I’m sharing the 5 benefits of waking up earlier and how this small change in your life can have a huge impact in all areas of your life.
Our biggest excuse to not doing something is usually that there’s just not enough time. Well, the solution to that problem is to… make time.
When you prioritize what’s important in your life, you naturally make time for it. Because it’s priority.
Another big excuse is…
“But I Don’t Wanna Wake Up Earlier”
We’re all wired differently and lead extremely different lives. I use to say, “if the sun’s not up, why should I be?“
And for the longest time, I made every excuse in the book to not have to go to bed earlier to wake up earlier. But now I work a pretty decent schedule where the earliest I have to be at work is 7am, and that’s only on two of the days. The other three, I get to start at 8:30am. Not too shabby.
But my schedule hasn’t always been this nice. When I worked at the tv station in Ohio, I worked 2nd shift so my hours were from 4pm-12am. That meant I’d be going to bed at around 1 or 1:30am and woke up around 9am.
During that time, I dealt with anxiety and lack of purpose, I didn’t have a skin care routine, wasn’t taking any vitamins or working on this blog or doing anything for myself!
I can confidently say that I feel the healthiest I’ve ever felt and I know I’ll feel even healthier by making time for what I love to do.
My point is, if you’re able to work around your work schedule and everything else you’ve got going on in your life, think about going to bed just a little earlier so you can wake up earlier.
If you work the night shift or weird hours, how can you adjust your sleeping schedule so that you make time for yourself in the “morning”? (Whenever that is for graveyard workers.)
So, what exactly are the benefits of waking up earlier? (some of us need incentives for doing such atrocity)
5 Benefits Of Waking Up Earlier
1. You’re able to set yourself up for a productive and successful day.
Every morning as soon as you wake up up, tell yourself “I’m going to make today a good day.” It sounds weird because you’re probably not in a Disney Channel movie where you get up full of energy and start singing into a hairbrush and trying on different outfits. (although that doesn’t sound like a bad idea…)
But the more you think about
having creating your good day, the more the day will be great. It’s all about the mindset you set for yourself, you’ll attract what you think about. So if you say you’re going to have a productive and successful day, then you’ll make the day more productive and successful.
A YouTuber I follow (OhhMyAnnie) has recommended this book so I just added The Morning Miracle: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed To Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) to my Amazon cart. That way I stay motivated and keep transforming my life for the better. She’s all about manifesting your dream life so I’m on my way to doing that too.
We can even read it together! (maybe I’ll even write a book review on it after?)
2. You’re making time to create and maintain a morning routine.
Morning routines (or lack of) affect the way the day is going to go, whether we notice it subconsciously or not. By waking up earlier, you now have the time to create the morning routine you always say you don’t have time for. Maybe you’ve been putting off working out because you don’t have time. Even just 20 minutes of exercise every morning can help you feel more energized and be healthy for you in the long run.
I actually recently wrote A Beginner’s Guide To Successfully Create & Maintain A Morning Routine, check it out if you need some ideas or inspiration.
3. Waking up earlier is a great self-care opportunity.
Creating a self-care routine for yourself that works for you can go a long way. Look for ways you can start taking care of yourself every day, not just “when you have time”. Make the time! This is your mind and body and you should be mindful of it and treat it with kindness. Pay attention to your skin, what you’re eating, your hair and nails, your attitude and feelings.
Maybe start putting together your own self-care kit.
Before moving to Las Vegas, I didn’t really have a morning routine or a self-care routine at all. My skin was dry, had very low energy throughout the day (felt like falling asleep at the most random times) and would go to bed late and sleep in. It proved to be unhealthy.
4. More time to do chores or projects around the house.
Another benefit to waking up earlier is getting the chance to get ahead on chores or whatever projects you’ve got going on at home. It’s the perfect change to start some DIY projects for your home or patio or backyard. Look up ideas on Pinterest on how to decorate your home or maybe look into starting your own little garden. This is another great opportunity to declutter your space and organize your work and play areas.
I wrote about using Marie Kondo’s decluttering method, read about the benefits it’s brought in the different areas of my life and how it can help you too. It’s not just about tidying up.
5. Perfect time to practice gratitude and keep a journal.
Practicing gratitude every day might be the strongest tool you can use for endless benefits in your life. The more you realize how fortunate you are, the lighter and more appreciative you will feel. You can also keep a gratitude journal and write down how you’re feeling in the morning. This will help set the tone for the entire of the day. What’s great is that by starting the day with gratitude, you’ll feel happier about the people and things you have in your life as opposed to being upset or angry about the things you don’t.A grateful mindset can make a world of difference in your life. Click To Tweet
If you’re having a tough time, especially right now with the pandemic that’s affecting the world, I’ve come up with 30 journal prompts in this post in hopes of alleviating some of the stress. It even comes with a free printable so you can reference the prompts. Sometimes we just need to let it out and writing can be one of the ways to do so.
Waking Up Earlier Has Its Benefits
I never thought I’d say this but I love waking up earlier, it’s improved my daily life dramatically. (Wow, I said that without gagging)
There’s time for everything, we just need to take a step back and prioritize what’s most important. The way we start the day affects our lives in the long run. Our lives are made up of the days we’re fortunate to wake up to and it’s important to focus on the “now” as much as possible.
So what are YOU doing to make time for what’s important? How are you going to start your days moving forward? What do YOU have control over to make today a good day?