Confessions of a Morning Person

Confessions of a Morning Person

Lately I’ve been waking up a little earlier than usual and absolutely loving it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been the type to lie in. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in bed past 11am, let alone slept late. I was always the first up at sleepovers and am always the first to creep down and make a cuppa for any staying friends. I just find lying in bed so boring. Once the sun’s up why try to ignore it?

I’ve been told that my morning habits are really annoying. Ollie in particular hates the fact that I can spring out of bed at half seven – he probably hates that I then try to wake him up more… – but I have actually slowly come to love those few hours in the morning where I can set myself up for the day all by myself in the still of the morning. So, as ‘morning people’ are often associated with pure evil, I thought I’d write up a few of my early morning thoughts to prove that ‘morning people’ are people too.

The reason I like mornings so much is that I have such a terrible relationship with evenings. I am quite badly affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and the sky getting darker means that my mood really takes a hit. I become slow and sad, stressed and sleepy (not in a cosy way) and it’s all just a bit rubbish. Mornings are a chance for a fresh start in the gorgeous white light of morning. (And hey, everyone knows that blog photos look their best when taken in the early hours…) Mornings also mean breakfast and that’s pretty cool too.

Having said that I adore waking up, I am terrible at the initial few steps if it is in any way forced upon me. I naturally wake up at around 7 to 7.30 every morning but if you set an alarm for that time I will hate you. So much. There’s something so intrusive about a loud noise bursting your sleep bubble, especially if you were going to do it anyway. For this reason, I am a bad morning exerciser. Morning runs, morning gym sessions, even morning yoga. I am a slow morning person. I like to get up and take time to eat and put on makeup and reflect. Force me outside in the cold and I will not be a happy bunny. Luckily for me, my evening workouts tend to help with my evening blues so it’s kind of a winning situation!

Mornings excite me. They mean the promise of something new, or even just the promise of the same. Sleep is a really powerful tool and shouldn’t be underestimated for its healing powers. The day before is put to rest and your body is allowed time to recover. Mornings mean trying again at things, carrying on with things with a fresh mind, or simply getting rid of things altogether. Waking up an hour earlier also grants you time to reflect and rest while completely alone. You’re given space to nourish yourself with food and to think about the person you want to be today. This level of alone time is rare as the day goes on as school, jobs, friends and family always find a way to jump in – even if just by sending a text. There’s something special about being the only one awake.

When you think about it like that, dragging yourself out of bed isn’t too bad, is it?

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  • Lisa says:

    I definitely agree with the whole only person being awake thing, although for me I find the peace in that at about 2am, rather than in the proper morning! I’m definitely a night owl though, however hard I try to adjust to everyone else’s timescales.

    Lisa | Not Quite Enough

    • Imii Mace says:

      2am?! Wow! Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing better than a good late night in. I’m a bit of a loser and love working into the night haha! You keep doing you 😛 xx

  • I love being a morning person! I wake up at 7 most mornings, and when I’m in Suffolk with the family I always take the dog a walk at 7.30. It makes you day so much longer – it’s fabulous!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Imii Mace says:

      Exactly! The day is never ever wasted if you’ve had an early morning! I’d love to head out for a dog walk at 7.30 but I’m not sure my cat would be up to it 🙁 xx

  • Jessie says:

    I’m quite like you, and I also love mornings, even though nights with hot tea also make me happy. Such a nice post! Xo

  • Milli says:

    I’ve recently been forced to become a morning person, as my new puppy makes me get up at 6am to take her out to the toilet every day! But now I’ve adjusted it’s so nice having a bit of extra time before work!

    Milli

    artsandgraces.com

    • Imii Mace says:

      Oh cute! There could be worse things to do at 6am 😛 I’d get up at any time for a puppy ah man! The day just feels so much fresher when there’s an extra hour in the mornings (: xx

  • Amie Cadwallader says:

    I am so not a morning person, especially where I don’t get that much sleep and with my migraines. I love evenings because when winter gets here I love cuddling up in lots of duvets with fluffy socks, tea and cuddles!

    Love, Amie <3

    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • Imii Mace says:

      Oh no! Hey, not being a morning person is totally okay if its health related. Hmmmm all those blankets and socks are maybe starting to convince me that I love evenings too… xx

  • Aisling E says:

    Oh how I wish I was a morning person! I cannot function before 9am and it takes me at least 2-3 hours after that before I can even start being productive! x

    Aisling | Aislings beauty bytes

    • Imii Mace says:

      Haha! I used to have that trouble too. It took me a while to really train myself to wake up and really appreciate it. That said, there are some mornings where I’m exactly the same as you – don’t bother me before lunch or who knows what’ll happen! xx

  • Martha Jane says:

    I am so envious, I WISH I was this person! I don’t really know what I am at the moment, I seem to just be staying up late and getting up early and eternally exhausted! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • Jordan says:

    I wish I was more a morning person! I really struggle to get myself up and ready for the day – especially in the colder months. x

    http://www.jordanalice.co.uk

  • Elise says:

    Ah mornings are definitely the best time! I’ve got into a pattern of waking up early now but my partner thinks going to bed before 10pm is ludacris so it’s hard to balance it out! You’re right though, it’s nice being up before everyone else and enjoying the quiet 🙂

    • Imii Mace says:

      I’ll be honest, the thought of going to sleep before 10pm is terrifying to me too! Maybe I should give it a go though if it makes mornings even better! xx

  • Rhianna Bowe says:

    I’d LOVE to be a morning person! But no matter how hard I try and how many things I change, I just love my bed too much haha!

    Rhianna | robowecop

  • Sare says:

    I do love being a morning person! My friends get so jealous of me because of what I can achieve before they’ve even got into work! 9am bedtime for the win! xoxo

  • Aimee Julia says:

    I totally agree with you. I’m a morning person, have been for some time. But it wasn’t always like that. For a while, I was very much a night owl and would go to bed at 5/6am and not get up till lunchtime! Nowadays I naturally wake up around 7am, even on a weekend. On a weekday, my partner sets his alarm, which I hate. I prefer to wake up naturally and I have a wristband that vibrates to wake me up at the optimal time, which is preferable! I like being able to sit with a cuppa first thing in the morning, gather my thoughts and make my to-do list for the day. Then slowly start the day.

    • Imii Mace says:

      Amen! I’m exactly the same – my fitbit vibrates to wake me up and then I grab myself a cup of tea and catch up on some tv or do some yoga and then get on with my day! Everything is better when you breathe and relax!
      I don’t know how you managed to wake up at midday and sleep at 7am though!? I’d be dead all the time! xx

  • I always try and get up earlier but it is tough as the boyfriend is a night owl and never comes to bed on time! It is so good to be super productive though. I know what you mean with SAD, the dark mornings really get to me. I want one of those lights which brighten throughout the morning for you to wake up! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Imii Mace says:

      Me too but they’re just so expensive and even with my student loan I just can’t justify it! My fitbit silent alarm is quite good though if you want a slightly less ‘in your face’ (or ear) alarm! xx

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