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5 Successful Techniques for Rising Early

The famous inventor, Benjamin Franklin, one said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man health, wealthy, and wise.”

Not a “morning person?”  Does your snooze button get a better daily workout than you do?

Did you know that an extra fifteen minutes each morning could significantly change your day (for the better) and ultimately your life with positive and healthy rituals?  More on that later.

So, what techniques can you use to wake up earlier without a mental meltdown?  Here are five ideas:

  1. Instead of getting up an hour earlier (or more), start with only 10-15 minutes earlier for several days until you feel comfortable with the new wake-up time. Don’t rush it; be patient. Do it every day (including weekends) to effectively reprogram your sleep cycle. (Repeat this process if you want to wake up even earlier.) Sleeping patterns can be difficult to change without experiencing an uncomfortable sleep deficit and lack of energy. So make gradual adjustments to your wake-up time for a smoother transition.
  2. Put your alarm clock across the room so you have to get up to turn it off (I do this!).  Once you’re up, do a few stretches or quick lunges to jump start your body and mind with some “feel-good” endorphins.
  3. Go to bed earlier to compensate for the earlier wake-up time. If you’re still getting the recommended amount of sleep each night, it will be much easier to wake-up earlier.
  4. Use something that will motivate you to forgo hitting the snooze button because you can’t wait to get up for it!  A special cup of coffee?  Watching a recorded DVR program while exercising? Your favorite breakfast? Sex before you go to work? Whatever you choose, make sure the reward is more than worth a few more moments of snoozing.
  5. Still can’t get up earlier? Love technology?  Then here are two apps that just might work because you have to PROVE you’re out of bed!  Stay with me here…

* iPhone: The Step Out of Bed App ($1.99) – This (annoying) alarm app will not shut off until you get out of bed and take 30 steps with your iPhone.

* Android: The Alarm App (free for the basic version) – This alarm app (identified as the “World’s Most Annoying Alarm” App) requires you to get out of bed and take a picture of a pre-selected object in your home (like your coffee pot in the kitchen, NOT your headboard).

What To Do With The Extra Time:

Meditate – Even meditating a few minutes in the morning offers physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits. Quieting the mind before your day begins helps you to stay focused, balanced and mindfully aware.

Call your best friend (or a close family member) – A quick conversation with your favorite person can relax you and put you in a positive, happy frame of mind for the day.

Make – and enjoy – a fresh breakfast – Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. It provides you with energy and nutrition needed to stay focused and productive.

Be creative – Write in your journal. Do some work on a home improvement or craft project. Wake up those creative juices to stay inspired the rest of the day with a feeling of personal fulfillment no matter what happens during the day.

Pamper yourself – Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea while reading a chapter in your favorite novel.

Practice your affirmations – Another great way to start your day is with positive affirmations and gratitude. This simple ritual also helps you stay focused on keeping things in perspective no matter what life throws your way.

What NOT to do with that Extra Time:  Check your email, the news or social media feeds; think about work or all the things you need to do. There’s plenty of time for all that during the day. Start your day doing something different for a different result.

About the Author Corrie Ann

Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, researcher, coach, and cookie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She started the Clean Body Project to share all of her knowledge and resources with others who are interested in running their own experiment into clean holistic living. She is the CEO and founder of Gray Ink Media.

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