Are you a morning person or a night owl?
For the longest time, I never considered myself to be either. I liked to go to bed early and sleep in late. But not too long ago, I began working on the habit of having a morning routine and it’s pretty safe to say, I’m already a big believer.
They key to my morning routine is making time for things that are really meaningful to me. Throughout the day, so many people + things need our attention but during the quiet hours of the morning, before the rest of the household is up, I can give my full attention to things that fill my cup.
Keeping in mind that it’s still a routine I am working on, here’s what my morning routine has looked like recently.
First of all, it actually begins the night before and that’s because I no longer bring my phone to the bedroom (shout out to Mel Robbins for inspiring this one!) No matter how many nights I intended to go to bed and read for awhile before going to sleep, I’d find myself mindlessly scrolling on my phone, repeatedly checking the same social media feeds over and over again. Not only is screen time before sleep detrimental to our sleep quality, but I’d stay up later than intended because I’d lose track of time. Now, not only is my sleep not inhibited, but most nights I actually get to that book I’ve been meaning to read!
The second habit I’ve built into my morning routine is that I no longer hit the snooze button (again, inspired by Mel Robbins’ author of The 5 Second Rule which I highly recommend!) Did you know that hitting snooze can negatively impact your energy levels for the first four hours after you are awake? Energy is something I already struggle with so deciding not to hit snooze anymore was an easy decision. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do when the alarm goes off at 6 AM but I am getting better. Also, instead of using the alarm on my phone I use our Amazing Echo Dot and ask Alexa to set my alarm.
Once my alarm goes off and I’m out of bed, I start to get ready right away by doing my hair + makeup (I usually shower the night before). This helps me feel “ready” to start the day. I often listen to music or a podcast while getting ready. I do stay in my pyjamas for a little while longer because they are just so cozy + I like to be comfortable in the morning!
After my hair + makeup are done , I head to the kitchen where I let out the dog, make myself breakfast + a coffee. I usually eat in my favourite armchair and catch up on social media while having breakfast.
After breakfast, I take the remainder of my coffee to my office. This is one of the times of day I love the most because it’s when I get to do the things that really nourish my soul + give me a positive mindset for the rest of the day. Plus I’m out of the way while my son + husband start getting ready for school/work.
Once in my office, I diffuse some essential oils and set to writing in my gratitude/mindset journal. I always list at least 5 things I am for grateful and then write a list of goals + affirmations that I want to focus on. I always write my goals in present tense as if they are already happening (a tip I learned from my girl Rachel Hollis).
After writing in my journal, I turn to the personal development book that I am reading. I have read so many good ones + and they’ve helped my mindset immensely. I’ll do a post on my top personal development choices but so far my top 3 favourite are:
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and You are a Badass by Jenn Sincero. Reading personal development in the morning fills my head with positivity which sets a great tone for the day.
(Side note: I just started reading The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning Elevate Your Life by Robin Sharma for a little added early-morning motivation! I’ll keep you posted.)
After I’ve read for about 10-15 minutes, it’s time to brush my teeth, get dressed, + head to work. My lunch + bags are always packed the night before so it’s easy to grab them and go. I try to arrive at work about 30-45 minutes before my students arrive so I can make any necessary copies + finish last-minute prep before they arrive. I also sit down at my computer and open all files we’ll be using that day. Having everything ready to go before the kids come in the door makes me feel organized, focused, + ready to take on the day!
So that’s it. I’ve been doing this routine for about two months now and I feel like it’s had a huge impact on my mindset + mental wellness. I feel more content, fulfilled + just generally happy lately. I’d say that’s definitely worth getting up a little bit earlier for!
Do you have a morning routine? I’d love to hear about it!