Let me start off by saying I’m not claiming to a #healthqueen. As a self-confessed enemy of mornings, I do have a struggle getting into the day and am a big fan of rolling straight from bed into the car. However, like most of you now, whether you’re working or studying from home, my morning routine is entirely different, and it has made a huge difference to the rest of the day.
Pre-COVID, I could get my morning routine into 15 minutes by prepping the night before, downing a smoothie whilst driving to work and doing my make-up hurriedly in the car park/walking to the office. Healthy? Probably not, but I value sleep – a lot.
In COVID times, I no longer have my commute to sort my life out and was thrilled to be able to roll out of bed, into the spare room and work in my PJs. After not too long at all, I felt terrible. I wasn’t waking up properly, wouldn’t go and grab a drink or breakfast and just was not ready to start my day. It was a learning curve sure and I had to get a morning routine down or I would just feel rubbish for the rest of the day too. I’ve finally got into my routine that makes the rest of the day so much easier and I’ve found myself getting into some really great habits too! (Exercise, who knew it was so good for you?!). So here is my morning routine for anyone who is struggling right now:
6:15am – Wake Up
I know, horrific right? Change all timings to how they suit you! My partner is back in the office, so is up between 6/6:30 and it’s just easier to get into the routine by starting the day together. One main thing I’ve found makes all the difference is getting hydrated straight away – simple right? But honestly, I forget/was too lazy to grab a drink and could all morning without one – cue headaches and generally feeling sluggish all day. I keep a huge bottle of water with me at all times now and will spend my waking up time wandering around getting those H20 levels up. Like a child, I find I drink more water when I have my metal straw. Am I too lazy to lift up a glass? Probably, but whatever works.
6:30am – Work Out (optional)
On days that we wake up at the same time, this is so I can squeeze in a workout before starting work. I started the the Body Coach 90 Day Plan during lockdown and I found that days I didn’t work out in the morning, I’d have to drag myself to do it in the afternoon and would often skip. Just popping in that quick HIIT workout made all the difference to my morning. It woke me up and got me feeling energetic. If I’m feeling really active, I’ll head to the gym for a class – currently loving the 6:30 spin class. Bonus feature – this will come with super smug feeling and you’re definitely allowed to spend the whole day telling people you start your days working out.
7:15am – Breakfast
It’s true what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even if I’m not feeling overly hungry, I’ll still try and have a little something as by 11am I’ll be ravenous and this is when I’ll start dipping into snacks or picking through the fridge as I don’t feel I have enough time to make something substantial. Current favourites are smoothies – chuck some fruit, plant-based milk, some oats and some nut butter in there and you’ve got a quick and easy brekkie. Now it’s getting colder, I’ve switched from overnight oats to baked oats or normal porridge. Again, super quick and easy and you can chuck in anything you want! Baked oats also make you feel like you’re eating cake for breakfast and that’s a win-win for anyone. Refill your bottle here and keep chucking down the water too – can you tell I’m now water’s biggest fan?
7:30am – Getting Ready
Hop in the shower and get yourself ready for the day! This is just a super nice time to chill out before you knuckle down into work. I pop a podcast on or some cheesy hits and spend some time making myself presentable (unless I have no meetings, then we’re team no make up for those days!). I do like to think of this time as my ‘mindfulness’ time – I do my skincare (adore all things aloe for my skin right now), sort my hair, do my make up and I’m all ready to go. I’m quite lucky to have flexible working hours, so some days I may start by 8am, others I may feel like I need a longer morning so start at 9. Whatever the case, taking the time to get ready properly as if you were actually leaving the house to head to work makes all the difference in getting your head in the game for that day. *PS – WATER!
8:30am – Starting Work
By now, I’m all ready to get going. Take some time to sort your workspace out for the day, if you didn’t the day before. I am guilty for leaving mugs and scattered papers everywhere, but a clean workspace = productivity. To keep your day going as fabulously as it has been, take time to make a list and figure out your priorities before getting going. I really find this helps me focus in and concentrate on my day. If you do find concentration and focus a struggle working from home, make sure to check out my top tips for that here! Oh, and don’t forget that water!
So, there we have it! I would like to say this is not my day every day! I am still guilty of waking up late and rushing to my computer, forgetting my breakfast and not starting work in the right frame of mind. But I can see a huge difference in those days when I take the time to look after myself in the mornings -I’m less sluggish, more focused and I find I have better habits. I’m currently trying to shift a bit of lockdown weight, so taking time to workout and have a good breakfast has really helped with this too – I’m much less likely to be wandering to the fridge and back throughout the day.
I’m not completely insane and do spend my weekends having looooong lie-ins, having a rest from working out and generally just chilling out. But if you’re going to take away anything from this, having that breakfast and hydrating yourself makes all the difference, regardless of if it’s a workday or not. You will often find me in my dressing gown, avo-toast in hand and of course accompanied by my water bottle on the weekend at around midday. It’s all about looking after yourself and finding the best routine for you!