Though it may become more natural later in life, there are many benefits associated with waking early. In Leo Babauta’s post entitled, “10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It,” she outlines the numerous benefits reaped from awaking at 4:30 every day:
Greet the day: “I suggest creating a morning ritual that includes saying thanks for your blessings,” Babauta said. While she is inspired by the Dalai Lama, any spiritual guide can help you take in your surroundings and be thankful for another beautiful day.
Quietude: With no distractions, a sense of peacefulness can be achieved by simply being awake. Take time to think, read, breathe and just absorb in the new start.
Sunrise: “People who wake late miss one of the greatest feats of nature, repeated in full color each and every day — the rise of the sun.” Watching nature and the world slowly rise with you can be a great time to take a walk, which we sometimes cut out of daily activities due to a lack of time.
While this serene time can really be used for productivity and self-awareness, it can be difficult to start a routine at such an early time. Luckily, Babauta has also outlined a few tips on how to rise early:
Start slowly: Don’t make any drastic changes, just wake 15 or 30 minutes earlier than normal. Get used to it, and then shave off a few more minutes. Before long, you can comfortably reach an early morning waking goal.
Have a good reason: Do something early that’s important to help motivate you to wake up. Setting up a reward, such as a hot cup of tea or jumping back into that page-turning book, can also assist with making your morning routine more pleasurable.
Take advantage of the extra time: Get a jump-start on the day by taking time to exercise outside, meditate or read blog posts on the Home Care Assistance Columbus website. Like Babauta said, “By the time 6:30 rolls around, I’ve done more than many people do the entire day.”