Inspiration for Getting Out of Bed in the Morning
Raise your hand if some mornings are easier than others.
We all have days where it feels tough to get out of bed. Maybe we’re overwhelmed by our growing to-do list, perhaps we have nothing to look forward to, or sometimes, we’re convinced an extra 15-minute snooze will help.
Whichever the case, we’re here to help you take control of your mornings. Having some inspiration and tricks to fall back on can help you start your day with a better outlook.
Finding Motivation to Get Out of Bed
Feeling like you can’t get out of bed from time to time is normal—even for morning people. While there’s plenty of possible causes, it’s okay to accept that you probably won’t start every day off with an energetic passion for life.
But if you’re feeling like that most days, you should talk to your doctor or consider professional counseling. Sleeping too much can be a sign of depression. Delaying waking up could also be an avoidance behavior to calm anxiety about the day ahead. If this is a pattern, a mental health professional can help you form better coping strategies.
LINK: <Feeling anxious in the mornings? Read our Guide to Tackling Morning Anxiety.>
For many people, we simply lack the inspiration or reason to get out of bed. Our mornings may be a rushed attempt to start work on time. And just when we think we’ve caught up with the day, we need to go to bed so we can repeat it all again tomorrow.
Luckily, this hamster wheel lifestyle can be broken up by injecting something positive into our mornings. Inspiration can look different to all of us, depending on our time available, hobbies and preferences. When you read each of the tips below, think about how you can customize it for your own enjoyment. Try a few and see which give you the most power over your mornings.
Create a Morning Routine You Love
Consider your current morning routine. Is it a short list of to-do items and chores before work? If so, it may be easy to see why getting out of bed is difficult. Changing up your routine to add in some enjoyable activities can help.
An enjoyable morning routine can reframe the way you think about waking up. Instead of seeing the alarm as the beginning of stress, it’s now the precursor to something fun, relaxing or positive. Choose activities you love that fit into your morning. This could include yoga, writing, meditation, reading, having a bath or cooking a delicious breakfast.
If you’re wondering how to get out of bed when you’re tired, remember that there’s no shortcut to sleep. You can also adjust your schedule to go to bed and wake up earlier, giving you more time to ease into the day.
Not sure where to start? Read How to Create Your Own Morning Routine.
Keep an Inventory of Positive Material
When you wake up feeling off, a quick trick to boosting your energy is to surround yourself with positivity. Make a list of your go-to motivational sources and keep them by your bed.
If you don’t have any go-to inspiration, spend some time creating an inventory. This can include anything or anyone that speaks to you. Remember, everyone finds inspiration in different things. While one speaker may motivate another, their tone may be off-putting to you. Find what works for you and have your collection handy each morning.
Here are a few ideas to add to your positivity collection:
- Inspirational books by your bedside (see 25 Most Inspirational Books)
- Quotes written on sticky notes on your nightstand or wall (LINK: read our list of Top Inspirational Morning Quotes)
- Bookmark inspirational talks or videos on your phone (see 20 Most Inspiring TED Talks)
- Motivational audiobooks or podcasts (see 20 Best Motivational Audiobooks)
- Inspirational or uplifting music
- Positive short stories, like Chicken Soup for the Soul
- Spiritual or religious texts or passages
Another idea is to connect your positive material to an alarm app. For example, Alarmy let you turn off your alarm by scanning a QR code from somewhere in your home. You can create a free QR code that, when scanned each morning, leads to a positive quote or talk.
Try a Sunrise Alarm
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of temporary depression that's linked to reduced sunlight. This can make mornings especially tough if you wake up in the dark. A simple way to help counteract this is to open your blinds immediately when you wake up or before going to bed.
Some people also invest in sunrise alarm clocks. These slowly increase light over a period of about 40 minutes, depending on when you need to be awake. By mimicking a natural sunrise, it’s designed to fall in line with your biological clock (AKA circadian rhythm). Instead of jolting awake at the sound of a beeping alarm, you’ll slowly regain awareness. This makes waking up easier and more pleasant. One study found that a dawn simulation alarm was as effective as bright light therapy, a common treatment for SAD.
Want more sleep technology like sunrise alarms? Read our guide to the Best Sleep and Wake Apps and Gadgets 2020.
Give Yourself Something to Look Forward to
When we think there’s nothing good to come in the day ahead of us, we have nothing to be excited about. This can make us want to stay in bed longer. To prevent uninspired mornings, it’s important to have something to look forward to.
Each night before you go to bed, try to anticipate positive things that will happen the next day. When you wake up, remind yourself of those good moments to come, like:
- Morning chats with your coworkers
- Completing and submitting a project you worked hard on
- Lunch with friends
- A good dinner
- An evening hobby or outing
- Your favorite post-work TV show
Maybe there’s nothing special going on in your day, and you’re having a hard time finding something to get excited about. Anticipate the small joys, like:
- Your first sip of coffee
- The first bite of a good breakfast
- A good morning kiss from your partner
- Seeing your child peacefully sleep before you wake them up
- Seeing your dog wagging her tail at the sight of you
- The sun beating on your face during a morning walk
Morning funks happen to all of us from time to time. Knowing that they’ll pass soon enough can also keep you in a more positive headspace. By taking charge of your morning routine and practicing extra self-care first thing, you can find inspiration in accomplishments both big and small.