One thing that has had a huge impact on my well-being is having a morning routine. In fact, when I was looking to leave my last job, I jokingly called it "Project Get My Mornings Back."
A little over a year ago, I would wake up at 5, try to squeeze in a half-ass workout for 15 minutes and shove breakfast in my mouth as I was racing to make the train into the city for work (about a 2 hour commute). Everyday started off hectic and rushed. This felt so unnatural to me because I have always been someone who likes to wake up early and truly enjoy the morning. It is the time when I feel most alert and productive. I also love the process of drinking a hot cup of coffee or tea and eating breakfast.
Now, a year and a half later, I am at a job that requires a 7 minute commute. To say I got my mornings back is an understatement. I still wake up early, but I use the extra time I have wisely. I thought I would share my morning routine for anyone who is interested:
During the week, I usually wake up between 6 and 7 after having slept about 8 hours. I try to avoid looking at my phone (even though this is sometimes a struggle!). The first thing I do is meditate. We have an extra bedroom where I set up a little meditation corner with a rug, pillow, salt lamp, crystals and some other trinkets that make me happy. I switch between practicing a mindfulness meditation or an Inner Sanctuary meditation for 15 to 20 minutes. When I am done I write in my journal. I will write two lines or two pages depending on how I am feeling. I always write down three things that I am grateful for and usually a goal or something else that I want and am working towards. I plan to write more about journaling in the future because I think it's life changing :). Next, I do some form of exercise, which is either going for a run or a HIIT workout. After a shower, I make tea and breakfast. Lately, I've been having a lot of smoothies, sweet potatoes and yogurt bowls for breakfast. Sometimes I'll have a bulletproof matcha drink if I'm not that hungry yet. I used to catch up on school work and studying, but now that I'm officially DONE (!!!), that time will probably now be spent researching nutrition and wellness trends and writing. I also make to do lists and write out intentions for my day or week during this time.
This ALL happens before I go to work in the morning. It has been a serious game-changer when it comes to my peace of mind and well-being. I have always known that I need some type of routine in the morning and I finally made it a reality. It makes me feel more in line, at ease and ready to take on the day.