There are many benefits to rising an hour early than you normally would(or maybe 2!). First, it reduces stress immensely as you do not have to rush. Giving yourself enough time in the morning to eat, get ready, make some coffee etc is essential to starting your day off right. I know for me personally, if I wake up late or don’t allow myself sufficient time, I am so super stressed! It really does become the most stressful time of the day when I am pressed for time or believe I am running late. Not a good start to the day. But early rising allows us to begin our day on a much more positive note.
There is a book called the 5am Club. It suggests the worlds most successful people follow this formula. So they break it down into 20 minute increments:
5:00-5:20 – Excercise(high intensity is better)
5:20-5:40 – Meditate, visualize, cultivate gratefulness and mindfullness
5:40-6:00 – Watch or listen to something inspirational/motivational
And then from 6:00am on you can eat, make coffee, get ready ect.
Allowing yourself that first hour though after rising is so key. This will also be the time of day where you can do something for yourself, before anyone rises and you have complete solitude. It sets your mind up for a positive, inspirational day ahead of you. Many people find they do not have time to excercise or meditate, so its very beneficial to fit it in in the morning when there are no distractions. Visualizing and being grateful(even writing a list before meditating on it) can also set you up for a great day, where more blessings will come your way!
The time you have now also to make a healthy breakfast will help you make better food choices in general. With time given, you can make a nutrient packed breakfast(even just some fruit and toast, maybe eggs/yogurt as well) instead of grabbing a granola bar or something on the way out.
People who rise early tend to also go to sleep early. This routine is so important for overall health and well being. A consistent sleep schedule, where you are getting enough hours of sleep will help you be more productive throughout the day. It also helps your internal clock to naturally fall asleep and wake up at those times. It may seem hard at first, but your body will adjust. You will also be more alert and attentive when you do arrive at work, as you have given yourself time to adjust to being awake after a well rested sleep.
Your mind is also at its peak performance in the morning. This is the best time to make goals and set intentions, and achieve them. You will also have more energy throughout the day even though you would think you would be more tired.
To start waking up early, try going to bed earlier. I understand this is hard, trust me I know. I am a total night owl and found it hard for a long time to goto sleep early. But once you establish a routine your body will adjust. Also, give yourself time to ease into it. If your normal wake up time is 8:00am, aim for 7:45, then 7:30, then 7:15 and so on. Also tip to fall asleep earlier: Take a hot bath and read a book. No electronics. For some reason I find adding Apple cidar vinegar to my baths to completely drain me. Not sure exactly why, but I think because its a great detoxifyer, draining toxins out your body, it literally drains you. Just something I have found helpful. Maybe pick a boring book too, you will drift off in no time.
At first, set an alarm. Not an annoying beeping sound either. That noise drives me nuts and wakes me up irritated. Try an alarm of a song or inspirational talking or something. And don’t put it right next to you, put it across the room, so you have to get up to turn it off. Hey if it’t not that annoying beeping sound you may not want to. But make sure you get up, just to use the bathroom or grab a glass of water. That initial step out of bed will help you stay away from your mattress.
Be excited about your morning routine. Before you goto bed, thank God for the morning routine you have made for yourself and express how excited you are to wake up and do these things. Remind yourself that this is beneficial to you, and you enjoy taking care of yourself and asserting an active role in the routines delivery and participation.
Keep your weekend schedule the same as your weekday one. Avoid sleeping in on the weekends and staying up late. It throws off your internal clock and then you will experience feelings similar to jetlag.
So there it is, the benefits of rising early! Also there is truth in the old saying your day should start off with making your bed. You immediately accomplish your first victory of the day and sets you up for more(even small) victories. So give it a try! And see how it improves your attitude, increases your productivity and improves your energy levels.