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How To Get Out of Bed in the Morning

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Not a morning person? (Image by Aek1982)

Not a morning person? (Image by Aek1982)

 

I suck at getting up in the morning. I know a lot of people do.

Why do we hate the mornings? Some of us are lazy, some are overwhelmed, and others just can’t stand the depressing crush of routine, meaningless existence.

If you’re one of the latter, I don’t think this article will help. Sorry. Go talk to somebody like a therapist.

But if you’re lazy, overwhelmed or unhappy with your life situation or job, forge bravely ahead, grasshopper.

In the past, I have stayed in bed too late because I didn’t want to face another miserable day at my job, or because I didn’t want to face a mistake I made, or because I didn’t want to face someone who was angry, or because I was overwhelmed with my workload and didn’t want to face it.

Noticing a trend?

These days, I still stay in bed too long, and I like to say I’m just lazy. But if I’m being honest, that’s not the issue. I stay in bed too long because it feels comforting and nurturing. It’s like a big warm hug, and every morning as my alarm goes off, I say, “I deserve a big warm hug—thank you, bed.” Or, “I need to recoup after last night’s [drinking/sex/insomnia/creative session/alien abduction/insert whatever I was doing yesterday]. Thank you, bed.” Or, “I have so much to do today. I just need a few more minutes to take care of myself before I get up. Thank you, bed.”

Noticing a trend? *

If you have trouble getting up in the mornings, which of these two trends sounds more like you? Are you secretly (or not so secretly) seething with hatred for the lifestyle you’ve created for yourself? Or are you lingering in bed because maybe, on some level, you don’t feel nurtured or comforted enough in your daily life?

The two trends are really the same issue, experienced to different degrees. In both situations, we are unfulfilled with our waking lives. This is no one’s fault but ours.

The days we get up on time are the days when we’re happy about something in the upcoming day. How many days do you wake up really looking forward to what you’re going to do? How many days do you feel a fire burning beneath you, inspiring you to move?

More on this in a bit. For now, here’s a quick cheat sheet for getting up in the morning:

  • Get a good night’s rest.

I know, everybody says that. But you should really try to do it. There’s a whole slew of tips about getting a good night’s rest, but that’s a different article than getting up in the morning.

  • Have a reward for getting up.

Simple, but if done right, effective.

I love grapefruit juice. If I have a cup of grapefruit juice waiting for me, that’s often enough to tempt me out of bed. Until the juice becomes unexciting and I have to switch it up.

Get up and eat chocolate. Read a chapter of that page-turner that’s got you enthralled. If you have a secret love for Britney Spears, turn up the volume and dance crazy around the house. If you like really expensive coffee, get it. It’s okay to splurge on this. The point is having something that makes you feel special, fun or comforted, something you’ll get more excited about than lying in bed. If you choose the right thing, it will be worth the price.

  • Eat breakfast. Schedule time for this.

No, seriously. Eat breakfast. Have Italian roast coffee or grapefruit juice or some kind of exotic jam that makes you feel cultured when you spread it on your store-bought bagel.

  • The number one way to get up in morning is to have a really good reason to get up in the morning.

This is different from the reward I was talking about. Your reason for getting up has to be something you’re excited about doing. It has to be something you’re working towards, like a lifelong dream. You were born for a reason. Get up and do that reason.

Take an early morning hour to build your business. Write your novel. Paint, or cook for the upcoming day. Exercise and claim your health. I would say meditate, but if you’re having trouble getting out of bed, meditation is probably not going to be the right motivation for you.

(But you should still meditate.)

I’ll leave you with a quote I recently read over at Life Without Pants. Not sure if Matt (who writes Life Without Pants) penned this one originally, but here goes:

“If a dream isn’t worth waking up a few minutes early for, it’s probably not the right dream.”

 

 

* Lazy Sundays are different. There’s always an exception for Lazy Sundays.

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L. Marrick is a historical fantasy writer and freelance copywriter. She waxes poetic about swords and the Renaissance Faire at her author blog. She looks all professional-like at her copywriting site. She eats too much chocolate and still doesn’t believe downward dog is supposed to be a restful yoga pose. You can connect with her at either of her websites.


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