“The early bird catches the worm”
Waking up early can be such a struggle. I am guilty of snoozing the alarm for about a half hour before I have to really get up before I am late. With all those snoozes comes rushing out the door and not even having time to fix my hair.
One lifestyle change I’m trying to make happen is waking up early – like 5 a.m. kind of early(yikes!). 5 a.m. is early for me as I would wake up at 6:30 a.m. The reason I’m making this change is that I want to take advantage of my day and stop with all the rushing, running late and most important for my health, which I’ll talk more about below.
From less stress to positivity and productivity waking up early has its benefits and if you need some tips on how to actually do it then I’ve got some helpful tips for you.
- Reason – I think it’s important to have a reason to want to wake up early. I think there is no point in waking up early to just sit there and do nothing. Having a reason to make you want to wake up early plays a big part in doing so. As I mentioned earlier my main reason for waking up earlier is for my health. I want to get my exercise done in the morning before work as I have energy and willpower to do so in the mornings. I feel this would set the mood for the day and help me make healthier food choices throughout the day. I’m trying to incorporate exercise into my lifestyle as this will help me lose weight and most importantly help my body stay healthy. I want to get to the point where I feel that my body needs this so I don’t fall back on an unhealthy path.
- To go sleep earlier – Getting up earlier starts the night before by going to sleep earlier. It’s very important to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night so plan your sleep schedule to make that happen. As I’m striving to wake up at 5 a.m. I must be sleeping (or at least in bed) by 9 p.m. to get my 8 hours of sleep.
- Get used to your new schedule – You have to take it one step at a time. Taking little steps to achieving your new wake up time is key. For instance, I use to wake up at 6:30 a.m. and now I’m waking up at 6 a.m. I will be waking up 30 minutes earlier a few days at a time and then another 30 minutes earlier until I get to my 5 a.m goal. This helps ease my self into my goal and stick to waking up earlier. Going in cold turkey would be very hard for me and I would probably spend my days yawning. This may take a few days or weeks depending on how much earlier you want to wake up but it will help in the long run.
- Don’t Snooze – This is for sure the hardest one for me. I used to snooze for half an hour every morning. I would snooze the alarm without having to open my eyes lol. Now I force my self to open my eyes and just get up. One thing that might help is to leave the alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off and since you are already up might as well just stay up. You could also just forget about the snooze option and not use it at all.
- Morning Routine to look forward to – It’s important to incorporate something you really enjoy doing to your morning routine. This will add excitement to your morning and will make waking up earlier a little easier. This can be planning your day, reading, having coffee while reading your daily devotional, working on your hobbies, anything really. For me, it’s having to work on my blog. I also have time to make my bed before I leave and there is no more rushing and being late.
There you have it. These tips have helped me out tremendously. I hope you find them helpful and you start to enjoy the benefits of waking up early.