Set your alarm to rise with the sun for added health benefits

michele fife wake with the sun

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- Early to bed early to rise, yada, yada, yada.  Right?  But did you know that you can have a LOT more energy in your day by rising with the sun?

In Ayurveda this is considered to be the most auspicious time of the day and also the most peaceful.  This can set the tone for your whole day rather than hitting snooze three times and then rushing around to get ready.

michele fife wake with the sun

As the sun rises at different times in different places ideally for most it is good to be up and beginning your morning routine sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.  Let your alarm sound be something that is peaceful and calming to the mind like nature sounds or gentle music.  Avoid bright overhead lights for the first 30 minutes or so.  You can even have candles in your bathroom to use during your morning hygiene.  Give yourself some time in bed or standing to have some gentle movements for the body, develop your own simple stretch routine to stimulate circulation and wake the muscles gently.  Drink some warm water and enjoy a nourishing breakfast seated in a quiet space.  Give yourself some space away from electronics and social media.

There are enough external distractions in our day to cloud the mind and create a sense of urgency and stress.  Make the most of your mornings, waking early has been shown to improve both your mood and your intellect.  If you are someone who is NOT a morning person or even if you are, try a routine like this for 30 days and see what a difference a peaceful start can make in your life.


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