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My Morning Self Care Routine

29/05/2018

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!

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Don’t check social media 

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! 

Do some yoga

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.

My Morning Self Care Routine

Shower and skincare 

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! 

My Morning Self Care Routine

Eat something 

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? 

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35 responses to “My Morning Self Care Routine”

  1. I was never a morning person and I hated getting up for school at 7am. When I was in sixth form, I missed so many periods because I literally couldn’t be arsed to get out of bed, it was terrible. But now, I can’t stand getting up any later than 9 and I’ve found myself naturally waking up earlier so now, I’ll tend to wake up on my own at around 8/8:30 and feel pretty fresh and ready to get up. I’d love to get up even earlier though!

    I definitely check social media more or less as soon as I wake up (after my emails) but I try not to get too OTT and just scroll aimlessly for hours haha! I also can’t function unless I’ve eaten breakfast. My boyfriend can go ALL DAY without eating and it doesn’t bother him at all. And I always do Yoga in the morning too. I tend to do Yoga workouts but I’ll alter it daily and do a workout that feels right for me on that particular day, so some days may be more intense and others are slow and stretchy but I love all of them!

    Anyway, fab post, as always! Always in awe of your Slytherin cushion! <3 xxx

  2. Jade Marie says:

    A lot of people say they used to hate getting up early and now love it! I think it’s just a part of growing up lol

    Even though I say I try and avoid checking it, I can’t always manage it- especially if I see I have a lot of notifications 🙊 I’m glad I’m not the only one that enjoys yoga in a morning, I might have to start looking at actual workouts!

    Thank you lovely! And it’s from Primark 🙌🏼 I love showing off my house pride 💚 xxx

  3. Ashley Marie says:

    I consider myself to be a “morning person hiding inside of a sleepy sloth.” I love sleep, but I also love the energy, self of accomplishment, and (usually) positivity to my days from waking up early. But, this is something I have always struggled with, but I hope to get in the habit soon. Early mornings seem to provide more opportunities for self-care, without having to create an extra chunk of time to fit it in. I may “borrow” some of your morning routine ideas, like yoga and such, to add to my mornings. Thanks for a great post!

  4. Ah I need to do the social media one! I’ve started getting up early cause I find I’m more productive in the mornings… but sometimes I just get hooked on my phone and don’t actually get anything done. It’s such a bad habit!

    Lucy x

    http://www.itsbethansblog.com/

  5. Jade Marie says:

    I think it’s something we all struggle with, especially as bloggers! It’s so easy to think “I’ll just” and then when you next look at the clock, notice that an hours passed without you noticing 🙊 x

  6. Jade Marie says:

    I love that phrase! 🙌🏼😂 feel free to borrow whatever works for you! ☺️

  7. I love this routine, and i need to not check social media as soon as i wake up!

  8. Steph Hannam says:

    Love this blog post! I really want to get into yoga, I can imagine it’s a great way to wake up and stretch before starting the day. I am also a sucker for going onto social media just after I wake up, really need to get out of that habit.

    Steph x
    stephhannam.wordpress.com

  9. This sounds like such a relaxing morning! I do have all my social media notifications turned off on my phone but I do sit and scroll on a morning just because that’s usually when I’m in the most pain with my illness and it distracts me! The idea of doing yoga instead has really intrigued me and I think I might try my best to start doing it instead – only a really gentle version though of course. Loved reading this post Jade, it’s inspired me!
    Alice Xx

  10. Bexa says:

    I’m a morning person purely because my cats won’t let me sleep past 6am as they always want their breakfasts he he. I like getting up early though as I feel more productive. I’m also a fan of morning yoga, it’s such a good way to start the day. I need to spend less time on social media though as time just disappears! Great post Jade xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  11. andthenzen says:

    I really, really wish I was a morning person but I just love sleep so much, even more now that I’m on anti-depressants with drowsiness as a side effect! 🤦🏼‍♀️ I need to get into a better morning skincare routine because it’s something that I’m definitely lacking at the moment, would you recommend the No7 pieces pictured? 🙊

  12. I’m definitely more of a morning person when I’m not having to get up early for work haha! I never have much of a morning routine though but I should make it more of a habit x

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

  13. Jade Marie says:

    I honestly think it’s something we’re all guilty of doing! 🙊

  14. Jade Marie says:

    I’d definitely recommend trying it out, I’ve noticed my body starting to ache a lot less since I started doing it 🙌🏼 and it’s such an easy habit to fall into!x

