The harsh truth is, it is not at all easy to wake up early in the morning. Most people put on a few early alarms, keep snoozing them until late, and at last, pull their weary selves out of bed. Then they spend the day dragging themselves on till evening when they watch a few shows and finally hit the bed.
If you are like one of those, you might agree this is not the best way to go about your life.
Most successful people get up early. They leave their beds before the sun rises. Then they win the day. Now, get this: if most of your days are successful, you cannot fail in life. And if you spend most of your days struggling and failing, you find it hard to be successful.
Your morning plays a critical role in shaping your entire day. If you wake up happy and motivated, chances are you might achieve your goals and even surpass them. Waking up early will make it easier for you to spot opportunities and make the best out of them.
Experts associate many health benefits with the habit of early rising. As the popular saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.
10 Benefits To Wake Up Early In The Morning
Here are ten reasons that will motivate you to get up once your alarm ring:
1. Time To Make And Eat A Nutritious Breakfast
People who rise early have enough time to prepare and eat a nutritious breakfast. But, people who wake up late often rush out of their door eating nothing. They may decide to grab something on the way, which in most cases is usually unhealthy food.
Late risers might skip their breakfasts. Skipping breakfast leads to a poor eating habits and a lack of concentration later on. When you get hungry after you skipped breakfast, you are more likely to grab anything that comes by. Fast foods like doughnuts, hamburgers, and fries will be too tempting to resist.
A lack of concentration whittles down your productivity and performance in the long run. So, form the habit of waking at least 1 hour earlier to prepare your meals and plan your day.
And while we are on eating, take care to eat mindfully.
2. Get Enough Time To Exercise
Most people prefer going to the gym in the evening after clocking out. While this sounds like a great idea, it rarely happens. Maybe your favorite TV show is on or your commitments with your family or colleagues rank higher.
Most of all, after working hard the whole day, the last thing you want to do is go to the gym.
Exercising in the morning is one of the best ways to boost your energy and level of concentration. You won’t have excuses because it will be the first thing you do in the morning.
All you need is 30 minutes of exercise to get your heart pumping. Waking up at least one hour earlier will make it possible for you to exercise before heading out.
If you’re always finding it hard to get into a regular habit of exercise, then you must check out the Ultimate Guide On How To Build An Exercise Habit.
3. Improves Your Productivity
Most successful people wake up before or at 5 am every day. This increases their productivity and performance in the long run because:
They have more time to plan their day, rank their tasks, and get started on the high-priority tasks while the world is still asleep. This also means they don’t get interrupted while doing some “deep work.”
Research shows the human brain is most alert and receptive in the morning. If you can focus on your high-priority tasks without interruptions early in the morning, you get more done in lesser time.
Early risers tend to think more clearly and make better decisions in the morning than in the afternoon or evening. By setting your goals the night before or first thing in the morning, you’re more likely to achieve them.
Getting out of bed immediately after your alarm rings will discipline your mind and body. It also boosts your energy levels throughout the day. This translates to increased productivity.
Never snooze your alarm — it signals your body it’s okay to procrastinate all day long. And you do not want this to grow into an unhappy habit of procrastination.
4. Improves Sleep Quality
Having a sleep routine makes it easier to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day without much of a struggle. This is critical for your body’s clock (circadian rhythm).
If you go to bed late and wake up late some days such as weekends, it will be hard for your body to adjust. Because your body clock doesn’t know the difference between Sunday and Monday.
People who get up early get sleepy when their time to go to bed arrives. And having a predictable routine will greatly improve the quality of your sleep.
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5. Get Your Essential Quiet Time
When everyone around you is asleep, it is amazing to find how quiet and peaceful the world is. There will be no distractions. This will enhance your peace of mind.
Early rising will help you think and act like a successful person, as you would give you ample time to do both.
Having some quiet time alone is essential if you want to meditate or do some reflective thinking. If you haven’t started a daily meditation practice, we suggest you look at this Easy Guide To Start Mindfulness Meditation.
