I used to pride myself on being able to leave the house twenty minutes after getting up, but in the last few months I have come to appreciate the benefits of an earlier start, and the space to spend time intentionally on the things I value doing most. Now that I have taken the time to decide what I want to prioritise first thing in the morning, I swear by my morning routine.
- I get out of bed at 6am (on the weekend I set my alarm for 7am). On a typical day I wake up naturally, some time between 5am and 5.45am, so I spend the rest of the time before my alarm goes off doing some progressive muscle relaxation in bed, or dozing. I also say an ‘awakened heart’ prayer, wishing for everyone I know to be well, happy and peaceful.
- While Dillon makes the bed, I turn on the lights, open the blinds, and store my ‘night-time worries’ notebook on the shelf.
- Once I have cleaned my teeth and washed my face, I get dressed in clothes that I laid out for myself the night before, then I put on my make-up and brush my hair. I use concealer, eye shadow, mascara, and an eyebrow tint, and I wear a single pair of earrings and my wedding ring. I think that I could stop wearing all but the concealer, but I will keep using the others until they run out to avoid waste.
- I put my lunch and snacks for work in my rucksack, then I eat a banana and drink a glass of water. I also take a magnesium supplement for anxiety management, and a multivitamin designed for vegetarians and vegans.
- I complete my morning exercise routine: crunches, hula-hooping, wall push-ups, and weights, as well as face yoga. I never thought that exercise would be something I enjoyed, let alone first thing in the morning, but creating space and time for a morning routine can lead to surprising benefits!
- I write in my journal, starting with completing my habit tracker for the morning, followed by a body scan meditation, and finally I write my gratitude pages. I make sure to stay off my phone and not to open my laptop.
- Before I leave for work, Dillon and I sit on the sofa together under a blanket. I have a cup of chamomile tea and he has a coffee, and we enjoy some quiet time together until it is time for me to put on my shoes and coat, and leave for work. From getting out of bed to leaving the house, this takes about forty minutes.
- During my commute, I listen to an episode of one of my favourite podcasts. Typically, I like to listen to a guided meditation or a motivational interview. I work hard to pay attention to what I am listening to, and not to think too much about the day ahead.
- The podcast usually ends by the time I reach my stop, so on the walk into work I like to watch the sunrise and appreciate how the natural scenery around me changes with the seasons.
- I usually get into work between half an hour and forty-five minutes early, so I pour myself some water, eat my breakfast snack, prepare everything I need to do for the day ahead, and answer any emails, without the need to rush around or worry.
I really enjoy reading about other people’s morning routines so leave me a comment and let me know what you include in yours.