I can’t express how much I love mornings. In other words, how much I love the way I act, feel and think each and every morning.
Even after the nights when I don’t sleep well or don’t get enough sleep, I still wake up feeling blissfully rejuvenated, energised and ready to conquer my day. There is something sublime about mornings. It’s like I get given back the inactive time I spent sleeping, cumulatively crunched out in just a few hours.
I am definitely a morning person and have always been. Any activity, no matter how hard it is, feels easily achievable in the morning. I have so much action-based will and ability to get things done in the morning that I probably accomplish 70% of my daily personal to-do list in the morning. This includes household chores and workouts, both of which I very much prioritise in the morning, as I know it’s the only time I feel agile and vigorous enough to deal with washing up & house-cleaning and blast off in a 50-min run and/or aerobics.
The focus and clarity I get in the morning are second to none. I am passionate about anything I undertake (including menial chores) and fuelled by the drive to get things done. Mornings are hard work for me, and put a lot of strain on my mind and body to use up any available minute in the most efficient way possible.
Nonetheless, the productivity I derive from my actions makes me feel so accomplished and happy. It’s unbelievable how in the first hours of the day, my energy is fuelled internally by my drive to get things done, rather than by external stimuli (food, environment etc.) as it happens in the second part of the day. It’s a pity that the incredible momentum and burst of activity I experience in the morning fades away after a while. I wish the entire day were one big morning. If only the rest of the day were as productive and full of energy & enthusiasm as my morning, my days would be so blissfully happy. However, this momentum does wear off after a few hours, that’s why it’s important to learn how to make the most of it.
In a nutshell, what makes mornings so glorious?
1. A clean slate
Mornings have something fresh in their essence. They allow you to start anew and fresh – it’s like you can spring yourself out of bed into the best version of yourself. So make the most of this opportunity. All new beginnings are exciting and bring with them the prospect of better-than-before times.
2. The clarity of the mind
Even if you are not a morning person, you must still wake up with a clearer, fresher mind than when you went to bed. Even if you only get a few hours of sleep, during that time your mind will still have had the opportunity to process the inner & outer stimuli and sleep off any invading thoughts.
3. The energy, vitality and freshness
If you have had a good night’s sleep, even if you are not a morning person, your body is still likely to be in its most energetic state and function at full capacity. You may not be aware of it (as you think you may not be a morning person), but your mind and body are still likely to be the freshest during the first hours of the day. So, don’t let this precious vitality go to waste.
4. The time you have for yourself before the rest of the world wakes up
If you are a morning person and like to get up early, then the quiet time you have before the hustle & bustle starts will feel truly priceless. It’s the time to catch up with yourself, gather your thoughts, see to your personal projects or simply take care of the household chores that you wouldn’t feel in the mood to do after a full day of work. Doing this will definitely make you feel like you are getting ahead of yourself and the rest of the world.
5. Coffee & breakfast
Many of us (myself included) associate mornings with that miraculous drink – coffee – that brings all our senses to life.There is something mystical about that first cup of coffee – it tastes better than any subsequent cups of coffee you may have during the day.
Mornings come with the added benefit of giving you the chance to enjoy the most important meal of the day. I don’t know why they call it “breakfast”, it should be more like “break-feast”! You can indulge in anything you want for breakfast (even cake, if you fancy) and as much as you want (everyone knows that big breakfasts are actually encouraged). All of this, without any sense of guilt, as you have the whole day to burn it off. How amazing is this? Of course, you should start the day right, with a healthy breakfast composed of fresh fruits, complex carbs, protein and monosaturated fats. This will give you an excellent start to your day, as you are more likely to continue to make healthy choices to keep up the momentum. But anyway, it’s good to know you can indulge in the morning if you wish to – after all, it’s the only occasion you have during the day.
So, go on, treasure your mornings as the most important part of your day. Stretch “morning time”, that is the productive time, when you are bursting with energy, drive and the intention to act & do, to take over as much of your day as you can. After all, anyone can become a morning person – we are naturally programmed to function at maximum capacity after our minds and bodies have rested overnight. It’s just a matter of cultivating this habit, educating ourselves to embrace this resourceful time of the day – for tips on how to do this, check out this article. I look forward to reading how you make the most of your day. Please share your stories via the comments section below.