AD – This post contains gifted products but all thoughts are my own
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.
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!
I’ve never personally been a coffee drinker in the morning and if I was, it would have to be a decaf because I’m currently cutting out caffeine due to heart palpitations, ugh. But obviously a lot of people opt for coffee in the morning. There are so many models of coffee machines, check out this post on best keurig coffee maker reviews to help you make the perfect choice!
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?