Wish you could do more things during the morning time but is getting out of bed a daily struggle for you? The self-care power hour is exactly what you need! In this post you’ll learn all the benefits of waking up early and get helpful tips to get you out of bed with ease (and excitement), every day.
Hi girls, how are you today?
Do you have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning? Are you tired of missing out on the morning bliss because you feel like your bed is gripping you from below, making it impossible for you to get out?
Today, we’ll be talking about tips on how to wake up early, even if you’re not a morning person. This quick self-care power hour is sure to improve your well-being in 60 minutes or less.
I am confident that this method is going to get you pumped to get out of bed as soon as you wake up, even if you’ve always had a hard opening your eyes once the alarm rings.
Seem like a long shot?
Those of you who have never been morning people are going to be especially skeptical.
But worry not, dear reader.
Not only will this method help you get out of bed, but it will also give you time to take care of yourself and start a healthy self-care routine (after all, how many of us complain that we can’t seem to find the time for self-care?).
Before I reveal all of my secrets to you, let’s just talk about mornings for a second.
Why Are Mornings So Difficult?
Girl, raise your hand if any of these things ring a bell:
- You’re constantly snoozing your alarm
- You feel as if you never enjoy your morning time
- You’re always running late to work
- You feel like you have no time to do anything in the morning
For someone who has personally always been an early bird myself. I’ve been finding it really difficult to get up in the morning without snoozing my alarm (and I mean snoozing for like a whole extra hour).
It got to the point where I was putting my alarm to ring one hour earlier, yet still managing to snooze it for 2 hours until the ultimate time to be up finally would arise.
I’m not sure to what point 2020 and its lockdowns had a negative effect on me, but being a lazy daisy was definitely not something I had overseen ever happening to me.
I soon realized that there was one huge factor contributing to this: I had nothing to be enthusiastic about in the mornings.
No more social interaction in the office meant not needing the effort to seamlessly apply makeup, take care of my hair, and dress in a pretty outfit.
Having the gyms closed and supermarkets with limited supply also meant a lack of motivation to remain healthy and active.
My morning routine (or lack thereof) just wasn’t doing it for me.
I am a believer that the number one reason we have trouble getting out of bed in the morning is that we don’t have anything to look forward to.
I know this for a fact. After all, isn’t it easier to get up at 4h AM, for example, when you know you have a flight taking you to Hawaii?
Luckily, my friends, I’ve come across a method that has totally changed my mindset. I found a way to get myself pumped up with regards to waking up in the morning with the added bonus of taking care of my health at the same time. Woot-woot!
What Are the Benefits of Waking Up Early?
Before we dive into the power hour method, let’s quickly discuss what are the amazing benefits of waking up early in the morning.
1. It helps you sustain a healthier diet
Those who wake up earlier have all the time they need to enjoy their breakfast, while those who are late sleepers tend to eat on the go, or worse, not eat breakfast at all.
2. Waking up earlier helps your skin look healthier
Grandma always told me that the best beauty treatment is a good night’s sleep. Also, like the aforementioned benefit, those who wake up early have the tendency to exercise and hydrate their body more, thus leading to better-looking skin conditions.
3. It gives you more time to exercise
This could go for either physical activities or mental activities, such as meditating, reading, or enjoying some much-needed quiet time before the hectic day ahead
4. It will enhance your productivity
Many successful people claim that the trick to productivity is waking up early. This gives them more time to focus on important tasks and with fewer interruptions.
5. It gives you alone time
It’s amazing how quiet the world is first thing in the morning and to me, there is nothing as enjoyable as enjoying the quiet morning breeze, when the rest of the world is seemingly still asleep.
How to Wake Up Early Every Single Morning
The Power Hour Method
So, you’re probably wondering by now how do you break your alarm snoozing habits and develop a feel-good self-care routine at the same time?
You start by devoting 20 minutes to your mind, 20 minutes to your body, and 20 minutes to your soul in order to take care of yourself in just one hour.
Think of it as like a power hour for your well-being!
The power hour method basically consists of dedicating an entire hour of your morning to your well-being by doing something that makes you feel happy, fulfilled, and motivated.
At first, you might be hesitant and ask yourself, “Do I really have to get up an extra hour to do this?
Strangely enough, as hard as it might seem for you to believe this when you’re excited about something and know it’s going to improve your mood, it makes getting up early in the morning a lot easier.
When you feel you are more productive, your stress levels are bound to decrease, thus you will be more inclined towards a more positive way to start your day.
How The Power Hour Works | Tips on How To Wake Up Early
1.Choose 3 Activities
Start by choosing three activities for your mind, body, and soul that you love. I have created an entire list below to inspire you, but feel free to let your creative juice shine towards anything else that might stimulate your morning mood.
2. Set Aside 1 Hour
Set aside an hour in the morning to try this. It may seem impossible to wake up an hour earlier, but the goal is to find activities that are exciting and enjoyable enough to you that you don’t mind losing that extra hour of sleep.
Another tip is to take the baby step by just focusing on one area (mind, body, or soul) for 20 minutes each day. The book Atomic Habits is a great read if you want to break bad habits and create better ones with ease. I recommend it to anyone who wants to accomplish more out of their lives.
3. Start Your Timer
Do each activity for 20 minutes and time yourself. You don’t have to go in any particular order, just choose the thing that excites you the most first, or that simply feels easier.
For me, I usually like to wake up and meditate (the app Insight Timer is a great resource, by the way). Then, I usually go and prepare myself a nice healthy breakfast (which consists of freshly squeezed orange juice and yogurt filled with berries and seeds – Chia, Flax, Pumpkin, and/or Sunflower seeds, and sweeten it up with honey) and enjoy it from my balcony. L
Lastly, I do an entire skincare routine while listening to a motivational podcast or an audiobook
Tips on How to wake up Earlier | Examples of Activities
- Reading a fiction book (have you ever tried audiobooks? Get one month free with Audible here)
- Learning a language
- Taking a morning walk
- Stretching (I never get out of bed before giving my body a good stretch)
- Squats, Lunges, Burpees, Pushups, Stair climbing, etc
- Playing an instrument
- Listening to a podcast
- Reading a non-fiction book
- Watching a TED talk
- Starting a DIY project
- Writing down a gratitude list and re-reading it out loud
- Saying positive affirmations
PS – You’ll probably find that a few of these suggested activities can cross-over and be placed in more than one category. It’s up to you how you interpret each activity.
If you want even more ideas, my post with 30 goal ideas to nourish your mind, body, and soul should help you out!
The Power Hour Worksheet
To make the process even easier, I put together a free worksheet for you to print out so you can keep track of your activities for 7 days! You can plan these out ahead of time, or just write down each activity as you complete them.
You also don’t have to do something new every day. If you want to write every day, do it – alternatively, should you want to try writing one day and meditating the next, that’s just as fine.
Because this method has helped me enormously to take better care of myself, I think it will really benefit you too!
Remember, that habits are formed when we practice them consistently.
What might seem hard at first, will get easier with time. You just have to trick your brain into understanding that this is good for you and soon you’ll find yourself craving for these self-care moments.
Soon you’ll find yourself excited about waking up early, squeezing in exercise in the morning time without hating it, and even cleaning the house before work, if that’s your thing.
The end goal is to make what makes you happy, girl.
So go ahead and give the Power Hour Method a go and allow your days to feel longer, lighter, and more fulfilled. Every single day.
What are you going to try to squeeze in using the Power Hour Method?
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