I really wish I was a morning person. I love the idea of waking up whilst the world is still and quiet, and the light has that beautiful early morning quality to it. Unfortunately I am not that person. Neither can I say that I'm a late night person, instead I'm a sleepy all day type of person.
Recently I have been really struggling with waking up in the mornings, I don't know if it's because I enjoyed some later lie ins over the Easter weekend or because my body is still getting over being ill. I have a feeling that it’s more to do with the fact that this past weekend has been the longest amount of time off work all year, and I've become rather run down. My body and brain are clearly crying out for a little restorative time!
I don’t have much of a ritual or routine to my mornings. The dream is to have those slow mornings. The type of morning where I get to have a delicious breakfast at the dining table with a pot of tea and the time to contemplate the world outside (or, knowing me, more likely spy on the neighbourhood cats). The reality is staying in bed for as long as possible before the drive to work and breakfast at my desk in front of my emails. I think I will have to save those slow, savouring mornings for my weekends, after all I’m sure they wouldn’t be as special if they happened every day!
In the meantime though I want to try to slowly introduce my body to an early morning routine. Admittedly this is something I’ve been trying to do for a number of years, but here’s hoping this year is the year I finally crack it. So here are the things I’m going to start trying to incorporate into my morning routine:
Resist the Snooze Button
- It’s one of those things that’s on all the lists about being a morning person, but it’s one of the hardest things I find to actually stick to. The lure of those extra few minutes, and then a couple more after that are sometimes too much to resist.
- Instead of begrudging the need to get out of my comfy bed I’m going to try to list off all the good things I’m looking forward to about the day ahead. I’m sure much of this will include food, because, well, obviously.
Take Time to Cleanse
- I’ve gotten pretty good at making sure to cleanse, tone and moisturise my face everyday, but during the week I do rather rush through it. I’m hoping that by resisting the snooze I can have a little more time in the morning to take a little extra time for this routine and show my skin a little extra love first thing.
Those are the first few steps I’m wanting to take, and if they work I’ll look at introducing a few other things. I think for now though the breakfast at my desk will still be a staple of my morning, but maybe i’ll look at introducing some more comforting, healthy breakfast options to make up for it.
Are you a morning person or a sleepyhead like me? What does your morning routine look like?