I wake up every morning naturally, after about 8 hours of sleep. I do some light stretching and drink a glass of water with fresh squeezed lemon juice. I meditate for about 10 minutes. Refreshed, I sip my freshly brewed cup of tea while writing my morning pages. Now fully energized, I'm ready for a quick, but effective workout. I shower, make breakfast -usually a fresh green smoothie - get ready, and I'm out the door ready to tackle the day.
Then I really wake up from that "my life is perfect" dream, having snoozed my alarm once, maybe twice. Rush to get out of bed, not really wanting to but knowing I have to. I'm already late for work which stressed me out. I take a quick shower, rush to get ready. Maybe make breakfast. Get out the door, harried, not quite ready to tackle the day.
My morning routine needs some serious work. Most days are not quite as bad as scenario no.2 but nor are they nearly as wonderful as scenario no.1. I've never been a "morning person," but have recently taken an interest in making my mornings more ... enjoyable and productive.
The first step was getting rid of my alarm clock and substituting it for a light alarm.
The rest is a work in progress.
I've been playing around with a number of different things to incorporate into my mornings. I've settled on a few non-negotiables:
- Consistent wake-up time (7am)
- No snoozing
- No email/games/social media
- Workout (yoga 2xs a week)
- Morning Pages
The hardest part is ... all of them. But I'm working on it.