Morning Routines are a trend for a reason.
I never thought how great you can feel just by working on one’s self care. What is self care anyway? We all talk about it but I feel it’s never addressed properly.
Self care is accepting, nurturing and loving who we are. One of the things I learned about acting is that we are our worst critics, and we tend to be very uneasy with our mistakes or failures (BUT THAT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT TOPIC).
We compare ourselves constantly with other’s success instead of accepting our process, believe me I’m the first one who’s guilty of this.
So, essentially, self care is taking care of ourselves by appreciating what we have and being grateful with what we’re surrounded with. Acceptance is the key word.
There may not always be things we are comfortable of happy with, but we learn to accept and embrace it. There’s nothing wrong, it’s part of our nature.
There are many ways to practice self care:
- The typical Sunday face mask (if you haven’t heard of this, you’ve been living under a whole, seriously.)
- Spoiling yourself with a delicious meal
- Or… spending time alone doing any preferred activity like reading a book, watching a good film or writing music. You’re the creative one.
For me, a good self care tactic is having a full morning routine. It gives me time for myself, and let’s me start my day feeling extra good. Now, aren’t you intrigued?
What’s game changing about a morning routine is the fact that you get to spend the rest of your energy to get work done or any other productive tasks, because you’ve already taken care of yourself. See the trick here? Not really a trick, but it feels like somebody is bringing you a dessert you’ve never tried before.
How to start? Well, it all depends on how you want to start your day.
For me, having a proper meditation (10-15 minutes) journaling, and listening to a good podcast are things that bring me joy and wakes my brain up in a very energetic and fulfilling way.
I wake up every day between 6:30am and 7:00am then I do a light stretch (gotta get those muscles cracked), then I do a meditation. Lately I’ve been loving the Deepak Chopra 21 day challenge. It helps me focus on my goals, and remind myself that I’m capable of achieving anything I desire. It sets my intention for the day and helps my mind focus on my connection with my body.
After that I journal. This takes me around 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the day. I scribble my thoughts and get my mind clear.
Then I go to the bathroom (do my thing) and then do a little French lesson on my Duolingo app. IT’S FREE!
After that I go make some coffee and while I prepare my breakfast I listen to a good podcast. I’ve been listening to a few acting podcasts which make me feel like I’m having a class in the morning and obtaining refreshing material for my work.
After that I do a quick workout and if I’m not working out, I shower and get dressed. Yes! Even if I work from home I get dressed. It helps me feel like I need to get things done.
So from there I’ve already spent a good 2 and a half hours for me, and now it’s time to share with the world. I’ve found this so soothing and just a definite game changer.
Let me know in the comments if you’re interested in trying a morning routine out and which step calls more your attention.