Early to bed. Early to rise. Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
– Benjamin Franklin
I finally got back into my regular morning routine today after being off for a bit. I feel so much better!
Until fairly recently, I never would have imagined that I would ever become a member of the 5AM club. Technically, I am in the 4:55AM club because my clock is five minutes fast but I digress… Getting up early was never my thing and I fought it whenever possible.
I had been frustrated for a while that I wasn’t getting to my yoga practice or walking the dogs during the week. I was drained at the end of the day after work and la mega-commute. It eventually became obvious that the only way I could be sure to get these things done was to do them first thing.
Now, I wake up at 4:55 am. I meditate for 20 minutes. After I finish, I put on exercise clothes and walk the dogs. When I get back, I open the sun room for them and put on the classical music station for Lucy, the Bichon. (Yes, I know she likes it!) Then I practice yoga for 20 minutes, followed by my neck exercises. I make my bed. (I don’t make it right away after I wake up. I like to air it out for a bit even though I am freshly showered when I get in it.) I make a green smoothie for breakfast. I drink tea as I make my lunch. Then I get ready for work.
All of these activities serve me well throughout the day. Meditation helps me to stay calm and centered. Walking the dogs helps them and me, as I explained in Naturally Kind and Fit: Walk ‘dem Puppies! Yoga and my neck exercises stretch, heal and strenghten my body. Making my bed makes me feel pulled together and tidy. It’s also a nice site to behold at the end of the day! The green smoothie is packed with energy and gets my day off on the right foot nutritionally.
My life runs so much more smoothly when I follow this routine. It’s so nice to leave for work, knowing that I already accomplished quite a bit. I don’t have nagging thoughts all day about whether I will be too tired to walk the dogs, etc. The morning is usually the only time that is my own. I don’t know if I am going to get stuck late at work or get jammed in crazy traffic later in the day. When I take care of these tasks first thing, I can relax when unexpected events come up.
Are you an early riser or a night owl? What’s your morning routine like?