Before I begin, I would like to clarify that this is my ideal morning routine. I’m only human, so unfortunately I’m not able to follow this routine everyday. This has been especially true lately, as a lot of stuff has been going on in my life, so I’m not in the best head space.
But I’m hoping that with this post, I’ll be encouraged to get back on track and begin following my routine again!
After all, there are lots of benefits to keeping a morning routine. For instance, my days tend to be (overall) noticeably better when I stick to my routine. Morning routines can also prevent stress, and encourage discipline.
So without further ado, here is my morning routine, when everything goes to plan:
6:00 A.M. to 6:30 A.M. – Wake Up
I tend to go to bed at around 10:00 P.M., so getting up at 6:00 A.M. suits me, since that leaves me getting around 8 hours of sleep each night. Getting up at 6:00 A.M. also works well, since it gives me a bit of time before I start work, but isn’t so early that I’m tired all day.
One of the first things I like to do when I get up is drink some water. Starting off my day with a large glass of water really helps reduce my wake up time. If I really need a pick me up, I’ll also have some black tea.
After I’ve woken up more from drinking water, I like to take care of my skin and hair. A gentle face and scalp massage is a great way to increase blood flow to the face and head. It’s also relaxing, which is why I find it a great way to help wake up with little stress. Then I brush my hair, and put it into a ponytail, as part of my next waking up step.
The next thing I do is get into my workout clothes. I can’t start a workout unless I’m in those clothes, so I like to get it over with.
After I’ve changed, I go say bye to my mom before she leaves for work in the morning. Then it’s on to my workout.
6:30 A.M. to 7:00 A.M. – Workout
I try to exercise between 20-30 minutes each day, between 4-7 days each week, but it’s been really difficult for me lately. I’ve been in a funk the past few weeks, but I’m working hard on getting out of it. Exercising really helps.
To be honest, I don’t really have a set workout routine, with a fixed number of reps for each exercise. I usually just exercise until I’m too tired to do any more, but here’s what I aim for when I’m doing my best:
- 20 bicep curls
- 50 curl ups
- 50 squats
- 100 glute bridges
- 100 jumping jacks
- 200 Russian twists
The most difficult part of my workout routine isn’t actually a specific exercise, it’s doing the exercises in the first place. As a kid I was never really into sports or exercise, so trying to get into shape has been difficult for me.
The part that’s the most difficult is also the most beneficial too. Maintaining an exercise routine when you have no one to keep you on track (other than yourself) takes a lot of willpower.
7:00 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. – Shower
I like to shower after I exercise, but lately I’ve been trying something new before I shower. I’ve been using a dry brush to scrub my skin, which helps exfoliate and stimulate blood flow.
I’ve only been using a dry brush for a few weeks now, but I’ve noticed that my skin has become a lot softer, so I’m happy with the results.
I’ve also been making sure that I always moisturize my face after I shower, and if I have time I also moisturize the rest of my body. My skin has definitely become a lot softer and smoother, which I love.
7:30 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. – Prepare for Work
After I’ve showered, I like to begin preparing for work, so that way I’m productive and calm during the day.
Writing in my bullet journal is one the most important parts of this routine, as it allows me to plan for my day, release any thoughts that are troubling me, and provides a safe space for me to vent my feelings.
During this time block, I’ll also take my dog for his morning outing if he hasn’t already been out yet, that way I won’t have to worry about it interrupting my work later.
Lastly I try to make sure my work space is tidy before I begin working. I find clutter to be very distracting, as it’s where my eyes drift whenever I lose focus.
8:00 A.M. – Begin Work
Once 8:00 A.M. rolls around, I’m ready to begin work on my blog. I do things such as plan out and research future posts, collect images, write and edit, etc.
And as my work begins, my morning routine ends. And so too, does this post. But don’t worry, as there will soon be follow up post, about my evening routine.
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