I Changed My Life in Just 5 Seconds!
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Hey all! It’s Erica, one of Collin’s Sidekicks!
In my free time, I LOVE to read. I just love saying that because (to be honest), until I hit 30, that was never the case!
Self-help books are my favorite! I love anything that can teach/help me make the most of myself! That’s why I became obsessed with Mel Robbins when she wrote The 5 Second Rule. She helps you conquer life struggles by teaching a very simple technique that takes just five seconds.
The 5 Second Rule teaches you to become more confident, increase productivity, have a powerful mindset, conquer anxiety, and MORE! It’s so good and it’s such an easy read – which is a total must for me. I mean, Mel Robbins’ overall quote from this book is…
“If you can count to 5, you can change your life.”
You guys, this book has changed my life! I never really thought about it before reading the book, but I had one particular addiction that I’ve been fighting all my life. And I fixed it in just 5 seconds.
It wasn’t alcohol, drugs, or coffee! 🚫
Listen, I was straight-up addicted to pressing snooze on my alarm clock and setting too many alarms back to back. And this problem was not just something that was happening every once in a while. This was how I started my day, every single day, leaving me completely bogged down and exhausted.
I would set TONS OF ALARMS. 6:00, 6:04. 6:13, 6:28…. Anyone else do that?
Side note, I set my alarm clock every morning because I’m not one of those people with an internal alarm who just wakes up. Actually, my brain can’t even understand such a thing. 😳
I set my alarm, motivated about how I was going to get up after the FIRST ring. I really thought this was going to work out great because – after all – I didn’t want to wake up the person next to me (aka the sleeping boss).
Welp, it didn’t work. Oh my goodness… I couldn’t believe it didn’t work! I pressed snooze again and again. It was when Collin looked over at me (I was still half-asleep) and said, “Yoohoo – Erica? You up? Can you explain the concept behind what you’re doing and what the point is with hearing continuous sounds going off periodically for over 30 minutes?” OOPS! 😬
A lot of the time, I honestly didn’t even remember doing it. I just got so used to it, it was a part of my life.
Either YOU run the day, or the day runs YOU!
Just like any other addiction, when the first alarm went off every day, I convinced myself I needed two more minutes and that today wasn’t a good day to get up after the first ring (maybe tomorrow would be a better day to grab hold of my life and be in control).
Or I would convince myself that what I needed to do that day (the whole reason I set the alarm) just didn’t need to be done at all.
It’s like I was a different person in the morning – not like the motivated, positive person I was at night when I was setting my alarm clock to wake up early to go workout, get some work in, catch up on motherly chores before the littles got up, etc.
Have you ever gotten a full night’s rest, pressed snooze, and felt completely exhausted in the morning? There’s actually a neurological reason for that!
We all know we need sleep. It’s a necessity. But what many of you may not know (and what I didn’t know) is that HOW you wake up is just as important as your needed sleep. When you hit the snooze button, there’s a negative impact on the brain function and productivity that can last for up to FOUR HOURS.
We sleep in cycles that take 90-110 minutes to complete. About two hours before it’s time to wake up, these cycles end and your body prepares for wake up. When your alarm rings, your body IS in wake up mode. If you hit snooze and go back to sleep, you force your brain to start these sleep cycles all over again, and NOTHING can stop this cycle from happening.
What does that mean? That means once you eventually get up and go about your day, your brain is essentially still sleeping, leaving you unproductive and making it really hard to focus. This is why you feel so groggy – because you chose to hit the snooze button, not because you didn’t get enough sleep.
I really had a serious problem pressing snooze that truly was so bad for my brain and I didn’t even know it. I had no idea that every day when I pressed that button, I sent my brain back into a sleep cycle and then later felt GROGGY – Every. Single. Day.
TODAY I set ONE alarm! When the alarm rings, I get up. THE END.
Oh, and an added tip that helps me tremendously: I keep my phone alarm charged in my master bathroom now (not next to my bed). This way, I’m forced to get up and go to the bathroom to turn off. Then, I turn a dim light on and I brush my teeth with my left hand. (No, I’m not a lefty – but this really helps my brain wake up!)
I’ve never had a more positive outlook on the day! And, I learned something about myself… I’m a morning person! I absolutely LOVE the mornings now. In fact, I now often wake up at 4 am, workout, and can be at work by 6:30 am – with only ONE alarm that goes off that morning. And that is HUGE for me! 🙌
You’ll either find a way, or you’ll find an excuse!
I highly recommend this book – and not only for those who have trouble waking up in the morning. This book teaches you so much and it’s so motivating in TONS of areas. This is just one way it has helped me!
If you’re interested in this book, don’t just grab the Kindle version. Buy this hard copy and hand it to someone else who can benefit from it when you’re done! I’ve been able to pass this book around to a good handful of people already – including my brother and close friend who have been helped with completely different struggles.
This is not a sponsored post and the author has no clue I’m raving about her book. I just wanted to share a purchase I’ve been so happy I made. Hopefully, it’s helpful if you’re in the market for a really good self-help book, too.