I saw the above inspiration on Pinterest last night before I went to sleep and thought, “Yeah, right! Sleeping in is way better than getting up early. This is such a philanthropist quote!” But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that if we all thought that positively every day, we would have a much more positive and productive mindset before we even got out of bed. If only we knew the benefits beforehand… So, today I want to talk about three reasons you should get out of bed an hour early each day and the perk behind each of them. Because, my friends, there is a difference between living and existing.
1) Beat the Timer- Running late is a more increasingly common, and chronic, problem for almost everyone these days. We blame it on the idiot driver in front of us, a technical difficulty in our wardrobe, or sometimes, even our child’s dawdling. No need to be ashamed; we’ve all done it. But, do we need to? Maybe the real problem is that, more often than not, we just don’t get out of bed on time. It’s possible we hit the snooze button a few more times than we should’ve that morning and just couldn’t get with the program. All of us have days like that but, what if they could happen less often?
You probably know, down to a science, how long it should take you to get ready, leave, and get to work/school…etc. So, why not wake up an hour early and give yourself enough time to be prepared, look polished, and arrive relaxed!
2) Avoid Mid-Morning Drag- Are you the type of person who finds yourself reaching for the coffee pot for the third (or even fourth) time around 10:30 or 11:00 each morning? If you are, then you probably were also the person running late this morning. If you woke up rushed, ill prepared, and dazed then you didn’t have time to build up the steam or enthusiasm to make it through your day without massive amounts of caffeine. You might say, “I’m just not a morning person” but, the truth could be that you didn’t go to bed early enough.
Getting up an hour early (accompanied with going to bed around the same time each night) will allow you to enjoy your coffee, and likely the breakfast you didn’t have time for, peacefully and with a low-pressure mind set. If you can manage this, then the energy needed to accomplish your tasks throughout the day will come automatically. Brain food FTW!
3) Squeeze In Some “You” Time (while squeezing your glutes!)- Getting up an hour early to exercise might sound like a daunting task but, you might find that relieving some stress before you go on with the rest of your day can be the best thing for you. Not only do you get some alone time (especially if you have children) but, it has many other healthy advantages. For instance, it jump starts your metabolism and regulates your appetite for the day, increases mental sharpness, and it helps you sleep better.
If you can consistently find the motivation to get up one hour early, you might be surprised at how effortlessly the rest of your day flows; less scheduling conflicts, less loose ends, and less anxiety!
Happy Hump Day!