Morning routine: wake up excited and awake

I know, I know, too many people have already written and talked about their morning routine. Talking about how to wake up at 5 am, how to start your day to be productive, how to be healthy and so on. And well, frankly, you must be absolutely sick of hearing about it. However, that’s not what this post is about at all. I promise. I’m not going to show you THE perfect morning routine, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but it just doesn’t exist. Well, to be fair, mine is perfect. But, it’s only perfect for me, it won’t necessarily work for you.

I will give you some suggestions, but above all, I want you to think about yourself and find what works for you. Why? Because I used to absolutely completely hate every single aspect of the disgusting thing called mornings. Emphasis on ‘used to’.

I am a changed woman now. Nailed the dramatic effect, right?

Having a walk in the forest
Picture by Virginie Leupe

My former morning routine

Now, let me sketch what my mornings looked like only a couple of months ago. I got up at 10-11 am (when possible, do have a job), often went to bed at around midnight or later, that obviously resulted in me sleeping for a couple of hours in the afternoon and, then, well, I couldn’t sleep when it was time to sleep. Vicious circle, anyone?

Then again, if that worked for me, then why not? Because, it didn’t work for me and I knew that, but I still refused to believe it. I was in denial, big time. So, finally, I decided to reflect on a couple of things and here’s what I concluded:

1. I was angry and irritated all the time.
2. I didn’t have the energy to do anything (even going downstairs to refill my water bottle was too much to ask).
3. I didn’t feel productive at all.
4. I had way too many crisps and sweets.

Resting bitch face

If you don’t believe me, ask my family. I’m 100% sure they will agree with everything I listed and they will probably add a few more things to the list. I mean, they could probably go on and on for hours on end.

Needless to say, it couldn’t go on like that, so I made a change.

One year ago, I got up at 5 am every morning after I watched quite the inspiring video by Jordan Taylor. I don’t know what it was, but somehow it made an impact on me. So, the next morning I got up at 5 and I LOVED it. But, during winter time, I just couldn’t keep up with it. I was up hours before the sun and that just didn’t do it for me. So, unfortunately, I got stuck in my unhealthy routine again.

My current morning routine

That was quite the story, wasn’t it? And absolutely useless to you. You may be asking yourself: ‘What in the name of God is your point?’ I’m getting to it, give me some time!

Cup of coffee
Photo by Matthew Bowden from FreeImages

Right now, I get up at 6 am every single morning, sometimes a bit earlier, sometimes a bit later, because life happens. I go to sleep between 9 and 10 pm (again most of the time), because of that I get plenty of sleep and I’m actually awake when I wake up. I know, it was a shock for me too!

There are two main reasons why I love waking up early and it has absolutely nothing to do with being productive or being healthy at all.

1. Nobody is awake.
2. I’ve enough time to actually get ready without having to rush.

Let’s dive a bit deeper into the first reason. When I wake up, I just cannot deal with other people, like at all. I am a very social person, but not in the first hour of the morning. I want to wake up in peace, on my own, with a bit of music. Did I mention I don’t want other people around me?

Turtle in my garden
I can manage his company though, so that’s a win.

So, without further ado, here’s my morning routine:

1. I turn off my alarm and put on some music.
2. I get dressed and brush my teeth (I shower in the evening).
3. I have a glass of water and have breakfast outside if possible (fresh air).
4. I make a plan for the day.
5. I make my bed.
6. I put on jewellery and perfume, and makeup if I can be bothered.

That’s it. No crazy, healthy, expensive, difficult routine. It’s all I need. Let me say that again: ‘It’s all I need.’ Maybe you really enjoy meditating in the morning or working out as soon as you wake up. It’s all up to you.

A few suggestions

If I may suggest a couple of things though, I would try to have a healthy and balanced breakfast, because that will give you loads of energy and get some fresh air, since it will clear your head. I personally do work out in the mornings, but only after I worked for a couple of hours. I just cannot work out on an empty stomach (or a full one for that matter), so I work out as a break.

Bike ride

Now, personally, my morning routine, as I’ll call it, starts the night before. I make sure my place is clean, because it’s so nice to just wake up to a clean place. And, I also lay out my clothes the evening before. That way I don’t have to make any decisions first thing in the morning. Because, let’s be honest, our brain just does not work in the morning.

So, just try to work out what kind of morning you need to have the best start to your day. Nobody can decide that for you, because everyone’s different. You can turn to other people for inspiration and I would try different things and then make your own routine to make your mornings great and something to look forward to. I hope this post showed you that you don’t need to have an expensive or long or difficult morning routine in order to have a good start. ‘You do you, babe’, as they say.

x Evelien x

Jordan Taylor’s video of waking up at 5 am

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