Thursday, December 6, 2018

5 Tips for Becoming an Early Riser

This post was released earlier but has since been updated.
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By nature I am a early riser. Even as a baby my mom says I was awake at 6:30 daily. My internal clock is just set that way. 

Now, as a mom, in order to start my day before my own personal little early riser I set my alarm for 5:30. I wake up super early because I want to have the extra time to blog as well. It's truly the only way I can get some me time in before the craziness of the day starts. Being a stay at home, homeschool mom doesn't really leave room for what I need to get done. Waking up early is really important to my mental health and helps me to be more productive throughout the day.

Most people enjoy sleeping in. However as a mom sleeping in means that you start your day at the same time as your kids. Most kids wake up on GO! If you wait until your kids wake up to get going, then you'll be playing catch up all day long. 

Starting a habit of waking up early may sound like torture to you but time and time again people give testimonies about how waking up early makes them be more productive, have a better attitude and allows them to spend more time with the family during the day.

If you are a night person but would like to start waking up early here are some things you can do.

1. Adjust Your Bedtime
If you're a night owl then asking you to shut down early to get up early is a difficult task. Adults are recommended to get 6-8 hours of sleep. Begin by looking at what time you will be waking up and count backwards to figure out your bedtime. You know how many hours of sleep you need.

When you're wound up it takes a while to get to sleep. Try to wind down at least an hour before you really want to be asleep. These are some things that night help as well.
2. Start small
Instead of trying to get up early right away start by setting your alarm for 30 minutes earlier. When your alarm goes off don't hit the snooze button as much as you want to. Just get up and wash your face. Thirty minutes may not seem like a lot but starting small is a place to start.

Taking baby steps makes a big goal seem not so big. Kind of like the saying of How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

3. Set a Goal for Yourself
You need to set a goal for what you are going to do once you're awake. 

4. Set Yourself Up for Success
The best way to do this is to begin the night before. 

When I go to the kitchen I start my diffuser. Once again, this is something I set up the night before so I literally just need to push the button. My personal favorite is peppermint. It's so versatile and can be used for so many different purposes. In fact if there is ever a scent for anything I usually pick peppermint. 

So now I have a happiness in a pretty mug and a pretty aroma! 

5. Offer yourself grace
Remember this is something new and new habits take time to form. It takes 21 times of repeating something for it to become a true habit. So when you're still struggling on day 14, tell yourself it'll be ok.

I'm not saying that these tips will cure your need for sleep and make it easier to become an early riser but they could help. I still struggle and there are days that I hit snooze too many times or just decide not to get up early. I get up with the kids and then move forward. I made the choice so whatever the outcome or my day I accept it. I will admit that after not getting up early one day and missing out on my ME TIME, I usually wake up early the next day.

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I'm praying for you mama! You're doing an amazing job!

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