I have never ever been a morning person.
I used to be at 5 and 6 a.m. on a daily basis but that was because I was just getting to bed. My bartending gig definitely didn’t help that as I didn’t get out of work most mornings until 4 or 5 a.m.
Now? I don’t remember the last time I saw the clock hit 10 p.m. and I truly feel like I’ve started loving life after I switched my entire schedule to first-shift.
Here’s 6 reasons why you should be a morning person:
#1: Waking Up With a Sunrise
There’s something so special about waking up with the sun.
Sadly, where I live now, sunrises are impossible to see because of the mountains. While I was in Germany though, I was always able to catch some amazing views of the night transforming into day.
If you wake up early, can catch the sunrise and then be up late enough to see the sunset, some of the world’s greatest gifts!
#2: Getting More Out of Your Day
By waking up extra early, I’ve found that I get way more out of the day than I would have sleeping in. Instead of running my errands later in the day and getting stuck in massive queues, I can be out of the door early and get a head start on what I wanted to accomplish for the day. I can be the first one in line at every store, find the best options before they’ve already been picked over, and still be home by noon.
#3: You Can Relax & Enjoy the Morning
I can’t tell you how many times I would wake up and have to be ready and out of the door within 20 minutes. I feel like that’s just starting the day off in a bad way: rushed, stressed, and over-worried.
Instead of having to get right up, I have enough time to use my Keurig and pour myself a cup of coffee. A tad of milk and a teaspoon full of sugar and I’m ready to settle in to relax before actually starting my day.
#4: Reading the Morning Newspaper
Every morning, I snag the freshly-printed local newspaper from my front porch and nestle up to read the news.
The best part about local newspapers? The majority of the content focuses on the GOOD in this world. You can read about how a teacher bought school supplies for her less fortunate students; you can see obituaries that highlight the successes and adventures of a 90 year-olds life; you can find places and events to connect with community members; you can read stories of heroes that have went above and beyond to save a life.
My favorite part of the newspaper is the crosswords, and I do one every morning while I’m drinking a cup of coffee. Crosswords expand your mind and allow you to broaden your vocabulary while searching for the right answers. Not to mention I learn something new almost every time I do one.
#5: You Feel More Motivated & Inspired
One of the main things I do in the morning is jot down blog post ideas in my notebook. It seems like in the morning I always have more inspiration than I do at the end of the day. Starting the day positively by reading about the good in the world or doing some reflection can definitely motivate and inspire you. Sometimes, dealing with the motions of the day tend to have a negative effect on the mind and I feel more inspired when I feel , refreshed in the mornings.
#6: You Can Interact With Bloggers Worldwide
It’s especially more meaningful for me to wake up in the mornings in California, as I’m now 9 hours behind a lot of my blogger pals who are based in the U.K. I find myself constantly wanting to get something posted by noon my time before a lot of my followers go to bed for the night and the content gets lost in midst of everyone else’s posts. I use the mornings to skim Instagram, Twitter and WordPress, interacting with other bloggers and I can do that more if I wake up early enough.
Are you an early-riser or a night owl? What do your mornings consist of?