Surprise, you are already are! Being a morning person is just being who you are but planning and taking advantage of healthy habits to have more energy. Recovering from depression, addiction, or mental illness can take a lot of energy and focus. Sleeping well and preparing for your day are extremely important.
A successful morning has much to do with the day before. How much sleep did you get? Did you get the nourishment you need?
Use these tips to help reduce stress and take control of your day. Below are several tips to ensure a good morning starts the night before from the question and answer site Quora. The quotes are from the respondent Andy Ooi who adds personal humor and suggestions on how to be a “sleep superhero.”
- Learn to enjoy darkness. “Turn off that phone, the TV, the computer and all lights 10-30 minutes before your regular sleep time. Sit on your couch,” Ooi wrote.
- Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible. “Get the blackout curtains. Also make sure there are no artificial lights in the bedroom.”
- Ban technology from your bedroom, which means no Facebook or Whatsapp.
- Be positive before you go to sleep. Going to sleep with dread will not help make it a restful sleep.
“Stop thinking about the challenges the next day. Think about how you can crush the next day like munching potato chips.”
Learning to love the mornings is not about becoming a morning person, but how to set yourself up for success. If you are productive at night as well, keep a routine of an early afternoon nap to make sure you get enough rest. If stress is keeping you awake and you are struggling with anxiety and insomnia, seek professional help and guidance. Many clinics and hospitals have sleep centers that monitor your sleeping for disorders and abnormalities that could be impacting your mornings.