Morning Routines - Glorious or Grinding?
Welcome to June my friends! And in the words of Game of Thrones’ John Snow, “Winter is coming” (to New Zealand!). I don’t know about you, but for me, it doesn’t matter how many extra blankets I add to my sleepzone, or how inviting the fire at the other end of the house is - I find it can be easy to feel less than enthused when it comes to getting up in the morning with this colder weather. I want to snuggle back under the bedclothes and sneak a book into the sheets with me. I know that when I do get up, there’s a bite in the air that’s eager to gnaw at my marrow.
So how does one find the spring in one’s step, when it’s just that little bit more difficult to leap out of bed refreshed and rejuvenated in the mornings?
For most of us, regardless of our situation in life, the morning is a time precious period - we are usually rushing to start the day’s work, or organise our family into theirs, and it can be easy for our morning routine to become a robotic productivity production line. Even though as conscious thinkers we may make grand plans and intentions for our days and mornings, how often do we actually alter our approach to accommodate the shifts we wish for?
So, let’s dive a little deeper together, I want you to grab a piece of paper and a pen or pencil (if that isn’t possible right now just join me in your imagination).
Starting with the pen/pencil in contact with the page, close your eyes. Using your pen, ‘walk’ me through your average morning routine, drawing a mark of some kind for each activity and movement your routine includes. A couple of helpful hints here are firstly, keep the pen/pencil in contact with the page, and secondly, surrender to the task - don’t worry about what it will look like - there is no wrong or right way, it is simply a task to climb into the detailed reflection of what you actually do each morning. You can see my example below. Know there is no one way or right way for your image to look.