How To Become A Morning Person + Smoothie Bowl Recipe
This year I decided to finally break my habit of sleeping in and started getting up between 6:30 and 7 AM. I have always been the furthest thing from a morning person, but I have found getting up earlier has allowed me to be more productive with my days. It can be hard to all of a sudden shake up your sleep schedule and get up early, so to help here are some of my personal tips for becoming a morning person + my go-to breakfast recipe!
BITE THE BULLET AND JUST DO IT
There’s no easy way of getting up early, so one of two ways you can do it is to just bite the bullet and get out of bed at the time you want to wake up. It will be hard and it will take a few days for your body to get use to it, but this is what personally worked best for me. I found just committing to it to be the option that would least likely result in me giving up. Make sure to set your alarm for the time you want and actually get out of bed at that time the next morning. Put your alarm on the other side of room if you have to, or have a family member or roommate wake you up if possible.
OR START GETTING UP 15 MINUTES EARLIER EACH DAY
Now if biting the bullet isn’t the best option for you, the other thing you can do is start setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier each morning until you get to the time that you want to wake up. That means you also have to start going to bed 15 minutes earlier each day too. This will help you slowly adjust to waking up earlier, but won’t be as sudden.
NO PHONE IN BED
This one is extremely important. Using your phone in bed usually results in you staying up way later than you meant to, or staying in bed longer in the morning. In order to actually start getting up and starting your day earlier, you have to stop using your phone in bed. Make it a habit to sit at your desk or in a chair in the morning & night to do your scroll through social media or catch up on events. This will prevent you from being tempted to stay in bed longer than you should and help you fall asleep easier at night.
EXERCISE / STRETCH FIRST THING
Getting your blood flowing and body moving will help make waking up earlier easier and quicker. Do a few stretches in the morning to get your body going or do your favorite mini morning workout. Just do this for 5-10 minutes and your mind and body will be ready to start the day!
FULL BREAKFAST IS KEY
Your body needs fuel in the morning, so it’s important to have a full breakfast to keep it going throughout the day. After all, there’s nothing worse than a mid morning crash. My personal favorite breakfast recently has been smoothie bowls. They are good for you and filling, which can help you jump start your morning. I thought I would share with you how I personally make my smoothie bowls, so you can give it a try!:
1 Acai packet (optional)
Handful of frozen mixed berries
Handful of strawberries
Lifeway strawberry kefir
A small amount of milk
Scoop of vanilla protein powder
Fresh fruit (I usually use bananas or strawberries)
I put the acai, frozen fruit, kefir, protein powder, and a small amount of milk into a blender and blend it. I never measure anything to a specific amount, it all just depends on how big of a bowl you want or if you are sharing with others. Just make sure to make the smoothie bowl thicker than you would a normally smoothie. Because of this I usually add more kefir (you can use yogurt as a substitute) than I do milk. Once it’s all blended I put it in a bowl and top it with vanilla granola, fresh fruit, and finish off with a drizzle of honey on top. You can use any toppings or fruit you want in your smoothie bowl, so experiment and find a combo that you like best!
END THE DAY EARLIER
In order to start your day earlier, you also have to call it a night earlier too. I know it is hard especially when so much is happening at night when it comes to social media and television, but if you don’t you’ll feel even worse in the morning. Start moving up your night routine earlier to where you can get a decent amount of sleep and still be up at the time you want to. It may be hard now but it will be worth it in the end!
And those are my tips to help you become a morning person! Just remember that like everything it will take time and some getting use to, but once you get in the routine of it it will seem like second nature.