On Mornings

Morning sun out my bedroom window.

Morning sun out my bedroom window.

It’s weird when something about yourself goes from “I might be this way” to “oh shit I *am* this way.” You know, figuring yourself out and such. In this case, mine relates to how I spend my mornings and how it sets the tenor for the rest of my day.

For those of you unfamiliar with my sleeping habits, I prefer to get up early whenever possible and start doing things almost immediately. Unfortunately, this has the habit of making me not sleep enough, because even if I go to bed around eleven or midnight I want to get up at five thirty so I can get a jump on the day! This is, perhaps obviously, not the best idea. Especially when I end up fighting my alarm so much that I end up getting up over an hour later than I meant to. (And I have *three* different types of alarms: a sunrise clock, a fitbit, and my phone. It’s a lot to ignore!)

So I’ve been trying something different. On the advice of my therapist, my boyfriend, and literally every single one of my friends, I’ve been trying to get more sleep. Which has helped my days, to be certain. It’s always good not to be so running on fumes that moving your body feels like piloting a bulky Jaeger (but, like, in a not cool at all way).

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But that’s not the key to making my day better. Again, it helps, but it’s not enough on its own. I’ve found recently that I feel my best when I manage to get my body moving before I head off to start the rest of my day. Usually this takes the form of fitting in my workout, weightlifting or otherwise.

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I just feel better. It gets me through the sluggishness that might otherwise last all morning, and I also feel nicely accomplished having checked one of the big things off my to-do list. Now if only I could figure out how to do it while consistently sleeping for seven hours, and making sure I get off to my day job on time to work the hours I want. I’ve been trying to go to bed earlier, but habits are hard to break.

Hopefully I’ll figure it out. 🙂

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