5 Awesome Benefits of Waking Up Early
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Before you make the assumption that I’ve been an early riser all my life, let me stop you there, as this was definitely not the case. In fact, I had spent most of my late teen years and early 20’s “thriving” by constantly burning the midnight oil. I was convinced that sleep was overrated, “I can sleep as much as I want when I’m dead“, I thought to myself. As a result, I was getting by with as little as 3 to 4 hours of sleep each night.
Perhaps it’s the inevitable effects of aging but these days, I can’t even fathom a night without 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Though the transformation from a night owl to an early bird was hardly a walk in a park, knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have it another way.
Whilst being an early riser may not be for everyone, through my own experience, I have found that the early bird does catch the worm. With that, here are five reasons why I personally believe it truly pays to be a morning person:
5. You’ll have a calm yet invigorating start to the day
By waking up at least 2 hours prior to getting out the door in the morning, you give yourself enough time to indulge in your morning rituals instead of having to rush through your morning.
Depending on your preference, you may use this ‘free’ time for a peaceful meditation session, plan for the day ahead, have an indulgent 20-minute bath or perhaps, or if you wake up early enough, all of the above!
By setting aside ample time for the things that give you joy and serenity in the morning, you are bound to start the day fully recharged with a spring to your step and ready to take on the world by the time you walk out the door.
4. You’ll be able to catch one of nature’s greatest shows
One of my all-time favorite things to do is to watch the sunrise and the only way one can catch a glimpse of one of nature’s greatest shows is to wake up early enough to see it!
Each beautiful sunrise is different from the next but never fails to mesmerize. Whenever I watch the sunrises while breathing in the crisp morning air, I am once again reminded as to how truly beautiful the world is and how fortunate we all are to be living in it. It makes me sincerely grateful to be alive and instills a sense of gratitude as I go about my day.
3. You’ll have time for a proper breakfast
I love having an indulgent and healthy breakfast in the morning along with cups of my favorite elixir, coffee. Breakfast is also a time when I set aside time to chat with my loved ones and/or catch up on the latest news and happenings before I’m off to seize the day.
As cliché as it may sound, it’s been scientifically proven that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Hence, it is surprising that many still insist on skipping it, mainly because they have no time to eat in the morning! By making time for a proper, hearty breakfast, you provide your body (and your brain) with the nourishment that it needs to help you be on top of your game and keep you energized – at least until lunchtime rolls around.
2. You’ll become more productive
Whenever I have some tasks that I was not able to complete during the workday, instead of opting to burn the midnight oil, I make a point to do them in the following morning instead. I’ve come to realize that I am much more productive and focused after a restful slumber than if I were to force myself to get it all done the night before.
If I am anticipating an insanely busy day ahead, I would use my morning to get a head start on the day’s tasks. This way, I am able to lessen the workload for the rest of the day and prevent myself from becoming too overwhelmed or burning out in the long run.
1. You’re likely to make time to work out
For most of us, by the time we step out of the office, the last thing we want to do is hit the gym or do ANY physical exercise. Personally, I much prefer to use my time in the evenings to relax. Whether it’s checking out a new restaurant, hanging out with friends or watching my favorite TV shows, I usually block my evenings for some downtime before hitting the hay.
Knowing that I would make plenty of excuses to get out of working out in the evenings, mornings make the perfect time to squeeze it in! So, use this time for a refreshing run or a yoga class. As you may already know, when we exercise, we produce endorphins aka our body’s “happy” hormones that make us feel more energized, lift our mood and help us to tackle whatever challenges the day has in store for us!
Looking for a great morning ritual that has plenty of benefits? Go on a meditation and yoga retreat where you’ll learn to instill great habits that will help you to make the most of each day!