How To Be A Morning Person

Everyone always talks about their morning routines and how the early hours of the day are a total fresh start. But if you don’t exactly jump out of bed with tons of energy as soon as your iPhone alarm goes off, don’t worry — you’re definitely not alone there. I never, ever used to be a morning person. I didn’t eat breakfast (which is crazy to my breakfast obsessed current self!) and the second I opened my eyes, wondered how long it would be until I could go back to bed.

But now I’m 100 percent, without a doubt, a morning person. And I’m happy about it.

You can be one, too, and it’s not as scary as you might think. I promise if you try, you just might find that the morning is your all-time favourite.

1.) Find A Breakfast You Enjoy

Some people love oatmeal and smoothies (guilty!) and others prefer something super savoury like eggs and veggies and potatoes. It’s totally and completely up to you. If you make yourself breakfast every day, you’re going to be doing something pretty amazing for yourself: fuelling up for your long day ahead, and making sure that you honestly start off on the right foot. My Plum Pie Oatmeal and Berry Pie Oatmeal are two super simple oatmeal recipes that can be made in a flash.

If you’re really pressed for time, why not make breakfast ahead and just heat it up in the morning? You can also make a bunch of smoothies and put them in the fridge for the next few days. Easy. Once you get used to eating breakfast — especially ones that are really fun (hey, I really, really like breakfast…) — you’re going to see mornings in a whole new light. Pun totally intended.

2.) Create Your Own Ritual

People have all kinds of morning rituals, from yoga to meditation to drinking lemon water. It’s totally up to you. Want to read for an hour before you start work? Want to catch up with an old friend over email or Facebook? This is your time. You don’t have to be productive yet, you don’t have to worry about anything, and you can honestly do what you want (within reason, of course).

3.) Be Consistent

Okay, so this isn’t the most fun thing to think about it, but it’s absolutely true. If you can go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time, you’re going to form a habit, and that’s honestly the only way to keep going. I love Gretchen Rubin and have been listening to her podcast Happier a lot lately. She says this amazing thing: if you do something every once in a while, you’re going to put pressure on it and it won’t be easy. If you do something every day, it’s like whatever. You just do it and it’s okay. I love that and it totally applies to becoming a morning person. Try it for a week and see — you probably will fall in love like the rest of us breakfast and morning lovers.

4.) Don’t Give Up Coffee

Yes. I said it. Coffee is a really important part of life. Just ask my hero/imaginary BFF Lorelai Gilmore. If you want to make coffee part of your morning routine — and you totally should — then you really will start to look forward to this time. Whatever gets you out of bed, right? If you love coffee and it works for you, there’s no reason to give it up. Just don’t drink vats of it on a regular basis. Sorry, Lorelai.

5.) Rearrange Your Day

Life is pretty crazy and it can be hard to carve out time for yourself. So go ahead and bribe yourself. If you wake up earlier and don’t rush in the morning, you can take an hour after dinner and meal prep or do some kind of chore that you usually do when racing out the door. You’ll thank yourself and create a much calmer schedule.

Are you a morning person? What do you like to do first thing?

Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at www.ahealthystory.com. She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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15 comments

  1. When I have enough sleep, I am definitely a morning person! I do a lot of these things: a good breakfast of oatmeal with fruit/PB, blog checking after my morning commute for my morning routine, and a nice mug of black coffee. 🙂 Consistency is definitely important, especially if I’m going to fall asleep on time the next night–I’m not the best at it, haha, but I’m working on it! These are all great tips! 😀

    1. You’re totally right Claire, it can be really hard to get in the morning groove when you haven’t gotten enough hours! Your mornings sound pretty amazing. Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked it! It’s so funny how going to bed at a decent hour really affects the morning. Just one of those things we have to accept I guess haha

  2. I love this because it’s so balanced. Eating breakfast, being consistent, and doing something that really is routine and more ‘predictable’ are all really good ways to get out of bed in the morning.

    1. Thanks so much for reading, Emily! I agree 🙂

  3. As someone who’s always been a naturally morning person, I was interested to get this perspective. I totally agree that forming a habit and having a morning ritual is essential to getting the good morning vibes. I start every morning with some GOOD coffee and what I call “fun” computer time. Blog reading, Facebook, Netflix, etc. The studies and responsibilities can wait til after breakfast!

    1. Thanks so much for reading! 🙂 Coffee and fun computer time sounds like the perfect morning start!

  4. I love this! I’m a total morning person and do all of these things! I always workout, eat my favorite breakfast and shower before my kids wake up! And coffee….always coffee! 🙂 I’m currently re-watching all the seasons of Gilmore Girls in preparation for the new episodes (!!!!!!) YAY!

    1. Thanks so much Laura! Working out, breakfast and coffee are definitely the best ways to spend a morning. That sounds amazing, I have to do that too! I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan too and can’t even handle waiting for the revival!

  5. These are really great ideas. I’m already a morning person. My brother constantly bugs me about it because he can’t understand why/how I can get up before 10am. I’ll have to point him in the direction of this post!
    Also I agree, coffee is a must!

    1. Thanks so much Megan! Mornings without coffee would be a pretty sad thing!

  6. My favorite tip… don’t give up coffee ha! Love it. Great post! I have definitely found that I crave my morning routine of getting a cup of coffee and spending an hour reading or catching up on posts!

    1. haha I could never give up coffee and I’m so glad you feel the same way! Thanks so much and thanks for reading 🙂 Reading is definitely a great way to start the day.

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  8. I am definitely a morning person. I’ve been getting up at 4:30 a.m. for as long as I can remember. I love that first coffee, then off for a fitness walk, and back to get everything organized before the busy day begins. On the weekend in cold weather, I start a little later, and so enjoy lighting a fire and reading the paper before heading to the gym. I’m not good at breakfast (I am good at drinking vats of coffee:), and your blog has inspired me to give oatmeal a try. And, definitely, smoothies.

    Thanks for another great blog, Aya.

    1. I love that you’re a morning person too! Although I don’t wake up at 4:30 so I’m not SUCH a morning person haha. Your morning sounds like a dream to me! I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to try oatmeal, I think it is pretty life-changing. Thank you for reading as always!

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