Nobody is perfect and we all have something we could work on about ourselves. For many of us, it’s our health and eating habits while for some, it’s an inner turmoil that we need to reconcile with. For me, it feels like EVERYTHING needs improvement (and that’s exhausting). I’m a bit of a self-help junkie and whenever I decide I’m going to “change my life”, I end up in a whirlwind of articles and books and typically end up burnt out until officially deciding to make one small change. My most recent change, that has stuck, is waking up earlier.
A few weeks ago I tried doing an 8-minute yoga session in the morning. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t stick to it. It began feeling like a chore, so I decided to edit my morning routine and be satisfied just waking up before everyone else. I try to wake up at 4 every morning. This gives me enough time for myself to get ready for my day mentally. My son usually wakes up around 5:30 or six. I take this time to have a quiet cup of coffee, write, read a little, or do my nails. #selfcare When I started waking up earlier, I started having more unique thoughts and feeling inspired more often. It has made a tremendous difference in how I feel throughout the day as well.
Since, waking up earlier, I feel more empowered and have less anxiety. There’s definitely a positivity that comes with all of that. It seems that organizing my thoughts in the morning helps me stay organized throughout the day and get more accomplished. I can easily check off my to-do list and prioritize without getting overwhelmed.
Waking up earlier isn’t just good for me; it’s good for my son too. Mommy won’t be rushing around trying to force-feed him some strawberries, feeding the animals, packing the car, and yelling (loudly suggesting) to him to get his shoes on. He can wake up slowly at his own pace and enjoy his breakfast. No one likes to be rushed. My work has become more productive, I feel more “present” when I spend time with my family, and I’ve gotten more organized. All thanks to forcing myself to not hit the snooze button.
If you have trouble waking up in the morning; I highly suggest going to bed earlier. The phrase “sleep when baby sleeps” has gotten more useful to me now that my toddler has a regular sleeping pattern. I go to sleep roughly an hour after he goes down. If you suffer from insomnia or have difficulty relaxing, check out this guided meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cnU1f1yQR4 I use this one regularly and love it! It relaxes my whole body first and I always fall asleep within ten minutes.
I’d love to hear about habits you may have that help you stay productive! Please leave me a comment or shoot me an email! And, under my own advice, I am headed to bed now. 😉 Goodnight everyone and Sweet Dreams!