I’m am not a morning person. I never have been. It seems like I drag around all day and the minute it gets dark, I wake up and I’m full of energy. That’s when I am most creative and it’s also quiet and I have no distractions.
When I started in this journey, everyone kept saying that I needed a morning routine. I thought I already had one. I’m a pretty routine kinda girl and I do so much better when I have a routine. But.. apparently, I needed more of a routine, one that would set the mood of the day. So, I started watching and reading about it and I told myself that I would do this and see what happens. I have to admit, this morning routine has been great! Here’s how it goes for me!
I get up everyday at the same time.
I’m not out in the workforce right now, but I still get up between 6-7 am everyday. The reason for this is to build a habit. When we do things repeatedly, they become habits and before we know it, we don’t even have to think about it and we’re doing it. It also gives you a good start on my daily timeline of getting all the things done that I need for the day.
The first thing I do upon waking.
I always make my bed after waking. It just makes sense to me because when you make your bed, it feels like the room is a bit neater and you’ve accomplished something, though it’s a small gesture, it feels big. Now.. there are days that I don’t make it right away and that’s ok. When you are chronically ill and have pain every moment of every day, sometimes you just don’t have the “want to” to make it. We are not perfect human beings and we all have our moments. I do get it done though at least 5 out of 7 days a week.. those other two days are left out on my high pain days.
I take a cold shower every morning.
Crazy, I know! But.. that shower, as shocking as it is, wakes me up fast, and according to the Wim Hoff method..Increased circulation is one of the top reasons he recommends cold showers, is because as cold water hits your body and external limbs, it constricts circulation on the surface of your body. This causes blood in your deeper tissues to circulate at faster rates to maintain ideal body temperature. Sounds great huh? It takes a bit of getting used to but it’s been a great addition to my morning routine.
Breakfast comes next.
Because I have to take some of my meds on an empty stomach, I usually have a large glass of water until enough time has passed in order to eat. I usually have coffee in the porch with my husband while I work on my to do list for the day. I try to eat healthy for breakfast, but I am a terrible creature of habit and eggs are my go to for breakfast. I’ll eat oatmeal or yogurt with fruit at times, but I love my eggs and they are good for my thyroid eye disease too. I’m still working on the healthy breakfast. Maybe a post about that in the future!
My Gratitude Journal
Everyday, I write at least three things in my gratitude journal. I’ve been journaling since my early teens and it helped me so much to be able to get everything out of my head and it taught me a lot about writing too.
I have several journals that I write in..the first is always my gratitude journal, the seconed one is my idea journal, and the third one is for those days that creep up on me and all those feelings of not being good enough or self-doubt just come rushing in because I’ve had a moment or two of doubting myself or someone has said something or done something to bring up all the old junk.
When I write in my journal, first thing in the morning, it helps to set the tone for my day. It makes me think of what I’m grateful for all day and when you think that way all day, it becomes habit and you are even more grateful for all that you have.
Meditation is something I’ve began doing just in the last year and I have to say, even though I was skeptical at first, it has proven to be a huge help to my mental health and well being. I do this as my last morning ritual because it relaxes me and helps to set the tone for my day. I get to a quiet place and I get comfortable. It’s best to use headphones, so that you can hear only whatever music you are listening to. I then clear my mind, as much as I can, and I just listen to the soothing music ( I listen to classical music or some yoga or binural beats from youtube) and I just let all the stress and busy thinking go and allow myself to just be. I do this for about 15-20m minutes and then I’m ready to dive into work!
I hope this has helped you in some way. It really is one of the best things I’ve done in a long time and it helps me so much to just let go of the junk and start my day with peace and a clear mind. Until next time..