finance, Health, Living, Uncategorized

Off to a Mellow Sort of Start

I have started getting up at 5am. Until very recently I had never considered setting my alarm for earlier than 6:30, as I walk to work and don’t need to be there until 8:00. The glorious thing about being a teacher is that you know exactly when your start time is; the downfall is it is non-negotiable. The early mornings came about from reading those horrendous articles with clickbait titles like “These 8 Successful People all Do This!” or “Your Life Will Be Incomplete and No One Will Like You Unless You Make These Changes…IMMEDIATELY!” (Obviously that last example came from some deep-rooted memories of reading magazines geared towards young girls…). I read these in early January with a vague notion that I should set some resolutions, and ended up hating the internet for a few days.

Anywho, I decided to give this early start a try. It came surprisingly easily as the past two years I have taken to going to bed around 9pm, a statement I will proudly make as loudly as I can. I love sleep, I love the way I feel when I get enough of it, and anything that happens after 9pm on a Wednesday night is rarely something I want to be a part of. You should try it – it’s life changing. So my alarm rings at 5, I hit snooze a couple of times, and then I stumble out to make coffee.

These would all be for me. I don’t share coffee in the morning. Also, how great are stock photos?!

I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to the later wake up call. This time in the morning is so calm and peaceful, and it’s during my most productive hours. I drink coffee while lazily scrolling through my favourite blogs and news sites, and by the time I’m done I still have an hour before I have to leave. In the past two weeks that I have done this I have finished two books, started writing this blog, exercised, and felt quite cheerful before heading off to work. The only sounds drifting through the window are from cars commuting to Vancouver (how I pity them, more on this in a later post) and the honks of prepubescent-sounding Canadian geese. As far as I can tell there is no downside.

Getting to work mellow I think is something that more of us need to be able to do. Now that I’ve been teaching for six years I am no longer scrambling and panicking before the start of the day to find resources and design the lessons – I’ve got enough experience now to know the base of the lesson and then go from there. However, I still remember the dread of Sunday night, or thinking about work constantly when I was home, and even dreaming about it. Thankfully I’ve managed to change my attitude so that my whole life doesn’t revolve around stressing about my career, and having a mellow early start to the day can help support that.

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