For as long as I can remember, I have been far from a morning person! In fact, completely the opposite…until now. I can’t lie, it’s nice to have a lie in (no pun intended) and amble about your day but I felt like I was wasting time and gradually becoming more unhealthy by the day. So, I decided to take it upon myself to become a morning person – you’ll be glad to know it’s going pretty well so far! I thought I’d share my everyday morning routine as well as my most effective techniques that I used to snap out of the night-owl habits – in hopes to help any of you that can relate. It’s not life changing but it’s for sure A LOT healthier than before!
Sidenote: Before we get into the pictures – yes I’m wearing makeup when I’m supposed to be waking up but I don’t look like a glowing goddess yet so please bare with me guys 🙂
Right, do you want the bad news or the good news first? Well the bad news is that the feeling you get when your dreaded alarm goes off at 7:30 and you just want to be swallowed into a hole rather than facing the cold British weather will not go away – especially not at first. However, eventually you get used to it and believe me when I say that once you’re actually up it’s not so bad haha! One thing to consider is that I personally (and I’ve found others who relate) find that the later it gets, the harder it is to get up. Once that clock turns 9, I may as well cross another day off my calendar because there’s no hope for me getting up for at least another 3 hours!
After I’ve avoided pressing the snooze button one too many times, I try to bare the outside for some fresh air. This is a crucial part for me, even if it’s -1 in the middle of December when you might feel as if you’ll turn into a literal icicle…get outside! It’ll wake you up 10x faster than a cosy cuppa in bed – which I must admit sounds 10x more tempting.
Next, of course, is washing my face and getting rid of any makeup I accidentally missed the night before. Granted, I probably look a whole lot worse with nightmarish eye bags on a regular day. (I have an upcoming blog post on my favourite skin care products and how I use them so make sure you’re around for that if you’d be interested!) This part often involves my cat watching by my side, waiting for his brekkie! Which brings me onto my own breakfast. I’ve always been a quick bowl of cereal and out the door kind of gal but with changing my morning habits, I’ve changed my breakfast diet! As I have more time to make something more substantial, I chose porridge as my new go-to! Topped with some of your favourite fruit, porridge is incredibly good for you as it contains so much fibre, vitamins and protein. Not to mention that it’s been proven to improve your skin, that’s a game changer right? You’d think I was being sponsored by every porridge company known to man…but it really is that good and tastes miles better than it looks I swear!
And a quick shout out to my first of 1000 cups of tea for the day because if there is only ONE thing you should know about me, it’s that I drink tea religiously. I don’t think I’ve gone a day since I turned 6 where I haven’t had a nice cuppa beside me. If I’m being honest, I should at least try to branch out my types of tea because without a single thought, I head straight for the english breakfast!
As most typical morning routines go, my next task is to drag myself to the gym or if I’ve had a long night of blogging til 3 am, I’ll do some good ol’ yoga in the garden! It won’t come as a shock to you when I say I’m not the most gym-lad-on-weights-and-strange-pulling-machines-that-look-like-some-sort-of-builders-tool. You’ll catch me on the treadmill and if you’re lucky, I’ll put the incline on hahah. Baby steps Phoebe…baby steps!
I’d love to finish this off with some exciting plans that I do for brunch but I usually just play with my cat and then set myself up at my desk with (you guessed it) a good brew and my laptop ready to write the next blog post. I feel like posting this is going to help me commit to the routine so as well as helping all of you lovely lot, it’s helping me too! A win-win! Let me know what things you do to wake yourself up for the day ahead!