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Five Reasons You Should Try to Become a Morning Person

Five Reasons You Should Try to Become a Morning Person

In today’s fast-paced world, finding moments of peace and productivity can often feel like a challenge. If you’re a night owl, you most likely have an off-sleeping schedule and struggle with your energy throughout the day. Studies — and Scriptures — often discuss the benefits of being a morning person, and learning to get in an early routine that will set the tone for the day ahead.

The quiet before the day begins holds a special kind of magic—a time for reflection, planning, and connection with God’s presence. The Bible underscores the value of the morning, with Jesus Himself setting an example by rising early to pray and commune with the Father. This sacred practice is not only spiritually enriching but also offers tangible benefits to our daily lives. From the enhanced clarity of a rested mind to the undisturbed serenity that fosters deep connection with God, becoming a morning person can significantly impact our spiritual well-being, productivity, and overall happiness.

Drawing inspiration from both contemporary research and timeless biblical wisdom, here are five practical reasons to embrace the morning and transform your daily routine.

1. A Jump Start on Your Day

Waking up early allows you to start your day on your terms, rather than playing catch-up from the moment you roll out of bed after hitting snooze for the umpteenth time. This head start affords you the time to prioritize your tasks, set your goals and approach the day with a proactive mindset. If you wake up extra early, you might even get to knock a few things off your to-do list before diving into your work day (but don’t push yourself). Proverbs 6:10-11 warns against too much sleep, suggesting that productivity and diligence are valued. By rising with the dawn, you’re not only aligning with biblical wisdom but also positioning yourself for a more organized and efficient day.

2. Peaceful Beginnings

The early morning is often quiet and serene, offering a perfect backdrop for meditation and prayer. Depending on how early you wake up, there’s a calming sense about being alone in a quiet place before the chaos of the world can creep in and totally ruin your day. Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Starting your day in solitude and conversation with God can provide a deep sense of peace and purpose, setting a positive tone for the hours ahead.

3. Enhanced Focus and Creativity

Despite what your night owl mindset might be trying to tell you, research suggests that our brains are often most alert and receptive to creative thinking shortly after we wake up. The stillness of the morning, free from the distractions and demands of the day, can be an ideal time for creative work or problem-solving. Whether you’re planning a project, writing or simply brainstorming ideas, the morning hours can be your most productive. So the next time you decide to pull an all-nighter to finish a massive project, maybe get some rest instead and tackle it early in the morning.

4. Healthier Lifestyle Choices

Morning people tend to have more consistent routines, which typically lead to overall healthier lifestyle choices. With extra time in the morning, you’re more likely to prepare a nutritious breakfast, get in some exercise and engage in other health-promoting activities like journaling your thoughts. Mark 2:27 reminds us that “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath,” highlighting the importance of rest and self-care in God’s design for our lives. By adopting a morning routine, you’re not only honoring your body but also embracing a rhythm of living that promotes wellness.

5. Quality Time for Relationships

Finally, becoming a morning person can open up opportunities to spend quality time with loved ones or in community with others. Whether it’s a morning walk with a spouse, early breakfast with the family or a coffee meet-up with some friends, the morning hours can be a golden time for strengthening relationships. Life can get unexpectedly busy in the afternoon and evenings, but mornings are often a good time to set aside and invest in the people around you. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 speaks to the value of companionship, reminding us that “Two are better than one… If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Starting your day in the company of others can provide support and encouragement for the day ahead.

Embracing the morning is not just about waking up early; it’s about reclaiming the dawn as a time of intention, reflection and connection. By integrating these early hours into your daily routine, you tap into a wellspring of spiritual, physical and emotional benefits. Being a morning person isn’t just about telling people you’ve got it all figured out; it’s about taking practical steps to be the healthiest version of yourself.

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