..this post title may be a little irrelevant if you're reading this post-noon. Oops. Oh well!
I've recently become quite the morning person, and I'm not entirely sure what's happened to me. Just a few months ago it was a genuine struggle for me to get up in the mornings, but now I've changed a few things about my morning routine, I actually look forward to my alarm going off! I know, strange. Right?
Let me just put this into a little perspective. My routine used to consist of, my alarm going off at least an hour before I needed to get up, me then lying in bed thinking and worrying about my life and the world, before getting up at the very last second possible, throwing some clothes and make-up on, grabbing my bag and running out the door. Not the best way to start your day, huh!
Now, it's completely different, I set my alarm for 5.30, no matter when I need to leave the flat, I get up within 15 minutes (I mean, everyone needs a little snooze!) and shower. I then have plenty of time to choose what I'm going to wear, listen to the radio, do my make-up, and I even have breakfast! By the time I leave, I'm so much more awake and ready for my day, and I've also noticed that I feel a lot happier within myself too.
So, I thought I'd make a note of other reasons why I'm finding waking earlier is a lot better than getting up and out in 10 minutes flat..!
Productivity || I am most definitely at my most productive in a morning. I can hit a wall in the afternoon and thats it, I'm done. My concentration goes out the window and I'm just longing for the day to be over. By getting up earlier I can get so so much more done with my day! And, the more I get done, the more motivated I am to carry on being productive. I love the feeling of it getting to 9am, and having already ticked a fair few points off my to-do list!
No more being late || I don't know about you, but there's nothing that stresses me out more than being late. I hate it. Making sure I'm up and about early, means that I can be in my car for exactly the right time, I can take my time, and there's not that same sense of rushing about that makes me so anxious!
Breakfast || Like I mentioned, I now even have time for breakfast. I haven't had a proper weekday breakfast (because I'm guessing Starbucks doesn't count...) in so long, but I know just how important and good for you it is. Giving yourself the nutrients and fuel after a night of fasting is one of the best things you can do for your body, so I don't know why I've been depriving myself of it for so long!
Less time to think || It's no secret that I like to think. A lot. And quite often I overanalyse everything to the point of giving myself problems that don't even exist. So, by making myself jump straight out of bed and get myself doing things, there's a lot less time in my day for me to do this, and this has resulted in me feeling a lot happier and positive about, well, everything!
Greeting the day || I am loving being able to get up and greet a new day with positive thoughts and a smile. I don't think there's any way to say this, without it coming across as super cheesy. But rather than lie in bed and worry about all my problems, I now make a conscious effort to wake up thinking about everything that I love, and everything that I have to be thankful for.
Try it, it makes a wonderful difference :)