Well-Being & Self Care

Oh What a Beautiful Morning ft. Viking

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The older I get, the more I appreciate the morning. I’ve always been a morning person. I’m more productive in the morning and I’m more motivated in the morning. And I really value my time, space and peace in the morning before the busy rush of the day begins. My boyfriend however, can lay in bed until one in the afternoon. I’m not sure how but each to their own!

As I work from home, I really need to have some sort of structure to my day as it’s so easy for it all to blend together. The working. Watching Netflix. Having lunch. The lines are quite blurred. But there’s one thing that’s certain… for me at least. It’s that I’m ALWAYS more productive if I do my proper morning routine.

Related: 7 Little Things You Should Do Every Morning For An Amazing Day!

What does my morning routine look like?

I usually wake up around 7, sometimes earlier, sometimes a little later. And my morning always starts with taking my vitamins and drinking some water. Then, it’s breakfast time. One of my favorite times of the day and definitely my favourite meal of the day! I cannot function without breakfast so first on the agenda is food and of course… a cuppa!

Morning essentials with Viking

Like I said, my morning starts with breakfast. I can’t function properly until I’ve eaten breakfast and it’s my favourite meal of the day as there’s SO MUCH variety. In fact, I can eat “breakfast food” for every meal, if I want to! However I do go through periods where I’ll have the same thing every day for quite a while. At the moment it’s scrambled eggs.

Viking kindly sent me the products pictured above from their cleaning and catering range to feature in this post and for me, these are mine and my families morning essentials. Toaster? Check. Kettle? CHECK. Tea and coffe? Check, check. There really is nothing nicer than that first cup of tea in the morning.

The toaster and kettle are essentially a set, as they have the same design. Which I really like because I think it keeps things a little neater in the kitchen. Especially our kitchen, which is over-run with appliances! I’m really happy with both of these and will of course be getting a LOT of use of them!

I also opted for the Cranberry and Raspberry Twinnings Tea, PG Tips English Breakfast Tea and Nescafe Coffee. The coffee for my Mum – who drinks a lot of it. I don’t as I have some weird intolerance sadly! The English Breakfast Tea for everyone because, well, we’re English. And the fruity teas for me. I’ve always tried to get into fruity tea and on the occasion I have really enjoyed one. This flavour looked lovely so I’m glad I gave these a try.

Continuing on with my morning routine…

After breakfast, I’ll usually do a bit of work on my phone. Meditate and do my 15 minute mindset routine and once enough time has passed that I can safely work out without bringing up my food, it’s time for exercise. I’m currently using Holly Dolke on YouTube and of course Yoga With Adriene.

After that, I’ll shower and get ready and properly start my day. This simple morning routine helps me to avoid that dreaded afternoon energy slump and I really do feel all over the place and can’t get into a rhythm for the rest of the day if I don’t have a productive morning!

Tips for those who want to establish a morning routine:

  • Have something to wake up for. I don’t mean work or letting the cat out (although those are really important things to wake up for!), I mean something that YOU can’t wait for. Perhaps that’s some Yoga or 15 uninterrupted minutes to read before the kids get up. Whatever it is, focus on that.
  • Get up when your alarm goes off and try to avoid hitting snooze! The later you get up, the less time to really have to enjoy your morning routine. Perhaps try leaving your phone across the room so you’re forced to get out of bed to turn your alarm off, even when you don’t want to!
  • Persevere! At the start, you’re definitely going to want to skip that morning routine and go back to bed. But don’t. It will get easier every day.
  • Find something that works for you. My routine might seem like a nightmare to some – but that’s okay because it works for me and you have the luxury to find what works for you, too. Don’t be afraid to chop and change your morning routine to fit in with your needs.

I know this was a very brief insight into my morning routine but I hope it gave you some ideas for how to establish your own, if you don’t have one already! I want to hear from you! Are you a morning person? What’s your favourite breakfast?

