So I began an early morning routine. Basically, due to my anxiety, or maybe my messy sleep patterns caused the anxiety - who knows - I decided to make it a regular routine to go to bed at 10pm and wake up at 5am.
Now, I am still transitioning, but even when I awake around 5:30am, I am able to leave for work at 7:30am refreshed, focused, awake, and ready to take on the day!
I made this decision after doing much research on the topic of self-care and observing my own habits and productivity.
Here's how it goes...
- 5:00am - 5:30am Wake Up
- 5:30am - 6:00am Workout/Yoga/Coffee and Read a Book (Depends on the Day)
- 6:00am - 6:10am Meditate
- 6:10am - 6:20am Journal
- 6:20am - 7:00am Shower and Get Ready for Work/Tidy Up
- 7:00am - 7:30am Eat Breakfast and Relax before Leaving
Much of this is self-care. I used to do meditation, yoga or workout, journaling - in the evening and wouldn't feel grounded for the majority of the day. This way, I ground myself first thing and feel refreshed so I can tackle work tasks efficiently and in a more balanced way.
Studies have shown that people who wake up earlier are more productive and more focused. This time in the morning also helps us to feel free to express creatively for a few hours. After reading Big Magic, I know this is much more important than most of us think - to live creatively. It's something we need to do to get back into our skin every day. It keeps us grounded and secure. We are aware of our priorities when we are creatively living and just going with the flow.
I am grateful for this routine, because it has helped me to go with the flow once more after several months of battling much more extreme anxiety than I have in over 5 years.
Give it a try!