If you told me a year ago that I would be consistently waking up at 5:30am every weekday I wouldn’t believe you. I’ve always been one to wake up with just enough time to get ready for work and hit the road with breakfast in tow. Back in December though, I felt this nudge to start making the most of the hours I had at home. I also read a book around the same time where the author stated she trained herself to wake up at 5:00am every morning to add more time to her day. So it began! I went on a quest to become an early riser.
I was instantly hooked! Sure it’s a struggle to get out of bed while it’s still dark (some mornings a MAJOR struggle), but I cherish what happens in that hour and a half every morning that I just make it happen. Everything is quiet and peaceful (mamas I know you can appreciate that!) and for me, my brain just functions better.
My early mornings consist of anything from doing a quick chore, reading, working on the blog or other freelance projects, and most importantly spending time with the Lord. Over the last few months I’ve found some ways to help waking up early a little easier. If you know any more please share with us in the comments!
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1. Go to bed early, wake up early
Okay so I don’t always follow my own advice, but I promise when I do actually go to bed earlier, it makes early mornings so much easier for obvious reasons. Your body still needs the same amount of sleep, so if you wake up earlier than normal you need to get that time back at night. If there is something I need or want to do before going to bed, I’ll usually try to save it for the morning. That way I’m in bed earlier and I have more of a reason to get up early.
2. Give yourself grace
Some mornings it’s just not going to happen. I’m trying to be better about guarding that time of my day, but sometimes for a variety of reasons, I need to sleep in. It will also take your body a couple weeks to get used to functioning at an earlier hour. Fight the temptation to roll over and go back to sleep, but also give yourself grace when you do need extra sleep.
3. Start with an activity
A lot of mornings I make my brain work really hard really fast. For me at least, I have to physically move around for awhile before I can start functioning and retaining what I read. So first thing I do when I wake up is scrub my face with this.
(I don’t sell Beauty Counter products, but I highly recommend them!)
First, I do honestly just love using Beauty Counter products, so it’s a joy whenever I get to use them. Second, a good scrubbing of the face tells my body that it’s time to wake up! Then I might load/unload the dishwasher, make breakfast, pack my lunch for the day, or do something active to get my brain functioning.
4. Have something to look forward to
This is a huge part of getting yourself to wake up early! You need to have something to look forward to for the morning in order to be motivated to get up. This can be your favorite breakfast food, making a new coffee drink, starting a new book, or anything else that will get you pumped to wake up before the sunrise ;). For me it’s always…
Yep the sound and smells coming from that sweet Keurig is almost enough to get me fully awake for the day. Making this yummy cup of coffee is something small I look forward to every morning (this is my favorite kind + you can order it in bulk!) I love just sitting in a comfy chair and sipping coffee as the sun rises. Not gonna lie though, sometimes that just isn’t enough to pull me out of bed. Which brings me to…
5. Mix things up
I enjoy the morning routine I set in place, but sometimes I need to switch things up. Honestly, mixing my routine up really helps me consistently wake up earlier. My normal routine consists of doing my quiet time and then working on the blog. Some mornings I switch it up and read my Bible then catch up on some reading. Every now and then I manage to do a workout ;). Trying something new will also give you something to look forward to, which will hopefully be more enticing to get out of bed.
Becoming an early riser takes practice and it’s definitely not for everyone. I know some people who say late nights are their best times and they thrive in those hours! Whatever time of the day you feel your brain is fully functional, I encourage you to make the most of that time. Having time every day where we can be still before the Lord and do what we’re passionate about will certainly set each of us up for a joyful life.