Today morning, when my husband left for the office, I got to thinking about my morning and most mornings. How I spend them? Is there a routine? And found there are few activities, which repeat almost all days without fail, except only on weekends. On weekends, I wake up late, don’t go to the gym and no packing of lunch and breakfast required. Those days are my rest days. But the rest five weekdays, it’s a cycle of these seven things:
1. Wake up:
The most important step is to wake up! I set up only one Alarm of 5:00 AM. Because if that doesn’t wake me, none of the others will! And by habit, just shut up even that alarm and lie back for another 5 or 10 minutes. Often stretching until 6:00 AM. I am not rigid with this one but strive to wake up as early as possible. This reduces the morning rush later when I have to cook and pack everything by 8 AM.
2. Drink Water:
We don’t know this but when we get up our body is dehydrated. Drinking water rehydrates the body and also helps in flushing out all the toxins. So I drink one glass of water first thing in the morning even before my morning tea.
3. Morning Tea:
Here is how I make my Tea. First I put water to boil in a pan. When the water boils, I add sugar and crushed ginger. Next, add the tea leaves. When the whole mixture is boiling, and the color is black, I add milk. Then I leave the tea to simmer at medium heat for 10 minutes. This ginger laced tea has a sharp taste which activates me instantly. I can do nothing until I drink this. So this is a must even on weekends.
Languages fascinate me whether computer languages or the spoken ones. I love to explore them. Duolingo is an app on which one can learn any language for free. Currently, I am learning Spanish. I like to learn without having deadlines, a little at a time, and this app is best for that sort of learning. It’s been more than 250 days and I am still hooked. While drinking tea, I complete a chapter or two on this app ever single day.
Before leaving for the gym, I generally eat one banana. My gym routine stretches 30 minutes, 15 minutes of running and 15 minutes of strength exercise. Exercising reduces the stress hormones, creating a positive energy. Positive mood means a good start for the day. Plus, it helps in maintaining weight and increases stamina.
6. Prepare Breakfast and Lunch
After coming back from the gym, I go straight to the kitchen for preparing lunch and breakfast and packing the same for my husband. Some of those breakfast recipes can be found here.
7. Eat Breakfast
I never skip breakfast, not even on weekends. I believe it’s very important to eat breakfast. So when my husband leaves for office, I sit down and have my breakfast while listening to some podcasts.
Share some of your daily morning routines in the comments.
It will be great to add few more to mine.