Winter is hard for the getting out of bed in the morning. Even here, in the land of no discernible Winter it’s darker and a bit more chilly. And the bed is warm. And it has a doona and good smelling snuggly children in it. Seriously, why do kids smell so good when they are sleeping? Is it some kind of parental hormonal thing to make sure that when they are awake and you are into your fifth hour of whining you are all stocked up on love from the good smelling sleeping part?
1. Have a plan
Write it down. If you write it down you are far more likely to do it. There’s something about putting a thing in writing that makes it far more likely for it to happen.
2. Have your clothes ready
The less decisions you have to make the better. More choices mean that you are more likely to feel overwhelmed. So have your clothes all ready to go so that’s one less thing you have to worry about.
3. Tell someone you are going
Facebook is forever. Sure, you might not want to get out of bed for your own benefit but if you’ve said you are going to on Facebook, you really have to, right? You can do it in our group!
4. Have a reward system in place
Like a delicious coffee when you finish. Mmmmmm, coffee.
5. Don’t think about the ungodly hour, think about what you are getting
Think about the positives, not the negatives. Time alone, gorgeous early morning views, fresh air, listening to that new album or new podcast. ALONE.
6. If you are a habitual snooze button presser, put your phone somewhere in the room where you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
And once you are out of bed, might as well go for a run, yeah?
7. Lie to yourself and tell yourself you’ll just go for a walk.
Once you are out there, walk if you want, but might as well go for a run, yeah?