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Here’s why Waking Up Early Can Change Your Life, For Real

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FIT chapter.

Let’s be real, waking up early is no easy task. Especially for those of us in school or college, it’s probably one of our most hated times of the day. But psychologists and recent studies have proven otherwise. Ever since I’ve learned about the mental health benefits of getting a headstart to the day, I’ve decided to give it a try and can say with confidence that I’m happier than ever. Here’s what I’ve learned so far and how to achieve it even if you have a busy schedule:

#1-Waking Up Early Reduces Risk of Major Depression and Anxiety

One big reason that people feel overwhelmed and develop mental illnesses is due to their lack of control and routine. Waking up at a set time every day, not only gives you the time you need to get ready, but it allows you to clear your head and mentally prepare for the day ahead of you, helping ease any anxiety and nerves you may have. People who wake up early also tend to spend more time in daylight which naturally enchances mood.

#2-Time Management

Waking up just 2 hours earlier than usual, I’ve found that I have more time to get school work done, study earlier for upcoming exams and even get a headstart to my workout. I especially think for people that hate coming home and having to do more work/homework would love this aspect of getting up earlier because it allows you to make time for things you need to get done, and opens up more free time for yourself later in the day.

#3-Career Readiness

Careers are all going to play a huge part in our lives one day, so the ability to wake up when you need to is one that’s extremely helpful to have, as you never know what the career you choose is gonna require of you. Just like how morning people like to get things done early, going to work early may seem bad at first, but when you have your afternoons and nights free, waking up early for work is definitely worth it.

#4-Working out!

If you’re anything like me, going to the gym after a long day at work or school is the last thing I feel like doing when I get home. Incorporating the gym into my mornings has made my life so much easier and gives me an energy boost for the day ahead of me. I know it sounds difficult, but it’s much easier to go to the gym when it’s empty and you’re not exhausted versus when it’s packed and you’ve been through a day of stress already.

#5-Boosted Immune System

Getting natural sunlight helps regulate the bodies internal clock and recieve vitamin D. Waking up to the sun rising is also inspiring and helps us feel satisfied and ready for a productive day. Waking up later in the day, after the suns has already risen, can leave us feeling disoriented and even more exhausted which can lead to mood disorders and procrastination issues.

Hi! I'm Ella and I'm an AMC major at FIT. Some of my favorite things to do include writing, film, makeup, traveling, and going to concerts.