Let's get coffee.
I've never been a morning person. It's always been my nature to stay up until 3 AM and then sleep until noon. Recently, though, I had the idea to change this. There's always someone on the internet talking about how waking up at the crack of dawn improved their lives. So, I thought I would give it a try. Here's what I learned.
Waking up with the sun is hard as fuck.
I set an alarm for 6 AM, because that's around the time the sun was rising. I will say that having the sunrise be the first thing I saw in a day was kind of incredible, but it was still really difficult to drag myself out of bed. I have a hard time getting to sleep before midnight on most days, so 5 hours of sleep isn't the greatest way to start your day. That's why I decided that I needed a little something extra to wake up.
Running in the mornings is kind of fun.
I know I sound insane, but it's true. The best way that I've found to actually get up at that time is to immediately go for a jog. The app that I've become obsessed with because of this is Aaptiv, which is basically a gym membership on your phone. It's gotten me into a routine of jogging with one particular trainer from the app, Jaime. She's super encouraging without being stressful, and always ties a lesson to the workout, which I love in the mornings.
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
Look, I know it's not the best thing for me or my anxiety, but I don't care. On my way home after jogging my favorite thing to do is stop by a local coffeeshop and pick up an iced coffee to help cool down from the heat. It keeps me from crashing right after my jog, and it's a great way for me to support a small business!
I might be addicted to breakfast.
Since I never liked waking up early, I've never had the chance to really enjoy cooking my own breakfast. After a shower, my new favorite thing is to put on a podcast and cook breakfast. My go-to podcast is, of course, New York Times' The Daily. Cooking is super meditative for me, so it's the best time for me to get informed or learn something new. It's also a really great way to boost creativity by messing around in the kitchen!
Starting work early is definitely a plus.
Since I'm a freelancer, all of my work is from home. That means that I'm basically on my own schedule, but getting my work done early has been pretty nice. I've ended up being able to make plans way more often in the evening, and it's actually gotten me even more money because I feel like I can put in more hours. So, win?
Overall, I think that waking up early is definitely something that positively affects me, but I also think it depends on the person/situation. If seeing the sunrise or getting your blood pumping right when you wake up is something that sounds good to you, I would definitely suggest trying this out. I did it for 7 days straight at first, and although I definitely don't do it everyday, I try to wake up that early on most days. Who knows, you might find out that you were a morning person the whole time!