Up until really, really recently I would sleep until the last possible moment, throw myself out of bed, dash around like a lunatic, chuck on some clothes, run my fingers through my hair, grab my bag and bound out the door.
Strangely enough this was never a particularly calm and relaxing start to the day.
On two separate occasions I have fallen down our stairs, causing my OH to start out of bed to make sure I hadn’t broken myself on the way down.
About a month ago I decided that I couldn’t do this anymore.
So, since then I get out of bed early – two hours before I need to leave home – walk s-l-o-w-l-y down the stairs and do a half an hour yoga or pilates session. I meditate for a while and then make a pot of redbush tea. I drink this while I do some work in my journal, a mixture of thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, creative writing and my attempts at learning to draw.
Then I go and get dressed, making sure my other half is up so he gets to work. If he is feeling particularly awake he might join me for breakfast, if not I will eat it on my own while I read some blogs.
I love my morning routine and I have managed to stick to it as well (aside from being ill for two days). It is great to eat breakfast and feel fuelled for the day ahead, if my OH joins me, it is especially wonderful, but if not I savour my time alone. I do not do any housework during this time, it is my ME time and any form of housework makes me feel annoyed or stressed out. (I will do a post on this at a later time)
Now I have been doing this a month I am looking to ways I can improve it. I really want a pretty teapot that is just the right size with small chinese/japanese bowls. And part of me wants to get up a bit earlier to get more me time!
Of course, the tradeoff is I have to be in bed early, but wow it is worth it! As my life is getting busier and more stressful than it has been for a long time I think it is going to be even more important to keep this ritual going. Cynics have said I am not going to get the time to do this as my course gets busier.
But I have decided I am worth the time to make myself healthy and spiritually strong.