How I Became a Morning Person


A lot of the posts on Anika May begin with “I’m very lazy”,
and honestly that hasn’t changed. I still like laying around and doing nothing.
When I was working full time, I was never (ever) a morning person; in
fact I dreaded the sound of an alarm each daybreak before the same routine into
a chilly train station and miserable march to the workplace with a whole bunch
of strangers. Since changing my environment, I’ve found it beneficial to get up
earlier and get used to it, giving me more hours in the day and a head start on
the healthy lifestyle I’m aiming for.

A protein-filled breakfast

I could easily have a bagel, pilled with Nutella and
marshmallows for breakfast everyday but I know it’s not the best start.
Although it tastes great, it’s stodgy, fatty food that only makes me lethargic and
feel even lazier. Not only am I introducing myself to a firmer diet (which I’ll
be documenting), but discouraging my love for no-no foods. A new breakfast
cereal I’m becoming obsessed with is Weetabix – super simple. I could easily
make a fancy Instagram-worthy acai bowl, but I just don’t have the time on a
morning and I like something warm too.

Yoga, pilates and running

I’m growing more towards working out, but it’s still not my
favourite thing in the world. I like to motivate myself using Pinterest boards
and YouTube videos, some of my favourites include Yoga With Adriene, Blogilates and Fitness Blender. Working
out in the morning gives me energy for the day, and a much better mind-set. I
can listen to my favourite tunes while watching the sunrise and warm up easily
in the winter. I used to work out in the evenings which meant taking off my
makeup from the day and lazily doing sit ups until I ended up on my phone – not
anymore.

Pep talks

Don’t get me wrong, waking up at 6am or before is not stress-free.
Especially during the winter months when it’s a lot darker at that time in the
morning. Although my body clock has adjusted now, I really struggled to abandon
the warmth of my humble bed. To this day, I still have to give myself around 10
minutes to actually come round for a night’s sleep, but in the beginning it was
all about pep talks. Pep talks lead to motivation and that’s the best method
for me to actually start moving. Giving myself a real reason, really helped me to get up… “Let’s do this.”

Extra time

I’m forever complaining about the lack of time in a day. Sometimes
there’s just so much to do and never enough time to do it! One of the biggest
benefits of becoming a morning person is having the extra few hours in a day. I
don’t work out every day so being able to get up and hop onto the computer to
schedule a blog post of finish the odd report is so much better than lazily lying
in bed trying type with one eye shut. The sense of accomplishment after a long
day is unbeatable.

A better diet

As mentioned earlier, I’m really trying to bring in a newer,
healthier diet and waking up earlier is incredibly advantageous. In the
morning, I don’t eat an enormous meal so I’m already feeling better. Lunches
can be a bit of a hit or miss, sometimes I just really need a burger.
However, as I go to bed earlier, I never want to fall asleep on a full stomach
so my dinners are much lighter – a massive improvement. I still need to work on
the Sunday roasts… but I’m getting there.

Warm baths and showers

Isn’t being cosy just the best? Whether it’s day or night, a
steamy shower is just what I need. I love to go all out when it comes to baths,
and usually take them before bed if I have the time. Baths are amazingly relaxing,
especially with a solid playlist and scented candles everywhere. A shower is
the perfect wake-up call, as long as you can bare stepping into the ice cold
artic that is anywhere outside of the bubble of happiness.

Rewards and treats

It can be really hard to get up sometimes, really really hard. I don’t always like it, but
know it needs to be done. On the days where leaving the duvet seems impossible,
but I managed to get through it, I give myself a little prize. Why not? On
occasion, it may be a cheat meal, or rather a new dress from ASOS – just something
to make me smile. It’s so important to treat yourself whenever you can, and I
much prefer to do it when I feel like I have actually done something reward-worthy.
If I plan a treat in advance, it helps put me to bed on time too.

Are you a morning person? 

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  • Marina

    This is such a great post dear! I really needed to read this because I am not a morning person at all, especially now in summer I always sleep in and when school rolls around I have trouble waking up and I have been late more than once! Thank you for sharing and I will definitely be using these tips xx

    mylifeasmarinaa.blogspot.com

  • Oooh, girl, I need to learn your ways! I am sooo not an a.m. person, but would love to be!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • I still have off days haha! Thanks 🙂

  • xoiiee h

    I am definitely not a morning person. I try and fix this all the time but I go back to my ways soon after. haha. Still, I love this post and the advice you have given here. I’ll have to take some of these with me.

    xo, XOIIEE | Life in Style

  • Allie H

    I really want to be a morning person, I hate wasting so much of the day, I will definitely be using some of these tips xx

    allegrasarah.blogspot.com

  • Hell to the no. But then again, I’m also not an afternoon person, and certainly not a night owl either GRIN when it comes to working out, I can go from zero to 6th gear in a few minutes during the mornings. When it comes to other things, I’m on slow-mo mode 😛

    • I can be like that too sometimes haha!

