Posted for Pam Varnado
For the past few days I have been up in time to see the sun rise. It was an amazing thing to see. Not only was it a beautiful sight, it was the start of a new beginning for me. Those of you who know me can attest that I am not an early bird. Waking up around nine is more my style. But I realized that if I wanted to accomplish everything on my To Do list for the day, I needed to add more hours, which translated into waking up earlier.
We all know what Ben Franklin said: "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." How right he was. I have been able to do all that I’ve planned and the feeling of accomplishing something is euphoric. By the time I would have awakened I’ve already finished projects on my list. How’s that for time management?
Now, if you’re a night person like me, getting up early is not easy. But it’s something you can learn to do. Here are a few tips that will have up you before the rooster crows.
1. Go to bed around ten o’clock and set your alarm for six. That gives you eight hours.
2. Establish a bedtime routine. Me, I like to take a warm bath and read.
3. Make sure the temperature in the room is perfect for you. The experts recommend a cool environment, but if you like it warmer, do what makes you comfortable.
4. Take the necessary steps to ensure your sleep is restful. Wear an eye-mask to block light or earplugs if your significant other is a snorer.
5. While in bed, do some muscle relaxation exercises. Starting at your toes, tense your muscles then relax them. Work through your toes, calves, thighs, stomach, arms, back, and neck. The entire routine should take no more than three to four minutes.
Making yourself into a morning person is easy if you learn to enjoy it. Have a cup of tea and watch the sun come up or use the peace and quiet to journal or meditate.
Make time for yourself, you’re worth it. It’s a learning process for me, so if you have any ideas write and let me know.
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