Sunday, July 8, 2012

Benefits of Early Risers ( a Story told by NOT a Morning Person)


Hear the chickens’ crow; listen to the singing birds; feel the cold air and; love the serenity of calmness. This is how I love my mornings (that is, each lucky time I wake up early in the morning ^_^).

They say early bird catches the worm. Those who wake up early are able to accomplish more than those who wakes up late. I am not a morning person; I tend wake up past 8 in the morning (10 am during the past years). I sleep a lot and love to cuddle my pillows in bed. But whenever I wake up before the sun rises, I can feel the difference.

So, what big difference is this? Simple, in my own experience, I am able to think more clearly since my mind and body are able to rest the whole night. I feel good and am able to be more productive throughout the day.

To be more precise, I have listed top 10 benefits of early risers from Forbes.com

1.      Earn Better Grades
            In a 2008 Texas University study, college students who identified themselves as "morning people" earned a full point higher on their GPAs than those who were "night owls" (3.5 vs. 2.5). Good grades help students secure better career opportunities.
2.      More Proactive
            Harvard biologist Christoph Randler discovered in 2008 that early risers are more proactive. They were more likely to agree with statements like "I spend time identifying long-range goals for myself" and "I feel in charge of making things happen."
3.      Anticipate Problems
            Randler's research also revealed that "morning people" are more likely to anticipate problems and minimize them efficiently, which leads to more successful in the business world.
4.      Better Planners
            Early risers report using their morning quiet time for organization, goal-setting and planning out their days and weeks ahead
5.      Time to Exercise
            Many successful businesspeople get up early to exercise (before the family is awake and their official work days start). Regular exercise boosts mood and fitness, provides energy on the job and helps create deeper sleep cycles.
6.      Get Better Sleep
            Sleep experts say that if you go to bed earlier and wake up earlier, your body will be more in tune with the earth's circadian rhythms, which offers more restorative sleep.
7.      More Optimistic
            Various studies have shown that morning people exhibit character traits like optimism, being agreeable, satisfaction and conscientiousness. Night owls, while linked with creativity and intelligence, are more likely to exhibit traits like depression, pessimism and being neurotic.
8.      Easier Commutes
             Several early risers report easier, less congested commutes due to leaving earlier than the crowds.
9.      A Quiet Hour
            Those who arrive at the office before their colleagues say they relish that first hour or two that provide quiet, uninterrupted time to focus.
10.  More Family Time
            If you've gotten a jump on the day, you'll have more quality time in the evenings to spend with family. Instead of bringing work home, you can relax and unwind.

Now if I am to list my own top benefits, I would say I agree with some points listed above. Here goes mine:

1.      Earn Better/ Steady Grades
Thinking way back, I usually wake up early when I have morning classes and to think I didn’t really notice if I did have better grades way back (I’m an average so I don’t know if it made a difference). LOL yet I know my mind is clearer when I wake up clearly.

2.      Anticipate Problems
Since I have a quieter time with myself as I wake up early, I am at peace with myself and the environment. I can easily anticipate the things going on around me and recognize possible problems and issues that may occur throughout the day.

3.      Better Planner
Mornings is the time where almost all people at home are still asleep, giving me time to come up with a better plan. This is the time where I can organize my thoughts and is in a calm state.

4.      Exercise
This is my perfect time to exercise. My little angel is still asleep so no one can bother me for my “me” time.

5.      Easier Commutes
It’s a smooth ride whenever I wake up and travel early. I get to stay away from the rush hour where all people panic. The road has less traffic and people can sing along their way as they head for work or school.

6.      More Optimistic
The peaceful environment gives me the positive feeling. A good start is a perfect start, why not start the days feeling refreshed and relaxed?

Basically, that’s all I can think of. Still, I fathom my mind and body feels good. I’ve been a night owl before and frequently wake up at 10 in the morning. It feels good to be awake during the night but I feel a lot better when I rise from bed early in the morning. It seemed that I can accomplish a lot of things rather than being a night owl.

Here are few of the reasons why I started changing my ways from being a night owl to an early bird:

1.      I tend to become sluggish as the day starts
2.      My day starts late and ends late
3.      I don’t get enough sleep and still feels so sleepy even if I had 8 hours of sleep or even more
4.      My body feels it needs massage every other day.
5.      My accomplishments were getting smaller and smaller each day I wake up late.

I guess I have forgotten the rest of the reasons why I switched from being a night owl to becoming a morning person. I must admit I still don’t wake up before the sun rises but good enough I wake up before 8 am. ^_^ It’s an improvement.




Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Anger Management

Sometimes when we are angry, we want to vent all our emotions to anything or anyone that comes our way. We may displace it to anything or to anyone we think we're more authoritative of. Sometimes we use to blame them for our misfortunes. Whichever of those defense mechanisms you use, are you actually using the right one?

I woke up early this morning late and honestly for some reason I wasn't able to sleep very well last night. My back was aching and every small noise wakes me up (I tried to think of blaming my hubby for the discussion we had about not able going to sleep well before going off to bed, but I brushed the thought away but I was starting to get frustrated about my lack of sleep.) Since almost simple noises keeps me awake, I tried to make use of the time left before my day starts and it was even a rainy morning, so love the feeling to sleep around, but around 7 am my mom woke me up for an errand and there I was trying to sleep my sleepless night away. I calmly accepted and told her to do it later. Another event earlier this morning was, when I was about to wash my little angel's feeding bottles but I couldn't find one bottle she used (since she really loves throwing it away after she empties it). I searched the room, the kitchen and only found it's cover. I asked my hubby if he was able to find it during the clean up in our room but said no, even told me he put it out already. I spent almost 30 minutes only to realize it was there with him all along. That irked me! 

My temper was not stable already. It seemed everything that goes along my way easily makes me mad. I was losing my patience, was losing my temper. I easily raised my voice on my hubby and almost started nagging... but then again, I remembered the promise I made to myself not to nag. I tried to think over it while washing the bottles. I realized it's not healthy after all. Blaming other people won't help, nagging won't do you good and punishing yourself with that kind of feeling will lessen years of your life to live. 

Realizations started to rush over me. First was, I shouldn't blame my hubby for my lack of sleep; it was raining and as long as there's no flood going to happen, let's just love the rain; my mom just wanted to ask me something so let her have it; the bottle? looking around the house, above and under the tables and cabinets served as exercise! So, I guess no matter how angry I was becoming, it is still my choice if I'll let other people or even myself ruin my whole day. Even if it almost did at the end of the day but it's another story.

I learned a lot today and I hope you too.

Anyway, saw this on youtube, thought maybe we can at least learn from these babies? lol :-) it's nappy commercial but it's indeed funny.