When your alarm sounds in the morning, do you wake up right away? Or do you find yourself hitting the snooze button to get just that bit extra amount of sleep?
I used to find it incredibly hard to wake up each morning. Most days I would debate in my mind whether it was really worth getting out of my nice, warm, comfortable bed to get ready for work, or if I should sleep in and find out if I could pull off just 1 more sick day.
So what’s changed? A lot actually. I no longer dread getting up in the morning. My body and mind is now conditioned to jump out of bed each morning.
How to Get Out of Bed
1. The Alarm Clock Method
When the sound of our alarm clock abruptly wakes us up each morning, we can’t help but hit the snooze button and go back to sleep, even if it is only for a few more minutes.
Instead of placing your alarm clock on your bedside table, making it easy to switch off, start placing it further away so you have to get out of bed to switch it off. Getting out of bed is near impossible some days, but if we are forced to get out of bed, then the hard part is done – and we can get on with our day.
2. Live With Purpose
We find it so hard to get out of bed in the morning because we would much rather sleep in than go to work.
We all need to feel as if we are doing something worthwhile with our day. Everyone needs a purpose.
We must wake up and look at each day as providing the perfect opportunity to take another step towards reaching out goals. We can’t waste it by sleeping.
We need to know what we are living for each day.
3. Wake Up to the Sound of Music
I love waking up to the sound of happy, uplifting music in the morning. It starts my day off on the right track. If you listen to happy music every morning, you will condition your mind to associate getting out of bed with happy feelings.
Instead of that annoying beeping sound that wakes you up every morning, set your alarm to play your favourite uplifting song.
4. Go to Bed & Wake Up At the Same Time
Everyone has heard this of this tip, and for good reason too – it works. Every single day (yes, that includes weekends!), go to bed and wake up at the same time. You can teach your body to do almost anything on cue if you do it for long enough.
Research says that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. So within 3 short weeks, if you stick to this tip, you will find yourself getting out of bed every day with ease.
Even if you find yourself only being able to get 2 hours of sleep one night, your body will still have no trouble getting out of bed in the morning.
5. Plan Ahead
If you know you have to do something at a certain time, then you have no choice but to get out of bed. “I have to be up for work every morning though,” you may cry. This is true, but most of us don’t look forward to work.
When I say plan ahead, I mean before you go to bed, plan what YOU want to do the next day. Not only is planning one of the best ways to ensure you achieve your goals, but you also get the most out of your day by maximizing your productivity.
6. Do What You Love
You have to have some “Me” time every morning. If you don’t set some time aside for yourself every morning, you will discover that you only wake up each day to get ready for work.
Find something you love to do, and do it every morning. Personally, I love to meditate or play the guitar. Some people like reading orworking out. This is specific to you as you know which activities you enjoy.
All of a sudden you will find that you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning.