Exhausted? Here’s Why…
How many times have you woken up with a jolt to a screeching alarm? Perhaps you ‘ease’ your way into your day, one eyelid open as you scroll through the daily news also known as Facebook? Maybe breakfast for the last too many months has been half-arsed just like your mascara as you race out the door?
This scenario would leave any sane person feeling stressed and depleted, but it’s what we end up doing – day in, day out and it’s making us feel exhausted!
We collapse into our chair at work counting down the hours until home time, and then we spend more time scrolling through our phones, eating a late dinner and doing god knows what until 11pm rolls around. We scurry to bed cursing ourselves for going to bed so late and then we check our Instagram account for ‘one last look’.
I don’t know about you but seeing this play out everyday get’s a little tedious. There comes a time when we get sick of our own bullshit excuses and today is that day.
Let’s play out a different story now.
You wake up to the soft sound of your alarm and take a few minutes to stretch and wake up. You think about the things that you’re insanely grateful for; these comfy sheets that you got on sale, pilates tonight with the girls and you’re grateful for another day here – alive and healthy.
You get out of bed and walk over to the clothes that you’ve laid out from the night before. Headphones in and runners on, you head outside for a quick stroll and breathe in the fresh cool, air. A warm shower and with plenty of time up your sleeve to blow dry your hair, you whip up a delicious breakfast before heading out the door to start your day.
What would it be like walking into work if that was your morning? Would you feel brighter, alert and calm?
You see, every morning we have the opportunity to start our day in the best way possible but the truth is…we don’t. And if we keep on doing the same thing where we rush around and curse ourselves every morning, sooner or later we’re going to end up in a pretty shitty space.
All of a sudden our work starts to drive us insane, our relationships are tested because we’re living on no sleep and we lose our spark.
You and I are better than that.
What if I told you that starting your day off ‘right’, (whatever right means to you) could quite literally change your life. You don’t need to quit your job, or escape to the Himalayan Islands – love, you need a decent 8 hours of sleep. And time to yourself and some good ol fashioned self-care.
Creating a morning routine could be just the ticket to cure your tired, exhausted self.
Whether it’s 10 minutes, 30 minutes or a whole hour – if you gave yourself this precious time in the morning to do what feels good, my bet is that you’ll feel calm, energised and maybe even a little bit excited to start your day?!
When I started to intentionally create a morning routine for myself, life sure did change. No longer was I grumpy and resentful about work, or the never-ending to-do list I had. I prioritised sacred time in the morning to do what I needed to do to feel good and the feel-good effects lasted all day.
Some mornings I will write in my journal and meditate, other times I might move my body and work up a sweat followed by a quick breakfast smoothie. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ when it comes to a morning routine. Every single day can AND will be different and it’s up to you to listen to what you need – moment to moment.
Now perhaps I’ve convinced you to start your own nourishing morning routine, so here are a few tips to get you going:
1. Choose how much time you’re going to dedicate to yourself in the morning’s. Be realistic here and know that starting out with 10 minutes is way better than nothing.
2. Pick one or two things that you might like to do when you first wake up. Maybe you’re the type of person that craves time to process your thoughts so gentle activities might be more for you. You could stretch, write, meditate, walk outside and bask in mother nature or if you’d prefer to inject some fun into your morning, why not put on a song and dance, exercise with a friend, or prepare a cooked breakfast complete with a feel good playlist. Write a list of all the things that you’d like to do in the morning (instead of that 20-minute scroll on Facebook!) and give each of them a try.
3. Now that you’ve got your list – commit to doing it. Remember, there’s no rules! And if you wake up feeling tired, don’t put pressure on yourself to do something that you really can’t be bothered doing. Maybe the only thing you need to do is sit and enjoy your cup of tea or coffee. Simple!
Trial this ‘morning experiment’ to see what kind of a difference it could make to your day.
I know it’s not rocket science, and you may even have your morning routine down pat already but we all need a self-care reminder every now and then.
We ALL have the choice to intentionally set ourselves up for success, and that 10 minutes in the morning could be the key.
So I’m curious: what would you like to incorporate in your morning routine? What do you think would help you to start your day off on the right foot? Let me know!
And of course once you’re in the swing of a morning routine, then there’s always time to incorporate a night time routine too! Ha!
PS. This blog post is a little peep into the kind of topics I’ll be covering in the ‘Back to Basics Project’ – an ebook dedicated to the busy women out there who just want to get their shit together and feel good every day. If you’d like to stay in the loop, sign up to my newsletter to get all the details of it’s release!
Image Credit: Benjamin Combs