Tips for creating a slow morning routine | Self-care time
What is a slow morning?
In response to a hectic, overplanned life weighed down by 24/7 technology, there is a counter-movement: the slow morning. Supporters spend time - sometimes hours - doing very little in the morning. Rising early, they are happy to start their day in quiet seclusion, without breaks and deadlines.
What does my slow morning routine look like?
In this post, I will share with you my perfect slow Saturday morning. The main joy for me in the morning is to see the faces of my cats, which are waiting for me to wake up soon. I usually get up on weekends without an alarm, but sometimes the alarm goes off around 8.

I try not to reach for my phone first thing in the morning (but I often inevitably do). I want to completely get rid of this habit and replace it with reading. It would be much calmer to use this time to read a book than to scroll through news feeds that I can easily catch up with later in the day.
Next, I get up and follow a simple skincare routine. I do aromatherapy - I pour essential oils into a diffuser and drink a glass of water with lemon. Little things like that in your morning routine make a big difference. I always feel energized when I cleanse my face, moisturize my face, and fill my apartment with an invigorating scent.
Before starting work, I like to stretch my body with yoga or spin the hoop. Then I take my time and look at what I need to do and what I want to achieve.

I write a daily to-do list with only one major task and two or three smaller ones. I will add to this list as soon as I achieve these goals. Simplicity means I don't feel overwhelmed by my workload (which, like everyone else, is constantly growing).
TIPS FOR CREATING A SLOW MORNING
1. Prepare the day before
If you want a quiet morning, prepare the night before. If you have too much to do every morning, find ways to eliminate tasks from your morning routine. There are a lot of things you can do before bed, like getting ready, washing the dishes, or folding the laundry, as well as quick cleaning each room so you don't have to deal with it that morning.

Eliminating these tasks before bed means you have more time in the morning to take your time and you won't be in such a hurry to get everything done because you don't have much to do.
2. Wake up earlier
Resist the temptation to hit the snooze button; Waking up late will only have a negative effect and make your morning seem rushed and unprepared. Pressing the snooze button repeatedly becomes a habit, not a one-off, so choose a time to get up, set an alarm, and not press the snooze button.

If you find yourself waking up tired, create a nightly routine that will help you go to bed earlier and sleep better. If you go to bed on time, you are more likely to get enough sleep, and when the alarm goes off, you will not be so reluctant to get up.
3. Create time for yourself

If you stay in bed a little longer to sleep, you will feel less sleepy, but in the morning you will have less time to do something just for yourself.

If you find that your mornings are rushed and you only have time for the essentials, consider going to bed earlier so you can wake up earlier. This will create some extra time in the morning so you can do what you like.

Creating space in your routine means you have time to slow down and enjoy your mornings; You can spend this extra time with your family or pets, read, listen to a podcast, or just sit and enjoy your breakfast longer.
4. Aromatherapy and candles
The best part of the day is to fill my diffuser with essential oils that help me feel calm and stay focused or a candle that fills the room with botanical scents.
5. Make your bed
This is the first task of the day, which you can complete in seconds, but what a pleasure it is to stretch out in a well-made bed as night falls.
6. Drink a glass of water
Your body needs water, especially after sleep. Be sure to include the fact of drinking water with your morning routine. This will not only activate your cardiovascular system but also help you wake up.
7. Don't react to notifications
No letters, calls, etc.: the morning belongs to you. Decide for yourself what you want to do in the morning and take care of yourself. Dedicate yourself to what you lack outside of your functions. This should become your morning routine.
See you next time,
Arina
Images by Arina Voy.
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