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7 Incredible Benefits Only Morning Person Would Experience

7 Incredible Benefits Only Morning Person Would Experience

Getting up early is definitely one of the routines successful people have in common. Many of them strongly stand for it, claiming it’s being an early bird that allows them to stay ahead of the competition.

The fact is, waking up at dawn is a powerful weapon everyone has access to, yet many refuse to take advantage of it. I’m sure these 7 benefits of being a morning person will convince you not to let the sun catch you in bed.

1. You increase your productivity.

First and foremost, the productivity aspect seems to be the key reason successful people pursue being early birds. To be clear, you don’t need to rush right from the beginning. Basically, it’s a personal choice. Whereas Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, starts sending company emails around 4:30 a.m., Leo Babauta, founder of Zenhabits, fills his morning with preparing food, planning the day’s priorities and reading.

The truth is, starting very early gives you that mental boost—while the rest of the world still sleeps, you are already thriving: you’ll check off the majority from your to-do list by the lunch.

2. You develop self-discipline.

Waking up with the sunrise definitely requires self-discipline and willpower so you don’t end up hitting the snooze button. However, a gradual progress builds incredible discipline over time. Imagine waking up one minute earlier than yesterday until you reach your desired hour. Bit by bit, you will build your way to being a morning person. Furthermore, a new habit will take root, increasing your ability to form new positive habits and stick to them for good.

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3. You feel more energized.

Granted that you didn’t pull an all-nighter, you’ll feel more energy during the day when you get up early. But it’s not only just the fact of waking up that makes you energetic; more important are the routines you implement.

Exercising, meditating or practicing yoga are popular among people who dedicate their early mornings to physical activities. Releasing endorphins gives a great boost to feel better for the rest of the day.

However, you can devote it to complex thinking such as writing, coming up with ideas for your business or adjusting a strategy for your project. All taking place during a distraction-free time, which creates space to fully use your morning energy.

4. You feel a sense of satisfaction.

Imagine it’s time for a lunch and you already accomplished your whole to-do list for today. You can then enjoy the rest of your day doing some light and fun activities like reading, spending your time with family and friends or taking a walk in the nature. While the rest of the world still struggles to complete all the assignments, you proudly checked them all off.

This great sense of satisfaction boosts your motivation to thrive the next day. Also, it’s easier to start with the most demanding tasks and then go to effortless activities than vice versa. According to Brian Tracy, the author of “Eat That Frog!” you should always begin with things you procrastinate the most on, so the rest flows easily.

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5. You thrive in a distraction-free environment.

When it’s 4 or 5 a.m., you can be sure most of the people are still sleeping and dreaming. There’s nothing big taking place, the world prepares to start a new day, but it’s still in the lazy stage.

Therefore, there are less potential obstacles you need to overcome in order to fully focus on your goals. Fewer controversions and fewer people to break the peace give you a time dedicated fully to yourself.

The morning silence is a special part of the day. While dreamers keep dreaming about their ideal lifestyle, successful people wake up earlier to make their dreams become reality.

6. You have more family time.

Participating in a rat race can make you neglect your family. On the deathbed, this surely will be one of the most regretted things, so take action against it before it’s too late.

In the afternoon, your family members probably head home after a day at work or school. By starting your day earlier, you create more space for spending extra time with them once they arrive. You completed your duties in the morning, so now you can just have fun with your friends and family without feeling guilty.

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A moment shared with your loved ones is one of the best things in the world, and waking up earlier to make it happen is definitely worth it.

7. You stay ahead of the world.

Your organism will adapt to the new schedule so waking up with the sunrise will become a habit you no longer think about. As it happens, you’ll squeeze as much from your morning as possible.

Over time, you’ll test different morning rituals to finally find the one that suit your needs the most. During the process, you learn more about your weaknesses and strengths which are invaluable lessons when it comes to self-improvement.

What’s more, you will implement a daily routine that will make you stick out from the crowd and achieve extraordinary results with ease.

How to make it happen?

Waking up early doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some great tips that make it less of a struggle.

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Firstly, progress gradually, you won’t become an overnight master. A good strategy to begin with is to wake up 1–2 minutes earlier every day until you achieve the desired result. Secondly, sleep enough so you are actually well-rested. Another useful thing to do is to put your alarm clock in the distance so you need to stand up to turn it off.

Last but not least, come back to read about these incredible benefits when you face a moment of zero motivation. It will surely boost your willpower to become a morning person!

Featured photo credit: Eneas De Troya via flickr.com

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What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

2. Be Honest

A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

4. Succeed at Something

When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

Final Thoughts

When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

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Featured photo credit: Cata via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
[2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
[3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
[4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
[5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
[6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
[7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
[8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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