Wake up 10 – 15 minutes earlier than usual

Wake up 10 - 15 minutes earlier than usual
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Who doesn’t know the following problem in the morning: you get up at the last minute and then have to stress yourself out in order to be at work on time. A quick shower, a quick change of clothes, maybe a coffee on the side – unfortunately there’s no time for a leisurely breakfast – and off you go. If there’s a traffic jam on the way to work, you’ll arrive there completely stressed.

How much nicer it would be to have enough time at home for everything that still needs to be done and then to leave in good time. Even if something unexpected happens on the way, it doesn’t upset you because you still have enough time.

As hard as it may seem the first few days to set the alarm clock a quarter of an hour earlier and then get up immediately at the first ring – this relatively small amount of time can have a very positive effect on the entire course of the day and your own mood.

Having a healthy breakfast at home to start the day prevents you from having to struggle through until noon without having anything in your stomach when things get “busy” at work.

If you then set the alarm clock perhaps even half an hour earlier than usual, it may even be possible to get to work on foot or by bike and you have even had a small unit of exercise in the fresh air, which not only has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, but also on fitness and mood. Also, the pressure to absolutely do something sporty after work is then even more so – you have already done something in this direction!

It takes about three weeks for the body to really get used to the earlier wake-up time at which it has to get up, and then this has become part of the body’s rhythm, so it’s a case of sticking to the ball for now, but it’s worth it! It’s better to go to bed a little earlier in the evening, because the body benefits most from sleep in the hours before midnight anyway.

So a good morning makes the day. The old adage still applies here: “The early bird catches the worm!”

The best thing is to start the self-experiment tomorrow!

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