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quote: Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away from today's peace.

Waking Up at 4 am Every Day

I often get asked, “why are you waking up at 4 am every day?” Sometimes, I wake up at 4 am. Sometimes, I awaken at two or three in the morning! So, why on earth am I waking up at such an early time!?

FOMO

FO·MO/ˈfōmō/noun INFORMAL — Fear of Missing Out

  1. anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.“I realized I was a lifelong sufferer of FOMO”

That is the definition of FOMO. However, being that it’s almost always social media based, you would instantly think that one would have FOMO only because of social media and the excitement on it.

No, my particular form of FOMO, which I’ve discussed before, has something entirely non-social media related! Although, I do have some FOMO when regarding social media, I have a much bigger problem.

*MY* Definition of FOMO

My particular definition of FOMO has to do with the fact that I’m waking up at 4 am every day! I am waking up at such a wee hour of the mornings because I have a FOMO or fear of missing out on the things I LOVE to do.

I work a job that requires me to be gone from home from 8:30 am until 6-6:30 pm. Not terrible, not horrendous. I know there are people out there that are in their work place, or have a large commute that is much longer. I’m not complaining! I simply have a terrible, horrific time trying to manage my time!

I wake up at 4 am every single day because I fear I’m going to miss out on being able to do the things *I* love to do. These things matter to no one else. Not many people out there can understand my need to do this. I need to wake up every single morning, in the middle of the night, just so I can have some time to myself to complete the things I love.

So what does one get done at 4 am?

Well, typically a morning begins depending on what time I wake up. Although, I do wake up early each day, it is a different time each day. Sometimes, I am up as early as 2 am. I usually get a solid four to five hours of sleep each night so it all depends on when I go to bed and how long I stay asleep.

This is a list of things I accomplish and/or do while I am waking up at 4 am every day:

  • browse social media and spread kindness like confetti! I don’t just scroll aimlessly through social media. However, I do connect with those people who I follow and that follow me. I comment I like, I follow, I subscribe. I CONNECT! I want to build a base of friends. I want to continue to grow my brand. And to do that, you have to make connections with those people who understand you. I think I just want to be accepted for who I am.
  • I blog. Sometimes, when I awaken in the middle of the night, it is because I have so much on my brain! I just cannot sleep with all those thoughts floating around up there! So, I will brain dump into my morning pages. (Full credit to Amy Landino for the idea of morning pages; Check out her morning routine here.) Morning pages for myself are private pages I have on my computer that I spill my guts on for whatever is plaguing my mind that morning. They’re not a blog or a journal. Just a brain dump of random short thoughts that seem to be keeping me awake and flustered.
  • I sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of the morning while sipping my coffee. Now that it is springtime, I get to listen to the birds’ chirp once the sun begins to rise. If I’m up particularly early, I will hear the owl who is near whooing into the night.
  • I wash my face, I take my meds, and I get my morning started by just completely wiping my mind of the day before after my morning page brain dump and give myself some affirming kind words to myself in my planner. I try to plan every single morning. My to-dos for each day. My goals. I also write down affirmations. Something that I need to hear myself say to me each day. Sometime’s it’s as simple as, “You can do it!” other times, it’s more complex and very personal.
A planner week spread from the 1st week of April.
This is a what a week looks like inside of my busy head. Remind you, this is just ONE of THREE of my current planners!
  • I also do a few other minor things. I try to clean up the living room. Although it is never a full cleaning job, I do try to get things quietly picked up just so I can enjoy the morning zen without such chaos around me.
  • I also take the time to catch up with friend’s posts on SM and IG just to ensure everyone is doing alright. I am not as easily able to write messages on a friend’s post, for whatever reason, however, I am able to do so on complete stranger’s posts. I wonder if it has to do with being self-conscious that people will believe I’m being fake.

So, that sums up my morning routine

Anyway, that’s mostly what I do for about three to four hours, depending on when I awake, before the day begins. It’s something that is very important to me to get done. Spread kindness like confetti to those who may or may not need it. With that being said, I really want to ensure I’m doing that to my close friends as well, just to check in, also. However, just spreading a kind word takes a few moments time. I take about 20-40 minutes each morning on social media: Instagram and Facebook mostly and just give some encouraging words.

It’s also very important to me to get some of the previous day’s troubles out of my mind. I have considered doing my ‘morning pages’ late at night before bed to try to rid my mind of the plaguing thoughts prior to sleeping to maybe allow myself to sleep more. However, I feel as though if I were to write ‘evening pages’, I would simply stir the pot in my mind of the day’s troubles and tomorrow’s worries making me sleep even less.

quote: Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away from today's peace.
Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away from today’s peace.

I don’t mind too much that I only sleep about five to six hours each night. I know the ‘ideal time to sleep’ is a full eight hours. On the other hand, I also know that some people use to sleep in clusters instead of a full night’s sleep. Two to three hours up, an hour nap, repeat. I believe I simply function better working at four to six hours of sleep per night, with a catch up sometime around the weekend of a solid six to seven hours. I am not exhausted at all during the day, quite the contrary, I am quite energetic and awake all day. So, I guess that works for me.

What is your morning routine? Do you have to sleep a full eight or more hours a night to feel refreshed?

Let me know in the comments below!

1 Comment found

    Sheri Says :

    April 15, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Actually, I’ve read 6 hours is an adequate amount of time. Drinking tea and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle is my most important morning routine. And of course meds.

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