how to create a realistic morning routine

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Who doesn’t love a good routine? I know I do.

But you know what I hate? Those picture-perfect morning routines we see from so many “influencers,” talk about fake, fake, fake. #killmenow

Like no, I don’t love waking up at 5 am, and no I don’t wake up looking picture perfect. More importantly, no I’m not perky and bubbly first thing in the morning. Gag me.

Let’s get real.

I love sleeping in, and I love staying up late. However, that’s not exactly the best way to live your life. Even though sometimes I still can’t help but sleep in late. Wink, wink.

In reality, my mornings aren’t picture perfect, and they usually are never the same. But I do love continuity, so I think developing a good morning routine is important.

Since becoming unemployed, the structure I had to my morning routine has gone out the window. And to be perfectly honest the first month was rough. I slept till probably 11 or 12 every day. No Bueno. Let’s just say my days were less than productive.

However, I knew I needed to turn things around, so I created a simple, efficient, and relaxing morning routine that doesn’t stress me out or give me the shakes.

So, how can you create a realistic morning routine?

Fucking do it. Just kidding.

First, reflect on your situation and cut out anything that makes you miserable every morning. No one likes a cranky bitch.

Next, decide on 2-4 morning goals that are important to you.

Everyone’s lives and morning ritual are different so make sure your routine fits your life, not someone else’s.

Remember copying a famous blogger or YouTube star’s morning routine isn’t going to make your morning suddenly amazing especially if it doesn’t fit your life.

Instead, create rituals and goals that will make you happy and not stress you out.

Most importantly, do you!

Then, figure out your timeline. Plan out when you’re going to get up and how much time you have to spend on each goal. If you want to spend an hour painting your face each morning, do it! If you’re a hungry bitch and need to eat a big breakfast, get it, girl! #feedme

Finally, be realistic. You can’t do it all every morning. Try out your routine and see if you can stick with it – if not “dust yourself off and try again.”

Remember, “Just do your thang, We’ll see how it goes.”

Personally, I’ve realized that I need to do a few things each morning to feel good. My list includes sleeping in a bit, meditating, having a little dance party, getting Starbucks, doing a face mask than my makeup, and eating breakfast. For me, that’s my perfect morning. Will it change, probably but for now it’s working.

To sum it up here are my four steps for creating a realistic morning routine:

1. Reflect
2. Decide on 2-4 rituals to accomplish
3. Set a timeline
4. Be realistic (and try again, if needed)

Do you have a morning routine? What morning rituals are important to you? Are you sick of seeing idealized morning routines?

xo, Lara

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