Unlocking a good morning is the key to unlocking a good day. Now, I have never been a morning person in my entire life. I think maybe as a 4 year old I used to be up with the sun, but that was the last time I was happy to do so. However, this year one of my focuses has been on making myself get up early and have a good morning that sets the tone and focus for the rest of the day. As hard as it was to make myself get up at 7 when I had no reason to be up early (ARGHH!!), I’m now used to it and I’ve learned that it really is worth it. I sleep better too, now that I don’t sleep for as long as I want to, because my body is compensating with more meaningful sleep for the fewer hours.
So the first thing I do when I wake up at 7 is make my bed. I know this seems like such a keener move, but when I come back into my room later, seeing my bed all neat with my throw pillows on top of it makes it far less likely that I will crawl back under the covers. After my bed is made, I go to the kitchen and drink one full glass of cold water to wake myself up. Then, I immediately make breakfast (either a smoothie or a bowl of berries and yogurt….nothing too heavy or I feel sick). After breakfast is when some people would choose to get changed and go to the gym, but for me I just feel sick working out first thing in the morning (my workouts are early afternoon). So instead, after breakfast, I do the few breakfast dishes and get into the shower.
In the shower, I may wash my hair (once every 3 days!), and then I shave my legs using conditioner as the lubricant (makes my skin soooo soft), then I use soap, then occasionally I use a body scrub. I also wash my face in the shower using my favourite moisturizing face wash! Once I get out of the shower, I brush through my hair with my tangle teaser and I brush my teeth. I may also moisturize my face (I only moisturize my face a couple times a week due to my sensitive skin). I do moisturize my body using my favourite vanilla body butter!!
With that done, I go back to my bedroom and get dressed. I like to smell nice, so I will also use a body spray or a perfume on my clothes after I put them on. Then I do my makeup and my hair.
This is my free time. I might read a book, work on a new blog post, or do readings for my next classes. I can journal or sometimes I clean. My only rule is that I don’t turn on my phone or get on the internet. I like the first 3 hours of my day to be completely disconnected from the world. It helps me focus on myself and block out all distractions.