For me, becoming a morning person wasn’t intentional as much as it was accidental. It might have even been circumstantial. But it wasn’t intentional.
Although I always had an affinity for mornings, I never liked the idea of being jolted awake in the middle of my slumber by an equally jolting alarm clock blaring its sound. No matter how gentle, it’s always abrupt. And starting the day in such a frazzled manner, after admittedly hitting the snooze button one too many times, I found myself also rattled. And working from home didn’t help matters.
At the start and at the end of every day, I’d be so drained at the thought of work, but I was still consumed by it, so I thirsted after it even though it ran me dry. When I realized how much I needed I craved a morning routine before I started work, I placed more emphasis on needing to become an early riser.
Here’s how I did it.
I woke up and went to bed like clockwork.
For about a week, I decided to make it a point to stop riding the clock for 12+ hours a day and decided to start purposefully unwinding at night. I made going to bed by 11 a requirement and something I couldn’t bend on. On those nights, I did my best to be in bed no later than 10. When I did that, it allotted me to easily get in 8 amazing hours of beautiful and restful sleep. In turn, it made waking up at 6 a cinch.
I gave myself time to breathe.
I soon discovered that one of the reasons I was so uneasy when waking up in the morning early by my alarm was due to how everything was supposed to be so fast-paced. I wasn’t allowed to bask in my morning and wake up slowly. So, I did exactly that. Even though I woke up at 6, I didn’t start my work days from home until 9 (sometimes 10) and decided I wanted to spend about an hour with myself, sans any rituals. Just laying down, some mornings looking at something inspirational first thing, or something I just want to catch up on in my YouTube subscriptions. But absolutely no social media and emails is permitted.
I switched up my coffee for some matcha green tea.
Y’all, let me tell you about how much matcha green tea gives me my absolute life these days, whew chile. It’s got double the benefits of green tea and double the caffeine (don’t @ me, these stats are probably off). What more can you ask for when easing your way into your morning? I love coffee, but I learned through trial and error that it’s not my body’s favorite thing to consume first thing in the AM. Since switching to matcha green tea, my mornings have been the smooth alternative R&B groove my spirit needed.
I made my mornings more inviting.
And now here’s where the morning ritual comes into play. By making my mornings feel more inviting, I naturally wanted to walk in the grace the day has to offer me. You can learn more about that here. I’ve also recently added reading the Bible in the mornings as a part of my routine and find myself feeling even lighter as I read through some of my devotionals and plans for the day through my Bible app and jot down verses that resonate with me. I also make sure to make myself something good to eat. I find that when I start my day on a good note with what I choose to fuel my body with, it sets the tone for how I eat throughout my day. Sometimes that means leftovers from the night before, but most mornings, a traditional breakfast, which varies depending on my bi-monthly grocery list.
What more could an aspiring boss woman ask for?
Are you a morning person, how did your love affair with mornings come to be? Share with me in the comments below.