Mental Health Monday, Yoga

Wake Up

Get up.

Don’t hit snooze. Don’t sit in bed for an hour fiddling with your phone. Don’t close your eyes and think about trying to fall asleep. Just get up. Throw off the covers, even if it’s ice cold, stand up, get dressed, get some food and get some coffee. Just like that. Bam, bam, bam.

Then…then you can think about how much you wanted to sleep in or how tired you are.

But before you do all that, you have to get up.

Getting up is the hardest part of the day. Staying in bed is the easier option, even if it is just for half an hour. That is time you won’t be able to get back. Worse, the nagging feeling that you should have already gotten up by now ruins any sort of relaxation you could hope to have by staying under the covers. You have to force yourself to get up because a body at rest will stay at rest unless acted on by some force, right?

Well, you are that force today. Your body won’t do anything unless you make it.

It won’t eat. It won’t drink. If you let yourself wither away and die, it will too because ultimately you control your body. You have to make it do what it needs to and what you want to.

Getting out of bed is a need to. Going to bed on time is need to.

bed-bedroom-room-furniture.jpgBeds are comfy and glorious, don’t I know it. They sap our energy and draw us in. They make us warm. They make us happy. They swaddle us so that we won’t want to escape. A good bed means no stress, no body pain, only comfiness.

Yeah, that’s the point. Would we want to get into a bed that made us cranky, uncomfortable and cold? NO. Of course, the bed is going to be the height of happiness and laziness. We shouldn’t want to leave. If we did, that means the bed isn’t doing its job.

Keep that in mind as you drag yourself out of your very comfy bed.

That being said, don’t hit snooze, don’t stay cozy. Throw off the sheets and get up. There is no benefit to staying tucked in bed. Not when you do it every day at least. Don’t give yourself five seconds to reconsider anything. The alarm goes off and boom, you’re flying out of bed. You can always come back later to open the curtains, make the bed, or fix the room up.

For now, just get up.

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