I have declared 2017 the Year Of Joyfulness. Each month, I am incorporating a new habit into my life with the goal of living a more joyful life. Last month I committed to adopting a positive mindset and you can read more about that here.
For the month of February, I have decided to start waking up earlier. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and now that all my kids sleep through the night, I feel like it is finally a real possibility. Most moms agree that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. Adding an extra hour to your day is a great way to be more productive. It is also a great time to relax and enjoy some quiet time before the kids wake up. I have found that on days that I have woken up early, I am more ready for the craziness of the day that comes with having three young kids.
My husband wakes up very early to go to work, and I plan on waking up with him every day. On the days he is off, both of us will sleep in. Research shows that couples who stay in bed together are happier and, for me, this is definitely true. Plus, I have a feeling I may go through a bit of sleep deprivation while I adjust to this change, so it will be good to have a day to get caught up on lost sleep.
Research has shown that there is a correlation between waking up early and happiness and I am sharing some reasons you may want to consider waking up early, too.
For moms, there is always someone calling for us that needs our help. If your kids have outgrown their naps, you may not get any time alone during the day. Waking up before your kids will allow you to have some peace. I am very much looking forward to quiet mornings, free from interruptions.
When you have more time in your day, you can accomplish more. I love the idea of getting all my work done before my kids wake up so I can give my family my full attention the rest of the day. Waking up earlier will allow me to do that. You can also use this time to plan your day or finish some housework that needs to be done.
The shower struggle is real, moms! Trying to fit a shower in and making sure the house doesn’t burn down in the process is not always easy. Now that I will be waking up early, I will be able to fit in a relaxing shower, not the kind where you quickly soap up, rinse, towel off and get dressed in under 5 minutes. This alone will be a HUGE happiness boost and a great incentive for waking up early.
I am looking forward to waking up early and getting a head start on my day. What motivates you to wake up early?
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