Mornings have never been my favorite and have always been a struggle for me. Getting out of the bed is so HARD. However, I have found ways to compromise with it because obviously, it isn’t going anywhere. Of course, there are still days when I can just as easily persuade myself to roll over and get in another hour or 3 of sleep.
I have found what works best for me is to have time for myself in the mornings. No no like truly have time for myself where I do something for myself. In the past, I found that I would wake up in just enough time to get dress, grab my breakfast/lunch and run out the door wanting time to slow down so I can be on time for work.
My current routine I have has been working great but I also know I can improve it and try to give myself more time for ME.
Rise N Shine?!?!
My alarm clock is set for 5:00 AM Monday – Friday. I usually lay there for about 10 minutes trying to figure out if my hours of sleep were cut short as a cruel joke. This is almost my time to check for any IMPORTANT texts that I may have missed during the night while my phone is on do not disturb. I am more than +10 hours ahead from my family and friends so when their day is starting I am on my way to bed. If it is an emergency, I do have a VIP list of people who can call me and my phone will ring.
After brushing my teeth and washing my face…
5:30 AM I walking out the door to the gym. My condominium complex has a complete gym so I have a 2-minute walk. I like to be working out no later than 5:45/ 6:00 AM so that I get a full 60 minutes. I listen to music while in the gym. I am not one of those people who can watch a show, read, or listen to a podcast. I don’t like to hear anyone talking in the morning and I can’t focus on a book if I am on a machine. I also don’t engage with social media and I try to stay away from text messages. I want this time to truly dedicate my energy and focus on my health, and I believe outside factors can play a part that can be not in the best way.
7 AM I am walking in the door to my condo and I either sit out on my balcony or sit on my living room floor to have more time for myself. I allow myself 30 minutes to do whatever it is that I want to do. This varies between:
- read my planner for things I wrote down to do before I go to work
- responding to emails/text messages
- surfing social media
- reading a book
making my way to my room it’s
7:30 – 8:00 AM I am taking a shower and doing my morning facial/body routine. After leaving the gym I find it extra important that my face is cleansed properly from the sweat. Depending on my mood I have music playing or I’m still in silent.
If I have music on I’m having a teeny tiny dance party which says I’m starting to join the world lol. This also gives me a chance to listen to any new music.
If I am in silence I am usually evaluating my current status in the world and thinking of whatever seems to be in the front of my mind at the time. My thoughts range from goals I want to achieve to pep talks I’m telling myself to stop letting something bother me.
As the clock ticks 8:00 AM I pick up the pace a bit and start
Getting Dressed & Packing Up
8:00 – 8:30 I am getting dressed and applying my makeup. I also pack my tote bag with my planner, breakfast, lunch, and anything else I’ll need for the day. If I am trying to catch up with family and friends and it requires a phone call I’ll do it during this time as well. At 8:30 AM I am walking out the door and walking through the door to my office at 9 AM.
I discovered that I am in a better mood when I went in late to work one day due to condo maintenance. The extra hour I had really gave me the time to wake up and ‘settle’ into a good space.
When I walk through the door now at work I’m not easily annoyed when I am approached by co-workers who are obviously ready to work. Some of them are morning people and others have been there at least an hour and had the chance to get themselves together. I never showed it but I was feeling annoyed/irritated because early in the morning I couldn’t handle the talking. I was actually thinking to myself – Why are you talking to me right now? LOL I know crazy right!!!!
Those 30 minutes I give myself is working and I’d like to be able to get that to an hour but I can’t see myself waking up any earlier. I’m thinking if I can be in the gym and in motion by 5:30 AM and out of the gym by 6:30 then I will have an hour for myself. That is a big step for me to get up as soon as the alarm goes off. I have thought about moving my phone to my window seal so it forces me to get out the bed. But oooooo the attitude I am going to have with myself the first time I do that to myself.
How does your morning look? Do you have time for yourself?
Until next time…be good to yourself.
Check out my last post for self-care tips.