“She is clothed in strength and dignity.” Proverbs 31:25

A One-Sided Affair

I admit it.  I’ve had a one-sided affair with Snooze for way too long.  I gave myself to Snooze every single morning for 30 years.  I kept thinking Snooze was a good idea, that one day it would show me some love back.  Alas, decades of devotion to Snooze has given me a Big Fat Nothing in return.

According to entrepreneurial coach Eben Pagan, “Your first ritual that you do during the day is the highest leveraged ritual, by far, because it has the effect of setting your mind, and setting the context, for the rest of your day.” When we hit Snooze endlessly we say to ourselves, ‘I’m not ready for the day, I don’t want you…please don’t come yet.  Darn it…Just go away!’  And that, Dear Ones is not how we want to greet our days.  When you snooze, you lose.  For reals.

Snooze actually causes us to lose sleep. If your intention is to get out of bed at 7 and you set the alarm for 6:30 so you can visit Snooze for 30 minutes…you are losing 30 minutes of sleep. Why not simply set the alarm for 7, give yourself the gift of extra sleep, and enter The One Alarm Zone? There is one rule to entering this special zone: get out of bed when your alarm goes off.

Believe it or not, that pesky minx Snooze might even have something to do with your emotional overeating.  I don’t love talking about super science-y stuff, so suffice to say that a lack of sleep increases both our appetite and our desire for crappy foods. Scientific nutshell: lack of sleep creates less than ideal circumstances for weight loss.

Like any bad relationship, Snooze also ensures you will have less time for yourself in the morning. Just what every busy woman dreams of.  I think not.  Yanking yourself out of bed at the last possible minute leads to a frenetic morning, frenetic kids, a frenetic day at work, a  frenetic evening, and…a frenetic head scrounging around in the pantry in an attempt to soothe and comfort itself once the kids are finally asleep.  You get the picture.

So, this week as the kiddies go back to school, join me in entering the One Alarm Zone. Set the intention for yourself that you are a woman who gets out of bed when her alarm goes off. Appetite control, craving control, more sleep, some morning you time and a calmer start to your day. No down side to finally quitting Snooze.

Here are some ideas that will help you break up with the Snooze button:

  • Set your alarm for when you actually want to get out of bed, and not a minute before
  • Place your alarm across the room and when you get out of bed to turn it off, stay out of bed
  • Refer to myself as a Morning Person
  • Before you go to sleep visualize yourself entering The One Alarm Zone
  • Get your husband/partner onboard with The One Alarm Zone
  • Remind yourself that your morning sets the tone for your day

Got a story to share about entering The One Alarm Zone?  Share with us all.  Comment below!

With So Much Love,

Crystal, XO.

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