My Sleeping And Morning Routine

I'm so happy and proud of myself at the moment, Internet Dwellers! Do you want to know why? Well, I'll tell you - I've fina...

I'm so happy and proud of myself at the moment, Internet Dwellers! Do you want to know why? Well, I'll tell you - I've finally got myself into a sleeping and morning routine, and I feel so much more refreshed and awake because of it.

A little while ago, I was sleeping in until 10AM and having regular naps; sometimes even after only two hours of being awake in the first place. I wasn't in a good place in my body because of this, and I was just feeling exhausted all the time. I'm not perfect by any means; I sometimes don't do all of these things, or have naps, or lie-ins, but the most important thing is that I do ii the majority of the time now that it's become a habit for me.

Bed before 12AM and up before 9AM - I work in hospitality so this used to be hard for me. When I get in from work, sometimes around 10:30PM-11:00PM, I need down time before I go to sleep - I'm not one of those people that can just go home and pass out (unless I'm flat out drunk that is), I need some wind-down time. I used to stay up until 1AM just relaxing watching TV, or catching up with my friends back home on Facebook, and due to the fact that I'd just been tired from work and also had stayed up late looking at screens, I was exhausted in the morning so I would sleep in.

I decided to try and set myself a time frame of when I would ideally like to go to sleep and get up. I didn't want to start off going cold turkey and suddenly get up at 6:30AM as I knew that wouldn't work; 9 hours sleep is more than enough for me, but even 7 or 8 is plenty as well so I set it at "before 9AM" so I had a time-bracket. It was hard at first, but I did stick to it, and now I wake up naturally just before 8AM feeling awake and ready for the day.

Reading before bed - This was a big thing for me, and the one that has really shown the most improvement in my well-being in the morning as well. I used to get home from work and hop on my laptop or my phone and just scroll through endless reams of social media that I'd probably already read before.

Personally, I don't feel as though your brain really switches off when you're staring at a glaring screen, but when you're reading, I feel as though it can go into a state of relaxation (just a note, these aren't facts by any means, this is just what I've experienced). I've woken up 10x better when I've been reading before bed than when I was on Facebook for an hour prior to sleeping.

No distraction breakfast - I'll be honest, when I wake up, I do immediately go to my phone and check my emails, Facebook, Instagram, and anything else. However, now,  I've been willing myself to eat breakfast alone with no distractions; it has helped me to reflect, plan my day, and to clear my mind. I'm coming to terms with the idea that how you choose to act in the morning is a reflection of how your day will start and therefore progress - this brings to mind the saying "start as you mean to go on".

Mute your phone - This one is pretty self-explanatory, and unless you have work obligations that stop you from doing this, then I would highly recommend it. Putting your phone on mute before bed (or "do not disturb" for iPhone because your mute is vibrate for some stupid reason) will take away all distractions from your much needed sleep; if you're a light sleeper you won't wake up in the middle of the night to that drunken text or you won't check the list of likes you've got for your new Instagram photo. You'll just hopefully get a good honest peaceful nights sleep.

Plan your to-do list the night before - If you set yourselves tasks for the next day the night before, you have something to wake up for in the morning, you have goals that you want to achieve for the day. I know it motivates me to get up in the morning and start checking off those things from my list. Oh so satisfying.

Exercise first thing - This is more of a goal for me to start doing more often as stated in my June Goals. Exercise for me is the most convenient first thing in the morning, but everybody's different. I feel more motivated at this time of day, and it's something to wake you up for sure - I did a workout this morning (Mon 6 June) and it made me feel alive; I'm excited to keep it going. Watch this space!

A few of these things are in my habit tracker on my bullet journal, so that's inspired me to keep on keeping on. I'm hoping to keep this going for a little while - it's just a shame that I will be moving to a completely different time-zone in a couple of weeks (for a month) that will probably take my routine off tilt for a little while but we'll see how that goes.

Do you have a sleep and morning routine? 

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