  • Beauty Journal

    I really want to be a morning person. This post was so inspirational. Thanks for sharing.
    -Karishma | http://yourbeautyjournal.com/

  • SamanthaSeries

    I’m trying to be a morning person. I do really enjoy having the extra time in the morning, and I find I am more productive than in the afternoon. Something I like to do is drink lemon water and do lots of stretches, and go outside if possible, even just to drink my lemon water on the steps out front.

    Samantha Series

    • That’s a great idea, I might try lemon water! Thanks 🙂

  • I’m never a morning person. It’s time to change!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

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  • Lizzie

    I am the least morning person there is, I really, really wish I was, maybe I need to try some of your tips to get there! 🙂

    theButter.co.uk

  • I am a big morning person, wake up, get up and go!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

  • Such a lovely post! I’m such a morning person ahahah x

    http://www.serenbird.com/

    • That’s great! Thanks for reading xo

  • Mai Maikshine

    Great tips!, Thanks for sharing! XX

  • Luckily I have always been a morning person, never had a problem with it. I find myself getting more things done when I wake up early.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • I became a morning person about three years ago when I started working out! It’s so true that working out in the AM or getting a morning jog in can totally make you appreciate the early hours. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • This is very nice post! Thanks for sharing babe!

    xo from Seattle,
    AikA❤︎

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  • I am very very happy to announce (lol) that I have alwaaaays been a morning person! I cannot understand people who sleep all day…I’m like – but where do you find the time to do all the adult things?! My biggest hate in life is waking up tired to an alarm and having to drag yourself out of bed…so I’ve always been one of them irritating people who goes to bed at like 9.30-10pm on weekdays and wake up full of the joys of spring ready for work ha ha!

    And yeah girl…feeling that shower vibe in the morning. Such a nice refreshing wake up!

    Katie xx ¦ lacoconoire.com

    ps. You look really beaut in these pictures too, love them sunnies.

    • Oh yeah I love an early night! Thanks for reading!! xo

  • Hayley Rubery

    Oh god I REALLY need to take note of this – I’m SO not a morning person but really need to get better as I find myself working until 2am most nights which is not healthy either! I need to start having more protein in my breakfasts and toga sounds like a great way to start the day!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

  • I adore an excellent burger, however an great diet is conducive for a good morning, day and night.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • I need to keep this bookmarked as some advice! My plan all summer was to be a morning person and get a routine, still nothing! Great post 🙂

    The Beauty Vow

    • Haha I’ve been there. Glad you enjoyed it! xo

  • Simona Baber

    I slowly drowned while reading this blog! I have been trying to become a more avid morning person instead of just waking up and running out the door, you are a champion and one day I will be joining you on the morning champion train!
    xoxo, Simona and Indre

    http://www.sistertalessite.com

    • Oh thank you! That’s good to hear :)xo

  • Funnily enough, I’ve also been working on becoming more of a morning person lately! All of your points are spot on, especially the benefits of having more hours in the day 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • CozyZen

    Am new to your blog and love it. I wanna be healthy too and used to eat weetabix a lot when I was younger. Hope you can check out my blog too. Am gonna frequent ur site too.
    Instagram @sherone2.

    http://www.cozyzen.com

    • Thank you so much! Sure thing 🙂

  • Dilara Bosak

    I am going to try the pep talks and rewards. I do my best every morning to get up early and get to the gym but sometimes it just doesn’t work!! Hope this will help. Thanks for the tip!

    With love,

    http://dilarabosak.com

    • A little treat encourages me sometimes, thanks for reading!

  • missgetaway

    Such a lovely post. I think doing sports in the morning and eating a protein rich breakfast is the key to becoming a morning person.

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • I love the feeling of an early night and then being up before no one else is! 😉
    So powerful to do a morning pep talk/have a morning affirmation as well. It can really set you up to the day! I’m trying to get better at preparing breakfasts the night before (when I can) to maximise time as well and try a run before the day properly starts. Lovely post! Ana xxx

    http://www.namastefromananya.com