As promised, here is one full chapter from my book “The Latter-day
Morning”. It’s chapter 4, a small chapter on how to wake up a whole lot easier than before. I hope you enjoy it, and of course, if you’re interested in getting the entire book, sign-up at our reservation page.
Part 1: A Wake-up Formula that Will Guarantee that You Don’t Just Go Back to Sleep
“O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea . . . and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound.” —2 Nephi 1:13
“Arise and shine forth.” —Doctrine and Covenants 115:5
You’re now ready to start changing your life, and you’re ready to do that by taking charge of your mornings. Every single person on earth begins their morning routine with one specific thing—waking up.
Unfortunately, as we are all quite aware, it is sometimes extremely difficult to leave the comfort of a nice, warm bed. For some people, this step might be the most difficult thing they have to do all day.
But it is hard to have a morning routine if you don’t want to do anything in the morning, or hate mornings in general. So this first step will tackle these challenges and give you a daily wake-up formula to put you in the right mood mindset so that you can connect with your Heavenly Father and strive to be your best self.
In fact, for many, this chapter alone comprises their whole morning routine. But don’t just stop here, because in the following chapters you will learn that there is so much more to the Latter-day Morning.
The Wake-Up Formula
Imagine this: your alarm goes off and you actually wake up. This doesn’t have to sound like a fairytale or a sci-fi story—this can actually be you. Even if you feel like a corpse upon waking, this formula will help you evolve from the living dead to a fully awake human being.
You will probably start off as a zombie (we all do), but the following formula, plus proper preparation the night before (see Chapter 13, Nightly Preparations), will really get you awake and ready to take on the day. Here we go!
“Too late to go back to sleep. It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap! It’s time to try defying gravity!” —Elphaba, “Defying Gravity,” Wicked
“Snoozing is starting off the day with failure and procrastination.” —Unknown
This is perhaps the hardest step in the whole routine. If you crush the yearnings of the natural man to press the snooze button, you will almost certainly succeed in creating a morning routine and drawing one step closer to reaching your divine potential.
Step 1: Don’t Snooze!
There are a dozen things you can do to improve your sleep and help you wake up without the snooze button. Those things are covered in Chapter 13, Nightly Preparations and also the Supplementary Guide, but for now, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Find out the best times to fall asleep and wake up, and set your alarm for that wake-up time.
- If you have no restrictions, such as a spouse or kids sleeping in the same room, set up your alarm clock across the room so that when it goes off, you have to actually get out of bed to turn it off.
- Take a few deep breaths right when you get up. Doing this will bring a rush of fresh air into your body and will give you a boost of energy. Next, use that energy to jump out of bed (try your best). The more exaggerated your movement, the more awake you will be.
Now that you have made it this far, you have crossed the biggest hurdle. Although you are only seconds into the race, you are actually more than halfway there; the rest is downhill from here.
The importance of belief
Sometimes an annoying alarm and a deep breath aren’t enough; your mind may actually resist your attempts to get up, and in the worst case, you will get up, turn off your alarm, and go back to bed. The only way to overcome this is to train your mind.
You have to believe wholeheartedly that you have greater potential and can have a better life than you do now; you have to believe that waking up and connecting with God and yourself is infinitely better than the extra five minutes that you can get by pressing the snooze button one more time.
The first few chapters of this book were meant to reinforce this thinking and change your philosophy. If you get stuck in the morning, you need to push your will to help you overcome gravity and the temptation of your bed. In Chapter 13 you will learn how to train your mind every night to wake up properly the following day, but until then, if you find yourself stuck, summon all the mental strength that you can muster and tell yourself, “I will wake up and change my life today!”
Step 2: Clean Yourself Up
“It rings and I rise, wipe the sleep out of my eyes. The shavin’ razor’s cold and it stings.” —“Daydream Believer,” by The Monkees
Now that you’re up, you may notice that you’re still not fully awake. This is normal. Follow this next part in the wake up routine; each action that you complete will bring you closer and closer to consciousness.
After you zombie your way to the restroom and finish your business the first stop is your wash room. Wash your hands and then splash some water on your face; rub your face and gently scrub away all the sleep from in and around your eyes. The cold water on your face plus the movement will wake you up more and more.
You can choose to use face wash as well; certain washes have different properties that will also make your face feel tingly and more refreshed.
After you dry off your face the next things to do is gargle and brush your teeth. To get a greater kick out of this process, use mouthwash and extra minty toothpaste; the bigger the shock, the more awake you will become.
The principle of gargling and brushing is the same as above: the cleansing feeling and movements created while doing these two things will take you to a higher level of alertness.
Washing your face, gargling, and brushing may seem like elementary things but they will take you from the walking dead to a resurrected state. Doing them will awaken your senses and your muscles, plus you will feel great and your mouth won’t taste like dried out bread.
Wake up to a cup of H20
While the rest of the world tries to get a start on the day by drinking a cup of Joe (coffee), you will do the proper and healthier thing by drinking a nice big glass of water; it’s healthy, has zero carbohydrates, and won’t leave you with a draining feeling after its effects have left your system.
By drinking just one full cup of water in the morning you are breaking your fast and hydrating the cells in your body. Drinking in the morning will also kick start your metabolism which is important for you to achieve your fitness goals.
Lastly, the act of taking water into your system will wake up your inner organs even more. This is just one small step but the health benefits from doing just this can affect you the entire day.
After you’ve downed a cup or two, it’s time to move to the next step.
“For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise” -Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth
“Cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude” -Thomas S. Monson
The last part of the wake-up formula is to go outside. So make your way to the front door or porch, put on some footwear, if you desire, and go outside.
If the air outside your home is clean enough, take a series of deep breaths and take in the scenery. I know that this will differ for everyone, but just look around, connect with nature, appreciate everything that your Heavenly Father has made (with or without man’s aid), and develop an attitude of gratitude.
If the sun is already out, take just a moment to let the light hit your face and again appreciate the beauty of the earth.
Then say a silent prayer in your heart and thank Him for letting you make it to another day. In doing this you will notice that your mind and your spirit are now fully awake.
Finally take just a minute or so to do a little light stretching. Then run in place, do some jumping jacks, or just do some more stretches, static or dynamic; do anything to warm up your body and your muscles and get your blood flowing. When you feel warmed up enough (not sweaty and completely exhausted, mind you), it’s time to go back inside and begin the next part of your Latter-day Morning.
If you’ve made it to this point you will see that you are fully awake: insides, outsides, emotions, your mind, body, and soul—the whole you is alert and ready to take on life. As mentioned in the beginning, just doing the wake-up formula will probably be a big step for you—but don’t stop here. This is just the first part.
As talked about in Chapter 3, this is your life and your routine; you can change the order of the parts in your Latter-day Morning, but I highly encourage you to keep the wake-up formula as it is.
You may choose at the end of the wake-up formula to start exercising, but personally I wouldn’t recommend it because it would mean that you would either have to change your clothes or study with a sweaty body; doesn’t sound good to me.
Furthermore, you need to develop a habit of putting God first in your life. Although you have connected with Him by going out into nature and expressing your gratitude, I still wouldn’t say that that is enough. The one who created the heavens and the earth deserves a bit more respect and reverence from you and me. But then again, this is your routine and it needs to fit your needs.
At this point you have overcome your bed, woken up, and are now in a state to properly communicate with your Heavenly Father and receive knowledge and wisdom from Him. It’s time to take the next step and dive into the main components of your Latter-day Morning.
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