Wellness Wednesday - The Early Bird

This may not work for everyone but getting up early was a change that I welcomed with open arms!


When I was working full-time, I thought I was prioritizing my sleep and waking up at a time where I only had about an hour to get ready and be out the door. It did not matter if I worked day shift or afternoon shift. It started off my day with anxiety and a rushed attitude. That turned into road rage and then a not-so-great day at work. Unless something hilarious happened at work my mood was not changing.

Then once the pandemic hit, I was staying up later than usual and sleeping in just as late. Not like me at all. I was groggy and depressed, and I felt like my days flew by. I was barely focusing on my business because at that time I did not see the point in continuing. I had just launched 3 months prior, so I felt like I took a shot to the stomach. I eventually climbed out of that hole and kind of started over again, but my sleeping patterns were still awful.

It was not until my family, and I moved to Alberta that I decided to change my routine. I was already having to get up early in the last few weeks of packing up and along the drive across Canada, so I figured why not continue that pattern. Once we got settled and over the last month that we have been here I have been setting my alarm and waking up at 6:30am. Every day except for Sundays, that is where I do sleep in a little bit. I have felt so much better since doing this! I am not saying I am completely cured but I feel like I have more of my day to do stuff. I am more productive. Planning my weeks better. More organized. And even when I do not get everything done, it does not bother me as much because I know I have allowed myself enough time to do it the next day.

As a result, I have become more relaxed. I do not stress about things as much as a used to. If you want to give it a try, do whatever you think will suit you best. Start in half hour increments and then find a time that works for you. If you work a day shift, try to get up a few hours before you start. Same with the afternoons. Give yourself the gift of time.