Waking up early! Why would anyone want to jump out of bed to start their day at 4 or 5 am? Why? Do you hit the snooze button multiple times hoping to get a few minutes sleep but yet not realizing that every time the alarm goes off you are forced to wake up again and again and again. Why not just get up the first time the alarm goes off by sitting up and putting your feet on the ground to start your day? That actually sounds so much better.
I have been getting up every morning at 530a for the last 9 days. My motivation for this was to start walking. I needed to start exercise and I prefer early mornings because it makes me have much more energy throughout the day. While walking I started listening to The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod for a little over a week now. And the book suggests waking up early. Well well already doing that!
One small positive thought in the morning can change the outlook of your whole day!
I was only a day or two into walking when I started to listen to the audiobook. I usually walk to a specific point and turn around. But just as I reached my turn around spot I heard him say “Do Something Different”. That comment came at a perfect time in my walk. I was just at the point where I usually turn around. But instead of turning around at the stop light I did something different. I decided to push myself to the next stop light and took the back way around the complex. It was something I never thought I would ever do. But I did and it wasn’t so bad. I am just proud that I walked around the whole complex. I really haven’t pushed myself after knee replacement. So this was a great achievement for me.
The Miracle Morning suggests creating a morning ritual that works for you based off the Life Saver acronym. So with that in mind I added it to my early morning wake up ritual. I figure since I get up early I might as well set my day up with a healthy mindset. This is how I took to the Savers acronym suggested in the book:
(S)ilence. (10 minutes)
As soon as I wake up my mind is racing. So to sit in silence was quite the challenge. The silence is deafening so I decided to try adding meditation music to the routine and it is so calming. I am really enjoying it. I am up to ten minutes of meditating. Not bad considering.
(A)affirmations (3 Minutes)
I love affirmations and write them in my gratitude journal all the time. I read over the ones I write the day before and then write out ones for the day. I got this really cute journal from my mom so I am writing a small quote each day until I run out of pages. I think it will make it through a year so next year I can open it up to the date and read my affirmations and quotes for the day. Isn’t that a great idea.
(V)isualization (2 minutes)
I have my vision board right at my desk so I look at it every morning after I have done my affirmations for a couple of minutes and look at it throughout the day as well.
(E)xercise (30 minutes – 1 hour a day)
I have been walking everyday a little over two miles a day. Some days a bit longer but since this is my beginning I am pleased with what I have done this far.
I have been listening to audio books while I walk so I guess that is multi-tasking. The way I look at it as long as I am feeding my soul. I do read a page or two of another book each day as well.
I have been journaling consistently since last September. I love to journal although I have been tossing around going digital only because my books are piling up. Although I love love love books. So it gives me an idea.
Waking up early can help you connect with yourself. A time to embrace self care. A time to meditate, do yoga, and release any negative thoughts. What I find helpful is going to bed at a reasonable time with a positive thought on your mind. This will help you feel ready in the morning to jump out of bed and start your day!
These are just some of the benefits of waking up early. I love the early mornings because I am the only one up and can enjoy my quiet time. That is priceless.
Keeping up with this ritual for the last week or so is helping the healing process and limited beliefs. I am really enjoying that book and enjoying my new routine!
I feel so energized after my walk and ready to start my day. Looking forward to walking in the morning! A new day, a new mindset, new focus, new intentions, new results!
Remind yourself everyday is a great day no matter what.
Have a great day!