When it’s time to wake up and greet the day do you do so with a smile or with an irritable, “Don’t talk to me yet” attitude? There are people on both ends of the spectrum; but I am sure the individuals who wake up with the right mindset are considerably more likely to make the most of each day.
I’ve always had the ability to annoy people by being a morning person. Especial while on holidays. While most people like to relax and sleep on vacation, I want to get up, out and explore. Yet, despite me trying to justify waking everyone else up, research has shown that the early morning hours are the best time to reflect, and get more in tune with who you are and where you want to go. In fact, we often see in the Bible that Jesus that an early start was part of Jesus’ life. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35
There are numerous benefits to being a morning person and beginning your day with the right attitude. Below are just a few.
Time to reflect, read and pray
When you wake up early while everyone else in the family is still asleep, you have time to be alone with God and ask for him to guide your thoughts throughout the day. There are no phones ringing or children needing your undivided attention. You have ample time to reflect, give thanks, think about the day ahead, remember others and read God’s Word.
C.H. Spurgeon said: ‘It is a good rule never to look into the face of a man in the morning till you have looked into the face of God.’ This is a great time to contemplate on decisions that need to be made and the progress you want to make throughout the day. In this fast paced world it seems like there is rarely a moment to stop, take everything in, so we end up making panicked decisions on our own, rather than consulting God and asking for his guidance. C H Spurgeon also said that “If we are weak in communion with God we are weak everywhere.” This is the most important reason for waking up early and starting you day off right.
If you start your day by giving yourself a few extra hours in the morning, you are bound to be more productive throughout the day. There is an open window of opportunity when you give yourself more time to plan, prepare, and take action. There are not nearly as many distractions in the early morning to keep you from accomplishing what you need to achieve, and you will find that time goes by faster because you are doing more throughout the day.
Also, because you have prayed through your schedule for the day, you will stop chasing worthless things and rather be responsive to the things God is calling you to do. The Psalmist asked God to “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Psalm 119:37, isn’t this something we all have to pray. How much time do we waste each day, watching rubbish on TV, browsing the internet and complaining about the weather.
Try giving yourself and extra hour or two in the morning and see how much more you can accomplish.
Supplying yourself some extra time in the morning will allow you eat a healthy breakfast, which is by far the most important meal of the day. Even Jesus asked the disciples to have breakfast with Him after they had a busy night fishing (John 21:12.)
Eating a healthy meal for breakfast gets your creative juices flowing and allows you the energy to start the day off the right way.
So many people wake up rushed and end up skipping breakfast completely. That leaves them feeling tired, unmotivated, and sluggish throughout the day or they eat a rushed full sugar breakfast and their energy crashes a few hours later. It’s important to make breakfast part of the morning routine not only to give yourself the best start to your day but simply because it’s healthier to do so.
Time for Exercise
Exercise is something that people tend to skip because they simply don’t have enough time. Waking up earlier gives you this added time to start an exercise routine and before you feel tired after the day’s events. It’s been said that the early morning is the best time to work out because it leaves you feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world. Combine that with a healthy breakfast, and you can’t go wrong. It not only makes you feel great, but it will be much easier to stick to once you have a specific time to work it into your schedule.
No matter how you have started the day in the past, you can always begin anew and make the most of those early morning hours. Those who take advantage of this time understand how essential a few extra hours can be to having a favorable day. Once you get into the habit of doing this, you will find it’s significant easier to wake up feeling happy, energized, and ready to start the day. Follow a few of the tips above and you will be on you way to a less stressful and contented life.