We have heard the old sayings time and again…’early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise’ or ‘the early bird gets the worm’. People who wake up early see a marked increase in their performance and experience better health. As painful as it is to break your relationship with your warm and comfortable bed every morning, try doing it and see the difference it makes in your life.
I used to think the extra nine minutes my iPhone snooze tab gives me will give me just that little bit of extra relaxation I need before I wake up and face the day. Of course, once is never enough and I would end up hitting it at least two more times after that. The result: I’d be running around like a headless chick trying to get everything done, end up not having any breakfast, get stuck in traffic, get to work in the nick of time……all of which is far more stressful than the supposed relaxing extra nine minutes of sleep.
Try this out if you are in a similar situation. Try it just once and you will see why I don’t hit snooze anymore. Go to bed ten minutes earlier than usual the night before. Wake up a bit earlier than usual the next morning. See how calm you are as you begin your day. You will even get some time to read the newspaper with your breakfast, or have a decent conversation with your partner instead of a quick goodbye. You will be able to enjoy the radio on your way to work and you will begin your day with a more positive note.
I used to be the biggest procrastinator ever with exercise. I’d be all hyped up the night before and plan to exercise and because of my ‘snooze’ habit, exercise never saw the light of the day. As I saw people around me experiencing health problems because of the lack of exercise, an alarm went off in my head. This most difficult task in the world became my best friend. The mere 20 minutes that I gave myself for my own well-being gave me added energy, a better metabolism and a slimmer waistline. Try out a few different workouts and see what suits you best. While running and walking suits many people, yoga suited me just fine. Start with small doses and your body will automatically respond in a positive manner.
The very first time I woke up earlier than usual, I walked out to the front yard and was amazed at what I had been missing out on all these years. The dew on the leaves, the freshness in the air and the first rays of the sun – it was the most calming and humbling sensation. You feel like you have been reborn when you experience this every morning versus the rush out of bed experience. Go for a short stroll around your yard and soak up the splendid energy the morning brings with it.
Another guilty here as I once traded the most important meal of the day for a few extra minutes of sleep. A few extra minutes gives you the chance to nourish your body with a delicious breakfast, not a touch and go cup of coffee and burnt toast.
…and with all of that…
Be a champion
If you have the willpower to set your alarm an hour earlier than usual and obey it when it wakes you up, you are the ultimate champion. If you can apply it here, you can apply it to all the areas of your life.
I always believe in the rule of seven when starting out or ending a habit. Do it for seven days. And then do nit for seven more. Before you know it, you have made or broken a habit.
Once you start feeling better with waking up earlier, you will begin to make positive choices too. The success of waking up early lasts you all day long.