I’ve always been a morning person, I don’t think I’ve managed to sleep in past 8 o’clock since I was about 14. Unless I’m ill of course, then I’m one of those people who just sleeps all day until I feel better!
I think part of it is having to get up so early for school as a kid; my parents don’t drive and I lived about 3 miles away from my school, so I’d have to get up about 7am to give myself enough time to have some breakfast and get ready before walking or catching the bus up to school.
Even though I love waking up early, I’ve realised recently that I’m not my most creative in the morning. If I try to write a post or take photographs, they end up just being a bit “meh” and I always end up re-doing them because I don’t like them.
So I’ve decided to ditch the 9-5 approach I’ve been trying to make myself work to, and just do what works for me.
My mornings are now dedicated to self care and then whatever housework needs doing, like putting a wash in or hoovering up. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I’ve even started to look forward to it as I feel so productive afterwards and it gives me a positivity boost.
I’m officially an adult!
This one is essentially for me; if I check social media when I wake up I get sucked into that rabbit hole and the next thing I know, its 10:30 and I’ve still not moved out of bed!
I’ll simply check if I have any text messages (which I usually do from Chris), answer those and then put my phone down again without doing anything else. In all fairness it usually goes on charge at this point since iPhone batteries are utter crap!
I don’t do anything intense or fancy and I don’t follow a guided video on YouTube either, I just make it up as I go along and change it to fit my needs each day.
I know that this isn’t the way most people would do it, but I was a dancer for a long time and I its meant that I know my body pretty well. It also turns out a lot of the things we did for our warm up routines were based off of yoga, so it turns out I knew a lot of moved without even realising it.
I do about 10/15 minutes worth and not only does it really help to wake me up, but I take that time to practice some mindfulness too. Focusing on myself, what I’ve achieved recently and taking some time to analyse my mental state helps me avoid burnout, as well as helps me notice if my depression is coming back again.
Even if I don’t have time to do a full workout, I’ll make sure to take a few minutes to stretch out and get my muscles moving.
I don’t know how I coped before we got a shower! We live in a council house, which means we have no ability to change anything without the house; something that really annoys me.
However when my mum was diagnosed with her brain tumour and epilepsy, the council had to adapt the house to fit her needs by law- which meant that they had to rip out the bathroom and turn it into a wet room.
It’s probably the only positive to come out of such a shit situation!
I get a quick shower to freshen up every morning and then I move onto my skincare routine. Nothing too fancy and it usually changes from day to day, depending on if my skin is dry or oily that day.
Having combination skin can be so annoying at times!
I’ve always been brought up with the importance of eating breakfast in the morning, to the point that even when I was anorexic I would still nibble on some fruit or a bit of a cereal bar in the morning.
I used to have toast and a coffee usually but I’ve noticed that this can actually make me tired and sluggish in a morning. So instead I’ve switched to things like porridge, fruit or cereal with a cold glass of Ribena or Orange Juice.
Straight after eating I’ll brush my teeth, especially if I’ve had something with milk in it. I love milk but I’ve found it can leave a horrible taste in your mouth if you don’t brush straight away.
I know some of this might not sound like “traditional” self care, but that’s the point of this post in a way. Self care can be just about anything that helps you to feel good, there’s no right or wrong way to practice it and its not always the “glamorous” things we hear about so often.
What are your favourite ways to practice self care in a morning?
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.