One of the biggest challenges (/ˈtʃælɪndʒ/) that a huge number of people face is getting out of bed in the mornings and actually being capable of enjoying it. Getting out of bed on a cold, drizzly (/ˈdrɪzli/) Monday morning is likely to be one of the worst (/wɜːrst/) feelings in the world and I’m sure that we have all experienced (/ɪkˈspɪriənst/) a deep loathing(/ˈləʊðɪŋ/) that comes with it. Every now and again you might be on the verge(/vɜːrdʒ/) of destroying the alarm(əˈlɑːrm/) clock, but it won’t make you feel any better. So how can you train yourself to be an early riser (/ˈraɪzər/)? Here’s some hints(/hɪnt/), four little ideas that I’ve come up with and found to work successfully for me over the years to deal with those horrid(/ˈhɔːrɪd/) early mornings.

Routine, Routine, Routine

Our bodies naturally like routine. That is to say; we are all programmed(/ˌprəʊɡræmd/) to naturally adopt(/əˈdɑːpt/) a routine and stick to it. The routine isn’t all about what time you get up in the morning, but about establishing(/ɪˈstæblɪʃ/) a set time to go to sleep the night before. Make sure that you get the right amount of shut-eye(/ʃʌt/) and that you manage(/ˈmænɪdʒ/) to get yourself into a routine of sleeping through(/θruː/) until your alarm goes off. You might start to find that you begin waking up before your alarm! Setting a morning routine can be a great way to start your day and you’re bound(/baʊnd/) to avoid being in a state for the rest of the day because of it.

Don’t Hit Snooze (/snuːz/)!

Research shows that the extra 5 minutes you spend in bed after your alarm goes off can have a negative impact(/ˈɪmpækt/) on your productivity for the rest of the day. When you’re due to get up you’d better (/raɪz/)rise and shine! Giving yourself that extra 5 minutes may seem like a good idea at the time, but at any rate it will leave you feeling groggy(/ˈɡrɑːɡi/).

Eat Well. Don’t Bolt Your Food.

You’ve probably(/ˈprɑːbəbli/) heard it hundreds if not thousands(ˈθaʊzndz) of times before – but breakfast(/ˈbrekfəst/) really is the most important meal of the day. Make sure to eat properly in the mornings and not skip breakfast as it seems to be quite common nowadays(/ˈnaʊədeɪz/). It’s a good idea to eat something that gives you slow releasing energy such as porridge(/ˈpɔːrɪdʒ/) or granola(/ɡrəˈnəʊlə/).

Exercise!

It’s been proven(/ˈpruːvn/) that exercise(/ˈeksərsaɪz/) can get the brain working and can make us that little bit more productive. Try going out for a walk or going to the gym(/dʒɪm/) before work for a light workout. Not only does it help you to become more productive, but going to the gym can also help to enhance(/ɪnˈhæns/) your general(/ˈdʒenrəl/) well-being and confidence(/ˈkɑːnfɪdəns/).

Try to stick to my guide and within a week or two you will be feeling much better and more productive – I’m sure of it! Let me know what kind of person you are – a night owl(/aʊl/) or an early bird. I look forward(/ˈfɔːrwərd/) to your comment(/ˈkɑːment/).