By Coach Meredith
Friendly Reminder -- This coming weekend is ‘Daylight Savings Time’ and we will be “springing forward” by setting our clocks 1-hour forward at 2:00am on Sunday March 12th. So unfortunately, we will be “losing” an hour this weekend, but we will gain that extra hour of daylight in the evenings to look forward to!
That being said let’s touch base on how we can become more well rested, have a great start to our day, and in turn become more successful human beings. Studies have been done to prove that morning people are generally more successful throughout their lives and I have gathered some of the top tips to help you become an early riser.
1. Get Up An Hour Early
Getting up an hour earlier is going to take time to adjust to, so I suggest weaning yourself into it 10-15 minutes at a time until you’ve built up to an hour. Research has shown, not only are early risers more optimistic and conscientious, they also anticipate problems and minimize them more efficiently. Most people will say they do not have the time to wake up a full hour earlier if they want to make sure they are well-rested (6-8 hours of sleep), therefore I suggest you take a look at your nightly routine to find any adjustments there as well.
I personally love early mornings. There is something about knowing you are up before the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world that provides a sense of clarity and motivation for the day. Waking up early offers you opportunities that few get to enjoy – watch the sun rise, hear the sound of birds chirping, and just be still. We are always on the move. Sit and enjoy the morning calm. It’s a brief time where you can be alone with your thoughts and just breathe.
2. Eat Breakfast
Fuel your body right for the day and tasks ahead. This means feeding yourself a wholesome breakfast. If the rest of the family is up, take some time to sit down and enjoy the start to your day with loved ones. Feeding your body with whole foods within an hour of waking will help you maintain a steady focus throughout the day.
3. Bed-head or Dread-Head?
Re-prioritize your to-do list, placing the most dreaded task at the top of your list. Instead of letting it loom over you all day, save yourself the agony and stress and get it done first thing. You will feel a sense of relief and accomplishment and be more ready and willing to tackle any trivial task that follows. Remember, the morning is the time when you typically have the most energy and feel the most rested. This is a win-win!
First, dig deep and find out what inspires you. Second, create your mantra. Third, repeat that same saying to yourself every morning. Fourth, breathe and relax. This is shown to improve motivation and focus for your day ahead.
5. Move it or Lose it
Morning workouts not only give you a boost of energy, they pump you up, ensuring your senses are up and running. You’ll feel ready to tackle any problem that comes your way. Studies have shown that people are less likely to come up with excuses early in the morning. SO-- with fewer interruptions, you now have no excuse not to set your alarm 15-60 minutes early and sneak in a quick jog or workout.
There you have it. Five tips to help you become a more successful and healthier person by 9am. Have a great week all!