Having a morning routine is one of the things that has kept me sane and productive in my adult life. I found that after high school (and 12 years of school) I didn’t have a lot of structure and I really needed it. Most mornings I felt rushed or barely put together by the time I left the house.
Or I’d wake up with just enough time to get everything ready but have zero time to even breathe before the day started. I knew that I needed to build a routine that allowed me to not only get ready but get adequately ready and have time to breathe.
We’ve all experienced the panic of waking up late and rushing out the door without a proper breakfast or so much as a coffee. Being rushed or feeling like you have no time is no way to live your life but yet so many of us are stuck in these busy cycles.
How to create a slow morning routine:
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Making routines ensures that we’re not stuck running late. That we have time for the things that need to get done and even things that we want to get done.
These questions will help you narrow down what you want your morning routine to look like:
- What time do you need to be at school/work/ready by?
- What are 3 non-negotiables for your morning routine? (A good breakfast, time to journal, a workout, etc)
- What time do you need to wake up to accomplish these things without feeling rushed?
- What can you prepare the night before to make your morningless rushed? (make your breakfast/lunch, pick our your outfit, pack your bag, etc)
Here’s what my slow morning routine looks like:
- Wake up around 7-7:30
- Drink water
- Make bed
- Make breakfast and coffee
- Eat breakfast
- Drink coffee and do devotions/journal
- Skincare, makeup, and hair
- Get dressed
- Pack lunch that I meal prepped
- Brush teeth and off I go!
Some of my morning non-negotiables:
- Skincare, makeup, and hair
These are the most important things (to me) that I need to get done. So I make sure to meal prep ahead of time, have my bag packed, and my outfit picked out beforehand so I have time to do these things. I’m not worried about making lunch or struggling to decide what to wear. I actually have time to do the things I want to do in the morning.
That’s really the most important part of learning how to create a slow morning. Deciding what is important to you. Maybe you want to be able to fit in a workout or a shower! For me, showering takes too long so I do it the night before. It’s all about your priorities. You could even meal prep your breakfast if that makes it easier!
Some of my morning essentials:
I never used to be a morning person but now that I can relax and have time to do the things that are important to me, I totally am! I love mornings! I hope this post helps you learn how to create a slow morning routine that you also love and can look forward to instead of dread.
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