I never used to be a morning person, but lockdown has really made me appreciate mornings. Before a lie in for me would be 11am or even til midday, now I consider 9am a lie in. I am of course at home now and have got used to this lifestyle, I used to be up for college at 6:30am and be dragging myself out of bed hating life because it was so early. Come September I’ll be getting back into the 6:30am habits, but I’m really hoping I can keep this routine and just shift it a bit earlier. I’m really starting to appreciate the importance of a solid morning routine and how that can affect the rest of your day.
I currently wake up between 7:45am-8am to start teaching at 9:30am most mornings, and have gotten into the habit of getting up at that time even when my classes start later. I’ve really found a benefit of waking up at the same time every day, and if I feel like I need some extra shut-eye, I set the alarm for 9am so it’s still within an hour. This is something I implemented after reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. A few months ago I would’ve had the attitude ‘why am I awake at 8am? I don’t need to think about waking up until at least 10am’ but I guess that’s an affect of lockdown! The first couple of weeks of lockdown I definitely let my sleeping pattern go and was staying up til 2-3am and not getting up until about 11am, and I just hated how quickly it felt like the days were going, and have since discovered that I’m actually quite productive in the morning.
So, here’s the actual routine.
Obviously. But I just wanted to point out that I have a sunrise alarm clock that I bought during lockdown while I was sprucing up my uni bedroom, and it’s one of my favourite things I’ve bought. I wake up so much better than I did to the sudden jolt of my phone alarm, and it stops me from reaching for my phone first thing. Plus, sometimes I get woken up by an absolute banger on the radio which is always a sign of a good day.
I try to do this as soon as I wake up, this includes first washing my face, then toner, oils/serums and moisturiser. I find if I don’t do it first thing, I often forget.
BREAKFAST + READ
My favourite breakfast at the moment is a trusty granola bowl, with Free Soul Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder (link). I like an iced coffee with oat milk and sometimes some syrup if I’m feeling like I need an extra treat, and I’ve gotten into the habit of reading an actual book (as opposed to my Facebook news feed) while I eat and drink my coffee. If I have time it can even lead to a solid 45 minutes of reading which I’ve been loving in lockdown, and if I manage to read even a fraction as much moving forwards, I’ll be happy!
I have established I am definitely a morning workout person. Especially if I’m planning on going for a run, it needs to happen before 11am or it’s simply not happening. I probably won’t be doing a workout before college when I go back (I go to a full time dance school so take 6ish dance classes a day there) but I’d like to get maybe a light stretch/yoga or at the very least meditation in this slot. Meditation is something I haven’t quite made a regular habit yet, but I’m really trying!
WRITE A TO DO LIST
The last thing in my morning routine is making a plan for the day, or the week! I work so much better with a to-do list, and have a whole day to page diary so that I have space for a checklist every day. This also makes it easy to go back over the previous few days and make sure I’ve ticked everything off.
What does your morning routine look like? Similar to mine or completely different? Is there anything you’d like to implement into your morning routine that you think will make a positive difference to your day?