Becoming a Morning Person

Good morning Joyflakes!

I can't believe that I'm almost halfway done with my first class back in school. The time has been flying and I'm loving every second of it. It's such a great feeling to actually enjoy the classes I'm taking. I know that sounds obvious, but as a student who has struggled to find a happy place when it comes to school, it's a big deal.

One of the best parts about heading back to school is that I'm FINALLY learning how to be a morning person. People say that there are morning people, and there are night people, but what I've learned over the years is that while a few of those people may exist, the majority of people have chosen (whether they know it or not) what kind of person they are.

At ISU and in high school I would have said without a doubt that I'm a night owl. A normal night had me in bed around 2:30am and up around 9 or 10am (well at ISU at least....high school I was up at 6:45 and I have no idea how I functioned). I generally took a nap in the middle of the day as well. Once I left school and entered the grown up world, I tried and tried to make myself a morning person but never got out of bed with enough time to get ready and spent my day chugging caffeine and complaining about how tired I was. Then, for health reasons I cut most caffeine out of my life. Yes I'm incredibly addicted to tea, but I don't drink it every day and one cup of tea compared to 2-3 cups of coffee a day is a substantial difference. Suddenly, I didn't have the ability to stay up until 2:30am every night but I also didn't magically have the ability to pop out of bed at my first alarm.

The change came when Misha and I decided that we would walk to and from class/work every day. Since Misha has to be at work by 8 every morning, we have to leave the house by 7:30 which means getting up at 6:30 and leaving about an hour earlier than I normally would tried to wake up. The first few days were hard, but I've learned that being a morning person or a night person has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's all about creating a routine and sticking to it. Pretty soon that routine becomes a habit and you do it without thinking.

The most important aspect of my routine is getting into my bed as close to 9:30pm as possible. Does this make me feel like a grandma sometimes? Yes. But it also makes me feel like a responsible adult. And, I still generally stay up reading for an hour or two. An early bedtime not only helps me to wake up earlier, but it gives me time every night to unwind and relax which ultimately means a better nights sleep.

The change from night owl to morning person actually happened pretty quickly after I got into a routine and I've really enjoyed my morning walk and the hours before I have to be in class. It means that I have the time to blog, brush up on my classwork, and feel prepared to tackle the day ahead of me. It also means that I get to watch my city wake up which is a pretty special part of the day.

Being a morning person has also carried over into my weekends. While I may not set my alarm, I find myself waking up naturally by 7:30am which means that I'm able make breakfast, or head to the farmers market. All things that I missed out on during my years of sleeping until noon.

I've already said that 26 is the year that I'm learning to say yes to myself and take better care of my mind and body and this is just one of the many steps I'm taking to do that. But, I hope that I've created a habit that I'll keep for the rest of my life.

What about you? Are you a morning persons on a night owl?