I’ll be the first to put my hands up and say I used to be an absolute nightmare when getting up in the mornings.
I was practically unapproachable until at least noon, now I am the total opposite.
I always feel so refreshed when I wake up really early, I end up being so much more productive, I totally embrace early mornings even on a weekend where a lay-in is ‘essential’ I actually really enjoy waking up early and spending an hour or two in bed relaxing, ready to start the day and I think that is down to my little self-care morning routine.
This time of year is perfect to start your early morning routine, the clocks have moved forward which means we have more daylight than we do in the winter (in the UK anyway) and we should embrace longer days, I love sleep but I love being awake and being able to be alert and think and get jobs done and just being present.
I thought I’d share with you my morning routine and little tips on how to feel more awake and refreshed in the mornings, hopefully it works for you too!
Get up – Straight away!
Sounds silly, doesn’t it? I know your thinking getting up is clearly the first step but I mean get up and sit up as soon as you open your eyes.
I usually wake up to the sunshine because I leave my curtains open at night so my bedroom gradually becomes lighter naturally waking me up and I find that so much nicer than waking to an alarm.
Although, if you do need an alarm to wake you up, I found a great one on my phone of birds chirping and that’s quite a natural sound to wake up to or you can invest in the natural alarms which gradually lights up with the illusion your getting woken up by sunlight.
The first thing I do is sit straight up and because my dog sleeps in our bedroom I make a fuss of him straight away and he won’t leave me alone as soon as I wake him which means I won’t be falling asleep. If I am struggling to open my eyes I spritz some facial mist over my face and because it feels refreshing it definitely wakes me up I am actually so used to doing this now I sometimes have my eyes shut half asleep and I will reach over and do it to wake myself up – but it works! I usually use rose water or tea tree from Lush and I got
I then get straight up and make my bed, if it’s a weekend I will lay in bed for an hour or two watching Youtube or read a book but if it’s a weekday I get straight up make my bed.
Avoid My Phone
I try to stay away from my phone in the first hour or two. This is quite important for me because I spend a lot of my time on my phone/laptop. It’s so easy to wake up in the morning and straight away check my phone and let whatever I read effect my mood. I usually wake up around 6 and I use that time to listen to music instead which always puts me in a good mood! I let my little pug out in the garden and make him his breakfast and just by listening to music I feel super happy, The Greatest Showman soundtrack is a personal fave atm.
Create a calm atmosphere
You could light a candle or burn some incense, essential oil diffusers are amazing though as well and you can use it to relax you and help your sinuses or anything.
This scent you choose will help relax you and make you calm and if you keep doing this in your routine, you look forward to it and the smell instantly calms you and makes you think of this moment. You could do something you love while having a calming atmosphere.
This could be anything, it’s custom to you. If you’re artistic then paint a picture, play an instrument, read a book or listen to a podcast. Something you will enjoy and feel relaxed doing so, for me, it is writing I love writing blog posts or taking photographs ready for blog posts, so I do that. I also, weirdly like tidying the house in the mornings it makes me feel so fresh and clean with no clutter, it is so much easier to work when you’re in a tidy environment.
This is always good to do in the morning, I always find that it fully wakes my body up.
For me I usually do 2 things, one thing is to walk my pug Louie, I love doing this in the morning because it’s peaceful and it’s pretty quiet and it gives me a little time in the morning to think about the day ahead and plus it makes Louie happy too.
The second is either a HIIT session, usually, one on youtube after I’ve been on a dog walk, or I will try some Yoga it depends what I’m feeling that day. Again, I try and do this in the garden, I love being outside when it’s sunny and mornings feel really fresh.
Breakfast is sooo important and it’s nice to make a little bit of unnecessary effort for ourselves. Find a cute Pinterest worthy smoothie bowl you can make or a quick and easy eggs benedict. I usually find that a nice healthy breakfast definitely makes me feel better about myself, even if it’s a super quick fruit, yoghurt & granola combo which takes no time to make but is amazing in a sunny garden! (I know I’m obsessed with sitting outside)
I also love my cups of tea in the mornings to take and enjoy in the garden. I have recently got into Twinings Immune boosting tea it’s nice and citrusy, perfect for a morning drink, I also love a Hazelnut coffee with coconut milk it’s a nice morning pick me up and it’s been pretty hot this week so I’ve been having it over ice – its looooovely!
I like buying really cute mugs (usually Disney or pug related) and for some reason, it seems to make my morning drink more enjoyable.
Have a Pamper and Get Glam!
These are the things I really appreciate in the mornings. I used to be the girl that would wake up half an hour before I needed to leave my house, so as you can imagine I was a rushed hot mess!
I love mornings now and I wake up super early (even without an alarm which I thought would never happen) and I get so happy the fact I actually have time to fit in a proper pamper session before I have to leave the house, I do my usual skincare routine and I might pop on a face mask and leave my hair to dry in the current sun we keep having, so my face feels and looks its best and I style my hair and put some makeup on (in the garden obv – thank you natural light!) so I feel and look good.
Now you are ready to conquer your day!
Are you a morning person? Do you have a morning routine? I never thought I’d love mornings but I do and having a little morning routine definitely helps my mindset and it’s the best way to start your day.
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