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Morning routines - don't work for everyone

Controversial opinion

Consistent morning routines don't work for everyone.

I've taken it upon myself to give you full permission to make up your own morning routine to suit you. No pressure, no guilt, do it your own way.

The health 'gurus' and therapists recommend a morning routine, consistent sleep times and daily self care practices. All for good reason however the reality of putting it into practice doesn't always work that way.

Let’s start with mornings being a bust

My alarm goes off at a different time every day with the earliest being 4am. And sometimes I work in the evening teaching, supporting clients or working in production.

The ideal sleep for my age and constitution is 7-8 hours. Based on the advice I would need to go to bed at 8-9pm each night and rise at 4am every day.

Firstly I have zero interest in being up at 4am if I don't need to be. Nope, not happening, you can stick that idea where the sun don't shine.

Secondly when a shift finishes at 10:30pm it blows the bed time out of the water. And then there's the times I've done shift work, that's a whole other kettle of fish.

Reality. A consistent sleep and wake up time is off the table.

Consequently my morning routine is super simple.

1. make bed - no matter what happens throughout the day I've achieved one thing

2. drink 2 glasses of water - hydrating my body first thing

That's it. Super simple, no pressure and anything else is a bonus...I do also shower, clean my teeth, dress etc - the essentials.

A morning routine of 10 minutes meditating, 10 minutes journaling, 10 minutes movement/stretching or similar definitely isn't happening at 4am. I would rather the 30 minutes of sleep than have my alarm go off at 3:30am. That's a giant no from me. On other days it may happen.

Does adding more shit to your morning, day and life feel overwhelming? Does the idea of routine feel heavy and possibly constricting?

Message me to chat about how you can move toward creating supportive practices unique to you.

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