Are You A Morning Person?

Image: Bird and Sun painting

There was a time in my life when I was not at all a morning person.  I dreaded waking up in the mornings and I was miserable.  As soon as I would wake up my mind immediately went to dreading all the things that I had to do.  I didn’t want to go to work.  I didn’t want to be around certain people.  I didn’t want to do this and I didn’t want to do that.  Mornings were such a terrible time for me and that was reflected in my grumpy attitude.  I guess I thought that if I was going to be miserable, everybody else could be too.  I didn’t like it, but that seemed to be who I was and there was nothing I could do about it.  Boy, was I wrong!

 The worse part is that I had surrounded people that not only condoned my behavior but they even reinforced it.  They would just stay out of my way and let me continue.  Or they would make excuses for me like, “oh, she’s just not a morning person, she’ll get better this afternoon”.  That didn’t help me at all.  Enabling someone’s bad behavior usually never does help, it only makes it worse.

How to Become a Morning Person

 

Over the years I got tired of being my grumpy self and started to look for ways to be more pleasant in the mornings.  What I wanted most of all was to just wake up happy.  I tried little things, (most of which didn’t work).  Then one day I finally figured it out.  I didn’t have anything to look forward to.  I would go to bed at night dreading the morning and having to get up just to do a whole bunch of things I didn’t really want to do.

After figuring this out I started to plan things that I really wanted to do the next day.  It actually worked.  It seemed like the more good things I had to look forward to the happier I was in the mornings.  Then the more good things I planned the less time I had for the things that I didn’t enjoy.

Now I wake up in the morning not only happy, but now I am so excited.  Instead of dragging around grumping about my day ahead, I race to get dressed to I can get my day started doing all the things that I enjoy. 

 When I didn’t have anything to look forward to, an alarm clock would barely wake me up and when it did I would just keep hitting the snooze button trying to delay the inevitable getting up that I so dreaded.  Now, I can’t remember the last time I even used an alarm clock.  Now I get up when I want to, which is usually way earlier than in the past.  There is nothing like waking up early in the morning and having only good things to look forward to.

Image: Bird, doodle flowers & whimsical sun with Life Question

 

 

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