Post #2 of theonewhocalls Self-Care Series
So…I’ve been off the radar for a while now, haven’t I? I don’t know where to begin. A lot has happened in my life, from getting blood tests to working overtime on projects and trying my best to meet deadlines. I’m okay, I just went to an endocrinologist because I’ve been having a lot of symptoms, I’ve been really exhausted to the point where I can’t get up in the mornings and I’ve had frequent headaches. The doctor thinks it is hormonal, but we’re still receiving test results, so I’ll keep you guys posted.
Anyway, on a more positive note, I am feeling better. So today I am going to share with you my morning routine, plus tips to develop your own. Again, just like my sleep routine, this was hard to craft because I am not a morning person and I didn’t know what to come up with at first. Morning routines are super important, because the morning’s just go so much smoother when you have a schedule to follow. I confess that I often break it on weekends, but I think weekends are for relaxing + sleeping in, so that’s what makes me happy. But on school days, I love to have a rhythm that I can let flow into the day and make my day the best it can be. I’ll be showing you Mon-Fri what my morning’s look like, since I often break it on the weekends.
Here’s my morning routine:
I tend to wake up around six, although five fifty has been my pattern for the past few months. I like to wake up to my Morning Playlist and just arrive in the moment, wake up to the day. I’m not big on waking up with a leap, I usually like to wake up softly and gently since I’m not much of a morning person. With the music playing, I’ll meditate for a few minutes or take a look at my Morning Pinterest Board to get revved up for a good day. I need positivity in the mornings, especially those mornings when all I want to do is go back under the covers and collapse. I started to notice that I was becoming very negative with my symptoms, so I decided to adopt a new philosophy: Every day is a good day.
I know that some days can be horrible, but even on those days there is always something to be grateful for, even if it’s just the sun kissing your skin the next morning. I want to start to be grateful more often, because it’s easy to get negative when things aren’t going as planned, but if you stay positive you’re going to feel way better, I promise you. This sometimes means you need to look at kawaii potato posts on Pinterest, and other times it just means being proud of yourself if all you did that day was get out of bed. Either way, wherever you are, know that good days are always ahead + that I’m rooting for you.
I like to get dressed first thing instead of eating breakfast, mainly because eating takes the longest. I used to eat first, but I was rushing to get dressed and it was a disaster, so I decided to switch it around. I’m slowly in the process of getting clothes that are all my favorite. Why have a favorite outfit when you can have a favorite wardrobe? Am I right?
This doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Just make sure it’s something you love. For me, this means lots of warm, soft sweaters and fuzzy leggings. I’m trying to do this for summer too. I’ve actually started a Summer OOTD Board on Pinterest, just to get a vibe for what I want to wear in the summer. I’m not sure I like all the clothes on there, but I’m trying to see what I want for the summer and what I want it to look like, so I’m hoping to get ideas through these images.
After I’ve gotten dressed, I take all of my vitamins and supplements, the usual. Before breakfast, I’ll try to drink at least two glasses of water to start my day hydrated. Then I eat. I have a staple meal in the morning, so I don’t have to think about meal planning or deciding which fruit I’ll eat today. My first food of the day will be a banana, seeing as it provides sufficient calcium, is easy to digest and is a nice starter food for the day. Secondly, I eat a bran muffin because they taste soooo good, and are also good for your digestive system. Finally, I will eat almonds.
I went to a nutritionist recently and she recommended eating protein in the morning since I would often get hungry in between meals. I only eat about twelve, but they’ve made a big difference and I feel much better in the mornings as a result.
This is the end of my routine. I know it’s pretty short, but so are my morning’s. They go by quickly. I jump in my car, say hello to one of the staff members who works at my apartment complex’s front office, and I’m off! At this point in the day, I’m dreaming about the good in my day, thinking about the work I have to do, and noticing the beauty around me right outside my window. Sometimes I’ll visualize my day going well, one where I’ll have a perfect day and end it so grateful for what I have. I know it isn’t always ideal, but sometimes life can be beautiful when we see it that way, and I choose to see it that way in the morning so that my day will be the best it can possibly be, even when it doesn’t go as planned.
I know it isn’t much, but it keeps me grounded. Really, the important stuff happens first thing in the morning, like meditation or listening to soft, gentle music. This is what I crave in the mornings, although my schedule and regular eating habits might contribute to that feeling of calm through schedule.
On to the tips:
Start Your Day Off Right
When you wake up in the morning, what you do sets the tone for your entire day. If you wake up angry, you start the day angry, which is not a good place to be in when you arrive at the office. I like to start my day with meditation, to connect with my heart and restore my soul, and to remember how loved I am. This prepares me for whatever the day will throw at me. I won’t get as frustrated in the day by little things, I’ll be more grateful, and I’ll be connected to myself. So what is it for you? What have you done that’s made your day that much more special?
If you can’t think of anything, experiment. What do you love to do? Do that first thing in the morning. Have a playlist, meditate, have a vision board, light a candle, do yoga, dance, have tea, whatever pleases your soul, do that thing.
Are You A Morning Person or Not?
This one determines everything. If you are a morning person, you may love getting up early before the sunshine and making breakfast and coffee. You may love trying new routines out. But if you’re anything like me, you wake up already grumpy at the fact that you have to wake up at this hour. Just because I have a routine I love, doesn’t mean I don’t looove when the weekends come by. But I have managed to enjoy the mornings even if I don’t want to get up. How?
I personalized my routine. I’ve never been one to read an article on morning routines and just do that. It has to fit me. It has to be personal. Just like my night routine, I cater my morning routine to my preferences, meaning I wake up gently and I don’t jump out of bed right away. Ask yourself, what do I need? What, even if I don’t like mornings, is going to make my morning enjoyable?
Do you need to wake up to positivity, like me? Or do you just need to lie in bed for fifteen minutes in order to be able to welcome the morning like a friend instead of a torturous enemy?
What Does A Perfect Morning Look Like?
Imagine waking up to the perfect morning. This could be a saturday or sunday or even a monday. What does it look like? What does it smell like? What are all your senses telling you? Are you wearing your favorite outfit, eating your favorite breakfast? Is your attitude light and airy, or is it jumping with excitement?
What if I said you could live this dream, right here, right now? You probably think I’m crazy, which while true, it’s not that far-fetched to believe that you could wake up to the smell of lavender or with the sunlight kissing your skin. The more you believe that it is possible and start imagining it, the more it might actually begin to start looking like reality. Maybe you could light a lavender candle in the a.m., or wake up before everyone to ensure that your mornings are a quiet space, at least for a little while. What steps could you take to make this reality? Think about that, and take them.
This might mean you have to change your regular schedule, but if it means being happier throughout the day and feeling great when you go to work, I think it’s worth it.
I hope you found something that helps you in this post. What is the most challenging thing about the mornings for you? What is your dream morning, and how do you want to make that reality? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great rest of your day!