Annoying alarm clocks. Sprinting through a shower. Dragging myself out of my warm bed. Skipping breakfast. My associations with morning are usually less than positive. As a mom of two early risers, making the necessary adjustment from night owl to (very) reluctant morning person hasn't been easy. But, like most things in life, just because it's hard doesn't mean it's impossible. In my quest to better my attitude about early rising, I've learned a few tricks to help myself wake up faster. And the best part is, they're all relatively easy and don't involve drinking the entire pot of coffee by myself (Though I've admittedly resorted to that once or twice).
Morning hours can be some of the most productive hours of the day, if you let them. The trick is changing your perception of morning from one of dread to at least acceptance, and maybe even excitement. Whether you have an early morning commute, an energetic toddler, or just want to accomplish more with your day, training your body to wake up early is a healthy habit to establish. Making a few small tweaks to your a.m. routine will not only help you get on with your day quicker and more awake than usual, but might even help you shed the label "not a morning person" once and for all.