Gratitude, Mental Health

Early Mornings

May 23, 2013
Early Mornings - Sweet and Savoring

On an early morning walk of my own three years ago

This morning (unbeknownst to me), Andy spontaneously woke up at 5:30, despite his late bedtime of 1 (!!). He went outside to have a look around at the soft, gentle morning world we rarely get to see and found “our” deer family, startled from their own sleep.

It’s quite nice out there, he reflected as I rubbed the sleep from my eyes.

Though I haven’t risen earlier than 7 in quite a while, I intend to do it more often. A few weeks ago we got up for the sunrise specifically to go photograph Falling Waters Preserve in the best light, and I was all gung-ho to repeat the effort for a different hike or park once a week (hasn’t happened yet).

Early morning is that slow, peaceful part of the day where you can claim time all for your own. Especially at this time of year, when activities pick up and life itself begins to fill to the brim, it’s nice to rise earlier and pay more attention to nature. Pay more attention to your breathing, your gratitude, your blessings.

Early Mornings- Sweet and Savoring

Long Pond Lake, at Omega. I’m sort of missing it.

This week I struggled with some anxiety (more than my usual amount, that is), which is in itself a jumble of other feelings: fear, uncertainty, loneliness, self-doubt. It’s so easy to get lost in one’s head amid the worries and confusion, isn’t it? But there are lovely things like music, deep breaths, birds singing, and misty early mornings that counteract feelings of anxiety, and even (mild) depression.

(Thank heavens.)

I’m grateful that extreme anxiety- in the form of panic attacks- remains a thing of the past for me, though in more difficult times it seems a constant practice to keep it in check. I’m also grateful for a call I made a few days ago. It’s related to my depression and it wasn’t easy to make, but it was a step.

Which reminds me! Thanks to Sally, AKA Unbrave Girl, for her post entitled On Being Honest on the Internet. Another funny lady online talking about her depression! Each time I read something like this, I feel a little less strange.

And you, friends? Do you ever rise early enough to see the misty dawn? What are you grateful for today? What makes you happy? Or do you have any inspiring links that you’d like to share?


It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  –Mark Twain

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  • alyssa May 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Beautiful post! Thanks you for sharing! 🙂

    • Christy May 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you stopped by!

  • Christie Jones May 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Oh boy – I wish I was a morning person – anything before 8 (really 9 am but I am already at work!) is like a blur to me. I used to struggle with anxiety too and sometimes it creeps up now and again but moments where I can pause, regroup and be inspired really help!

    • Christy May 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I understand, I’m generally not a morning person either, but I’d *like* to be more of one, haha. Anxiety’s a stinker. Glad it’s mostly a “used to” for you, too 🙂

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables May 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Sometimes I’ll wake up early and squeeze in a run before work. It’s rare, but it’s SO gorgeous when I do!

    • Christy May 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      I hear you on the rare part. Of course, going to bed earlier has to go hand in hand with rising earlier…need to work on that, haha.

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Enjoyed reading your post! The pics are beautiful! I really need to be more of a morning person!

    • Christy May 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks so much, Holly! It’s pictures like these that serve as my inspiration/motivation to enjoy more early mornings (or try to, anyway)..

  • Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking June 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Oh your photos are just beautiful!! Mornings are so nice!

    • Christy June 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Alicia, I appreciate your sweet words! I agree that mornings are nice, and yet I’m still having trouble making the most of them. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sally July 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I try, try, TRY to be a morning person. But I am not. I really only get up early if I’m getting paid to do so.
    And thanks so much for mentioning my post! Glad I could help you feel a little less strange. We’re all a little strange, right?

    • Christy July 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      I smile when I read this post again, because I *intend* to rise earlier more often than I actually do- but the fact that it’s summertime does help.
      My pleasure, Sally! Three cheers for openness and strangeness!

  • Nicole Robinson @MyCollegeBaby February 25, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I’ve longed to catch sunrise for years, but never seem to be up at the right hour in the right spot. Thank you for sharing your early morning.

    • Christy May 12, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I know what you mean! It seems torturous, but once in a while I’ll specifically set the alarm just to see the sunrise. Thanks, Nicole!

  • Tina B May 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Yay I can comment now! I found you on NE Bloggers 🙂

    If I catch a sunrise, it’s because I stayed up all night. I’m just not a morning person. I loved this beautiful post though! It’s a great reminder to be happy for the little things.
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    • Christy May 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thanks for all your efforts, Tina! 🙂 I think I’m trying to *become* more of a morning person. I think in reality I am an afternoon person, haha.

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