Hello, my loves!
I know I have been missing posts this week, but I wanted to write about this specific topic because it may be able to help those struggling with their morning routines or life stress in general.
I am going to be talking about my new morning routine in this blog post, and the reasons this routine is so helpful.
The first part of my morning routine is waking up. I used to wake up with an alarm and it would actually make me sleep longer. Since most mornings I actually don’t have a commitment, I decided to try to wake up naturally. My body seems now to wake up around 730 AM, which is when I initially set my alarm anyway. I don’t feel so panicked now and worried that I will miss my alarm (because that was quite an issue). I know this isn’t an option for everyone but even setting an alarm and giving yourself enough time to wake up is an option.
After I am awake, I pet my dog, and open the curtains and make my bed. These are two things I do immediately because it helps let sunlight in and I feel like I’m getting things accomplished right away. I then have been using a citrus essential oil to help with any bad moods I may be in when I wake up, and I basically just breathe in the aroma and it works right away.
Next, I will grab my journal and start writing my morning pages. Morning pages are the most influential part of my new morning routine. I do not know why I did not try this sooner. It is basically just writing out three whole pages worth of thoughts on paper. I like this because I start off really negative usually but by the end of the process I am a lot more positive and my outlook has been changed by the time I am finished. I highly recommend this one step to add to your morning routine or even your evening routine.
I can become quite restrictive with my diet, but I decided I want to treat myself each morning to the option of coffee with [vegan] creamer. Coffee is just a nice way to start your day and wake up a little from the caffeine. While I’m making that, I usually pick up my phone now and start running through e-mails and social media or text messages. I’m really trying to break away from being on social media as much but it’s difficult to ignore sometimes. I’ll either eat breakfast now or when I’m done working out.
This is when I’ll go over my to-do list and see what needs to be done during the day. I am so lucky I have the flexibility of my day but I also need to get a lot of things done while at home. Lately, I’ll try to get a thirty-minute workout in on my treadmill or elliptical or even just deep stretching or yoga.
Once this period is over, I will wash up (I shower at night), and apply my skincare and makeup and then I’m ready for the day. Honestly, I feel so much better adding less social media and more self-care/work. The morning pages have brought me more satisfaction than I can express. I also have been journaling during the day more, if something comes up and is bothersome. Instead of getting upset or unmotivated I simply write down what is going on and work my way through it on paper.
I hope this has inspired you to look at your own morning routine and how you spend your time! I am aiming for another post or two this week – I am just dealing with a lot of random things in my personal life which are taking up a bit of time that I did not expect! Tomorrow is Friday which means the weekend is almost here! Hurray! Enjoy the rest of your day and until next time, much love and happiness and harmony!