Waking up is harrrrd tooo dooooo.
Waking up is hard to do at 7:00 a.m. much less at 5:30 a.m. This has been my goal as of late, waking up earlier. Now, this has been my goal for over a year. I have tried and failed over and over in this past year.
How have I finally gotten passed the speed hump? Recently, I have been listening to a book called “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. In part of this books, she talks about making promises. She then goes on to say that the easiest promises we break are our promises to ourselves. I was in the perfect place in my life to hear this. In this journey of loving myself. If I am trying to love myself then why am I breaking promises to myself? If I make a promise to a friend, co-worker, or client, I would feel sick to my stomach about breaking that promise. If I love myself as much as I love them (which is the goal) then why do I so quickly brush off what I want to do?
So after that, I started. First I will share with you the tips I’ve found and taken about how to make waking up a little easier.
- Put your alarm across the room- Getting out of bed is my problem. I am a morning person it just takes me actually getting out from under the covers.
- Keep your phone out of bed- This for me goes along with the alarm since my alarm is my phone but now that it’s across the room and not in my bed I have been sleeping better which makes it easier to sleep thus easier to wake up.
- Reward yourself- I am lucky, once my alarm goes off my kittens are at the bedroom door waiting for me today good morning. This is a reward for me. I also LOVE coffee and as soon as I’m up and the kitties are feed then its time for my coffee reward.
- Stretch- Once I am up, I go through a series of stretches which helps wake me up and makes me feel ready to take on the day.
- Set your bedtime- For most people my age the problem is staying up too late. My issue is going to bed too early. Either way get on a set sleep schedule, based on the recommended amount of sleep for your age.
- Open up the windows- Sunlight makes me feel like the day is here and I need to be a part which has been helpful.
- Wake up at 5:30 a.m. Sunday-Saturday- That’s right sleeping in will not be a reward anymore but a valley to my mountaintop.
- Keep socks near the bed-The cold is a reason I give myself for not getting out of bed. Now that excuss is a little more invalid.
Now so far I haven’t always been keeping this promise. On my second day, while I did wake up and get out of bed at 5:30a.m. I ended up taking a nap at 7:00 a.m. until I needed to leave for work. Pushing myself to stay up until 10:30 p.m. has been a struggle. While I do feel confident in the time I have been working on this goal or promise to myself, I know I still have a ways to go before I can say I have changed my lifestyle.
This is a small change that may seem silly to put so much self-love into but as I see it, it the beginning of a long journey. Once I keep this small promise to myself, I hope it will be easier to keep the more significant promises too.
Thanks for checking in on sleep week!