The mornings are full of rushes, frenzies, and above all, stress. In order to prepare for the morning, we need to address a few things. These include a lack of sleep, lack of planning, and a lack of discipline, all of which can be improved and corrected for a better morning experience.
Addressing a Lack of Sleep
The solution to a groggy morning is simpler than you think. Studies show that going to bed on time is key to getting up early. Deciding when to begin to wind down for the day is necessary because you can’t just slam on the breaks, hop in bed, and expect to calmly slip into sleep. Take time to put down the screens, make some warm tea, and relax.
While our work often keeps us up late, at the very least, make an attempt to prioritize sleep. Have someone keep you accountable, like a roommate or spouse. It’s easier to keep up good habits if we commit to doing them with someone. Still having trouble hitting the hay? Try a light sleeping medication to take the edge off and make it easier to easily go to sleep.
Addressing a Lack of Planning
While it may seem like the days are designed to stump us and slow us down, a lack of planning will hinder our mornings right off the bat! As a matter of fact, you could probably afford to sleep later and start slower if, your clothes are laid out, coffee is in the pot, and your itinerary is in order first thing in the morning. Try writing your morning goals down to make them easier to remember before bed.
The human reaction to planning is to be over confident and wait till morning. It’s easy, it feels good. But just think about all of the things you can do with your morning instead of cramming to get ready. Meditation first thing in the morning is a helpful asset to peace of mind throughout the day. With all of the time you now have, take up a new hobby. Start writing, excising, and improving.
Addressing a Lack of Discipline
Conditioning oneself to do healthy tasks is necessary to wake up one time. Doing the previous steps without discipline is futile because the natural reaction is to take the easy way out. Focus. Power through. Envision where you want to be and take steps to get there! Practicing these habits will overflow into other areas of your life. You will have greater success in fitness, and other commitments.
Why It Matters
Mornings are sacred alone time that is easy to overlook. Remember that mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. Sleeping properly, planning, and training your mind to prepare for them will redefine you as an individual. You will have so many opportunities in your life to sharpen and improve if you start your mornings out right by taking the proper steps to initiate them!