I have been waking up early since my time in the Marine Corps and it has stuck with me ever since. Why? Waking up earlier allows you to not only mentally prepare for your day but also allows you some time to yourself. Keeping your mind healthy is a BIG way to keep stress levels low and if you are waking up 20 or 30 minutes before you have to be at work, chances are, you’re rushing as soon as you get out of bed. Personally, my whole entire day is thrown off if I start off feeling rushed. Have you ever wondered why you are irritable in the mornings for no apparent reason? There is a strong chance that is it.
I wake up at 4:05am everyday because my days are long as I’m sure your’s are as well. Whether it is training personal training clients, coaching classes, running my gym, taking care of my daughter, house duties, whatever it may be. It is easy to forget to breathe and it’s easy to forget about #1 (your well being) and before you know it the day is gone and you’re going to bed stressed (again). Try waking up an hour or two earlier than normal, go for a 15 minute jog, go for a 30 minute walk while you answer your daily emails, take the dog for a walk, read a few chapters of your book, spend 10 minutes stretching. I promise you, you will be more mentally fit because of it. You will be sharper and more on point throughout your day. Sure, you might feel tired for the first few days while your body adjusts but in order to create a habit you have to be consistent. You’re not a quitter are you?