“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” ~ Ben Franklin
Waking up early/earlier is the most effective way to center and start your day. Allowing yourself time to focus on your priorities and to find moment of quietness you will find that it will help you to stabilize and boost your mood and energy levels throughout the rest of the day.
In ayurvedic practice there are many that believe that when we adjust to the natural cycles of the day, it will benefit our body and mind . This would mean rising with the sun, having breakfast, a lunch and an earlier dinner that will lead to a relaxed, natural sleep cycle starting earlier in the evening and rising earlier in the morning. The best would then be to rise with the sun.
If rising with the sun is your goal or if you just want to rise earlier than before, it can be difficult. Especially if you are just not that kind of a morning person.
Rise, and live like you mean it!
As a morning person, by the time the day gets started, you already feel energized, you’ve taken care of yourself and you’ve put yourself first. That feeling has a huge impact on what you do and the choices you make. You no longer chase your day, you’ll create your day.
Tips on how to become a morning person
Hydrate yourself first. After a night without any water your body is dehydrated and eager to drink. In the morning after a night of fasting your body is still detoxing, so it’s a true gift to your body to help it with some water. I wouldn’t recommend to eat (a heavy meal) immediately after waking up. You’ll see you will feel so much more energetic after plenty of water! Try to move around a bit and do some stretches or simple exercises so your muscles can also wake up. Take a shower with both warm and cold water, this is great for your blood circulation.
Have a good reason. Find a good reason that will motivate you. Whether that is a great job, meditation/prayer, focussing on your health (detox) or a workout, make it motivate you. Your goal and your reward should be felt the same day. Plan and prepare, be persistent and make it a positive experience followed with rewards.
Start slow. If you regularly wake up at nine, don’t start setting the clock at six . Start by focusing on going to bed earlier. Read, switch off your mobile and television, drink some herbal tea, take a bath or do something else to relax your mind for an hour or so before you doze off. You’ll sleep better and feel more rested when waking up. Start waking up just 15 minutes earlier and increase until you are an early riser. Go at your own pace and keep it consistent. I spoke about the importance of sleep here.
Before you go to bed, prepare for the morning. Pick you (work out) clothes so you don’t have to look for it in the morning. Prepare for breakfast (smoothie). If you want all to be fresh you could for example wash your greens for a fresh smoothie, even freeze some fruits and make your blender all set and ready to go. Make a list of things you need to do the next day so you will have peace in your mind and you will not be distracted or stressed in the morning. Making lists are a true lifesaver anyways.
Take advantage of the time. Do something of value and also be aware of the little things. Keep the morning simple. It’s a gift to yourself. Enjoy the sunrise, the quiet and the possibilities of your day before it even begins. Don’t look at your phone and don’t read any emails until you are almost about to start the day.
Persist. Forming new habits is hard and they don’t stick unless you push yourself through some level of discomfort. At first, you may feel grumpy and tired and you may doubt whether it is all worth it. Like working out, it can be hard at first and makes us sore but once we push through the discomfort, we get stronger and it becomes enjoyable to push through your physical limits. Stick with it and it will become part of your daily life. Soon, it will feel weird to wake up later than usual.
Are you a ”snoozer”? How late do you wake up? What would you do if you had a couple of extra hours in the morning?
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