I rely on routine. Without some semblance of a plan, my brain gets too crowded with every single possible thing I could be doing and I end up getting nothing done. For me, my morning routine is the most important.
My morning routine sets the tone for my day. If I start the morning off right, I feel better throughout the day and find myself being kinder to myself and getting more done. It’s even been shown that practicing a regular morning routine can help reduce stress. Y’all know I am all about that shit.
But keeping a morning routine isn’t always easy. I don’t know about you, but I get bored of it, seasons change, or my needs change. As soon as I start to notice I’m not feeling it anymore, I sit down, think about what’s important to me (and do a little research into others’ routines) before I craft up a new one.
This post is going to follow the routine I’ve been practicing for the last 2 months or so. Who knows, it might change next week! It all depends on how I’m feeling and what works for me. Feel free to take inspiration from my routine or build your own to suit your personal needs!
Step 1: Make the Bed
I use a sunrise alarm similar to this one to wake me up a bit more naturally than your average, blaring alarm clock. The warm light slowly turns on to simulate a sunrise. It’s really helped me feel less jarred and more relaxed first thing in the morning so I highly recommend it!
As soon as I wake up with my alarm, the very first thing I do is make my bed.
Well, sort of. I suppose what I do wouldn’t be called “making the bed” by a lot of people, but it meets my standards. Plus it’s easy. I just pull my covers up and place my pillows where they belong. It’s such a simple thing, but it looks nice and it makes me feel accomplished. And I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love coming home to a neat bed after a long day.
Step 2: Coffee in my Happy Place
Now that my bed is made, I like to ease into my day. I start slow by enjoying a cup of coffee on my balcony, or what I call my Happy Place. I’ll just sit there a bit and enjoy a good book while I take in the rising sun and sip on my coffee. Right now I’m reading Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
Some mornings I’ll take the time to make myself a latte or cappuccino. Other times, it’s just a simple black coffee. My mood is different every morning, so I just go with the flow!
Step 3: Walk Rory
Obviously, my little snuggle muffin needs a good walk every morning. After my coffee, I go ahead and slip into my workout clothes and take Rory out for a walk.
Most mornings we walk at least a mile, but on occasion — like if it’s raining or I am not feeling well — it’ll just be a quick walk around the block. No matter what, I love to get moving in the morning. An object at rest will stay at rest and all that jazz, so the sooner I am up and at ‘em, the better! This is a great time for me to just clear my mind and can help boost my energy for the day, too.
Step 4: Breakfast!
And just like that, it’s time for breakfast. I absolutely need breakfast.
I know they say breakfast isn’t really the most important meal of the day, but for me it truly is. If I don’t eat breakfast, my whole day is in shambles before it’s even really begun.
This is another everchanging part of my routine, depending on how I feel. Some days I’ll make a full pancake breakfast with eggs and bacon. Others, I’ll find myself reaching for a simple breakfast bar or a smoothie. It’s just important to me that I am eating something and fueling my body. Throw in another cup of coffee, or maybe some matcha, and I am good to go!
Step 5: Gym
Now it’s time to head to the gym! This is a very recent addition to my routine and honestly, I’m still working on it most days. But I’m trying, so good for me!
I’m doing my best to go to the gym in my apartment building for at least 30 minutes every weekday morning. It doesn’t always happen, but I am proud of myself when it does! I am all about celebrating victories, even the small ones. I recently remembered to create an alarm on my phone to go off when it’s time for me to get up and go, and that seems to be helping so far!
I added this to my routine to try and add another boost of energy to my morning to help get me going. There are also claims that it can help increase focus and improve your mood. I will keep you updated as I start going more regularly to see what I think!
Step 6: Shower and Get Ready
I feel gross after the gym, so I always always always take a shower in the morning. Depending on if it’s a day I need to wash my hair or if I feel like shaving, a shower can take me anywhere from five minutes to half an hour. There is a lot of variation going on there, so I make sure I leave plenty of time in my morning for this.
After a shower, it’s time for skincare! I love the way my face feels after I go through my skincare routine, so this is a really important part of my day that rarely ever changes. Then I just get dressed and if I feel like it, I’ll do my makeup.
Step 7: Day Prep
Next up, it’s time to prepare for the day ahead! I use whichever planner has grabbed my attention recently and sit down for a planning session. As I mentioned earlier, if I don’t have a plan set my day is going to run wild. I’m likely not to get anything accomplished! So this is an incredibly important part of my morning routine.
I just take a look at my calendar and see what deadlines I have coming up, then I go ahead and layout how I’d like my day to look. My main focus is to prioritize tasks so I know what has to get done. Everything else sort of just falls into place.
I don’t have to stick strictly to this plan, but it helps me have an idea of what is going on.
Step 8: Game time
Now that I’m ready for the day, I like to take a quick break before I dive into work. I set a 20-minute timer and let myself chill out and play a game.
Taking this short little break helps me relax and also can help me get out any built-up frustrations from the day before if any are lingering. Y’all know I am all about the mental health benefits of gaming. But did you know it can help improve focus and boost brain connectivity, too? That’s another reason I love doing this right before I hop into work for the day: it gets my brain going!
Depending on my mood, I’ll play something like Stardew Valley, Kingdom Hearts, or Overwatch.
As soon as I finish my game, it’s time to go to work! I hop right into my tasks for the day. I always feel a bit more productive when I complete my routine and it helps me feel a lot better about the day ahead.
There are some days where I can’t go through my routine, and that’s fine too! It’s here to help me, so I don’t beat myself up over it if I can’t do it. It’s a tool, not a rule. I let myself feel out whether or not it’s a good brain day and go from there.
Let me know if you have a morning routine and how it differs from mine! I’d love to hear it, so leave a comment down below or tell me all about it on Twitter!