I am someone who enjoys feeling cosy and the details of a routine. I like being a homebody, I like lighting candles and watching TV shows with a hot chocolate in hand because that kind of stuff makes me feel good, even though it’s not always possible. The same applies to my morning routine. Now, I realize that not everybody has a morning routine, some people either don’t care for it or they just don’t have time and not everyone who does have a morning routine likes candles and journaling and that’s alright, we’re all different. I personally make use of things like candles and journaling to help me get out of bed on really depressing days.
As someone who enjoys the cold weather, grey skies and cities, I love autumn mornings the best. The cold energizes me and makes me want to be cosy and productive and so my morning routine for autumn is slightly different than the one for summer, let’s say. During summer I like to sleep in, go out for a walk with the dog, drink ice cold water and I don’t start working until later in the evening whereas during autumn I like lighting candles and getting straight to work.
I used to wake up early a lot back in my first year of university so while I perfected the fastest morning routine, I didn’t have time to allow myself to have a good morning.
I truly do believe that our mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. Whenever I spend time to wake up naturally, have a cup of coffee, journal or meditate I end up having a much more productive, energized and happy day and now that university has started again, I have found the perfect routine for both the days when I have evening classes and morning classes and thus I will first tell you my long, drawn out morning routine and my short, quick morning routine. Also, I don’t do these things at specific times, I just try to let myself enjoy each moment of the morning.
Long Morning Routine
I usually start by taking care of my hygiene (shower, skincare which I don’t always do, etc.). I then take 5 minutes to clean my bedroom and sometimes the rest of the house so I make the bed, put things in their place, dishes, etc. After that, I light a candle, make some coffee and sit down to plan for the day. I like to do this in the morning when I have time because it lets me analyse my day and decide what’s really worth my time and attention. After I finish my coffee, I do my makeup while I finish the reading due that day. On days when I don’t have to read for uni (which is rare), I try to read a few chapters of whatever book I’m reading at the time. I then dress up, put everything away and make my bag. I check everything around the house once or twice and off I go.
Short morning routine
Usually, when I know I’m not going to have a lot of time in the morning (because I always put sleep above anything else) I prepare my bag and my clothes the night before. I also usually pack my lunch the night before. So, once again, I start by taking care of my hygiene since my face gets pretty oily during the night, then I do my makeup (I usually go for a natural look when I’m in a hurry so just concealer, powder, brows, mascara and lipstick). I dress up with the clothes I prepared the night before, check to see I have everything in my bag, check the house and then I’m ready to leave the house!
So here it is! My autumn morning routine. What is your morning routine? Do you have a morning routine and if you do, does it change based on the season? Thanks a lot for reading and make sure to check out my last blog post which is a list of my favourite Tokio Hotel songs!
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