to start this today so that you could really start your plan to lose weight...
However you find yourself hitting the snooze 7 to many times. Feeling groggy and exhausted. Your warm and cozy. So you wait until the last possible minute, pull yourself out of bed, then rush around like a mad woman that just needs COFFEE!
Been there, done that! That's why I put together 20 tips that will help you overcome this and help you to get your bum out of bed!
Have a strong why...
“I heard that early risers are happier and more productive,” is not a good reason. It’s too general and will not inspire you to take action.
Changing this habit is hard, and if you want to endure the difficulty, you will need a good reason for it. Be really clear about what you want to get out of the extra morning time.
Do you want to use it to work more on your business? To improve your fitness and health? To get some extra time with your friends and loved ones? To make more time for learning and reading?
If you don’t come up with a good way to spend your mornings, they will automatically be allocated for sleeping in.
Many people manage to get out of bed early, but an hour later they still feel groggy and go back to sleep.
Changing your wake-up time to a few hours earlier is hard. While your body gets used to the new timing, you will feel sleepy in the first few hours and going back to sleep will be tempting.
Even coffee doesn’t help in that case. So what’s the solution?
Go busy as soon as possible. It’s a great opportunity to do some exercise, clean your house or just get to work!
USE SLEEP CYCLES...
Have you had one of those days where you wake up early, but you don’t feel sleepy or groggy? You can fall back asleep easily but you can also get up and start your day. Feels great, doesn’t it?
We sleep in 1.5 hour cycles, this allows us to get through all 5 sleep cycles! Don't disrupt them or you WILL feel like shit! Time your bedtime accordingly.
If you go to bed (sleep) at 10pm get up at 7am.... Try it, it works!
A little at a time...
Unless there’s a specific reason, you don’t have to move your wake time up a full hour overnight. Instead try waking up 15 minutes earlier every day until your body grows accustomed to the change.
Whether you take a run around the block, head straight to the gym, or just do some jumping jacks in your bedroom, a workout is the very thing you need to get your blood pumping. Walking is my favorite form of morning exercise because it's an effective way to shake the cobwebs.
Science has proven that music has a direct impact on the body. Feel free to put in your earbuds and blast your favorite music. Or invest in a shower radio that will help you multitask.
Prepare at night...
Waking up early is uncomfortable at first and your mind is going to look for any excuses to make it more uncomfortable. You’re going to want to minimize this as much as possible.
By preparing the night before for the coming morning, you can dramatically increase your chances of success.
Lay out your clothes. Put your alarm clock/phone across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Have your coffee/tea ready to go. Know what you are going to do
Block all sources of light, even the tiny red light indicating your TV’s turned off. Put your gadgets away and stop watching TV at least one hour before bedtime, as the blue light from these screens disrupt your body’s secretion of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.
If you want to read, use a real book and a night light. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable chill.
It's about routine...
What you do before bedtime is your body’s trigger for sleeping, so try to keep these activities relaxing and stick to them like a routine.
For example, you could take a cold shower then read a book for 15 minutes before bed time. If you stick to this routine long enough, your body will soon recognize that these activities mean the day has ended and it’s time to relax. It’s important as well to do these activities in order and roughly the same time every day.
What’s your first reaction when your alarm goes off? Hit snooze and go back to sleep, right? For this tip, you can press snooze but this time instead of going straight back to sleep, get up—but only for 10 minutes or however that snooze is set.
This is called an inverted snooze. Instead of forcing yourself to get up right away, bargain with yourself, “Stick it out. It’s just 10 minutes.” What you do during those 10 minutes is up to you, but the condition is you can’t go back to bed—or sleep on the couch. You can open the windows, prepare coffee, or turn on the TV. So when your alarm clock goes off again, you’ll already be fully awake and not likely to hit snooze.
Some more tips to get up early...
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My name is Danielle. I am a mom, author, weight loss coach and creator of the “Diamond Body Image Process™.
I work with strong and determined women with busy lives, who’ve let themselves go for years due to work or taking care of their family. And because of this they are struggling with…
– Standing on your bathroom scale and seeing you are at your highest weight ever so you’ve decided to lose the weight but you don’t know HOW.
– The shame of being overweight is holding you back from being in family photos or videos
– Feel frustrated, fat and uncomfortable because your pants are too tight.
– Feeling embarrassed to be naked in front of your husband and causing you to not be intimate with him yet you want to build a strong bond for a lasting relationship.
And secretly they feel ashamed and embarrassed about their weight. And if they were really honest they would say even though they look happy on the outside, on the inside they feel like a big fat failure and lack the confidence they once had.
For these women, I provide a safe, caring environment for them to be completely honest and open their feelings and fears. I empower them to stop making excuses and blaming their circumstances for being overweight, and instead take personal responsibility for their weight loss, so they can achieve their ideal weight, feel more confident and energized and be their best version of themselves.
I teach my clients simple ways to change their eating habits, exercise habits and transform their mindset through my Diamond Body Image Process™ for long lasting weight loss.
My caring, direct and motivational coaching style inspires women to take action and become the best version of themselves. I teach weight loss from my personal experience. I’ve lost 100 lbs and I’ve kept it off for 7 years. My clients say they feel understood, heard, motivated and they see real results. The profound confidence in each client through weight loss is life changing.