A New Addition To My Morning Routine
Over the last few months, I've tried really hard to sleep with my phone outside of the bedroom. Aside from preventing late-night texts and can't-sleep-Instagram scrolls, doing this helps me wake up slowly. I hate the feeling of finding myself on social media or reading a promotional e-mail two minutes into the day. Instead, I crack open my eyes and do a few stretches right in bed. Afterwards, I'll do my morning skincare routine which is rather simple. Wash (with this), tone (with this) and moisturize (with this). I've never had a morning skincare routine, but now that I do, there's no looking back. I've come to learn that a solid one provides stability not only for my skin, but also for my sanity.
In reading this post, please keep in mind I am somebody who LOVES sleeping in. By no means do I jump out of bed at 6AM and go off to the races. It's a struggle for me, but I'm learning. And by learning, I mean forcing myself because we all know successful people wake up early. Oh, and Maui licking my face bright and early surely doesn't hurt my cause either.
After I've stretched and moisturized and brushed my teeth and boiled water for coffee, I pull out my journal. SAY WHA?! A journal? Yup. I have almost exclusively failed at journaling for the last 25 years of my life, however, I've finally found one that I'm sticking with.
I discovered this Five Minute Journal about a month ago, and it has become a welcome part of my everyday. While I sip on my au lait, I jot down a few thoughts about "what would make today great", and an affirmation about who I am. The journal prompts you with questions so you don't need to think too hard. Just keep it by your bedside, and write what comes to mind when you're up. The journal also requires you to check in before tucking into bed. Two simple questions make you reflect on the day you've had. What worked, what didn't, et voila. A habit is established.
I love this journaling habit because it has created an opportunity for me to pause and reflect. We live in a non-stop world of business, catch-ups, travels, and just general "running around". If we don't take the time to mentally check-in and refresh our brain browser, what gets us out of the daily tasks and the rat race? What pushes us in the right direction towards our dreams and goals? What causes us to be more grateful, and enjoy life a little more? Only time and reflection can do that for us.
So, would you try journaling for five minutes a day?