Like many of my fellow humans that are enrolled in post-secondary school, I suck at early mornings. I would definitely call myself an “early bird” but only because I like to go to bed at 9:00pm like any respectable 90 year old. I can’t do late nights but I also struggle with super early mornings. This leads me to snoozing for an hour every morning, feel groggy and always running behind. Now that I’m in my last year of College and the big 21, I think it’s time to morning like an adult.
So, welcome to my hundredth attempt at a positive and simple morning routine. Thanks so much for joining me on this chilly afternoon (depending on where you live, Canada is chilly), let me walk you through my morning routine and how it has helped me be a fake early bird!
1.Set an alarm at 7am EVERYDAY (Yes honey, that includes weekends…)
This is a tough one to swallow, but as an adult you need to embrace that early morning. Your early morning during Covid-19 could be 8:00am or it could be 6:00am…whatever works for you! I found after years of trying different times in high school and college, that between 7:00am to 7:30am is best for me. But this morning routine should start way before 9:00am to make good use of your morning and to get your body up and ready for the day. I use a sunrise alarm clock from Amazon to help me wake up feeling ready for the day instead of having a minor heart attack every morning when my alarm goes off. Once your body develops a good sleep-wake schedule, you may not need to set an alarm on the weekends and that’s the goal! But it’s good to try to keep up with the same wake up time to get your body to that point.
I will say this helps a lot, depending on how I slept that night I might need another 30 minutes to snooze, but it helps my body’s natural internal clock stay on a good “sleep-wake schedule.”
2. Read for the first 30 minutes
As an online student and online employee, my face is constantly on a screen. And, being a blogger doesn’t really help either! In the beginning of the pandemic, I was dealing with frequent and annoying headaches from sitting all day with awful posture and having my eyes glued to a screen. Reading is also something I loved to do up until grade nine, so I always wanted to get back into reading as much as possible.
When I wake up to the sound of fake birds signing with an even more fake and somewhat blinding sunrise, I avoid my phone like the plague. I don’t even check my notifications…I leave the phone on the charger, grab my glasses and my book, make my Matcha Latte or Iced Coffee, and go to the basement to read in front of the fireplace without any distractions. After reading for at least 30 minutes, I will go upstairs to make breakfast and get ready for my work or school day.
3. Check notifications
After reading for 30 to 40 minutes, I quickly check my notifications, eat, post on Merci’s Instagram a little, and catch up on some of my favourite bloggers. I also text the boyfriend to let him know what my day looks like and chat for a little! I also drink some water here after I have finished whatever caffeinated beverage I made, I try to drink at least five bottles of water a day so I start right after I finish my coffee/matcha.
4. Shower and Skin Care
Then I have 15 to 20 minutes to shower, skin care it up and get dressed for the day. I don’t wear makeup everyday since I’m home 24/7 but that routine is maybe five minutes! I am trying really hard to have a “get ready” routine that is 30 minutes or less. For my morning skincare routine, I use these products (all linked and newly updated for my 2021 routine):
- Graydon Face Foam Cleanser (I usually wash my face at night, but lately I have been lazy so I wash it in the morning when I forget before bed.)
- Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner
- Versed Stroke of Brilliance Vitamin C Serum
- Graydon Photo Clean Cream
- Salt & Stone 30 SPF Sunscreen
When I push myself to do this every morning, it gives me a sense of purpose and motivates me to get ready for the day. It has also really helped with my headaches. No longer are the days where I instantly feel an annoying headache as soon as I open my eyes. You don’t have to try the same morning routine as me, but you should try something that motivates you every morning.
Five years ago, my morning routine probably would have included a cardio workout at 8:30am, but now I feel most motivated at 4:00pm to workout. So your routine will be different, but you need to find what works best for you. I promise having a morning routine will change how you go about your day and it will help you reach you goals that you set! We can see how well a good morning routine works because all of the “most successful people” have a solid routine that sets them up for the day. Maybe your morning routine involves waking up an hour earlier to write, do yoga, or meditate. This is your time. It’s an investment in the time you have to achieve your goals.