Benefits of waking early in the morning
A lot has been said about waking early in the morning. But why should you sacrifice your morning Zzzzzzs? What can you possibly achieve by getting up earlier? And how do you go about doing it? How do you utilize your mornings most effectively? Read on to find out
Why should you wake early? What are the benefits of waking early?
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man (and a woman too!) healthy, wealthy, and wise – Benjamin Franklin
This popular saying aptly summarizes the benefits of waking early in the morning. Most benefits of rising with the sun can be classified into one of these categories: health, wealth and wisdom. Obviously, these benefits are likely to be the result of appropriate utilization of the 1,2, or 3 hours of additional time you get each morning. If you are planning to watch TV during these magic hours, then good luck 😉 … Let’s study how rising early can benefit the health, wisdom and wealth.
Health benefits of rising early
Here’s two oft-cited quotes:
Health is Wealth
In a sound body, lies a sound mind
There. For reaping benefits in the wealth and wisdom sections of your life, health is a critical ingredient. Naturally, health should receive the highest priority in those early hours. Here’s some essential healthy initiatives that should compose the early hours of the morning
Brush your teeth, really really well
Agree or not, when you start your mornings late, you do a really shoddy job of cleaning your teeth. Why? You are rushing through so many items from your routine, that really enjoying the act of cleaning your teeth is lowest on your priority. Unhealthy mouth, gums, and teeth have been linked to a slew of health problems in later life, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, bone loss, and diabetes. So, the first thing after pissing and emptying your bowels: Deep clean you teeth.
Yes, I know. You have been making a resolution to exercise every year since you knew the phrase “New Year Resolution”. It is not surprising that every year, “lose weight” or “get healthier” is the top resolution in most surveys. These morning hours are magical for exercise. Firstly, you are more likely to stick to your goal since no “urgent” items are likely to dislodge your “most important” item of the day.
You have dehydrated through the night. Replenish the fluids. You can have a tall glass of lukewarm water. You can also add lemon for a boost of Vitamin C and healthy electrolytes. It is highly recommended as part of a fat-loss regime. Honey is optional.
Have a “royal” breakfast
Your body is starved. If you have the right evening routine, you haven’t eaten 3 hours before sleeping and you slept 7-8 hours. 11 hours have gone, and your body is craving its fuel. Again, the foods you eat now are “fuel”. Each rich foods. Rich in nutrients. If you cannot do without sweet, salty, fatty foods, this is also likely the time to load up on them. The body is more likely to burn these fattening fuels when consumed during a breakfast than other meals during the day.
Benefits of waking early on the mind
A lot has been written about the benefits of meditation on your mental, emotional and overall well-being. Its simple too. Here’s a condensed version: Sit, breathe, relax. No thinking. No counting. No perfection. Just breathe! You do not have to meditate for 30 minutes. Just 3 minutes is good enough. What better time to do this than in the morning before the entire brood is out.
Maximally utilize your willpower
Your willpower reserves are the highest in the morning. They deplete through the day. If you really wanted to do something, you will. Take the hardest most important tasks of your day and finish them earliest in the morning. If you wake early, you can maximally and most effectively utilize your willpower to accomplish important things.
Impact of rising early on Wealth
Wealth is not just money! In fact, money is merely the smallest component in personal wealth. Wealth is a surrogate for success, happiness, relationships, respect and many other essential intangibles. The morning hours will let you focus on your definition of wealth. Wealth is the natural outcome of taking care of your health and mind. If you maximally and effectively utilize your willpower in the early morning hours to accomplish the most important tasks of your life, you will definitely meet success in whatever it is that you wish to accomplish.
What is your opinion?
I have shared my perspective on money (wealth, riches, finances, call-it-what-you-want) and happiness. What do you think? I would love to know your thoughts on the matter. Look forward to your comments below.