Today marks the first frost of the season.
Last night I put on some comfy loungewear of the cozy, over-sized variety and enjoyed sleeping under the warmth of the duvet. This morning my cheeks were rosy and I was jolted awake when my feet hit the cold floor at about 5:30 AM.
Downstairs, the aroma of fresh coffee wafted from the kitchen and the chilly air surrounded me as I opened the backdoor and our dog slid on the deck, quickly regaining her balance after her paws met the unexpected slickness that comes with the first cold morning of the year.
There’s something about a warm cup of coffee and a hot breakfast on cold morning that just makes it taste better.
You can feel the coffee mug warming your hands and the coffee making its way through your body, gently filling it with warmth.
I used to complain about never getting any alone time at our home.
Are you with me moms? The childhood classic, Five Minutes’ Peace, sums it up perfectly. Sometimes five minutes of peace seems like something that only happens in fairy tales…an impossible dream.
Now home feels like a soothing sanctuary, every morning – just before the sun rises.
This has been a surprising benefit of taking an 8-week mindfulness course.
In order to take this somewhat intense course, I rearranged my schedule to get up earlier to practice meditation, simple yoga stretches and to write. Some days I make room for the full hour and sometimes life happens and my meditation time is abbreviated.
I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy getting up early and how much energy it would give me.
And when I don’t get up early…I miss the time when I have the world all to myself.
How can this be?
Getting up early provides time to:
- Rejuvenate your brain: Quiet time for reflection or meditation soothes the nerves, quelling the “fight or flight” functions, and activates the “good” parasympathetic nervous system, leaving you with a focused and peaceful mind. This enhances your mood and sharpens your ability to concentrate.
- Enjoy simple pleasures: Taking a few minutes to really enjoy that cup of coffee, or that extra minute to slice some apples and add some cinnamon to your oatmeal brings enjoyment and spurs gratitude.
- Manage morning transitions: Taking a quick breather to prepare for morning transitions and to set intention establishes the foundation to carry your positive mindset throughout the day (more on managing transitions here).
- Jump start your day and your life: You can get more accomplished while your brain is sharp and there are fewer distractions. You are also more likely to think about long-term goals and dreams, and to work towards them (See publication – Proactive People Are Morning People).
These are just a few of the benefits I’ve experienced from getting up early.
A practice I plan to continue.
There are many other benefits to getting up early. To mention just a few more…time for exercise, a better breakfast, an easier morning commute and better grades. Many of these morning activities lead to better overall health.
What time will you get up tomorrow?
Note: The title for this article is a quote from Terri Guillemets. This post may contain affiliate links.