Fitting it all in, Part 3: Wake up early….and also sleep late.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting about things that I personally do, over the course of my normal busy life, to fit in healthy habits. I am not doing this to show you my awesomeness – although I hope that you do think that I am awesome – but to show you that it’s not always polished or pretty but it is possible!

First, before I had kids, I was not a morning person. Then, once I did have them, I was still not a morning person but it was necessary for me to be awake earlier than I would choose. Over the years, I have developed a love for the early morning hours. What I do with those hours depends on the day.

Sometimes, it’s dragging my butt out of bed for a workout. The thing I love most about an early morning workout is that, even though my body is upright and my eyes are open, my brain hasn’t quite woken up yet.  By the time it has, I am almost done. I love the sense of accomplishment to know that I have done something for myself, moved my body and strengthened my muscles before anyone else is my house is even awake.  I am not inconveniencing anyone by heading out to the gym or for a run. Nobody is needing me right at that moment. It makes the time feel more mine. That and it’s pretty cool watching the sun rise.

Sometimes, it’s taking a few moments to just sit quietly. Spending time with myself just to process and breathe is a huge part of self-care for me. Sitting in my comfy chair with a cup of tea helps me to check in with myself. I know that, whatever is going on that day, it’s sure to be busy. I can use the time to prepare for the day and enjoy my kids when they wake up instead of waking up busy and frazzled.

Sometimes, it’s sleeping. It’s important to listen to your body. In theory, I would like to wake up an hour earlier than my kids every day, have some time to myself, prepare for the day, etc. BUT sometimes my body tells me “not today, overachiever, rest a little longer”. Rest is the secret weapon and I decide when I need a little extra.

The early morning hours are useful. How they are used is up to you.

 

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