I’m not a morning person by any means. I haven’t been at any point in my adult life. For well over a decade, for six weeks every year, I have to be. When pitchers and catchers report to their respective spring training sites around Florida, it kicks off one of my busiest times of the year. And those days start early. It isn’t often that I find myself pulling into an assignment, especially at a sports venue, when the sun is barely over the horizon.
Over the years, I’ve learned how to trick my body into cooperating when I need to be up and ready at the break of dawn. I have no other option but to become a morning person because I need to be alert, awake, and most of all, creative. It’s tough to be an observer when your eyelids keep drooping.
Here are a few practical tips I’ve found that can help you kickstart your morning routine and turn you from a night owl to an early bird, even if it is just a temporary change. Also, keep reading to see how Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles® can help you become a morning person.
FIVE TIPS TO FAKE YOUR WAY TO BEING A MORNING PERSON:
Don’t change your bedtime: One of the biggest mistakes I’ve found is trying to force myself to go to sleep earlier to make up for the fact that I am going to be waking up earlier in the morning. This ends up being counter-intuitive because my body doesn’t always cooperate, so I end up sleeping fitfully if at all. Instead, go to bed at your normal time so as to not disrupt your circadian rhythm. It might be rough the first day or two but your body will naturally adapt more quickly to a change in schedule with a sudden shock rather than an incremental change.
Give up on caffeine: Are you one of those people that thinks they can’t function in the morning without their coffee? Caffeine is a drug and like all drugs, your body can build up a tolerance to it. If you know you are going to have to go through an extended stretch of waking up earlier than usual, try to wean yourself off of it for a week or so before you’ll change your routines. This will allow that natural tolerance to subside. Then when you need a real jolt, that first cup of coffee on the first morning or two will be like rocket fuel.
Eat a hearty breakfast: For most of the year, I’m not a big breakfast person. Most of the time I’m not really warming up to be productive until late in the afternoon. When I need to be on top of my game almost as soon as I get out of bed, breakfast becomes much more important. Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles® are an ideal option when you need to eat a filling meal to start your day that doesn’t require much preparation. Each premade cup has two real eggs, cheese, and Jimmy Dean® signature breakfast meats that is ready in under two minutes. Each cup has over 20 grams of protein so you will have the fuel to get your day started on the right foot.
Prep and pack beforehand: In the first few days of your new schedule, you probably aren’t going to be at your sharpest to start the day. You are probably going to feel a little foggy. This can lead to forgetting things and that can lead to unnecessary frustration. Try to pack up your briefcase or backpack the night before so you aren’t scurrying to get everything together in the morning. Have all your things laid out and ready beforehand. The less you have to remember is the less that you’ll forget.
Get the blood flowing: If you want to get your day off to a fast start, you got to hit the ground running, both figuratively and literally. This doesn’t need to be a full-fledged cardio workout or hardcore weightlifting session, just enough to get your body moving. Even some simple stretches, a quick walk or a small burst of activity is enough to shake off the sluggishness.
Of course, you don’t need to be a reporter trying to adapt to an altered schedule for these tips to work. These can help just about anyone, whether it is a business person that will be temporarily traveling to a new time zone, a parent with kids going back to school, a family going on vacation or even those who just want to change Even if your transition to being an early morning person is more permanent, these tips will help you kickstart your new routines.
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Do you find yourself having to fake being a morning person? What are your tips to getting going even when your body wants to stay in bed?
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