The magic of a simple morning routine
I did not know how much my morning routine was important to me until I did not have any more time for it. Having always been a vain person, I needed about two hours to carefully make myself ready for the day. However, having become the mother of three little angels, my time became obviously very limited. Two hours to make myself ready was no longer possible, 30 minutes was the maximum amount of time I could afford. I had to do everything very fast. The main purpose was not to make me look good for the day, but to make myself ready as fast as possible so as not to be late.
It did not take long for me to realize that getting ready hastily was not always desirable. Being vain as I am, the lack of time made me very angry. But my irritation was not only because I could not make myself ready as I would like to, but also because those two hours were in fact largely responsible for the good disposition and energy with which I began the day. The hasty life and the other responsibilities that took that time, made me leave home with certain stress and annoyance, which in turn negatively influenced my level of tolerance and my mood throughout the day.
My breaking point was when one of those days after arriving 5 minutes late at the office and going to the bathroom to fix my makeup, I noticed that besides having a pink lipstick without lipliner (something that does not suit me well), my son had puked all over my shoulder without me even noticing. I looked in the mirror and although it was only 8:45 in the morning, I was already tired and ill-disposed. Obviously, there were several reasons for that, but that stat […] was a sign that something had to change.
After that, I decided to change the rhythm of life and put that morning routine as a priority in my daily schedule. With the coming of the babies, my responsibilities and the number of things I had to augmented, but the number of hours per day did not increase. So it was up to me to find the right balance and do everything I needed to do within those 24 hours. In doing so, I became aware of so many things that I no longer did and that I needed so much. I then created a new routine that includes some of these things.
I started waking up at 5.30 instead of waking up at 6.30. From 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. is the time I set aside to take care of myself. Everyone at home is forbidden to wake up at that point, preferably not even cough [lol]. The first 40 minutes, I set aside for reading, 10 minutes to do a work-out I follow on YouTube (click here to watch the video). The rest, I dedicate to my long warm bath, and carefully choosing my outfit for the day, as the color of the lipstick that goes with it.
As I make myself ready, I listen to my motivational videos on YouTube, “killing two birds with one stone”. After I finish, I prepare the kids’ lunch and breakfast and I wake them up and make them ready one by one. At 7:50 we sit at the table, have breakfast, and at 8:10 we leave home happy and stressless. Thereby, a simple routine became one of my biggest daily sources of energy. A magical moment that positively influences my day and of those around me.
So no matter how busy you are, try always to find sometime, during the day, for yourself and take care of yourself, because you are your greatest tool for work. I hope you have enjoyed the post and do not forget to dream and always fight for the fulfillment of your dreams.