I’ve always been a morning person. I get it – I’m strange. But I truly love mornings. There’s just something about the beginning of each day that gets me really excited about what’s to come. And, while it may not be for everyone, I do encourage everyone to at least give it a shot. Get up, and get going. Life is waiting.
1. You wake up with the sun.
One of the best things ever is to actually see the day begin. Watch as the sun gradually rises over buildings, bridges, bodies of water, and just soak it in. It gives you a sense of connection to this world with live in, and an appreciation for the little things we may overlook from time to time.
2. The world is quieter and more peaceful.
It’s a crazy-busy-always-on-the-go type of place here, and the hustle and bustle is right around the corner. But, before all of that, there’s a silence in the city that only happens while many others are still asleep in bed. It’s a different world – a different experience – and it’s worth spending a few minutes of your time to acknowledge it. You’ll discover something new about your city that not everyone does.
3. Coffee in the morning is comforting.
From someone who can literally drink coffee all day, every day – I need you to understand that the morning coffee when you’re relaxed, and stress-free, and spending some private moments wandering the limits of your mind and seeing the sun rise is truly as good as it gets. There’s no rush to put in your order; there’s no hassle to transport it out into the world; there’s no rush to get caffeine induced into your mind – it’s just that perfectly poured cup of coffee in your hands to hug and drink at your leisure.
4. There are more seats on the train.
This is a no-brainer really. It’s before rush hour, so there are less people commuting. Instead of feeling packed like anchovies on the subway, why not catch an earlier train and sit your bottom down for a few minutes of relaxation before the day really starts? I’ve done it – it’s special.
5. You can focus a bit easier, before the day’s crazy starts.
There’s a sense of clarity in these morning moments. You can think about things that you want and care to think about; you can focus easier, and without distraction. There’s nothing in the way of your brainwaves…and there’s something beautifully motivating about that.
6. The day appears to have more hours for you to be productive.
There are only twenty-four hours in a day, we know this. It’s science. However (and this part, I can’t explain to you), when you wake up earlier, the day feels longer – you sense that you have more time. You can spend that time in the morning doing what you want, however you want, and free up time later for whatever it is that’s extremely-pressing-but-you’re-totally-swamped.
7. Once you get to work, your brain is already turned on.
For me, there’s nothing worse than walking to work feeling like you’re entering a warzone. Getting whiplash from work emails/requests/clients/colleagues is painful. Truly. Okay, so you can’t always control this. BUT! If you can get your brain started a bit earlier, you’re mentally ready to take on what the day brings. It seems less like an attack, and more manageable when you’ve had time to gradually stimulate your mind.
8. You can kick-start your metabolism with a great workout.
Endorphins, man. They really are amazing. It’s been said that a morning workout has excellent benefits for your overall health. Typically, by getting your heart rate up and a good sweat in, you wake up your metabolism, too, and burn more calories throughout the day. Again, science.
9. Two words: double breakfast.
Does this need an explanation? Probably not. But I’ll walk you through it anyway. Breakfast food is GREAT. Eggs? Oatmeal? Yogurt and granola? Cereal? Fruit? Bagels? One of each, thank you very much. I could eat it for every meal. And, because you’re now a morning person who kick-starts their metabolism, fueling and refueling is required. Pick your breakfast twice, my friend, because this is now heaven.
10. You can approach the day with a positive, can do attitude.
We’re all a little bit crabby when we first wake up – sleeping is wonderful, I completely get that. However, that doesn’t change regardless of what time you wake yourself up. I’ve found that my days start off on the right foot when I’ve had time to prepare for the day ahead. Stress happens, yes, but if I can make sure I’m ready to rock and roll before diving head-first into the day…I’m more optimistic on the day’s events. If you can get yourself up and running earlier than usual, it’s sort of like stretching – you ease into it all. And you’d be surprised how well-equipped you are to bob and weave.
11. You’re ready and willing to have a great night’s sleep.
If you’ve taken full advantage of all the day has to offer, it’s a long one. Filled with overstimulation, excitement, discovery, and opportunity. And it’s exhausting (in a great way)! So, by the time you hit the pillow, you’ll most likely hit it hard – your brain won’t be spinning around a mile a minute with thoughts…it will be ready to rest. And you’ll sleep better, more soundly, and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.