Hello friends, Happy MLK Weekend! I am (finally) starting the spring semester tomorrow, and honestly, I’m excited to return to a stable routine. My winter break was packed full of events, activities, and seeing my loved ones, but it was also a vacation where I completely abandoned my previous good habits. This is my last semester as an undergraduate, and I am determined to build a morning routine that I can keep up for years to come. Below is my ideal morning routine that I’ll hopefully turn into a reality – let meknow in the comments below what your routine is like, and happy Monday!
1. Wake up at 7am
Last semester, my sleep schedule slowly but surely devolved, so that I was going to bed at 1am and waking up anywhere from 7am to 1pm. I laugh at myself two years ago, when I boasted on this blog about naturally waking up at 7:30am every day – in truth, I can only do that when I sleep alone, and so nowadays I use my phone’s alarm clock.
I want to become a morning exercise person, but to be honest, I know that I’m more likely to go to the gym in the evening when my friends can accompany me. So, I simply stretch out for a good 10 minutes, and that’s enough to wake me up.
This is a brand new habit I only started two days ago, but it’s oddly very satisfying. I say ‘oddly’ because I used to HATE meditating, yoga, and all of those activities that require you to sit still and think about nothing. However, now that I live a life full of taxes, deadlines, bills, etc., (all the bells and whistles of adulthood, am I right?), I find meditation to be a soothing balm on my overwork brain. I only do 10 minutes, but those 10 minutes are enough.
4. Brush my teeth
Yes, finally, I brush my teeth.
5. Drink Water & Make Tea
Stay hydrated, kids! My tea of choice is usually green tea, but if I’m feeling a bit under the weather I’ll go for ginger tea.
6. Check my messages
I know that all the life gurus say to avoid your email early in the morning, but my emails are a mix of both personal and professional, and I enjoy reading them. I also check for text messages, although I rarely have any this early in the morning.
7. Read the news
I don’t go too in-depth with this, and I try to avoid news headlines that will make me upset or angry. Still, it’s important to be informed about the current affairs of the world, and so I like to spend a few minutes just scanning the articles of the day.
8. Get dressed and ready for the day
Finally, I get dressed, do my hair, put on a bit of mascara if I remember, and I prepare to walk out of the door.
9. Write at 8am
One of my New Year resolutions was to write more, and one of my life goals is to write a book. So, in the morning, when my brain is the most refreshed, I like to write as much as I can. This usually goes on for about an hour, although it depends based on how my creative juices are flowing.
10. Eat breakfast at 9am
Finally, I head down to the dining halls and grab some breakfast, before heading out for the day.