“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
– Ben Franklin
Are you the type of person who sleeps until the very last minute, hitting the snooze button five times before you get up? I understand and have been there before. While it may be difficult, becoming an early riser has an abundance of benefits, including helping you become a happier person! Curious to know some of the other benefits of being an early riser? Or would you like to learn how to become an early riser? Read on to find out more.
- Start Early and Finish Early. When you get an early start, you’ll also finish earlier. Wouldn’t it be nice if you woke up just an hour earlier and completed all of your evening tasks before the day even began? Imagine how it might feel to come home in the evening and have that free time to yourself.
- Skip the Morning Rush. By waking up earlier you have extra time in the morning to get ready. No more hitting the snooze button until the last minute and then rushing through your routine. Instead, you can take this time to ease into the day, practice a morning meditation ritual, or just relax before heading to work. Plus, if you have children, you can use this time for a moment of silence and to enjoy your coffee before the chaos begins.
- More Sunlight. When you sleep in you often miss out on a few hours of sunlight, not to mention one of the most beautiful ways to wake up: sunrise. By waking up earlier you’re able to greet the day with a glorious smile and a burst of light. What a better way to start the day!
- Prepare for the Day. You can also use this time to mentally prepare for the day ahead. When you’re prepared ahead of time this helps you not only to tackle tasks with a calm mind, but also helps you to be more proactive and productive.
Ready to become an early riser? Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Move the alarm clock across the room or out of reach.
- Go to bed an hour earlier.
- Don’t lay back down or close your eyes.
- As soon as your alarm goes off, sit up.
- Experiment with waking up only 10 minutes earlier, then 30 minutes, then an hour, and so on.
- If you wake up before your alarm clock goes off, get out of bed.
- Create a schedule for yourself for the morning, and stick to it.
- Stretch as soon as you wake to get the muscles warmed up.
- Start your day with a smile.
- Eat breakfast.
Do you have a tip you’d like to share on how you became an early riser, or have you experienced a benefit we did not mention above? We’d love to hear about it – just let us know in the comments!