• Eve Arnold

The Wonder of the Morning Routine

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The beating of the alarm is never welcomed, let’s be honest. It always goes off way too soon, you always feel like you could sleep more and you never really want to get out of bed. Bed. Bed is such a thing of beauty.

I’m not sure anyone springs out of bed. They may do. I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever met anyone that springs out of bed. It seems quite a foreign idea given how I get out of bed. Don’t get me wrong it’s not total struggle and I don’t often snooze the alarm but I don’t get out of bed hopping, skipping and jumping. Like everyone, I’m not overjoyed to get up. I’m very good at sleeping.

But I do love the mornings.

I’ve always loved the mornings. It’s easily my favourite part of the day. Since becoming a little bit more strict in my routine I’ve found that I’m starting to love it more and more. I was just about to write something about how sad that sounds but then I thought, well, life is about the small things isn’t it. There is some serious joy to have in a decent morning routine and I’m going to tell you all about it. And disclaimer, some people hate mornings and that is completely cool, I just happen to really like them.

So why do I love the mornings so much?

#1 Peace and bloody quiet

It’s so quiet. Calmly quiet. And I don’t have a horribly hectic life where I need to catch my breath in the morning but I really quite enjoy the quiet. All I can hear at this time is the birds singing and little dogs feet pattering on the floor. It’s lovely and calm. It’s so nice because in the flow of the day, through work or cracking on with the to-do list things are a little less quiet and calm.

#2 Gives you time to set the pace for the day

Having time in the morning to settle into the day is really helpful. It gives you the time and space to think about the day ahead. It also gives you some time, if you wake up in a god awful mood, to get some coffee and figure out why you’re so pissed off. I’m yet to incorporate any type of meditation into my morning routine (I tried earlier this year and kept falling back to sleep) but I hear that’s good for getting you out of a bad mood.

#3 Makes you feel like you’re getting ahead on the day

There is something quite lovely about having the time to focus on whatever you love. For me it’s the time I read, write and spend time with my pups. It gives me time to do the stuff that makes me feel like I’ve got my shit together. Sometimes, I will write a list of what I need to get done today so I really feel like I’ve got my shit together but most of the time I spend it doing the stuff I really enjoy doing. It means by 7am or maybe 8am I’ve written an article, read some of my book and took my doggos on their morning walk. That’s pretty good going.

#4 It’s proper ‘me’ time

It sounds a little bit weird that it’s ‘proper’ me time. As if no other time in the day could be ‘me’ time. To be honest, no other time would really cut the mustard. It’s the time I can spend just on my own thinking about the stuff that I want to achieve. My body clock suits the early hours and towards the end of the day I’m pretty dead. So it’s when I’ve got most energy and can take full advantage of having the time on my own.

#5 It’s uninterrupted

There is a pretty slim chance anyone is going to interrupt your train of thought and that’s because everyone is still asleep. I quite like the idea of no-one being able to interrupt me. I’m not going to get anyone messaging me or calling me. It’s time of pure, interrupted bliss. Side note, I don’t get many texts all calls anyway but in case I did.

I think there is really something about appreciating the little things in our lives and for me, the little things like a lovely morning is to be appreciated.

And that’s the wonder of the morning routine. It’s short, it’s sweet and it’s full of only things I want to do and nothing else.

Originally published at https://www.careerhealth.info on April 27, 2020.

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