My morning routine varies depending on whether or not I'm working early or late.
I'll go through a typical morning routine of when I am working early first then what I do on my days off/working late. When I say it varies, I just mean it varies in which time I actually wake up at. If I have to be in work for 07:30 I get up at 06:15, if I don't have to be in work until 14:15 then I sleep a bit longer and wake up between 08:30 and 10:00
First things first, regardless of working early, late, or day off; I turn my alarm off, count to five then get out of bed.
The reason I do this is because I used to be a "10 alarms + the snooze button is my friend" kinda gal. But a couple of months ago I was feeling pretty crappy especially in the morning time. So I did some research on sleep and how to make yourself a morning person.
Most stuff I read and watched was a load of horse shite in my personal opinion. some Youtubers being all "hey guys this is how I get ready in the mornings" and it's like a 30 min video on a five hour morning routine that just isn't realistic. Some of these crazy mofo's get up literally at the crack arse of dawn just to start their day for no reason at all. They aren't going to a single place of work for 04:30! Eating their wheat grass smoothies and chugging down green tea, meditating for 60 mins and doing yoga for 2 more XD... I digress.
Anyways, I read a study on how hitting snooze actually reduces the quality of sleep that you have and therefore makes you more tired and less useful during the day. Here's a video that goes into it if you're interested in learning about it.
This completely changed my perspective on sleep. I used to always cherish those extra 10 mins in bed. But every morning I'd wake up feeling "extra sprinkle of shitty mood"
So I gave it a try, and although I'm still not exactly chipper as soon as I wake up, I'm a helluva lot better than I was.
So definitely look into it and give it a try if you're at your wits end of feeling pure shite like I was.
So now that I have woken up, I get myself out of bed and have go for a wee... (TMI? don't care XD)
Then I go and meditate for 20 mins. This is my "me" time before the chaos of the day unfolds. It allows me to be present with myself and deal with any niggling thoughts before I take on the baggage of this day that is about to occur.
I've found it really beneficial to my mood in how I start the day.
I gather all my uniform bits and put them on the radiator including a bra. definitely a game changer. I dunno about you but putting a freezing cold bra on first thing in the morning isn't my idea of a good time at all.
While that's cooking, I make myself a smoothie. I used to hate making smoothies before because I found using fresh fruit was just so temperamental sometimes... Frozen fruit is now my new bff. You're welcome!
So I drink that, I make a cuppa coffee and then I take a little supplement called L Theanine, it's a protein that is meant to help improve focus, reduce anxiety and improve sleep and studies have shown that it works best with caffeine, hence the coffee.
If I haven't properly woken up by this stage, I contemplate my life choices of choosing a job that requires me to get up so early and question as to whether or not I really need this job. Then I decide that I do indeed need it and also like my job (just not mornings). So I then convince myself to get dressed.
I'm quite lucky in that my uniform is just like wearing pajamas to work each day. Quite comfortable, lots of pockets. Only complaint is that it isn't exactly figure flattering (much to the dismay of most men around the world who seem to think that being a nurse is sexy. Sorry honey bun, but having a quicky with someone in a real nurses uniform, covered in all sorts of bodily fluid, is in probably... no... undoubtably extremely unhygienic.) Moving swiftly on.
I then put my hair up, I alternate between a braid, a bun, a high pony tail and a low ish pony tail with a bit of a bang thing going on at the front.
For my makeup, I generally don't like to wear make up to work, just a personal thing. I am do quite a bit of moving around and end up just wiping most of it off my face.
I do however like to have my mascara on (end of this month though, the false lashes are making a comeback!) and draw over my eyebrows with a pencil.
That's about it! I head out the door and make my way into work.
That is my exciting morning routine. No bullshit, just enough to get me awake and ready to face the day.
I am a 25 year old nurse, who is trying to find herself. This blog will contain epiphanies I have, my yoga progress and other such things. Enjoy. :)