Monday, August 6, 2018

Morning Ritual

If you've been reading Summer Wind for any length of time, then you know I am not a morning person. I never have been. However, I've always wanted to be a morning person. It feels so good to accomplish so much before noon, doesn't it? 

I started doing something this year and I think it's made such a huge difference in the way I view mornings. I think I never liked mornings because I was always waking up at the last minute before I had to leave. I would feel rushed or sleep-deprived and I just never found any calmness in my mornings. 

I have started going to bed earlier (that's step one if you want to be a morning person, duh). On top of going to bed earlier, I have been waking up an hour before I would normally wake up. It's not groundbreaking and it's a very easy thing to do but I think it has made such a huge impact on my overall day-to-day productivity and happiness. 

During that extra hour, I use that time slowly drink and really enjoy my coffee. I almost always stay in my pajamas. No morning looks exactly the same. Sometimes I'll read a book and drink my coffee in bed or maybe I will catch up on a show I missed from the night before. Or maybe I organize my calendar and freshen up my to-do lists. I'll even occasionally cook myself a full breakfast- eggs, sausage, etc. 

I don't touch my phone during that hour- I have my phone set on do not disturb every night starting at 10pm and ending at 8am. This hour is purely for me. I set an alarm so I don't spend more than an hour. 

I've noticed this helps me to collect myself, spend time away from phones/computers/social media/etc. and enjoy the morning. I start my day off calm and focused and it has really helped me. Do you do anything to start your day off on the right foot?  

5 comments:

Briana said...

I've been going into work later and thus have an extra free hour most mornings, which I love. I think I'm going to steal your idea and keep my phone on 'do not disturb' through that hour from now on!

briana | youngsophisticate.com

Jennifer said...

Every morning from 5 am until 6 am I go to the gym. I strength train some mornings and others I do cardio. This gives me energy, sets my day on the correct path for eating, and helps tire me out so when my head hits the pillow between 9 pm and 9:30 pm I am out like a light!

Emily Godoy said...

I love this! I have been struggling with creating a calm morning so this has inspired me to start taking action.

Renee Janis said...

This is exactly what makes me a morning person! I'm by no means naturally an early riser but I love to wake up early so I have an hour before I have to get my day started. Makes *the biggest* difference in my days!

Renee | Gimme Glamour

Sarah Lyon said...

I love reading about other people's morning routines--it's definitely inspiring, since I've gotten spoiled with a relatively late start time at work!

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Sarah
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