It’s officially autumn in London and I’ve already broken out my cosiest parka. True to form I’m loving kicking through piles of leaves, warming up all my drinks, and ‘ironically’ picking out matching jumpers for the dog and I – but I’m no longer such a fan of my pre-6am alarm.
I don’t actually have a choice about whether or not to get up early; I have to for work. And while in some ways that makes things simpler, I’m always looking for ways to make stumbling around early doors feel even a tiny bit more civilised. Of course there’s the obvious – leave your alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off, and pack a bag the night before so you don’t have to faff about first thing – but how can For those of you who dread getting up in the dark – here’s what works for me.
- Leave your clothes on the radiator the night before. Putting them on will feel like a cosy cosy hug even in a cold rented flat.
- Be unambitious. Particularly pre-6am. 99% of us are not going to be able to make hot water with lemon, oil pull, sit in meditation for five minutes and make a list of our intentions for the day before getting to a 7am class close to work. Don’t set yourself up to fail. If you are up, clean, ready for the day, and out of the house on time you’re doing fine.
- Leave a beanie hat and umbrella beside the front door. I’ve made it this far so many times, been so proud of myself for being so organised, then at the last minute realised it’s been pouring and my day is on a downer before it’s even started. Anticipate this.
- This travel mug is my early morning best friend. Find yours. Use it religiously. The three minutes it takes to make a coffee are worth it when you’re on the bus/tube/walk.
- Give yourself one morning a week (mine is a Sunday) where you can stay in bed. Wake up, make coffee, find a cat/dog/child/other half to snuggle up with, go back to bed, read a book. It will feel like such a treat it will make getting up on all the other days worth it.
- For the love of whatever entity you believe in, do not drink coffee after 4ish the day before. It will stop you sleeping. I don’t care if you think you’re immune to caffeine. You’re not.
I know I sound crazy – particularly now I’ve got to the point where I actually enthuse about early starts – but trust me, this stuff makes such a difference. And if nothing else works, that smug feeling when you realise you’ve skipped rush hour and feel bright eyed and bushy tailed by 9am will – I promise – power you through the darkest of dawns!