Are you one of those people who always hits the snooze button on your alarm clock? You know, when its incessant beeping is driving you crazy in the morning. Do you leap out of bed ready for the day, or do you hit the snooze button? Do you hit the off button, or maybe even hurl the offending clock across the room?
At times in my life, I have been that person.
And look, there can be plenty of health issues that make it difficult for a person to haul themselves out of bed in the morning. We have dealt with a few of those ourselves. But for the most part it’s the symptom of something emotional, mental and spiritual; not just physical.
My own experience.
My own experience of this, is that when I had a job I hated, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning.
When I was working and feeling I was contributing towards making people’s lives better, and solving problems for people, I would leap out of bed in the morning, totally excited for each day.
After our then two-year-old came out of hospital, Brent and I could no longer drag ourselves out of bed in the mornings, and we found that getting through the day without a nap at some point, was nearly impossible. Totally due to overwhelm and exhaustion.
Sleep is necessary for rest, but excess sleep is an escape. We delay the inevitable. And we can escape the pain, or stress, or depression for a bit longer by not getting out of bed.
So how about you?
Are you one of the people who hit snooze as many times as possible in the mornings, until the last possible second before you are about to be late?
Is it your job making you feel this way? Then can you find another job?
Is it because you want to work for yourself? Then can you start making plans to do so, and start working towards it even while still in the job you hate?
Is your marriage making you miserable? Then what can you do to make it better?
Is the mortgage like a millstone around my neck? Then can I make extra payments, no matter how small, to reduce it quicker and maybe even take several years off its duration?
This is what conscious lifestyle design is all about. Identifying the problems, and making the changes. Or at least making steps towards your goals.
Remember that a goal without a plan is just a wish. So if you have a ‘wish’, how about coming up with a plan to make it reality, even if it takes a while.
I know what it is like to not be able to get out of bed in the mornings. And I also know what it is like to enjoy my life enough that I naturally wake up a few minutes before the alarm goes off, and I feel clear-headed and as though I’ve had enough sleep. Then I can get out of bed, no problem.
And the difference between the two, is literally how much I enjoy my life at that particular moment. Do I have anything worth springing out of bed for? Am I contributing anything meaningful that makes me excited to be alive?
And if not, what can I do to make a change?
What would get me out of bed in a good mood in the mornings? Is there something I can do, which enables me to feel as though I’m contributing something meaningful to others? You know, to something that is bigger than just myself and my immediate family?
The same goes for those who check their brains out in the evenings. Drinking too often and too much, taking drugs, endless soapies on the TV, overeating; these are all ways to escape a life we’re not happy with, or that we feel has no meaning.
So how about this radical idea?
Instead of checking out of our lives mentally and emotionally, we start making changes? Just little changes. Because those little changes have a ripple effect on the other areas of our life. Like, if you could just change 1% of your life, more would naturally follow.
What teeny tiny little thing do you feel you could actually change? Something that you feel you actually have the power to do? Often we feel as though we don’t have the power to change everything about our lives that displeases us. But what miniscule little thing can you change? And once that is done, what other microscopic change can you make? And then another? One more?
Before you know it, you’ll have reclaimed your power, and be on the way to creating the life that you want; one that you can live and be present in. One that you don’t need to check out of by over sleeping, over drinking, or over anything-ing.
How about it?
What can you do today to start that process?
Find it, and then go for it.
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