MY MORNING ROUTINE

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I’ve talked about my stress and anxiety before, but I wanted to touch on it in more detail as I’ve been consciously working at minimizing it. January was a particularly hard month for me (work is slow, the weather is COLD and my friends + family are far away) and I vowed to try and be more proactive about my mental health and wellness. I never thought I’d say this, but I really love my mornings. I have made a point to have a relaxing and lovely morning routine to start my day off right, both physically and mentally. Anyway, I really think it has helped with my mood and stress levels so I wanted to share with you!

1. NO PHONE

This one is the hardest, especially as my job basically revolves around my phone. But the texts and emails at 7am can definitely wait for an hour until I’m ready for the day. I put my phone on airplane mode and try not to look at the screen for the first part of my morning. No Instagram, Facebook or emails. Or even texting for that matter. I don’t always succeed, but it’s definitely something I’m trying to do.

2. 5-MIN JOURNAL

This is a new part of my routine, but I really think it’s helped with my positivity and mood. It actually takes less than 5 minutes and it’s a foolproof way to actually write down things you’re grateful for, what would make your day great and then review it before you go to bed (there’s a small evening portion as well). It can be something as small as that you got out of bed without snoozing or that you’re grateful for your partner or family. I find it so helpful to remind yourself while physically write these things down.

3. MORNING WALK

Almost as soon as I get up (before breakfast, after brushing my teeth), I take the dog out. It’s so great to be outside first thing in the morning, especially when it’s sunny, and get a few minutes of exercise. And seeing my dog so happy automatically makes me happy 🙂

4. THE DAILY

Another new edition, The Daily is a daily podcast from the New York Times. It’s only 20 minutes long, but it talks about important news (mainly politics right now) in an unpretentious and educative way. I always find that it answers the questions I have about the topic right away. It’s a great way to stay informed and be intellectually stimulated.

5. BREAKFAST

Breakfast is my JAM. No, really, it’s the only thing I’m good at cooking. I have eggs every morning. I’m not a health food freak, but I don’t believe in starting your day with sugar and carbs that don’t fuel your body properly (although, this belief begins to wane by lunchtime…) I have an egg scramble with toast and tea every morning. I usually read or watch a show while I’m eating (no phone) and it’s become one of the best parts of my day.

Now that you are fed, walked, and positively stimulated, you’re ready to start your day.

P.S. I realize that this is a long morning routine and I’m lucky in that I work from home and for myself so I have much more flexibility in this. However, even if you take one or two of these points and add it to your morning (e.g. no phone until you physically get to work, 5-min journal + a proper breakfast), I really believe it will help you start your day well. Good morning!

P.P.S. Be sure to enter my YouTube giveaway here, it ends in a few days! I have many more giveaways coming up, so stay tuned 🙂

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10 Comments

  1. Everly
    03.13.2017 / 3:25 pm

    thanks for your awesome tips and tricks! love you Jill xo

    • August Diaries
      03.13.2017 / 5:50 pm

      Thank you babe! Lots of love to you too 🙂

      xx Jill

  2. 03.13.2017 / 3:25 pm

    Yes! setting aside quiet time for ourselves helps so much. I love to sit with my coffee in the morning while the house is still quiet and no one is up yet…no one without fur, that is! My days go so much better when I take the time to read my devotional or scripture or just chat with God. It sounds like you and I are very very similar in how we react to life’s crazy. It can be a battle for sure. I struggle with anxiety and exhaustion from my own perfectionism. that last part sounds a so funny, and I can laugh at myself about it but it is still tiring. I’ve been meaning to write you an email. I’m going to do that this week.
    Just remember you are not alone and you inspire others even when you feel anxious and tired. XO!
    Gina

  3. Meg
    03.13.2017 / 6:21 pm

    Do you no longer work for that bread marketing company or are you a full time blogger now?

    • August Diaries
      03.14.2017 / 10:46 am

      I blog full time, I have been for a while now!

      xx Jill

  4. Olivia T
    03.13.2017 / 6:24 pm

    what are 3 items that are on your absolutely ULTIMATE wish list? 🙂

  5. 03.13.2017 / 7:04 pm

    Great tips for a perfect start of the day. I’ll admit I don’t practice most of these, as I always try to stay in bed for as long as possible, but then waking up and playing some of my favourite songs on the phone/laptop while having a tea really helps me start the day in the right mood 🙂

    Have a great week, Jill


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    • August Diaries
      03.16.2017 / 10:52 am

      Love playing music in the morning… such a great way to start the day! I also have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, but am trying to work on that hah!

      Have a great week as well love 🙂

      xx Jill

  6. 03.15.2017 / 1:39 pm

    Great tips! The phone one is so hard! Do you have a regular exercise routine? And where are your pants from? Love your outfit!!

    xo,
    Serene

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