Don’t you just love how early the sun rises in the summer? It sets my mood to “happy” right away. Sunrise is the most peaceful time of day.
Confession: I love getting up early in the morning, rain or shine.
Oh my, more proof I’m tuning into my mother! Growing up, I could never understand why she liked to get up so early in the morning. It still took me a number of years before I realized I actually loved being up early, before the kids and everyone else. Not just because of necessity, but because I wanted to.
My workout partner doesn’t need an alarm and pops out of bed ready to listen to the news and talk politics, etc. That’s not me! I don’t naturally spring up from my warm and cozy bed. Sometimes I have a little negotiation with myself to get my legs over the side and sit up. If I do that much, then I keep going. I “win” when I get up because I know all the compounding positive reasons I now love about getting up early.
Five Reasons To Get Up Early:
- It’s All About Me: When the kids were little, early morning was the only time I had to myself. At that point, I just enjoyed reading the paper with my coffee. (You parents of young children can understand this!) Now, I get up early with more purpose. I meet my friend to work out (and solve the world’s problems!). Doing this for myself sets my day in the right direction. If I didn’t get up early, I wouldn’t have time to meet up with her for exercise and bonding. Even on days, she can’t meet, I like to get in at least a 25-minute yoga tape. Some folks will use this time to meditate or get chores done, uninterrupted.
- Better Sleep: It’s weird to think that if I get up earlier I get better sleep. But it’s true, and the reason is that I push myself to go to bed earlier than I used to. No more channel surfing or reading into the wee hours. Going to sleep at a reasonable time is the first step to setting up my daily schedule.
- Routine Is Key: I find that the natural routine of going to sleep early and waking early makes me feel more in control. I like feeling organized and when my routine is in place, I tend to be more efficient throughout the rest of the day. We all know life is going to throw us some curveballs, so if I can control some aspects of my day, I feel more secure and positive.
- I Get More Done: Again, it seems counterintuitive to think if I go to sleep earlier I will get more done. But getting up early in the morning is like “found” time. I get a chance to work out and connect with my friend. By the time I get done, my energy level is super high, so I might water the plants or run some laundry and prep for dinner, all before anyone else has gotten up. The more productive I am early, the more motivated I am to accomplish my goals. By the time I get to work, I’ve already solved problems and checked off to-do chores. At work, I can focus on the tasks at hand instead of allowing my home to-do list to crowd my mind. Bonus: When I get in bed at night, I feel happier and more satisfied that I have led a positive and productive day.
- I Eat Better: I’m an emotional eater. When I’m tired, I tend to be grouchy, less productive, and negative. When I get like this, I crave foods that will give me quick energy … yup — carbs! I go for the sugary, high in saturated fats type of carbs like pastry and chips. They taste great in the moment, but then I become angry with myself that I have sabotaged my healthy weight goals. Ultimately, I crash and become grouchy. Not the cycle I want to perpetuate. Getting up early, and all the compounding positive effects set me up to make good food selections all day. Bonus: I have time in the morning to make sure I have all the healthy food choices I need, ready for the day.
“Sleep is our friend” is a favorite saying in our family. Getting good-quality sleep — and enough sleep — is key to being able to function well. Waking early has become the cornerstone of my daily personal success. Plus, when I get enough good sleep, I’m a much nicer person. (Just ask my kids!)
Wake up early! Choose to make healthy (and delicious) recipes like these:
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