Morning

Jeans: Topshop; Top: Aritzia (similar here and here); Jacket: Oak & Fort (similar here and here); Shoes: Gucci

For all 4 years of college, I was notorious for never scheduling a class before noon because I would never make it on time. Fast forward to today, and you’d be hard pressed to find me sleeping passed 7:30am on a weekday. I didn’t become a morning person overnight. It was a gradual change that happened over time. However, as someone who’s been on both ends of the spectrum, I certainly have some wisdom to impart.

Make tiny changes
Like anything else in life, build up to your goals. No one shows up, expecting to run a marathon without any prior experience. If you’re not an early riser, don’t suddenly set your alarm for 6am and expect to be full of energy. Start setting your alarm 5-10 minutes earlier every morning so your body doesn’t go into shock.

Schedule a workout
Before you think to yourself ‘Oh, she’s one of those’, and close your browser, hear me out. I know working out in the morning is one of the hardest things to do. Believe me, I tried for years and failed miserably. However, the secret is scheduling in a class that forces you out of bed. If nothing else, the penalty fee you’ll pay for missing the class will get you out the door.

Reward yourself
I always spend my mornings in a cafe. On days I work out, I go to a cafe an hour before my class starts. This way, I get to collect my thoughts and answer emails first thing in the morning over a great cup of coffee. It’s my way of rewarding myself for waking up early.

Give yourself something to look forward to
King Fu Panda is my favourite movie for so many reasons. One of them is the fact that Po is my spirit animal. Like him, I’m also willing to go through any length for good food. A good breakfast will get me out of bed because it’s something to look forward to in the morning. I usually start my day with a coffee banana smoothie, which tastes like a milkshake. It’s also superΒ quick and easy to whip up. If food isn’t your thing, find what is and schedule that in for the morning. Perhaps it’s music or catching up with a friend, but make sure you schedule it in for the morning so you have a reason to be excited.

Get enough sleep
I know it seems obvious, but it’s something we don’t prioritize enough. Make your pre-bedtime routine relaxing and give your body the rest it needs.

Photography by Erin Leydon

 

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23 Comments

  1. miri
    May 23, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Hi Siffat,

    Luckily, I am a morning person so I would need some tips on how to become a night animal! Hihi. And I love your look- that coat and your Gucci slippers are gorgeous.
    XO
    Miri
    http://currentlywearing.com

  2. May 23, 2017 / 11:06 am

    I have never before heard about fees on missing workout classes. Such a cool idea!
    Thank you so much for sharing this post Siffat, I feel like I learned something new about you.
    Love from https://tbymallano.com/

  3. May 23, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I am not really a morning person, but I am trying my hardest to be one and these tips are great babe! You look fantastic too xx

  4. May 23, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Been trying to adapt all my life! No way!I need to sleep in the morning! You are amazing! Love this casual outfit!

  5. May 23, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Yes,PO ahaha. I’m not a morning person at all, but hopefully I’ll get there soon. Also, cool look babe!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

  6. May 23, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Mornings are my favorite time of day πŸ™‚ I agree with what you said wholeheartedly! However, I know many night owls that work best at night so I always say whatever floats your boat (but secretly think mornings are the way to go!) πŸ˜‰

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

  7. May 23, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Love the jacket in your photos! And these are great tips for people who want to be morning people! Luckily, I was just born a morning person, haha, so it’s natural for me to wake up early buuuttt… on the other hand, you can’t get me out past like 11pm πŸ˜‰ Can’t have it all!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

  8. Ankita Bardhan
    May 23, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    I am definitely not a morning person, but these tips sounds reasonable and adaptable. Will give them a try! And your point is on point, love it! πŸ™‚
    xx
    https://simpliannie.wordpress.com/

  9. May 24, 2017 / 2:25 am

    I like your tip about going to a cafe. Sometimes just getting out the house is what you need to stay motivated. Lovely photos!
    Lyndi

    http://www.stylecalling.com

  10. May 24, 2017 / 6:00 am

    Great outfit! I love the mules and great tips too. I love getting up early but have had to train myself into it too. Have a great day! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  11. May 24, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Same for me! It’s only in recent years that I’ve become a morning person and wake up early. And now I hate sleeping late because it feels like I’m missing the day haha lol! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  12. May 24, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Great post.

    I love mornings – although i need about 10 minutes to fully wake up. I can’t imagine sleeping the day away, it’s such a waste. Great tip about the fitness classes!

    http://www.luellapearl.com
    Caitlin

  13. May 24, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    These tips are really useful! I’ve been trying to wake up earlier for ages, but I can’t seem to be able to do it due to falling asleep very late :(. Besides that I wanted to also mention that I really love your laid back outfit! The trench coat is such a timeless staple and I love how you mixed it with the mom jeans, cami and Gucci mules. Wishing you a great day! xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  14. May 24, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    I didn’t use to be a morning person, but now I always wake up at 7 even if I don’t have work to do. I love your outfit in this post
    Dora
    http://www.adropofindigo.com/

  15. May 24, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Getting enough sleep is essential! 8 hours of sleep always leaves me feeling refreshed in the morning πŸ™‚

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.com

  16. May 25, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom, babe! I love to lie in bed in the morning but the truth is that I only allow myself to hit the snooze button once on weekdays. I would love to be able to schedule a workout in the morning but who am I kidding? I wouldn’t even make it to the first class hahaha
    Love your simple yet chic outfit over here, do you have a tutorial on how to get those beautiful waves??

    Much love from sunny England!

    Saida | She talks Glam