Recently I’ve been really interested in watching people’s natural/wellbeing/mindful morning routines, and I’m trying to implement some of the things they do into my own morning routine. When I start back at school, I’m hoping some of the things I’m doing on holiday in the morning will be able to continue. In this post, I’m going to explain some of the things that have and haven’t worked for me when experimenting with my morning routine.
School is mostly in the winter months, so it is impossible to:
- Eat breakfast outdoors everyday
- Have sunshine come into my room no matter when I open the curtains in the morning
- Have a sunrise alarm clock (it would be too late in winter for school to do this)
I wish I could do these things, but when most of the school year is cold, it’s really difficult. I wish I could get ready in the natural light of the sun,
Firstly, things that haven’t worked for me.
- Drinking water as soon as you wake up.
I tried this one morning and it gave me a sore throat, partly because I didn’t brush my teeth beforehand. I believe there is no point in brushing your teeth before breakfast, so eating breakfast is usually one of the first things I do in the morning. I do not get up early enough to be able to drink a whole glass of cold water BEFORE I start my breakfast. I understand those who drink cold water at the start of their day as it jolts you awake, but I just didn’t have enough time to do this step.
2. Morning pages
I tried writing morning pages – 3 pages of stream-of-conciousness writing, but it didn’t really appeal to me. It seemed too stressful to write down everything on my mind, or logging what I dreamt about – I prefer list making.
3. Greek yogurt and Icelandic yogurt
I bought and taste tasted greek and Icelandic yogurt one day – both were extremely strong and I didn’t like them at all! Plain old Aussie vanilla it is for me.
Secondly, things that have worked for me.
- List making
I love making a list of everything I want to get done in the day the night before. That way when I get up in the morning I know what I have to do in order to feel as though I’ve been productive. It doesn’t matter if I don’t complete EVERTHING on my list – as long as I get the majority done. And I like to include little things too, like preparing what I want to eat for breakfast that morning, so I can cross it off the list and feel accomplished.
2. Healthier breakfasts
One of my new year’s resolutions was to eat healthier, and for most days in January I have succeeded at eating vanilla yogurt for breakfast. I’m really enjoying it so far and I’m glad to have kept it up so far. Having this healthy breakfast in my morning routine makes me feel like I’m doing good things for my body and waking up naturally.
3. Simple stretches
I saw a lot of people include yoga in their morning routines, which I respect, but I find I need to be up for a few hours before I can stretch properly. When I first wake up, I have started rolling my neck and shoulders and stretching my head/neck with my hands. I will sometimes do this after I open the curtains so I can look out at the world at the same time. It’s a great way to wake up my body.
Thirdly, things I’d like to try.
- Getting up at 5am
Getting up so early is probably not possible for me without going to bed really early too. Unfortunately I cannot sleep earlier because of afternoon/evening commitments and studying. I might try sleeping early and getting up early one day, but it will not be possible in daily school life. I believe I am still able to have an inspiring morning routine WITHOUT getting up at 5am.
2. Hot chocolate (hot milo) in winter
Every morning for breakfast I drink a glass of milk. I think I can make this a little more cozy when winter rolls around by making myself a hot milo instead. I believe Milo is great for starting the day (and it’s really yummy! Not particularly healthy, but better than Nesquik, and milk is good for you anyway).
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’m going to try a little harder at my morning routines to set me up well for the day, especially when school goes back.
What do you do in your morning routines?