My week days starts mostly at 4 am. Sometimes, I have a battle with my snooze button so I end getting up at 4:30. Nevertheless, I want to be up early enough so I am able to complete my routine or at least most of it before my daughter wakes up.
This morning routine is not something that I have done forever. No, I have not been waking up at 4:30 am for the longest time. I used to stay in bed long after my husband, Adrian wakes up. I only usually catch up with him in the breakfast table and the rest of my morning was spent in haste and hurry. Yes, I am that sleep-loving person and I love to cuddle with Faye and pillows longer in the morning. Even if I establish schedules to follow, I end up breaking them after a few days.There were only a few times when I get up early and those days were the ones when I am most calm and organized.
When 2015 started, I started shaking my perspective. I vowed to be more confident this year, and I wanted to be more organized, calm and centered in my days. So what I did was I established a morning routine which incorporates activities that make me feel better and things that will do good for my body and well-being. I am now a firm believer that how you spend the first few minutes of your day will greatly impact the next decisions that you make for yourself in terms of eating, in your creativity and productivity and how you choose your daily battles over life’s small hassles and detours.
So without further yap yap and blahs, Let me share my morning routine which is immensely helping me to feel confident, centered and calm all throughout the day.
I start my day with a moment of silence and prayer.
For my early boosts of energy and vitamin C, I squeeze the juice out of one half of a lemon into a glass of warm water. I drink it over in silence while the rest of the household is sleeping.
I change from my pajamas to leggings/yoga pants and do Yoga on the mat which I have pre-laid the night before, just below the bed in our bedroom.I use Yoga Studio app which I bought from iTunes . It has video with voice that you follow along to and it is pretty much like being in a yoga studio. I use a bluetooth headphone so I can practice yoga without waking up anyone. I highly recommend this app if you want to practice yoga but you just don’t have the time and money to invest in going to real yoga classes.
- After Yoga, I head over to the washroom and I do dry skin brushing using my trusty body brush. It takes about 5-10 minutes and It is a very good way to exfoliate , to boost blood circulation and to remove dead skin layers. I take a shower right after.
- With damp skin after shower, I moisturize my whole body ( except the face) with virgin coconut oil. Although I am thinking of a replacement for coconut oil as I am still investigating if it is the one causing the pimples on my back and it is not moisturizing enough during the colder days, I am very happy with the way coconut oil softens and smoothens the skin after application like no lotion can. It is very easy to apply plus I don’t like the rubbing in part that comes with using a regular lotion. After this, I do my beauty usuals -get dressed and made up before I head over to the kitchen and do some mommy duties. This is when Faye usually wakes up . She is such a great intermission to delay things that is why I try to start as early as 4 am so that I can have many things done as much as possible before she wakes up.
- Then I prepare breakfast for me and Adrian, which mostly involves heating up some left overs or frying eggs. This is also when I get to prepare lunches to work for myself, Faye and Adrian. Faye eats teeny tiny during breakfast but I make sure she takes rice with her to daycare and her favorite fish fillet, chicken nuggets or my nanay’s sinigang.
- At work before I start my duties, I open my planner to plan my tasks for the day both at home and in the lab, then I open my journal to read past entries and to write a new one ( if necessary).The planner is a very good tool to remind me of priority tasks ( I am such a forgetful person) but I try to keep tasks to a minimum because I find that over scheduling in a day tends to take away quality times that I can spend with my family. Even though I keep a planner, I leave ample time to waste and just lounge around with Adrian and Faye.
- The journal , on the other hand,is my way of connecting with myself, my goals and my aspirations . It is a great tool for organizing my thoughts and for reminding myself of my past emotions, and experiences.
I am loving this morning routine so far and since I love doing every activity associated with it, It is something I look forward to and definitely motivates me to wake up earlier.
My weekend, though, is a different story as I don’t follow an exact timeline for these activities and I definitely don’t wake up 4: am! Weekend mornings are more idle and we do not follow a strict schedule .There is nothing happier than to see Faye opening her eyes in the morning and lighting up as she sees mom and daddy besides her.
What about you? What are your morning routines?