Self-Care

Tales from 5 a.m.

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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?!?!

18 thoughts on “Tales from 5 a.m.

  1. Love love love your new morning routine and the positivity that flows!!! 🙋🏽💃🏽⭐️
    I am one of the so-called ‘crazy people’ who get up at five and absolutely love it. Like you, it’s only a recent thing…. NEVER before as a hungover, disorganised, snooze-hitting drinker.
    Thank you so much for sharing your perspectives, you remind me why and how it’s such a powerful and positive change.
    Thank you xoxo

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  2. Oh how much I can relate! Early mornings are now my favourite time. I now get up hours before I would have gone to sleep in my past life. I watch the sunrise over the city from my bed, drinking tea, making art, meditating and whatever else feels good for me at the moment (and yes, sometimes it’s just good old fashion Netflix!). It’s a major change, one to definitely make one question “WHO. AM. I.?”… it’s a beautiful thing. 🙂

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  3. You are a sober Goddess, that’s who!
    I recently have been able to get up at 7:30.
    I used to sleep until 9 or 10.
    So that’s a personal best for me!
    I find if I over sleep, I feel groggy all day.
    Now, my next goal is to do something productive when I first wake up!
    Good for you!!
    xo
    Wendy

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  4. I would love to chime in and say I’ve done this too but I’ve been very inconsistent! I did meditate/do yin yoga and morning pages about 3 days out of the week. The rest of the mornings were chaotic. I will have to do this with military precision and preparation if I’m going to make it stick. I’ll need to do school uniforms; lunch boxes and breakfast prep at night and make sure I get up before the children do. I’ll have to go to bed at like 8:30pm If I’m to get a proper nights sleep.:)

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  5. My son is an alcoholic, I read as much as I can to try and understand. That’s how I got to reading your blog.
    But this early morning thing resonates with me. I’m always late, always rushing. Disorganised is my name. I read somewhere a while back about getting up earlier to have time to spend on self. I thought it was a good idea, but never tried it.
    So, tomorrow, I am going to try it. And that’s down to you 😀
    And congratulations on your sobriety. Keep writing 😀

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      1. Ha ha, yes I did indeed try it. I managed to find time to paint my nails! not exactly meditation or anything, still ended being late for work.
        Then a disastrous evening last night that literally had me climbing into bed very early with my ipad to blog (my stress relief). All thoughts of getting up early completely forgotten.
        But you have just reminded me and tomorrow is a another new day, so I will try again. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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