Slow Morning Routine
I've been trying to delve back into the concept of slow living. I was all about it a few years back but somewhere along the way, I stopped. I didn't abandon the whole idea of it completely but I definitely distanced myself from it in the past year or so. While living in Perth, I craved a fast-paced lifestyle. Perth is so slow and I wanted to the opposite of that. So slow living wasn't exactly a priority for me.
But now, living in London has shown me just how easy it is to get caught up in that fast life. London can make you feel like you need to walk faster, do faster, be faster! I swear, if you just look around the city, you'll see so many people with their eyes glued to their phone and a cup of coffee in their other hand, walking a million miles an hour, trying to dodge tourists in their way. I can admit, that's definitely been me on many occasions. In fact, that was me just the other day – and it was my day off!
This year has been pretty crazy for me. It's been the best year ever but I've also been through a lot – emotionally, especially. So as this year is coming to an end, I want to focus on calming things down. And what better way to step back into simplicity than with a morning routine? So here's my current slow morning routine:
I always wake up slowly and generally have my alarm set for 7 AM. I don't understand how people can just wake up and get out of bed straight away. My friend, Lien is like that. Literally, as soon as her alarm goes off, she opens her eyes and she's up and talking and being all “awake.” Like, I physically do not understand it. I wake up, turn my alarm off, close my eyes again and just chill in bed for 5 minutes.
Note: I put my phone on airplane mode so I'm not tempted to check my notifications.
I've adopted Tony Robbins's priming ritual and tweaked it for myself. I started doing it last year and it was the most valuable thing I ever added to my mornings. The only thing is, it worked so well that after a while, I thought I didn't need it anymore. Thankfully, I've now come back to it and I don't know if I'll ever take it out of my morning routine again.
- 100 rapid nasal breaths with overhead arm extensions on the inhale and elbows dropping down on the exhale.
- 3 things I’m grateful for.
- Blessing: I visualise a gold light over me and ask the Universe/God to bless my happiness, health, wealth, work, safety, love, light and energy. I then visualise my family and friends, and then the world.
- 3 things I want to accomplish for the day.
- Manifestation/Mantra: I like to finish my meditation by visualising something I want to manifest. After that, I’ll end it with a mantra. Lately I've been saying, “I am worthy of love. I am enough. I am strong. I am rich.”
Foam rolling is great as a mindfulness practice. It allows you to focus on each body part individually, kind of like an active body scan. Working in retail also means I have a pretty active job, so it's nice to roll out the tightness in my muscles.
My breakfast is pretty much the same every day but sometimes I'll change it up slightly depending on what I have. I'll usually also read while I eat breakfast just to prolong my time away from my phone. (And yes, at this point, my phone is usually still on airplane mode.)
- Water or a warm lemon water
Smoothie: organic coffee, ½ banana, oat milk, 1 tblsp cacao powder, 1 tblsp organic, grass fed butter
2 scrambled eggs with a handful of peas cooked in butter, 1/2 avocado on a piece of gluten free toast, 1 strip of bacon,
Current book: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris
As I usually have some sort of writing I need to be working on, I like to make the first thing I write for the day, something for myself. No pressure, no motive, just to let whatever is in my head come out. It’s usually how I get my ideas for my other writing, anyway. I also like to put on some relaxing music to set the mood. I recently made a Winter in London playlist that I've been listening to a lot.
Now I can begin on project-related writing.
Get ready and go to work
By this time, I usually leave the house around 11-ish to go to work.
I tend to allow myself 3 hours for my whole morning routine. I know how long that is for majority of people. I know how long that is for normal human beings. I just know how I am as a person and if I can’t start my day in a calm, slow way, it affects the rest of my day and makes me more prone to stress, which is something I’m not good at dealing with. I also just really enjoy taking my time and like to fill up my mornings with the things that make me happy before I have to go to work. Plus, I’m lucky I start work at a later time than most people. Trust me, if I was working 9-5, my morning routine would be a lot shorter.
So, there you have it. My extra-slow morning routine. Are you a morning routine kind of person?