By Susannah Hutcheson, Regular Contributor
How often do we hit the snooze button on our alarms, just grasping for five more minutes of shut-eye and warmth under the covers? After we wake up, mornings are typically characterized by bleary-eyed walks to the coffee maker and grumbling under our breath. I used to dread mornings. Even if I was just lying in bed on my phone, it was better than getting out of my cocoon of pillows & blankets.
When I started college, I relished not having to wake up early. I would lay in bed all day with my computer before throwing on a sweatshirt and heading to class. It wasn’t until I went home for Christmas that I started appreciating the mornings. My mom would get up for work early, and the sound of her moving around would typically inadvertently wake me up. I would get out of bed and make my cup of coffee and sit on the couch, either waking up with a devotional, a book, my thoughts, or the news. Pretty soon, I began to love being awake in the mornings; the sun would rise while I was having time to be by myself.
These days, I wake up early and pour a cup of coffee, feed the pets, and usually watch an episode of Netflix while I get ready for work or my day. It might sound silly, but the hour of alone time does wonders for me in the morning. If I roll out of bed late, I typically feel disjointed and hurried, and my mood is never great. When I wake up early, I get to take a breather, one I typically don’t get during the day. This week, I challenge you – even if just for one day- to wake up early and carve out some time for yourself. Whether this means talking to your dog, writing in a journal, going for a run, or even watching TV, see how this little tweak to your day can make you feel instantly refreshed and relaxed- after some caffeine, of course.
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Susannah is a Journalism major, passionate about social justice and Jesus Christ. She loves cold weather, triple-shot lattes, and macaroni and cheese. When she’s not writing papers or baking cookies, you can find her Googling random things on the Internet or watching large amounts of reality television. You can read her ramblings at ileftamessinthekitchen.wordpress.com, or look at pictures of her coffee on Instagram: @susannah.beth.
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