Every once in a while it’s good to take a break from your regular rushing around routine and just take a minute to wake up slow and really enjoy this life. I try to make sure I take time to do that at least twice a month. I don’t schedule it anymore (I used to when my life was absolutely ridiculous), now it just kind of happens. I can feel when my mind is a little too overstimulated, when my chest is a little too tight and when my shoulders are a bit too tense. It’s at those times that I know that a reset day is needed.
I’m going to walk you through what that kind of day may look like for me, it’s different each time, but somethings remain consistent. I’ll go through the little things I do that make me feel human again and explain them along the way. Are you ready?
The first thing I do on a day dedicated to just breathing and enjoying the day is turn off my alarms. I do this so I can wake up naturally when I am fully rested. Every other day of the week for me is jolted into motion with the alarm from my phone, this day is meant to be different. The reason I can do this safely by the way, is because I will never sleep past 10am. I usually wake around 8:00 but the latest I sleep on any given morning is 10:00. When up, I like to begin my day with a devotional. I hate to say it but somedays I get caught up in the flow and neglect this part of my life. But my days are always significantly improved when started with scripture and prayer.
Eventually I get out of bed, greet my dog and head into the kitchen, usually accompanied by the pitter patter of his little feet. I’ll place a kettle on the stove, and take my dog out for a quick stretch while my water heats up. By the time I get back inside the kettle is whistling and my tea is ready. I’ll pour myself a cup and this is when I may sit down to watch a show or catch up with my favorite creators on YouTube.
Once my cup is empty, I’ll usually pour another and wander into the world of creativity. I’ll flip open my laptop, grab a notebook and a pen and start jotting things down. These can be all sorts of things from things I want to accomplish that day to things I want to see next summer. Random little hopes and dreams or a list of friends I haven’t spoken to in a while. I do this because 9 times out of 10, this births a series of conversations I have with myself that eventually turn into conversations I’ll have with you guys in the form of blog posts. I write and write and write some more until the thoughts are out and my fingers are tired and my tea is cold. That moment can last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours and honestly I gain the most satisfaction from that little bit of time. After that I’m usually famished, so I’ll whip up something quick and healthy like oatmeal and boiled eggs or something similar. I don’t like to ruin my day with bad food too early.
From there I usually will take my dog for a walk, tidy up the house just a little, and take a shower. I’ll bring my phone with me and dive into my smooth grooves playlist on Spotify and indulge in calming melodies, steam and hot water. I’ll deep condition my hair, exfoliate and maybe even shave…maybe.
Some days I head to the gym before the deep conditioning, some days I don’t. On this particular day I have no schedule, therefore if I feel like it I will, and if I don’t feel like it, I will not. While I detangle and style my hair (because I’m a 4c black girl with thick hair and post shower hair care takes around 40 minutes to complete) I will watch a show or two on Netflix and/or make some phone calls to the people I miss.
By the time my hair is done, the morning is well over and I am beyond content. Whatever the remainder of the day calls for I feel at this point more than ready for it. When I am able to start those mornings off right, then the rest of the day just flows so beautifully. That is why it is so important to me to have days where I protect my mornings and allow them to flow freely. Your morning tends to determine the way you perceive the rest of your day. Make sure you start well. And if you can’t start well consistently, that’s okay (I can’t either), make a day where you intentionally set yourself up for a relaxing morning where you get to do things that make you feel good at your own pace. It’s crucial in this fast paced life to slow down every once in a while. Lately i’ve become painfully aware that I don’t want to wake up one day at 65 years old and realize I didn’t take time to simply enjoy my time. I’m sure you don’t either.
I know people usually go about explaining their morning routine through vlogs, but I wanted to try something different and write about mine instead. Le the know what you think! Thanks for reading!