How To Be a Morning Person Without Relying on Coffee

Published on April 13, 2020

I am not a morning person, or at least I didn’t use to be. However, over time I’ve turned myself into an early riser, and I did it without coffee, due to the fact that I hate the stuff (I know, I know, it’s sacrilege). If you’re a natural night-owl and have a hard time getting out of bed when morning comes along, these little tricks just might help make getting out of that nice cozy bed a little less painful.

Establish a Routine

The easiest way to make yourself more of a morning person is to establish a morning routine. It doesn’t really matter what the routine is, that’ll all depend on your job and lifestyle. Whatever routine works for you, doing the same few things in the same order every morning as soon as you wake up helps get your brain going and helps establish normalcy to getting up early so it doesn’t feel like you’re getting up in a frenzy to catch that early morning flight every single day of your life.

Get Up and Get Moving

Part of my morning routine is getting out of the house to go on a hike with my dog every morning. I’m lucky enough that my job allows me to have lengthy exercise time first thing in the morning, and if you are also lucky enough to have that, I highly recommend you take advantage of that time.

If you don’t, there are faster and more efficient ways to get your body moving in the mornings. Five minutes of yoga, a quick walk around the block, or whatever kind of speedy exercise you can fit into your day will really help make getting up in the mornings easier.

I’m not one of those people that’s going to sit here and say how much fun exercise is because it’s not. It’s a chore, especially in the first few days of incorporating early morning exercise into your routine. However, it really does help wake up the body and the mind, and it sets up the rest of the day to be productive. Taking that little time in the morning to exercise will not only help you get your energy up but when you’re done you’ll feel accomplished and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

Eat Some Breakfast

Eating in the morning is hard. Lot’s of people aren’t hungry in the early mornings, and lots more just don’t have time for breakfast. Now I’m not saying that you need a full continental breakfast every morning to be a morning person, but putting a little something in your stomach in the mornings before work or school or taking on the chores of the day will give you that extra fuel you need.

Even if it’s just a granola bar or a little bit of yogurt or some fruit, any little bit of food will help banish that sluggish feeling that waking up early can bring.

Get Better Sleep

It’s sort of common sense. If you get a good night’s sleep, it’s going to be easier to get up the next morning. Being completely exhausted makes it hard to get up and get excited about the day. There’s a couple easy things you can do to help you sleep better and wake up less painfully when the morning comes.

As you might have guessed by the fact I don’t like coffee, I’m a big tea person. One of my favorite teas of all time is this Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea. I always get this assorted pack ($20.49 on Amazon) so I can switch up the flavors. It’s also enough tea to last for a really long time, so you’ll be set for a while.

This tea tastes delicious, and it really does help put me to sleep, which is no easy task. Something about the process of making the tea and sipping it helps get my mind ready for bed, and the warmth is super relaxing.

Another super-easy way to put your brain into sleep mode is to put away your phone at least 30 minutes before its time to sleep. This is super hard to do, I know, but there’s a reason people say this all the time. It really does work. When I switch out my phone for a book an hour before bedtime I always fall asleep much easier.

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Olivia Smith is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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