Being awake early in the morning and being able to see the sun rise is so invigorating. My most positive, productive, and energized days are always those which began by waking up early, and catching at least a glimpse of the morning sky.
Despite the immense benefits, though, the morning is something rarely experienced. Often I’m not able to get out of bed until the early afternoon, if not much later. This means the day is started with less than positive feelings. I wake up feeling guilt, shame, and anger towards myself, and usually cement the grouchy start to the
day afternoon with a self-criticizing commentary of how lazy, incompetent, and childish I am.
It’s well discussed in living-well books of all kinds that it pays to be kind to yourself. That goes not only for eating well and incorporating a sleep/rise schedule, but actually being nice to yourself. Kindness isn’t just for others.
I’ve long wanted to make early-rising an everyday thing, and it’s worth remembering that getting angry and putting myself down isn’t going to make that goal any easier to achieve.
No matter our goals, whether to start waking up early, get a higher position at work, or spend more time on what matters to us, let’s remember to be kind to ourselves. Let’s not criticize our efforts, or lack thereof, or shower ourselves with negative commentary. Let’s give ourselves the same kindness and compassion we’d give a loved one trying to achieve a goal of their own. If our friend stumbles, I doubt we’d get angry and put them down. We’d offer our support and encourage them to keep trying.
To early-rising, and any other goals we may have!
Much Peace and Keep Roamin’