Being part of the 5am club has improved my emotional well-being (but it’s not for everyone).

Being part of the 5am club has improved my emotional well-being (but it’s not for everyone).

I’m part of 5am ​​club before knowing that this concept existed which is now talked about so much by the work and the grace of the expert in leadership Robin Sharma – who made a book of his method in 2018 – and is practiced, among others, by Anna Wintour, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Cook and Michelle Obama. During my student years, I got up at dawn to study, almost at the same time that most of my classmates went to bed because they preferred to do it at night. Then came work and later motherhood, with the logistical and mental tetris that entails. And in virtually all of these stages of my life, getting up between 5 and 6 a.m. — mostly closer to 5 a.m. — helps me get the day off to a good start, manage my stress, take care of my health mental health and maintain my productivity. . Take advantage of this (fortunately silent) time when the rest of my family is sleeping to practice a barred class, some charm slowly (but without pause) and prepare breakfast with toast and coffee without resorting to a quick sweet, helps me face the day in a different way.

It works for me (but not for everyone)

I won’t deny it when I talk about my morning customs In public, most people are surprised that I set my alarm clock so early when my work day starts so late. But the reality is that for me it’s the best time of day to do what other people do in the afternoon. But just because it works for me and other celebs who follow the method doesn’t mean that this trend is now viral on TikTok in part because of complaints like these: Spend a productive morning with me– be beneficial for everyone. In my case, enjoy my morning burst of energy It helps me achieve my goals – I’m not just talking about productivity, but more importantly emotional well-being as I balance my tasks with the practice of self-care–. But I won’t deny that by 9 p.m. that energy has completely faded and all I can think about is going to bed so I can be part of the club again the next day. Because no, it is not a question of removing hours of sleep, but simply of distributing them differently to take advantage of my rhythms.

The importance of chronotype

It’s important not to get carried away – getting up at 5 a.m. might not be for you – and to consider your type of chronotype. “People work in power cycles within 24 hours of the day. Throughout these cycles we have times of maximum capacity and times of rest. It depends on each person. This natural predisposition to energy throughout the day is called chronotype and is related to circadian rhythms.“, Explain Manuel Fernandezprofessor of economics and commerce at Open University of Catalonia. Therefore, it’s important to know what time of day our body is most predisposed to do things that we consider important – we’re not just talking about work, but also about doing those other things that bring us good. -be mental – before deciding to join the club. And that will depend on our dominant chronotype. Yes it’s Morning you have more energy in the morning; Yes it’s afternoon energy and capacity peaks occur in the evening (and sleep time is around 3 a.m.), and if it is intermediate – 50% of the population is there – the hours of greatest energy are usually the middle hours and the need to go to gray hair occurs at 12 o’clock in the evening. Clearly, only people with a morning chronotype can benefit from membership in this club. And not just because we have enough energy at that time of day to complete tasks that we consider important, but because we will enjoy the (silent) pleasure of doing it in the morning.

Productivity isn’t everything

It is true that the essence of this method is closely linked to the idea of productivitybut the reality is that the creator of the phenomenon, Robin Sharma, ties it very much to another idea that has even more value: improve mood and mental health. It is about taking advantage of these hours of silence to do things that promote our personal growth and that means prioritizing self-care and not leaving it until the end of our to-do list (with the risk of putting it off forever). Of course, taking advantage of these peak hours keeps us productive, but as a self-proclaimed member of this club, I can and promise that in my case, it’s something a lot more related to emotional well-being. Doing a bit of exercise, applying makeup with a bit of calm (and technique) and not just with brushes, and enjoying the first coffee in the morning is a way of prioritizing my personal care before the frenetic pace of daily does not carry me away. . And also another way to be productive afterwards. In fact, the psychologist Xavier Savin emphasizes the importance of do not improvise moments of self-care – scheduling them first thing in the day is an option – and the expert in mindfulness Ursule Calvo remember the importance of these other pleasurable activities in increasing productivity as they are essential for balance and health. Moreover, it is important that the current reflection on the productivity myth since being productive does not mean doing more, but do less and better. And especially, understand that there is no productivity without mental health. And that also goes for this club (at least for me).

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