Since being in lockdown, I’ve been doing a lot of new activities. Most of which, you can find out on my post “How I’m coping with quarantine”. Despite this though, I didn’t really mention what I’ve been doing in the morning. I will admit that this routine has only developed during lockdown but it is a routine I intend to keep to. I’ll keep this intro short and sweet so we can get right into it.
Wow, obviously! I’ve been setting my alarm for 9am but I’ve been waking up at 8:30 instead. I think this is due to me going to bed earlier. Before I structured this routine, I had been going to bed late and waking up late. This meant I had less time in the day to do what I wanted so I started taking myself to bed earlier. It’s helped me feel a lot more energised as I’m getting in my 8 hours sleep but also having time to do what needs to be done!
I’ve been incorporating this because I wake up earlier. I just get in half an hour of reading to start my day off right. I do this on my phone on the iBooks app and it’s a good relaxing way to start my day off calmly. I also reply to messages in this half an hour because it’s the only way I’m keeping in contact with my boyfriend, friends and relatives that I can’t see while in lockdown.￼ For me, reading transports me away for a while and at a time like this, it’s nice to be whisked away for a little while.
Make my bed
I love making my bed simply because I love getting into a freshly made bed at night. It makes me fall asleep so much easier for some reason and seems so much more comfortable. The room also looks a lot tidier with the bed made too! I like to make sure my blanket is neat and my pillows are plump. You simply cannot beat a freshly plumped pillow to sink your head upon at night! I also like to spray a little lavender spray on my pillow to help me fall asleep earlier at night. I just use the Gilly Hicks one from Hollister.
Basic hygiene and skincare
Obviously I’ll brush my teeth and wash my face as you would any morning. This is also the time I’d get dressed too and sort out my hair so I look slightly more presentable to the outside world that won’t see me during this time. In terms of skincare, I splash my face with cold water and wash my face properly after my workouts, which leads to…
So I’ll fill my water bottle up and I’ll retreat to our conservatory to complete around a 40 minute workout. I’m doing the 2-week shred challenge by Chloe Ting. I’m not too far in and my abs are killing, I’ve seen results of this challenge and they’re insane! I’m so excited to take part and if you want to join me, I’ll link her playlist here. I do the 4 videos every day and finish absolutely exhausted! I got through my water so quickly so you may have to stop and refill before the next video. I personally workout by myself but you may feel more comfortable doing it with someone else.
Shower and change again!
After a workout I feel so disgusting until I’ve had a shower so I’ll quickly have a shower to wash all the sweat and I’ll change into some normal/lounge clothes. These days it’s usually leggings and a hoodie or oversized t-shirt so I can be comfortable for the rest of the day. My go-to shower gel is of course Snow Fairy by Lush as it smells so good and lasts all day! If I’m feeling really groggy, I’ll make sure to use my Foreo Luna mini 2 so ensure all the sweat and grime is out of my pores. I like to keep my Morning skincare routine fairly simple.
Have breakfast as I write my to-do list
I’ll usually have a bowl of cereal after my workout and I’ll eat as I write out what I need to do for the day. Of course, I write this in my bullet journal. My last bullet journal post showed my April theme and if you want to start a bullet journal, you can read my popular post on how to start a bullet journal. I usually set myself 3-4 tasks that I “must” complete and is usually related to my university work but I also have a few blogging ones per day. University is my main priority at the moment as exams are still set to go on; just online. This sets me up to be particularly productive for the day and is essential for my morning routine.
Get started on university work
I usually spend around 2-3 hours on studying per day. This includes: taking notes, making flashcards and attending online lectures. I usually get started at around half 10 or 11 so my university work takes up the rest of the morning. I do like to be productive in the morning and if you’re struggling with this, I have a post on how to be more productive and organised. It can be hard, and you may just want to sit and watch Disney+, trust me, I know the struggle! But you’ll feel so much more better if you’ve had a productive start to the day. I do spend the rest of the day relaxing after this so I’m not a working machine! I just like to get stuff done! It rounds off my morning routine and I can revel in the fact that I’ve been productive!
How is your morning routine looking during this time? It can be hard to be productive but adding some extra little bits of work into the morning can really put you in a better mindset for the rest of the day!