I love early mornings. The stillness, quiet, calmness and solitude – all of it. But that was not always the case. And even now there is times when I struggle to get out of bed. Not necessarily because I did not get enough sleep or I spent all night dancing, but more so because I struggle on a mental level. I am lacking motivation, drive, ambition, and experience no interest in anything. Admittedly, Danish winters are not particular helpful in times of morning grumpiness… yet, I wish to share three easy ways to get out of bed – even on the most difficult of days.
Build a Morning Routine
Things changes for me when I filled my mornings with something I enjoy. That is either a cup of tee, a yoga practice and meditation, a work-out and always, always a delicious and healthy breakfast with enough time to eat it. I wrote a full blog post about my morning routine here, check it out if you wish to learn more. So, find something that you enjoy in the mornings and shake off the morning grumpiness. Whether it is a cup of coffee or tea, a couple of pages in a book, cuddles with the partner, kids, dog or cat, a yoga practice, meditation, … you name it! If the morning evolves around something that you enjoy and look forward to, getting out of bed becomes so much easier.
Ban the Snooze Button
To me, the snooze button is probably the worst invention ever! There were times where I hit the snooze button for an hour, or even an hour and a half! Not just did I mess up my morning routine with that but neither did it allow me to enjoy proper rest or sleep. I was trying to avoid the inevitable and when I finally got up, I felt even worse. One day, I simply decided to ban the snooze button and set the alarm exactly for the time that I needed to get up – no buffer, no excuses. It works!
5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
The one thing that changed my mornings drastically is Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule. I came across Mel Robbins’ story and her concept of the 5 Second Rule through a podcast and was instantly inspired. The main idea behind the rule is to allow yourself to stop running on autopilot. By counting down from 5…4…3…2…1…. you give yourself the time to reflect on the situation and make a more informed and often better decision. So, when I woke up in the morning feeling all sleepy, groggy and lacking energy, motivation or simply not knowing why I struggle to get out of bed, I started to count down from 5. I gave myself the opportunity to think twice, to stop falling back into old mind habits patterns that kept me from getting out of bed and locked me in a negative spiral. It truly worked its magic on me. So I totally recommend checking out Mel Robbins’ website, blog, book and podcasts! The one show that got me all hooked was The Amber Lilyestrom Show.
Share your story in the comments below. I would love to hear about your experiences and tips!
Love, light, and laughter.