Do you hit the snooze button when you alarm goes off every day? I guess a better question for most of us would be: How many times do you hit the snooze button each day?
Hitting the snooze button for at least 40 minutes every day is a terrible weakness of mine. I have never been a morning person, and most days I swear that getting out of bed will kill me somehow.
But by hitting the snooze button in the morning, I am telling myself and my husband that I’m not ready to face the day. Whether I like it or not, I’m saying to myself, “I’d rather be unconscious than experience what this day has to offer me. I would rather be unconscious than experience the morning with my husband.”
I get it—we’re all busy and tired, and we have a million things going on. It’s hard to see how sleeping 15 more minutes each day could possibly make the day worse. But by hitting the snooze button, you are setting yourself up to have a less happy day than you could have, simply because you’re already programming your brain to avoid it. And that impacts your spouse and they day they’ll have too. Not to mention, your alarm going off multiple times is really annoying for them.
Imagine you’re invited to dinner with your best friend and his wife.
You bring it up with your spouse and ask what her schedule looks like. Instead of agreeing, your spouse says, “Well, I’ve got a pretty busy few weeks coming up at work…” Maybe you wouldn’t think anything of it if she brushed it off a few times, but if you weren’t able to nail down a time sooner or later, what would you conclude?
Probably that your spouse doesn’t like your best friend, right?
Hitting your alarm every morning is like that. Even if you don’t say, “I don’t want to face the day,” and even if you don’t believe it yourself, your spouse is eventually going to think that’s what’s going on. And so will you.
And isn’t it a bummer to think that we may not fully cherish the absolutely beautiful life we’ve been given to live?
This week, before you go to sleep each night, say to yourself, “I’m going to wake up when my alarm goes off, and I will feel completely rested and ready to face the day.” Repeat it three times, and believe it.
Then, when it DOES go off, get out of bed right away and drink a glass of water to get yourself moving. Tell yourself, “Today is going to be amazing.” Finally, smile. A BIG one. And preferably, direct that smile at your spouse.