JC Chats: Why I get up at 6am everyday – my morning routine
Yep – you read that right, I’ve been waking up at 6am. I have to say that one of my natural talents in life is my ability to sleep. I fail at sleeping when I’m in a plane, but when I’m at home, in bed, maybe even with an eye mask on then I can sleep for hours, days honestly. I could easily sleep 12 hours a night if I let myself. And although it sounds nice, it does mean that I don’t get enough hours left in the day! So one of my goals for a long time is to actually, sleep less!
And well, when we went to Australia, we got the opportunity to try something a bit new. Like I said, I’m naturally neither an early bird or a night owl. I’m neither I just want to sleep constantly. Paul on the other hand is a pure night owl. But, when we we got back in the UK from Australia, of course jet lag hit. The kind of jet lag where you are wide awake at 5am in the morning, and nodding off at about 8.30 in the evening. And something miraculous happened, I kind of liked it.
Why getting up early is good
See this is the thing, before when I would go to be at say 11.30. I probably wouldn’t do much from about 10pm onwards as I’d be pretty tired after a whole day of working and would likely end up in some kind of social media spiral. I find that when I try and actually have some time to do things in the morning, I have way more energy to actually do them. My mind is working so much better and then it feels as though I’ve achieved something before the day has even started.
So not only do I feel more productive and my mind is more awake, I get way more done in the morning and then feel more put together and ready for the day ahead. Last year, I was queen of getting up with the least amount of time possible between getting up and leaving the house. Usually about 15 minutes in peak tiredness! By getting up earlier it’s meant I have time to get myself sorted in the morning and by the time I’m at work or out and about, I’m awake and my brain has already been running for hours.
My morning routine
So what do I actually do in those morning hours?! Well it does all depend on what time I’m out of the house. Every day is different from leave at 7.15, to leaving at 8.30 to working from home and just starting work. For the days where I have more time I’ll generally wake up anywhere between 6 and 7 – usually 6.20 though sometimes on the weekend with a late night I’ll get up closer to 7. As soon as I wake up I usually grab my phone and have about 10 minutes checking my emails and feeds. One day I will break this habit!
I’ve been then keeping my kindle / book right next to the bed and do some reading. I am trying to always read a non fiction and fiction book at the same time. I’m useless at getting through non fiction books so I aim for 5% before I then move onto fiction. I usually aim for about half an hour of reading before getting up. I love working out in the morning so I jump straight into my work out gear and get my work out done. I worked out 6 days a week so generally do about 30 minutes per session.
From there, a quick shower before I then try and get some breakfast together. I used to always eat breakfast out of the house but I’m determined this year to change that! I’ve got a post on slimming world where I chat about some breakfasts coming up soon. Generally after all that it’s time to get going or start work, if I do have a bit of time left then I’ll use it to either organise, blog or do some more reading if it’s a good book. Compared to my normal mornings which would consist of getting up and dressed before running out the door it’s definitely an improvement!
Tips to help your morning routine
- Figure out what wakes you up – consider a lumi light. We bought a lumi light a few weeks ago and it’s been a total game changer. I’m so sensitive to light so in the summer I don’t have much issue waking up but in the winter I could sleep for days. The light starts lighting up 30 minutes before it’s set to go off until it’s bright. It really looks like sunlight to me and it pretty much always wakes me up naturally before my noise alarm goes off.
- Try and go to bed and get up at the same time every day. I know this is such a hard one – but it does make a difference! Even on the weekend I try and get up around the same time, sometimes it may be 7am but that’s very different than my 9.30+ from last year. It really gets the body into a routine.
- Have something nice to look forward to – it’s always so much easier when you have something you want to get up for! I’ve been finding that I’ve been reading a lot of good books which always make me want to get up and continue.
- Start slow – I do try sometimes to immediately jump out of bed and get running for the day but it just doesn’t happen! I am usually a bit sleepy in the morning, and starting slow with some reading or occasional scrolling.
- Get some eye drops – usually I feel tired in the mornings but it’s just my eyes feeling dry and still tired. I find if I pop some eye drops in when I wake up then it instantly makes me feel a bit more alive!
So there we have it – I’ll be sure to update you later in the year with whether or not I’ve kept it up. But so far, so good!
Tell me, do you get up early? How do you do it?!