The alarm goes off and I’m jolted out of sleep. It’s still pitch black outside, my husband is snoring peacefully beside me, my dogs are warming my feet, and I think to myself… Why? Why on earth am I forcing myself to get up at 5:30 am? And yet, my feet hit the cold floor, I get the coffee on, and I start my day.
I’m not a morning person, but I’m learning to be. For me, getting up early seems to be the only answer to juggling part-time work, full-time mom duties, and quality time spent with family and friends. I dread that evil alarm, but I’m learning there are some serious benefits when you rise with the dawn. Here are five reasons I’ve managed to trick myself into getting up early.
Get a head start
On a good day, I can shower, feed my family, get the dogs out for a run, and squeeze in a couple hours of work – all before 9am. Oh, and drink about three cups of coffee while I do it. Getting up early can jump start your day and you’d be amazed at what you can make time for before you have to head to work or drop the kids at school. It can be the perfect time to get exercise, meal prep, or those first few emails out of the way so you don’t have to worry about them later.
Hate feeling rushed in the morning? Constantly running to get out the door? Get up early, leave yourself ample time to get ready, and stop being late! It’s as simple as that.
See the sunrise
When was the last time you watched the sunrise? Catching a glimpse of that first light is pretty magical. Being up early enough to see the sky as it changes colours, or watch a city come to life as more and more people fill the streets, is something you’ll miss out on when you sleep in.Get up early and catch the beauty of the sunrise. #mindfulness Click To Tweet
It’s easy to skip breakfast or pick up a not-so-healthy snack on your way to work when you sleep late. But they don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Getting up early allows you time to prepare a proper breakfast, and enjoy it!
Peace and quiet
First thing in the morning, when it’s just me and my beloved coffee, the tranquility is indescribable. Before the force of nature that is my daughter wakes up, my home is still. It’s peaceful, blissfully quiet, and I revel in it. It allows me the time I need to wake up gently, and be mentally ready to rock when the rest of my chaotic family is up for the day.
I dare you to try setting your alarm a little earlier than normal. You might be surprised at how much you like it.