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87 Comments

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  2. Your morning routine sounds so lovely and peaceful, definitely worth getting up for.
    I am terrible at hitting snooze over and over until suddenly it’s almost 9. Ooops. I definitely need to be better at just getting up, because I don’t even go back to sleep, I just lie there.
    Cora | https://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. It’s a really great routine! The bloody snooze button is a nightmare isn’t it x

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m not a morning person but I sure as he’ll couldn’t live without a kettle for tea xx

    1. Oh same x

  4. I am not a morning person in the slightest!! I hate mornings with a passion!
    Rosie

    1. Oh no! You’re the total opposite to me!

  5. This sounds like a great routine! I really struggle with the getting out of bed bit, but once I’m up I enjoy having a routine like this. Weirdly I’m actually way better at morning routines if I wake up with a migraine, like this morning (I think because I want to get up ASAP to get meds), and despite the pain I tend to really enjoy those mornings as I avoid screens and do things for my own self care. Just need to do it on normal mornings, too!

    1. That’s weird! I guess the getting up to get your meds part helps though as you’ll want to get out of bed ASAP for that!

  6. I’m definitely a night person. I’m not useless on a morning, but I’m definitely not as focused and productive as I am on an afternoon/ evening. I totally agree about being self employed and establishing routines though. I sometimes draft my recipes on a weekend if I cook on a Friday or Saturday (so I don’t forget what I’ve done) and the days can definitely blend unless I stick to a clear routine on a weekday x

    Sophie

  7. I loved reading about your routine. I’ve been getting up earlier to exercise and it definitely sets me up for the day so I can see why you do it too.

    1. That’s great to hear!

  8. I am a morning person in Spring and Summer but in Winter it takes a little longer to get out of bed. lol

    1. I can understand that!

  9. I don’t really have any kind of structured routine for each morning apart from reading and checking emails x

  10. Loved this! I’m normally a huge morning person but lockdown has taken quite a bit of that motivation, so I find that having a morning routine is super helpful for me.

    1. I’m very similar tbh!

  11. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    I really like your morning routine. I think that having a few minutes of mindset work before starting the day is essential.

    1. I totally agree!

  12. I’m definitely not a morning person, it’s got even worse during lockdown haha. Having something to look forward to and get up for really helps me though xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Oh no haha!

  13. I am a terrible morning person! But I love the advice to have something for you to look forward to in the morning. I need to work on that!

    1. It’s one of the biggest motivators!

  14. What a great post, I am definitely a morning person and found some of your tips so helpful thank you!

    1. I’m so glad!

  15. Chloe Chats says:

    I’m definitely more of a morning person, I don’t tend to snooze my alarm when it goes off, I just know if I did I wouldn’t get up. The routine has gone a bit funny for me since lockdown as I’m so used to going into an office for the whole day but instead my living room has turned into my new office! I could also eat breakfast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner haha.

    Chloe xx

    1. Breakfast food is the bestttt!

  16. Rhi // The Violet Journal says:

    I’ve never been a morning person but I’ve been waking up early for the past year or so and it’s completely transformed my life. PS Twinings Cranberry and Raspberry has been one of my faves since I was around 16!

    1. Oh wow! I’m going to make myself a cup right now 🙂

  17. I’m not a morning person at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll be one again after I’ve finished shielding! I loved reading about your routine Jenny! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. I guess this current situation has messed up everyone’s routines a little bit!

  18. I always say I’m a morning person but I’ve definitely noticed recently that I’m finding mornings more of a struggle – maybe it’s the whole situation right now. That being said, I seem to just be finding everything a struggle, so not sure I can blame it on mornings, aha. I love the idea of knowing what you’re waking up for, something personal – thanks!

    1. I think it probably has. Everyone’s routine is a bit messed up!

  19. I never thought I’d be a morning lover but this year has changed all that.

    I love getting up early and working out, prepping for the day and just having a bit of much needed alone time.

    I love the cranberry tea, it’s my favourite!

    1. The morning alone time is my favourite time of day!

  20. I am for sure a morning person! But I don’t usually eat breakfast for a few hours after waking up 🙂

    1. Fair enough! I just make sure I eat before I work out 🙂

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