Over the summer months, I’ve rarely been setting an alarm. Since finishing my first university year back in June, I’ve appreciated those moments of extra rest after going to sleep a bit too late at night. But that doesn’t mean the routine has suited me very well.
Those late starts to the day have become a habit which, without the urgency of a lecture, has been hard to shake. My ideal morning would be to begin the day a little earlier, with calm and purpose.
These last few months have taught me that it is okay to slow down. In fact, it is needed in order to make peace with the present. (As someone who experiences frequent anxiety this is very important!) For this reason, my morning would include those boring but necessary tasks and responsibilities to fulfil my own sense of achievement, but I would do them at a slow and steady pace to stay mindful.
A little bit of creative freedom would be appreciated too. Perhaps dedicating an hour to either actively participate in or consume something of the visual arts. Just for pleasure.
Occasionally, on a Sunday morning, myself and Nathan will stay in bed in our pyjamas and watch an episode of Blue Planet. I always treasure those mornings because they never fail to put me in a good mood for the remainder of the day. Nature is wonderful to watch and I find it brings me comfort.
Should I get to experience my ideal mornings regularly will depend on my own discipline of having a supporting bedtime routine. Expressing these thoughts has been motivating and I owe it to myself to try. Let’s do it!
How would you answer this question?
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