Motivating Yourself in the Morning

Reposted from November 01, 2018

Motivating yourself in the morning is especially hard. Some days I bribe myself or tell myself I’ll catch up on sleep later in the day. The later in the week that it gets, the harder it can get to pull yourself out of bed. Here are some ways to motivate yourself on getting up, if you’re not a morning person.

  1. Bribe yourself. Promise yourself a cup of coffee, pastry, or piece of chocolate that you can grab on your way to work. Aim for something that is a treat and not a daily occurrence.
  2. Drink water. Drink a glass of water right when you wake up, even if you eyes aren’t even open. If it seems, keep a bottle of water on your nightstand or next to your pillow.
  3. Eye drops. Eye drops for dry eye lubrication. This can almost instantly wake you up.
  4. Hop into the shower. Whether you prefer a cold shower or hot shower in the morning, either one will help wake you up. I prefer a hot shower, especially on a cold day, the thought of being warm can help you jump out of bed.
  5. Wake up to a song. Instead of waking up to the sound of an alarm, try waking up to the sound of a song. It can be a much more pleasant experience waking up to a song rather than an obnoxious alarm.
  6. Try to get natural sunlight in your room. Open your blinds or curtains as soon as possible. The sunlight can help wake you up.
  7. Prepare your clothes the night before. Set your clothes out for the day the night before so you have less to worry about in the morning.
  8. Think of something you’re looking forward to. Do this in the morning so you’re not overly anxious or too excited about it which can prevent you from falling asleep.
  9. Play some music or the TV when you wake up. Background music or noise can help your brain wake up and put you in a better mood.
  10. Force yourself. Try some tough love. Tell yourself that you must get up to make it to your job on time, or you have to be at school and cannot have another absence, or you have to get your kids to school.

Waking up in the morning isn’t easy, especially if you’re not a morning person or you haven’t had enough sleep.