Some days I wake up and want to take on the world. And others, I want to lay in bed until midday stuffing my face with Coco Pops. I think it’s all about balance. But to keep me focussed, especially during the week, I wanted to share with you my steps for a productive, feel good morning routine.
You snooze, you lose!
Ah the snooze button, a friend we all know too well. Sometimes, I’ll revisit this friend as much as five times in one morning. However, a continuous lapse in and out of sleep makes me especially groggy and irritable. So, I’ve been challenging myself to avoid extra time in the sheets, and I’ve been forcing myself out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off.
To help, I’ve been leaving the blinds slightly open and have placed our new Lumee alarm clock out of reach – so we have to get up and out to switch it off!
Moving my body
I’ve spoken before about jogging in the morning – mainly as a remedy for anxiety and helping to collect my thoughts for the day ahead. When the amount of exercise had previously been limited, I would alternate this between a morning dog walk, or at home yoga. I really enjoyed the variety, so I will keep switching it up. The most important thing is that I’m doing something to get me physically and mentally active first thing.
Washing my face
It might just be the splash of cold water, but I always feel more awake after I’ve washed my face. Some skincare experts have argued against a morning cleanse; however, I feel it makes me look and feel both more refreshed. My go-to product has been the Elemis SuperFood Facewash which is followed up by a toner, serum, moisturiser and oil. You can find my complete morning skincare regime here.
Limiting screen time
This might sound contradictory, as a huge part of being a blogger relies on being active on social media. However, I’ve tried to limit my screen time in the morning. A quick Instagram story, or Pinterest post has been fine. But I found that when I attempted to post on my Instagram feed first thing that it really slowed me down and hindered my productivity. There is an expectation to reply to comments immediately and instead of cracking on with making my breakfast, I’d be sat frantically trying to keep up – and this is not how I’d like my days to start!
With that said, I have been enjoying other people’s content in the morning. Over breakfast I’ve been listening to parts of an audio book, and I’m currently listening to ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama.
Pen to paper
And finally, before I log on for work, I’ve been writing in my journal over a cup of coffee. I’ll list my thoughts, my daily goals and recap what’s coming up for the rest of the week. As mentioned in a previous post, I also like to write down 10 things I am grateful for. I’ve found this process calming and encourages me to have a more positive outlook.
Let me know what gets you up and going in the morning.