Sunday, 5 July 2015

Perks of Being a Morning Person

I've never liked to sleep in late. Even when I was a teenager, I was never one to stay up late at night and sleep until the afternoon. My body seems to naturally shut down when night falls, and wake me up when morning comes. That said, I've never had the habit of waking up as early as five am, but I've found that around seven is generally the perfect time for me. At times, being a morning person can be a bit annoying. Numerous times at sleep overs at friends' houses, I've woken up hours before them, only to have to patiently wait for them to wake up, not daring to leave the room. Ninety-nine percent of the time, however, I love being a morning person. 

Here is why....

Breakfast, also known as the best meal of the day. Honestly, a lot of the time I go to bed thinking of how nice it'll be when I wake up again and can have breakfast. I love putting time and effort into my breakfasts. My go-to one is porridge (even in the Summer!), preferably topped with almond butter and fruit or berries. Once in a while I like going for something extra with a smoothie bowl or scones or crumpets. And of course, a big cup of tea is essential.

Mornings are always so peaceful. They're quiet, calm and perfect for gathering your thoughts, without any noise to disturb you. Waking up in symphony with the world is really quite something.

This also means that mornings are the best time for walks. There's nothing quite like going out for a wander when there's barely anyone around and letting your brain wake up whilst drawing big breaths of crisp, fresh air and listening to the birds chirping. 

Waking up early means there is no rush while getting ready for work or school. I hate stressing, so having plenty of time to get ready and enjoy my morning is crucial if I want to have a good day. 

When you wake up with the sun, your days will be longer, and you'll have more time on your hands. True, if you wake up later and go to bed later, you'll still be awake for the same amount of hours, but I personally find it so much easier to be productive when it's light outside. (I know there are night owls out there who disagree with me, though.)

Finally, there are apparently a lot of benefits to being a morning person in terms of health and well-being. Morning people are happier and healthier and generally do better in their studies and work. As Benjamin Franklin supposedly said, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Score.

Are you an early bird, or a night owl? What do you love about mornings, or alternatively, about nights?

Love, Mimmi.

P.S. I changed my blog design yesterday. What do you think? Personally, I'm really rather chuffed.