I hear pretty often that I am crazy for getting up so early. Or, people are just amazed that I keep this schedule and actually enjoy it!
I get up at 4:20 AM Monday through Thursday to go to a group workout at the gym from 5-6 AM. I have been doing this routine for the last year and a half. I feel so accomplished to start my day this way, and the committed routine makes it feel easy for me to up this early. It wasn’t always this way. (Stay tuned for more on this in an upcoming post.)
Going to bed early, in addition to making the commitment itself, is one of the main reasons I’ve been able to keep this schedule and even really look forward to it and enjoy it. This way, I get around 8 hours of sleep and feel good in the morning.
In order to get up at 4:20 AM, I am going to bed around 8:30 PM. And this doesn’t mean I start getting ready for bed then. Bedtime routine starts around 7:30-7:45 PM. This includes letting out the dogs, locking the doors, taking glutamine, filling up my glass of water, then going upstairs, washing my face, brushing my teeth, putting the dogs in their crates, giving the old dog his pills, then getting into bed. And sometimes there is a little time for reading. But the system works best when my head hits the pillow around 8:30 PM.
I’ve been able to create these habits to support this routine, which helps it feel natural and not so much of a struggle. However, I do still have to pay attention to the time and make the choice each day to continue the routine.
I notice that I provide myself with thought statements or affirmations which lead to the success of my routine. I tell myself things like, “It’s so nice going to bed early,” I love my schedule I created,” “It feels great to get up early and get to the gym with a full night’s sleep.”
I consciously choose to think these statements, as I believe in the power of the way I look at things and the things I tell myself. Alternatives to these statements could include, “I don’t want to go to bed yet,” “It’s so hard to get up early,” “Maybe I don’t really need that much sleep.”
Can you imagine the difference the second set of statements would make? If I were choosing to think those thoughts instead, there is no way I would be having this successful routine. I would be scattered each day, struggling to stick to the routine but using shear willpower and not always winning against myself.
I believe that my thoughts are my power and help create the routines and lifestyle I desire.
What are your bedtime and wake-up routines? Are you happy with your routines? If not, how would you want them to be different? What are the thoughts you’re telling yourself about your routines?
I’m a Life Coach, specializing in helping professionals feel rejuvenated and back in control of their lives through better sleep routines. ~ Rebekah Anderson
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