If you conquer the morning, you’ll conquer the day.
Quarantine life has been, to say the least, a bit depressing. You may have fallen into a vicious cycle of letting your day slip by, and while sometimes we need a break, these habits can stick with us even after the quarantine ban has been lifted.
So what can we do? Your usual routine may have been thrown out the window, so here’s a super simple yet effective morning routine for your time in quarantine! These habits won’t force you too much to go the extra mile, but it will keep you from falling into a state of apathy and laziness. Ready?
1. Wake up (decently early)
Start time: 8:30am
If you’re someone who’s usually up before the sun for work, we definitely think you deserve to sleep in. However, don’t get into the habit of waking up past noon because it’s going to be hard to recover!
We recommend getting up before 10am – at the latest. There’s something about waking up before the clock hits those A.M. double digits that makes us feel like we aren’t completely screwing up. The sweet spot would be anywhere between 8-9 am, late enough to bypass the sunrise, but early enough to still enjoy a cup of morning coffee.
2. Start the day with gratitude
Length: 5-10 minutes
Take a few moments in the morning as soon as you wake up to appreciate what you have. List three things you’re thankful for that day, they don’t have to be anything major. I know what you’re thinking – we’re in the middle of a pandemic. What on earth would I have to be thankful for? There’s plenty of things: waking up another day, the hot cup of coffee you’re about to brew, a comfy couch to watch Netflix on. Practicing gratitude is an important key to happiness. Some ways you’re able to practice gratitude:
- Keep a gratitude journal: Write down all the things you’re grateful for in a cute notebook. You can open it back up and flip through the pages any time in the future you need a reminder.
- Prayer: If you practice religion, prayer is a great way to start your day and cultivate gratitude. Give thanks for all you’ve been blessed with, no matter how big or small they are.
- Meditation: Mindfulness, peace, and focusing on the present can do wonders for the mind & soul. Take 5-10 minutes to sit in silence, eyes closed, deep breathing, counting your blessings.
3. Get some movement going!
Length: 30 minutes
I know, you saw this one coming. But just because you’re confined to your house doesn’t mean you have to stay on the couch all day! Although your local gym might be closed, you can still get a decent workout from the comfort of your home. Check out our blog post on some workouts you can do without any equipment needed!
We also recommend checking out the Nike Training Club app for free workouts (Nike has unlocked the premium feature for free during the quarantine period!) and also doing some YouTube Yoga: Yoga With Adrienne is an awesome channel we like that is beginner friendly.
4. Get ready
Length: 20 minutes
You don’t have to put on a full face of makeup or wear your Sunday best, but you should shower, change out of your pajamas into some clean comfy clothes, and wipe the crust out of your eyes. Getting ready will give you a sense of normalcy, and it feels good to just be prepared for the day, even if you’re only planning on binge-watching that new hyped-up series. Remember that any habit (good or bad) that you implement throughout quarantine will be hard to break when this is all over!
5. Do one major chore you’ve been putting off (just one!)
Length: 1 hour
Chances are you’re one of two people: when you’re feeling down, you let stuff pile up all around you or you have an incessant need to clean everything at once, but you end up getting overwhelmed and stressed out.
Listen, this quarantine is looking like it’s going to last a while. The good news is that you can clean up your space one day at a time! Do one semi-intimidating chore you’ve been avoiding every day and the results will stack up. Have you been meaning to organize the infamous hall closet, or is it finally time to deep-clean the bathroom? Don’t feel like you have to get everything done at once! Pick one chore to do every day, you’ll feel so accomplished after.
And you’re done!
A simple, effective, and good habit-forming morning routine in the span of two hours. If you woke up at 8:30 per our recommendation, all of this will be done before 11am. Now you can go about the rest of your day knowing that you accomplished a lot first thing in the morning!
We know that many of you have kids and other priorities, so feel free to tweak these as you see fit, rearrange the time, or swap them out for something else! The important thing is to keep your sense of routine and normalcy established.
What habits have made your morning routine something to look forward to? Please share them with others in the comments! From the bottom of our hearts, we at Modern Gents would like to thank each one of you for your continued support. Please keep taking care of each other and yourself! We’ll see you in our next blog post.