Why my morning routine is so important to me
I used to not have a morning routine. For years, I threw on a tiny amount of makeup, put my hair in a ponytail and ate breakfast in the car or at my desk to save on the tiniest amounts of sleep that I could in the a.m. hours.
But a few years ago, something changed. I started waking up a few hours earlier, curling or straightening my hair and fully getting ready, all the while eating my breakfast and listening to a podcast. This setting up of my day was something I never knew I needed. From the time I was small, it was a mad rush to throw on clothing and get to school and then work. It likely contributed to my anxiety and in all honestly my tardiness too.
So, with an extra hour – yes, I said that, and Rachel Hollis did too – I have the morning to myself to take as long as I like to my eyebrows, coffee and Pod Save America bros! And when I’m ready to put my stilettos on to go conquer D.C. for the day (or maybe just attempt to navigate D.C. traffic, whatever), I feel like I am ready to take on the day and not thrust into it like I always did before.
I recommend you do the same. Maybe not my exact morning, but find what works for you and not throw yourself out to the wolves while you’re still trying to coax your eyes into staying open.
What does my morning look like? Well, it’s not science, and that’s the beautiful part! But, here’s a little bit of what it is like on a normal day:
Hit the snooze about 5 times. I’m sorry, honey!
Set my intentions for the day and list my top 10 things I’m grateful for. I try to write these down, but sometimes I’m too groggy.
Scroll through my phone for 15 minutes (I know horrible!)
Stumble out of bed, wash my face and brush my teeth.
Put on the Nespresso and milk frother for my morning latte.
Wash and put away any remaining dishes from the night before. Having a clean home helps with my anxiety.
Make my breakfast, while listening to NPR’s Up First podcast.
Carry my breakfast, coffee and water up to my bathroom and do my hair and makeup while eating and listening to The Daily and Post Reports.
Drive to work, while listening and responding to any Marco Polos I missed from the night before. If you don’t have this app to keep up with your friends, go download it RIGHT NOW!
Also, I do my eyeliner and lashes at stoplights (only stopped I promise). My friends who I Marco Polo with probably think I’m nuts, but I haven’t looked at the camera in months, so I’m not sure!
Arrive at work, scroll through my phone in the parking lot for 3 minutes while I convince myself that I have to go in. (Ok kidding)
Good luck setting your plan for your morning routine to get your day off on the right foot!