I’m a true believer that mornings can make or break the day. Everyone can be a morning person, it’s just a habit that needs to slowly be made. On the other hand, I have come across some people’s morning routines that seem just a little bit…much. You don’t need to wake up at four a.m., run five miles, and read three books all before your work or school day starts. What you need is a realistic morning routine.
You need to find what works for you and will help you achieve your goals. Everybody’s schedule is different and so it’s obvious that everyone’s routine will be different too. I wanted to share my routine to not tell you guys exactly what I do but instead, how I found what works for me.
I’m a full time college student and I work a part time job that is very early in the morning. So on days that I work, there is no time to do anything but get up, brush my teeth, get dressed, and leave the house. I would rather get more sleep then accomplish things that I can do when I get home at nine in the morning.
So on days like these, my routine starts after I get home.
The work-morning routine
I get home around 9:30, and because its still early, I start my “morning routine” then. Morning walks are a must for me and so I take my dog and go walking for about thirty minutes. After I get home, I’ll eat a healthy breakfast. While I’m eating, I’ll read a book since I’m trying not to spend as much time on my phone anymore (see why here).
My work morning routine is short because by the time I’m done with all of that, it’s already eleven the morning is basically over. Don’t worry my other morning routine is much more interesting and has a lot to it. I work three days a week, so the other days I either have school, or off. Either way, my classes are later in the day so I have my mornings free.
The “when I have more time”, morning routine
I like to wake up by 7:00-7:30. I love the morning hours and so I don’t want to miss out on any of it.
I wake up and go directly to my “100 Days” books. I don’t know how to describe how happy these books make me and how great they are to start the day with. I also love to drink a glass of water once I wake up. It’s super healthy and important!
After that, I go right to reading (again, zero phone usage in the morning). I read for about twenty minutes, although sometimes I get so into my book, that I end up reading for an hour.
Next, I write in my journal. I’ve been journaling for the past four years and so its become a ritual for me. If you’ve never heard of “stream of consciousness”, it’s basically where you journal about anything you want. The point is to not feel like you have nothing to write about. It doesn’t have to be anything groundbreaking or deep. It can literally be the sentence “I don’t know what to write” over and over, until you do. I do this every morning and I found it to help me when it comes to stress, anxiety, and creative blocks.
After I’m done journaling, then I will go on my walk and afterwards, eat breakfast, and this time, I will let myself look at my phone while eating. I also love listening to music in the morning since its such a mood booster. One thing I love about my off days is being able to take morning showers. I love morning showers but sometimes they aren’t realistic when you’re morning starts super early.
My only tip is to find what works for you. Don’t try to do everything, everyday. Things work when they are done in moderation. If you don’t have a lot of time then try to achieve only one thing every morning instead of doing it all. Read for ten minutes on Monday morning and then use the ten minutes to go on a walk on Tuesday. You’ll still feel accomplished and not feel exhausted by the time your day starts. Trying to do everything, when you don’t have the time will only leave you feeling exhausted and unmotivated to keep up with it. This is why a realistic morning routine is so important.
My other tip is to carry your morning routine into the weekend. I know it’s probably not what everyone wants to do, but its so worth it. If you love morning showers but have no time (like me), do them on the weekend. I find it a lot easier to wake up early when you don’t have to go anywhere. So wake up and have a successful morning even on the weekends.
To read about my self-care night routine, click here.
That’s my realistic morning routine! If you have any other tips, I would love to hear them! What are some of your routine staples?