My Morning Routine

So remember yesterday when I was talking about not being a morning person?

Yeah. About that.

A lot of people underestimate what I mean when I say I’m not a morning person. This is not to be taken lightly dammit. This is serious shit.

Take a look at my typical morning. Now mind you, I wake up at all different times because my schedule is all over the place so this could be anytime between 5am and 10am. But in general, this is what waking up looks like when I have to do it anytime before noon (which is the majority of the week)

Alarm goes off…

I slap alarm clock violently and go back to sleep…

Alarm clock goes off 5 minutes later…

I hit snooze again and go back to sleep…

Alarm clock goes off again…

I hit snooze again…

Husband rolls over and tell me to wake up…

I curse at him…

Cat scratches at bedroom door wanting to be fed…

I yell “shut up” grab a shoe and throw it at the door…

By the time I’m cursing and throwing things, I’m kinda sorta up. But I’m not at all happy about it. In fact, I’m liable to go about my morning routine still cursing under my breath. I rarely crack a smile before 12 o’clock pm.

It’s that serious folks.

I began to think that if I could somehow make my mornings more bearable the overall quality of my life (which, make no mistake, is pretty darn good despite my complaints) would improve a bit.

I came across this ebook (FREE on Leonie Dawson’s awesome website)

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I was skeptical (because after decades of trying, I’d all but given up on the prospect that mornings and I would ever get on nicely with one another)  but I downloaded it and read it.

I was then inspired to create my own sort of ‘morning routine’.

Now granted, having a morning routine means actually getting up earlier (as opposed to waiting until 30 minutes before you need to leave the house and then scrambling around, and cursing, like a maniac) but the point is to slow down and ease into the day.

I tried it.

And I liked it.

Don’t get it twisted though. My mornings haven’t been transformed once and for all forever and ever. I’m definitely not consistent with this yet.

But when I do make the time, I notice a phenomenal difference in how my day goes overall (and how I sleep that night).

So…my routine…

The very first thing I do when I get out of the bed is stretch. I do a quick yoga sequence on my dining room floor while cuddling with my cat (yes, at the same time…the cat never leaves me alone when I want to stretch so I have to multitask here).

Then I grab my journal, pour myself a cup of Prometheus (the capsaicin in the drink really gets my blood flowing) and sit down in my couch. I enjoy the quiet while I sip my drink and do my morning pages.

After that, I pull a card for the day. I’ll usually go about getting ready for the day afterward but if I have an extra hour I’ll exercise and then tidy the house a little first.

I try not to check my email until the whole routine is done. By the end of it though, I’m feeling pretty good and I’m ready to get to work.

Now to work on implementing my routine more than once a week…

 

 

 

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