I love my sleep, but I’ve discovered that I really love having time for a little morning quiet time before getting ready for work.
When the alarm goes off (a little earlier than it used to), I get up, put on my bathrobe, and sit in my chair by the window. It’s dark outside, but as I sit there for about 20-30 minutes, I can see the sky start to lighten. During these dark winter mornings, I turn on my “Happy Light” (like this one) and bask in the blue light as I let my brain slowly wake up. I read a brief daily thought in a favorite book (currently, this one) and prepare myself for the day. I’ve found that allowing myself time to have this little ritual each day makes a difference in my resilience.