Challenges

Building a relaxing morning & evening routine

After watching Unjaded Jade’s latest morning routine video, I felt inspired to try and make my own. I kind of have my own habits already, and I usually stick to them, but lately, I’ve been feeling I could make more mindful and relaxing routines. Recently, I find myself picking up my phone for a quick check after I wake up, which I haven’t done in a really long while. I also have been watching way too many TV shows and movies, some of them in the evening, when I should be winding down, without a blue light screen. It’s not that these things are inherently bad, I just want to do this experiment, if I can call it that, to see if I can build other habits in a month. So, if you are interested if I succeeded, let’s read on.

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What are my ideal morning and evening routines I want to achieve?

Morning routine
  • drink a glass of water after getting up
  • do a 10-20 minute yoga workout
  • breakfast
  • read in bed
  • get ready for the day

On weekdays I usually wake up at 6:45 a.m., but since I want to start doing yoga, I’ll aim at 6:30 a.m., so that I won’t feel like I have to rush. I am definitely a slow person when it comes to getting ready in the morning, it’s not that I do a lot of things, I just like to do everything at a relaxed, slow pace. When I have to rush, I feel like my whole day’s just going to be hectic, and it puts me in a bad mental space. I am quite good at drinking water first thing in the morning, that’s already a cemented part of my routine. I talked about doing yoga a few times this year, I did well until late spring and summer came, I just neglected exercise. I don’t even know why, but I was just so lazy, that doing yoga daily got reduced to maybe doing once or twice a week. I saw Jade doing yoga in the morning, and it never occurred to me before that I could try it, but now it looks really appealing. This way, even if I end up not doing anything else in the afternoon, I still did something to keep up my physical well-being. I know some people don’t have breakfast in the morning, but it is probably my favourite meal, I never skip it. Even when I woke up at 2 a.m. to get to the airport, I still ate cereals. Now, moving to a new territory, which I actually started doing a few days ago (I’m writing this part of the post on August 7), is reading in bed. If you’ve been around for a while, you probably have already read my post called: I read every day before bed and after waking up for a week: an experiment and a challenge. In that, I mention that I don’t like reading in the mornings, because it makes me feel guilty. However, now I kind of just no longer care about what anyone else thinks, so I started doing it, and it’s been great! Obviously, if it’s a weekday, I can only sneak in ten pages or so, but it’s still much better than checking my phone. It’s not that I want to read more, because I no longer care about the number of books I read, but I like the act of reading, if it makes sense. The last item is getting ready for the day, which is self-explanatory.

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Evening routine
  • revise 5-10 Korean words
  • do yoga or some kind of exercise
  • dinner
  • journaling
  • meditating
  • get ready for bed
  • read in bed

I have neglected Korean since the course ended, but I really want to get back to the swing of it, so I decided to revise a few words every day. After this, I’d like to do some exercise, maybe yoga or a dance workout, whatever I feel like. Dinner is probably my least favourite meal, I just never know what to eat, and I also don’t have that huge appetite in the evenings, but I still make it a priority to eat something. Over the past few months, I fell out of the habit of journaling daily, and I would love to get back to it. I don’t know why, I just became lazy and neglected it. I also haven’t done meditation in such a long time, but seeing Jade doing it, and feeling so passionate about it makes me want to try again. Then comes getting ready for bedtime and after it, reading in bed. I don’t want to pressure myself for reading a lot, and if I feel like watching something instead, that’s okay too. But it would be really beneficial to choose a book instead of a screen, so I’ll try my best to stick to it. I feel like evening routines are more flexible, as I have more time to do all these things. The order of them is also not set in stone, as they really depend on my current mood.

Week 1: August 7-13

I didn’t think it would be this easy to keep up with the morning routine, but I really enjoyed waking up earlier to have time for yoga and reading. It’s a great way of starting the day in a more relaxed way. The evening routine was harder to follow through, and I always made some changes to it, because I haven’t done everything I wrote down. The most difficult for me so far was starting to revise Korean words because I fell out of the habit of learning, so I need some time to get back into it. The other thing I struggled with is meditation. I don’t know why but it’s hard to make time for it, even though I can feel that it helps me. I did it maybe twice this week, but I want to do it daily.

Week 2: August 14-20

Nothing really worked out in my routines, except for the mornings. Though that changed too towards the end of the week, as I travelled to the cottage on Friday and since then I didn’t do any yoga. The weather was quite bad, too, so apart from some walking, I didn’t do my usual exercise here, swimming. And because a friend of mine was there, I didn’t really read that much either, but I don’t mind because it was so nice to spend time with her.

Week 3: August 21-27

The weather continued to be rainy and windy, and it only changed in the second half of the week, so my exercises were limited to walking. I had another friend visiting me, so that also made me change these routines, which is totally fine. When he left, however, I got back to journaling, which was therapeutic, honestly. After the weather got better, I spent a lot of time outdoors, walking and swimming, something that I love to do.

Week 4: August 28-September 3

After arriving home in the second half of the week, I started doing morning yoga again. The other things I absolutely neglected, except for maybe reading in bed in the mornings.

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Conclusion

It’s really hard to stick to new habits! I wanted to read Atomic Habits while doing this experiment, but my library hold still hasn’t come in, so that will happen later. I’m surprised by how much easier it was to follow a morning routine, it just instantly clicked for me. Yes, there were times I neglected it as well, but it was because of special circumstances like a holiday. I know that some people can still manage to do theirs while being on vacation, but I can’t (and don’t really want to, because a holiday is supposed to feel different).

I won’t give up experimenting with my evenings, I truly want to make a great routine at that time of the day too. Maybe aiming for less would be better than trying to do everything. I am glad though, that I decided to do this, it was fun. As you know (or you may not, but now you do), I adore experimenting, I find it to be fascinating. So even though this was not fully successful, I think it was definitely worth doing. One more great benefit I found, is that I picked up my phone way less than before, so that’s definitely a good thing!

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Do you have a morning or evening routine? If yes, was it hard to create the perfect one for you? Thank you for reading, have a nice day!

Morgan
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11 thoughts on “Building a relaxing morning & evening routine

  1. Love this Morgan! It really can be hard to stick to a new routine (heaven knows I’ve tried so many times 😂) so you’ve done amazingly! I also love the items on your routines! 😍

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  2. I planned on having a morning routine when I started work but I wake up by 5am already and it’s just so hard to wake up earlier than that. I end up snoozing my alarm and then wake up by 5:20 and I have to leave the house by 6:30 so I just end up rushing. It’s really a mess and I get what you mean by it messes up with your day cause it really does. I think I just have to try sleeping earlier even though I find it hard to sleep early😭. If I can sleep early then I’d be able to wake up by 4 or 4:30 and have time to really take care of myself before leaving the house.

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    1. Ahh, I can definitely understand! I don’t know how some people do it, waking up that early, kudos to them!
      I’d try maybe going to sleep just 5 minutes earlier than the previous day for a few days, and see if you can achieve that goal? This way it’s kind of gradual, it might be easier. But it’s definitely hard to find the perfect timing.
      I hope you can make the best routine that works for you!

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  3. I love watching these morning/evening routine videos as well, they can be a good source of inspiration 😄 Yoga in the morning sounds nice, but I’m not a morning person so maybe for me it might be good to do in the evening 🤔 I love reading in the evenings to wind down and get cozy in bed 🥰

    I loved reading about your progress and experiences with your routines! I hope you find a way to refine them until they work well for you ❤️

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