  15. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Alice! ☺️ I might have to turn notifications off on my own phone, see if that helps keep me off of it 🤔 I always feel guilty when I ignore sm, especially if I have a lot of notifications 😂 and it’s worth a try! Definitely stick to gentle stuff though- don’t want you to end up in even more pain!xx

  16. Jade Marie says:

    Haha a cat as an alarm clock- I love it! 😂 so many people are saying they struggle with spending too much time on social media in the morning, I think it’s a universal blogger problem lol xx

  17. Jade Marie says:

    I must admit I love my sleep too 🙈 I just go to bed around 11 which gives me about 8/9 hours sleep lol that’s crap about the anti-depressants though! 😔 And is definitely recommend them! 😍 even though one of them is a night cream, I use it in the mornings when I need a boost of hydration 🙊 I’ll have a full skincare routine up this month so I’ll go into a lot more detail in that post ☺️

  18. Jade Marie says:

    I’d recommend getting into a routine if you can, it really helps me feel productive and helps me get out of bed when I’m feeling lazy 🙊😂 x

  19. Steph Hannam says:

    Will definitely have to give it a go now then. Do you go to a class or do it at home? x

  20. Ashiana says:

    Great photos in your post! I definitely need to put the social media one into place!

  21. ltmcgrath says:

    Love this post! Great self-care routine! It sounds very low-key, and a lot of people don’t realize you don’t need a HUGE amount of time for self-care. It’s the little things that count.

  22. Jade Marie says:

    I just do it at home ☺️ x

  23. Queen Sapphire says:

    I can totally relate to the social media point. Even though, I know I shouldn’t check it but I still will 😂 can’t help myself

  24. Anonymous says:

    I also find it useful to not check social media in the morning. It’s just a so much more positive start right away. This morning routine is very similar to mine since I also try to do yoga every morning but sometimes it’s hard to push myself if I feel lazy or tired that day. But if I do it definitely makes my morning a million times better.

  25. Anna says:

    Sorry I am the 8.55 one I just forgot to write my name😅

  26. vivirewellness says:

    Great tips, the hard one for me is to skip checking social media as that is the time where I catch up on my social media…

  27. I swear by boots no7 skincare. They are simply amazing!

  28. Jade Marie says:

    They’re the only skincare brand I use now- I’ve become completely obsessed!

  29. Jade Marie says:

    I completely get that, it can be hard to find time to check it otherwise! Maybe set an alarm giving yourself a set amount of time to check it, that way you don’t get caught up in it and end up being late 🙂

  30. Love, Soph says:

    I loved this post! Self care is definitely so important, even if it is really something just as small as remembering to have some breakfast, something which we’re all definitely guilty of forgetting. I wish I was as motivated as you on a morning: most days I’m not seen until at least 10am, and some days I seem to struggle to get out of bed at all. Night time is definitely my self care slot! Pinned this to my self care board on pinterest for whenever I’m in need of some self care related things to do!

    Soph | http://www.lovesoph.co.uk

  31. Jade Marie says:

    Don’t feel bad about not being a morning person hun, not everyone is and that’s perfectly fine ☺️ I do have a post on my evening self care routine if that’s interesting to you, I try and do at least one routine a day if I can – sometimes both if I’m having a good day 😂

  32. Love, Soph says:

    Oooo yes I’m off to find that & read it now. May actually have to have a binge of your blog because I love it at the moment😂x

  33. Since launching my blog back in March, I have picked up some bad habits. Checking social media in the morning is something I have to break away from because Like you said, I waste so much time scrolling.

    I now get up, pray first thing and just lay awake for a bit. It helps and I always make sure to have some breakfast. You will be surprised how much it will help set the tone of your day.

    Self care is so important and keeping it up is even harder.

    Jenna |xo

  34. Jade Marie says:

    It really does waste so much time, it sucks you in and you can easily loose an hour to endless scrolling!

    Keeping up with self care can be hard at first, but I think there are lots of different ways you can fit it into your day to day life without even really realising ☺️ x

  35. Sandy C. says:

    Such a motivational post! You don’t even realize the time you waste on social media until you get off. Self-care is so important it should be our number 1 priority. Will be taking these tips and adding it to my routine.

    http://www.beautyblissandchaos.com

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