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Avoid the Distraction of the Outside World by Waking up Early

Getting woken up by an annoying alarm clock and rushing through the morning is not the best way to start your day. You'll be calmer and more relaxed by waking up just a little earlier every day.

 

Dennis MartinezDennis Martinez

If you have to be up in the morning to do something or get somewhere - a typical office worker with a 9 to 5 job, a college student with early morning classes, or a homemaker that needs to take their children to school - you probably share the same morning routine as many others.

Most people who have to be up early in the morning are suddenly woken up in the loudest, agitated way possible: by a loud alarm clock. It could be the loud bell of a traditional alarm clock, the annoying buzzer of a digital clock, or one of the many chimes from your cell phone. Regardless of the equipment used, the result is the same - you're suddenly disturbed from a calm night of sleep.

More often than not, you'll be awakened in the middle of a sleep cycle, making you feel groggy as if you haven't slept a wink. If you're lucky, you'll probably have just enough time for an extra ten minutes of sleep, so you hit the snooze button on your alarm. However, just as you feel like you're drifting off to a peaceful slumber once again, the same blaring signal goes off. This causes you to wake up in a foul mood because you'll probably be even sleepier than before.

Since you hit the snooze button, you'll stare at the clock to see that you barely have enough time to get ready for your day. Anxious and rushed, you begin to prepare, having just enough time taking a shower, brushing your teeth, and getting dressed. You might need to spend time taking care of other people's needs, like preparing breakfast for your kids before leaving home. Some might even take time to glance at their emails and schedule to see what the day ahead has in store, which can add stress and worry.

If you're lucky, you'll probably have some time to eat something before heading out, although it will often be something quick and unhealthy. If you don't have time, you'll stop by someplace to grab something equally unhealthy on the way to where you need to be.

The scenarios described above happen in the matter of an hour or two, usually before 9:00 AM. As you can imagine, starting your day off in a stressed-out, anxiety-riddled way like this will get you in a miserable mood before your day begins. This mood often lingers throughout the day, permeating into everything you do. Your work won't be the best it can be. Your relationships with everyone around you will suffer. Your physical and emotional health will deteriorate every single day.

Carrying this emotional state all day long will also go on long after your day is done. Subconsciously, your brain will hold on to these feelings, leading to interrupted sleep in the evening as it knows that you'll go through the same routine over again the next day. The cycle continues getting worse as time goes on, causing physical and mental ailments to surface when your body and mind have had enough.

If you can associate with this pattern of waking up in the morning, you need to break this cycle and start the day off better. The best way of getting free of the stress, anxiety, and worry of having to rush through your morning is simple: wake up earlier than you're doing now.

Why waking up early helps relieve your stress

I'm sure many of you reading this are thinking "Well, of course, I have to wake up earlier!" Many people I've spoken to who always seem to be rushed in the morning know that they need to wake up earlier than they do now, but almost no one actually does.

I believe it's because they don't fully realize the benefits of waking up earlier. Most people just see the perceived negatives, like thinking they will be more tired because they have to sleep less. Instead, they should be encouraged to look at some of the benefits of waking up early and determine if the good outweighs the bad. Here are a few great benefits of waking up early:

How to get yourself out of bed earlier

Even when knowing the benefits an early wake-up can provide, some just can't seem to drag themselves out of bed before a specific time. Although it's often not even attempted, even those who try experience incredible difficulty to start their morning early. It's completely understandable, as the body needs to get accustomed to waking up at a different time. It'll take a bit of conditioning to get an early wake-up.

Just to be clear, when I mention "early", it can be at any time you want, as long as it's earlier than you're used to waking up. It doesn't have to be at an unreasonable hour. If you do a quick Google search for waking up early, you'll find hundreds of articles saying that you "must" wake up at 5:00 AM or even earlier. If you're the type of person who rarely wakes up before 9:00 AM, you can't expect yourself to wake up at those times without feeling horrible throughout the day. The point is to give yourself enough time to avoid rushing through your morning, no matter what time that is for you.

So, knowing that you need to train yourself to wake up earlier, how can you get there? Most people focus on the morning and getting up early. However, you need to begin by focusing on the night instead, just before going to sleep. That's where it all starts:

The road won't be easy at first

Despite preparing very well the night before, I admit that it will be rough when starting. Just like any new endeavor, your body will still go through a bit of shock the first few mornings because it's something different. Even though it'll just be 10 or 15 minutes at first, you will go through an adjustment period. It might take a day or it might take a few weeks, but please stick with it as it will subside. There are a few things you can do to minimize these difficulties during the initial stages:

Build up your tolerance and reap the rewards

Once you feel great after getting out of bed at your new wake-up time, think about what you want to do next. Are you good with the amount of additional time you have in the morning? If so, great! Keep on reaping the rewards. But if you've seen the positive benefits of having extra time for yourself and wanted more, just repeat the cycle of going to bed earlier.

Before you know it, you'll be waking up much earlier than you ever imagined, feeling calmer and happier and more productive not just during the morning but throughout the entire day.

Small steps for your Practical Good

Let's begin to build a habit of waking up earlier by following a few simple steps to get you moving to a relaxed morning:

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