Why Early Birds Really DO Catch The Worm And How You Can Too
I wasn't always like this. I use to find peace in being a night owl- usually binging Netflix, playing video games up, or texting a boyfriend up until 2am. The next day I wouldn't even have a morning because I'd wake up at noon. Looking back now, I can't believe that I use to skip the best meal of the day (breakfast).
Waking up early hasn't only opened my eyes to all the amazing things I can throw together for breakfast (I could make a whole separate post about this), it has also made me more of a driven, hardworking person. We always seem to complain about not having enough time in a day, but just a few minor adjustments would make irrelevant.
Here are the 4 top things that have made my days more productive and happy by waking up early every morning:
1. getting in the flow
Weekdays are busy and I'm usually out the door in a flash, so waking up at 5:30 a.m. has made me feel like I have an extra morning to enjoy. With all of this added time I'm able to get a lot out of the way without feeling like my day is slipping out of my hands. When I step out the door my day has only begun.
This extra hour is yours and can make the most positive impact on how the rest of your day goes. Waking up early gives you a chance to enter the flow state, which means you can completely indulge yourself in what you need to work on without your ego getting in the way. Dedicate this time to your most important tasks and procrastination will be a thing of the past, I promise.
2. FALLing IN LOVE WITH the RITUAL
A morning ritual is your sacred you time. This is the perfect time to start new habits in your daily routine. Here's what my morning ritual looks like: I wake up, ignore my phone (this is important), snuggle my cat Sherman really hard, wash the night off my face, meditate for 10 minutes, and then do a quick yoga flow. After listening to my body, I'm able to start structuring my day through lists, spend some time looking for inspiration, and just take time to really enjoy my coffee and breakfast. Simple, right? Also majorly impactful.
The beauty in this is that once you form these habits they become factors of our subconscious mind that will inevitably shape us into the people we want to become. Being able to tend to our own needs before going out into the world is so crucial. You'll find that you'll be in a better mood at work and the things that use to set you off won't bother you as much anymore. Get those gains!
3. steering clear
Take some time to chill and reflect. Where is it that you want to be? Be honest with yourself. Try and ask yourself questions that will help steer you in the right direction of what you want to achieve. This will make it easy for you to start planning your next steps. Doing this every morning has made me think about what I'm here for and what it is that I want to give out in the world. If it weren't for practicing these things, St. Chéri probably wouldn't exist.
It's so easy to be out in the world, where if we are not aware, people can shape our life's purpose for us. Giving yourself extra time in the morning gives you more control. Get in the flow of living your life and make it the most authentic it can be.
4. that grateful glow
This just comes naturally. Giving myself the morning has been one of the nicest things I've ever done for myself. In way, it could definitely be a form of self-care. I can't even describe to you the feeling I get, in the Spring and Summer, when I'm going for a morning run in the dark and being able to see the sun rise. It's little moments like that, that will make you fall in love with being a morning person.
Simply writing a list of things, people, and places that you're grateful for will start your day off on the right note. In doing this you also attract more of those things into your daily experiences. Embrace that sense of awareness for your possessions. Send love to your body parts that you take for granted. Just find any little thing to be grateful for when you rise, because that feeling is irreplaceable.