If you really think about it, hitting the snooze button in the morning doesn’t even make sense. It’s like saying, ‘I hate getting up in the morning—so I do it over… and over… and over again.’ – Demetrius Martin
I sat in my therapist’s office, pleading for his secret. “How can I make myself wake up earlier?” He plainly responded, “You just gotta do it.”
Of all the strategies I have implemented over the last couple of years in my fight against depression and anxiety, establishing my morning routine has been one of the most valuable. I wake up, put on my big reds (my pet name for my favorite sweatpants), go downstairs, put music on, make coffee, find my favorite chair, then read and write. Basically, I take it slow for at least a half hour. When I do this, I face the day with more confidence and fervor. I’m more like Rocky, ready to knockout daily depression and less like a frantic character in the Blair Witch Project.
It’s vital to take time first-thing to ensure you are emotionally centered for each new day. Too often, we wake up late, skip breakfast, and rush out the door, beginning the day chaotically and not setting ourselves up for success. It’s like making yourself dizzy and trying to win a footrace; you just stumble through the day.
Instead of whirling away in a tornado of stress and anxiety, set your alarm for at least a half hour earlier, force yourself out of bed, and start building your morning routine. Find what will offer you the best boost to your day and do that; exercise, read, write, meditate, answer emails, eat breakfast, make coffee, don’t make coffee, whatever! We are all different; just treat yourself. Nourish your soul.
A fantastic first step is to read about the morning routines of famous figures. Most great and successful men have had a morning routine. Tumblr’s David Karp is committed to not opening his email until he gets into work at 9:30 A.M. Ernest Hemingway wrote every morning as has most accomplished writers. Steve Jobs asked himself the same question every day in the mirror. Start reading about the routines of others for inspiration and then experiment. Try and try again. Eventually, you will discover a routine that will be like medicine every morning and a stable first step into each new day. And it only costs you a little sleep.
Building a solid morning routine takes practice, patience, and discipline but you just gotta do it.
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