You want to make the most of your San Diego vacation, but getting up can be tough. Read this and learn about the benefits of being an early bird, plus get some tips on how you too can become an early riser.
It was Aristotle who said, “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” And Benjamin Franklin famously proclaimed, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” These two people generally seem to know what they’re talking about, but you’re on vacation. Can getting up earlier still have any benefits?
When you’re the early bird, you’ll find fewer distractions first thing in the morning. While the rest of the world is asleep, you’ll be enjoying a peaceful chance to plan out your day and make the most of your limited vacation time. Grab a cup of coffee from a local café like The Patio Express or some healthy breakfast options from The Patio On Goldfinch and relax as you plan out all the San Diego sights you want to see.
By the time your family or vacation friends wake up, you’ve already had an hour or two to prepare yourself for the day. While they’re rushing around, you’re already prepared to make the most of your day. This will help you as you navigate your way down to the beach, as well as more alert and vibrant for when you hit up some of those prime selfie spots.
Plus, you just have more time to get things done. Get to the beach early and snag a prime spot. Or head to your favorite attraction and beat the lines. When everyone else is just getting started, you’ll already be at Harvest by The Patio enjoying an inspired, delicious, and affordable meal.
A great way to see San Diego during your vacation is to go for an early morning walk, jog, or bike ride along one of the many beautiful beaches. Not only will the scenery be one of the highlights of your time here, but that morning workout session will help fuel you all day long. You might even find you’ll take your morning health routine back home with you!
Early birds are also more likely to eat a healthy breakfast. You’re on vacation, so why not skip the donuts and muffins, and grab a delicious, and healthy, weekday brunch from The Patio on Lamont. Healthy options like house granola and yogurt, roasted vegetable flatbreads, and a host of salad choices will give you the energy you need to make the most of your stay in San Diego.
Ok, this all sounds great, but I love sleeping in! Getting up sooner doesn’t have to be difficult, and being on vacation can be a great motivator. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Don’t make huge changes at first. Get up 15 minutes earlier. Do this for a few days and then get up another 15 minutes earlier. Keep working on this, and soon you’ll be waking up at 3:45 am, just like Tim Cook.
It’s hard to get up early if you went to bed late. Start going to bed 15 to 30 minutes sooner, even if you’re not tired. Shut down the phones, TV, and Internet. The light from electronics may be keeping you awake. Relax. Wind down with a good book, and you might fall asleep sooner than you think.
Don’t allow yourself to hit snooze. Instead, move your phone or clock away from your bed, so that you have to get up. Congratulations! Now you’re up (Just make sure you stay up, and don’t go back to bed!).
Give yourself a good reason to get up early. Maybe it’s the great workout session on the beach or that extra time you’ll spend with your family. Or maybe it’s just a great cup of coffee from Swell Coffee Company. Whatever it is, focus on that.
Those are just a few tips to help you get started. By easing yourself