I have officially lost my mind. Remember when I wrote about those crazy people who wake up at 5 am? Well, I’m trying that lifestyle out for a bit.
I’ve told myself I am only doing this for one week. It makes it feel doable for me. Though I also told myself I’d only stop drinking for one year and here I am at 136 days in and I never want to pick up a drink again and feel the way I felt back when I was drinking so heavily. Isn’t it funny how that works?
So Monday morning I woke up at 5 am. I meditated for 10 minutes to start the day. I followed my meditation with about 10 minutes of yoga. (I followed along to one of the Yoga with Adriene videos on YouTube.) Then I broke out my bullet journal, (I’m a HUGE fan of bullet journaling!), and worked on planning my day while enjoying my first cup of coffee for the day. At about 6 am I showered and got ready for work. I was out the door by 7 am.
I am shocked to admit it but this all seemed to have made a difference for me on Monday. It was a long day to begin with as we had several things to do that evening and we didn’t get home until almost 9 pm. I can honestly say though that for the majority of the day I felt so much more focused, energized and I was definitely much more productive than usual.
Of course I figured it was a fluke.
So I followed the same 5 am routine on Tuesday followed by a slightly less hectic, yet still busy, Tuesday evening. I had the same results. I was a bit more tired by the evening on Tuesday than I had been on Monday but I had also eaten crap most of the day and had more mental/emotional stress (though nothing extremely overwhelming or even worth noting.) The cool thing was, being clear headed (aka SOBER) and more focused I was very aware of my body’s needs. I KNEW I needed sleep to recover from two early, long days.
So I gave myself what I needed and slept in today until 6:15. Holy shit, what a different morning it was. I was completely unfocused and tense as I rushed to shower and get ready then run out the door. I got to work and still felt tense and a bit more focused but not like I was the past two days! I also was back to being very tired in the late afternoon/early evening today.
I’m okay with all of that. I knew I needed the sleep so I’m fine with having slept in a bit today. I also appreciate that I was able to see such a stark difference between the mornings I woke up early and spent some time on me versus the morning I did not. I would never have noticed these little things if I were still drinking. I am grateful that I am able to do so now.
What does this all mean? It means that I definitely see the benefit to waking up early for meditation, yoga and journaling. It means that now that I’m tired but feel more rested after a day to sleep in a bit, I plan to be back up at 5 am tomorrow again. It also means that I need to come up with a plan for the weekend. Originally I thought, there is no way in HELL I’d get up at 5 am on a weekend…but, well…it felt good. I’m not 100% ready to commit to the weekend yet but I’m certainly thinking seriously about it. I’m also pretty sure I’ll be up at 5 am next week too. This all begs one very important question however…
WHO. AM. I?!?!