An amazingly simple method for getting some great inspiration flowing is to become an early riser. This is not suited for everyone, and there is no hard science that will support claims of health benefits associated with early rising, however, this practice can positively impact your life in many ways.
1. Greet to day on your terms.
- Being able to say “good morning” to the morning can have a profoundly positive impact on your day.
- Say a morning prayer.
- Be grateful for everything you have in your life.
- Take a few really deep breaths
- And, prepare for your day.
- Rising early gives you time to move slowly and really appreciate your present life, instead of getting up and rushing about.
- This is your own time.
- You can do a little light reading or workout while the rest of the world is asleep.
- In the morning, you can take the precious time you need to focus on yourself and your priorities.
2. Get a jump-start on your day.
- Why would you choose to roll out of bed every morning, perpetually behind schedule, and then start rushing to prepare yourself and your family for a long day ahead?
- Make a different choice. Choose to give yourself a much nicer, smoother start to the day.
- A renewing morning ritual will allow you to get much more done.
- By the time your work colleagues come in to the office, you will already have a feeling of accomplishment.
3. Early rising allows you to experience and appreciate the sunrise.
- Waking up after sunrise every day means that you miss one of nature’s greatest marvels.
- Imagine yourself sipping tea on your front porch or in front of a big window, watching as the sky slowly brightens and the day comes to life. This alone may be reason enough to wake before sunrise every day.
- If you need some motivation, promise to get up to see the sun rise just once this week.
- You may be so moved by the colors, sounds, and cool air that you promise yourself that you will try to experience sunrises at least once every week, maybe even every day.
4. Early rising allows you to enjoy a healthier breakfast.
- Rising early means that you will actually have time to sit down for breakfast.
- Breakfast is an important part of hitting the ground running, as it gives you energy to keep you going and keeps you fueled until lunchtime.
- It has also been shown that people who eat breakfast tend to be slimmer than those who do not.
- Imagine having the time to slow down and enjoy breakfast while reading a book you have been meaning to start, browsing through a magazine, or drinking your morning tea or coffee.
- Some of these moments of relaxation may be reason enough to get up earlier.
5. Early rising helps facilitate the experience of a more productive day.
- As half the world is still asleep, there is plenty that you can achieve in your morning routine.
- Get a jump on your to-do list and benefit from the boosts in productivity that you can experience when you wake up earlier than normal.
- You might even want to consider penciling in specific to-do list items for early mornings. Write out the little things that you can accomplish more easily when nobody else is around, such as prepping lunches for your family or even catching up on bills.
These are just a few of the many benefits that can be achieved by rising a little bit earlier. And, they cost you nothing. If you need a boost to your motivation and inspiration, try giving early rising a chance for a week or two and reflect on how you feel. Waking early in the morning is not for everyone, but it may be just what you need to become more effective in the things you wish to accomplish.