6. Improve Your Concentration
Early rising improves your concentration because you get to focus on your goals and tasks without interruptions from all.
Waking up early also means you have enough time to prepare and plan your day before you start work. As a result, you’ll be more alert and productive.
7. Betters Your Skin Health
After resting properly at night, your skin will be at its best in the morning. If you wake up early, you’ll give your skin extra care. People who wake up late rarely have enough time to exercise and hydrate.
Plus, they can’t clean, moisturize and exfoliate their skin. By waking up early, you’ll have time to improve your looks and create the right impression in your world.
8. Helps You Be On Time
It’s easier to make it to your early appointments on time or complete tasks that need early submission if you make it a habit to wake up early.
Showing up late for meetings and appointments creates a terrible impression and reduces the chances of progressing in your career. But, by showing up early, you’ll not only impress other people but also increase your chances of success in your career.
9. Boosts Your Problem Solving Ability
An organized mind is well-prepared for whatever the day has to offer. Since you stay motivated and energized, solving problems that arise won’t be difficult for you to tackle.
Instead of complaining, blaming, or criticizing others, you focus on the solutions. And they’ll come to you.
10. Get More Family Time
When you are no more busy with completing urgent tasks at night, because you didn’t do them during the day, you’ll have a great time with your loved ones. Having dinner together or reading bedtime stories with your kids will vastly improve your quality of life at home.
You’ll also have time to spend with your spouse and recreating magic moments.
5 Steps To Wake Up Early
If you’ve been struggling to get up early, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Forming the habit of waking up early is not easy. However, it’s doable. It’s important to take baby steps to avoid giving up too early.
1. Set An Alarm
Setting your alarm is the first step to waking up early. Putting the alarm clock or your phone far away will make it harder for you to hit the snooze button. Put in a place where you must get out of bed to switch it off.
2. Take Baby Steps
If you’re used to waking up at 7 am, take baby steps by waking up earlier twenty to thirty minutes earlier. Your body has an internal clock. And it’s the last thing you want to mess up with.
3. Make Your Bed
Immediately your alarm rings, wake up and make your bed. This will reduce the temptation of getting back in. This is especially true if your working space is near your bedroom.
4. Take A Cold Shower
For most people, warm showers are quite appealing, especially after getting out of a warm bed. However, warm water will make you sleepier. Taking a cold shower will not only make you alert but also improve your concentration level.
5. Workout In The Morning
Whether it’s running around the block or hitting the gym, workouts are among the most effective ways to get your blood pumping. Working out not only improves your looks but also your productivity levels.
10 Quotes To Inspire You To Wake Up Early
1. Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it. – Richard Whately
2. One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast. – Robert Brault
3. “Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.” He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.” – Dr. SunWolf
4. The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years. – Thomas Jefferson
5. The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me become an early riser and an early doer…. When I wake to see that it’s light out already, I feel the world has started without me. – Terri Guillemets
6. It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle
7. I would have it inscribed on the curtains of your bed and the walls of your chamber: “If you do not rise early you can make progress in nothing.” – William Pitt Chatham
8. The difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man’s life. – Philip Doddridge
9. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. – Benjamin Franklin
10. At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?’
— But it’s nicer in here…
So you were born to feel ‘nice’? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?
— But we have to sleep sometime …
Agreed. But nature set a limit on that — as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. You’ve had more than enough of that. But not of working. There you’re still below your quota.
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 5.1
If you’ve never had an excuse to get up early, now you have ten reasons. Do not overlook the benefits of waking up early. You need to start forming this habit as early as you can to unlock your potential. Take baby steps and don’t ignore your inner voice.
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Author Bio: Leon Collier is a blogger at dissertation help from the UK, who loves to write about everything: pop-culture, history, travel, self-development, education, marketing. When not writing, you can find him behind a pile of books, he loves to delve in. Follow him on Twitter. Edited and reviewed by Sandip Roy – medical doctor, psychology writer, happiness researcher. Founder of Happiness India Project, and chief editor of its blog. He writes popular science articles on positive psychology and related medical topics.
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