A Morning Routine You Could Do If You Weren’t So Fucking Drained of Life

Hey y’all, it’s Libby. My first ever blog post is here!

I wanted to get to writing blogs because, as a mentally ill millennial who needs constant peer validation, I spend a lot of time on social media. From that, I see people I knew from high school or met on some day when the Baptist Christian Ministry was giving out $1 lunch on campus sharing articles with a photo of a blonde skinny person on a cliff titled something like “31 Places To Go Before You’re 31”. I don’t click them because I’m poor and also because I don’t want to go anywhere this blonde skinny person or the people I met at the BCM while eating nearly free pasta salad suggest that I go. Bad example! The things I do click are the things that matter here, because my point is that usually when I click on these ~Lifestyle Blog Posts~, they are full of assumptions that my body is capable of strenuous exercise or that my mind is capable of letting go of my troubles via bath. These things do work for some people, even some people with disabilities or mental illnesses, sometimes even this person. I benefit a lot from meditating, I do feel better after doing some yoga, but I’m always leaving the post a little pissed at the language that suggests my anxiety will go away from something like a tiny trampoline in my house (what the fuck is rebounding and why do upper-middle class women love it?). I know that these blogs come from a personal place but still, I’d just like to live in a world where advise is given to the world wide web without the assumption that everyone here on the ol’ three dub-yuhs is able bodied and neurotypical.

That being said, I do actually have one of those obnoxious morning routines that are said to cure depression. It’s sitting in the first page of my bullet journal (don’t get me started) and sometimes I look at it when I want to feel bad about how I lost my motivation to be present in life when I was like 12. It actually does do me some good, I’m really kidding, I love having a routine. When I remember to follow it or if I don’t hit snooze on my alarm until literally 10 minutes before work starts, this routine is really helpful for me.

Here it is, I’m sharing this with y’all. I’m telling you how to spend your morning. My one redeeming factor in this sin I’m about to commit is that I will provide a disclaimer.

*DISCLAIMER* These routines may not work for some folks. Some aspects of this routine require some physical and mental ability that not everyone has.

  • Get up at 6 AM.
    See, it’s already ugly. This only says 6 because I’m a morning person on my best days, and I start work at 8. So if I want to get any morning rituals in, I better get it in when, or before, the rooster crows. 
    Having ‘wake up’ as a routine may seem silly as you’ll wake up without the routine, but it’s actually pretty cool because if you don’t do anything else, at least you got up. That’s not always a simple task.
  • Feed cats.
    This one is simple, I have cats, they like to eat.
  • Yoga.
    Yes I know and I’m sorry. But seriously, when I praise the sun, my morning goes right. It’s because I’ve got ridiculously bad back problems, plus some fatigue issues that exercise helps, but yoga is basically the only exercise I can do. I recommend following along with someone on Youtube for this, free-styling yoga as a beginner makes me feel like I’m in middle school gym, warming up for the mile run. I have no clue how to stretch these gams, someone’s gotta hold my hand. 
    Anyways, stretching and exercise is good for you, INCREDIBLE didn’t expect that, shitty morning routine blog. Check.
  • Coffee and breakfast.
    This is also a really hard part for some people. Why is it so difficult to get the energy to shovel fuel into our flesh furnaces? I wish we didn’t have to eat to survive. Some days all food tastes like sand, but we need it. I actually also have a list of easy and good breakfast ideas in my bullet journal because I’m always stuck on the “there’s not even anything to eat in this house!!!!!” excuse that my mom’s always hated. Now I’ve moved out of my mom’s house and I hate it more. 
    Down some cheerios and try to keep easy things like bananas or granola bars in the house. Something I love is this one stuff called Breakfast Essentials. It’s a chocolate milk powder that has all the breakfast nutrients you need, and some days it actually fills me up. It tastes like the Nestle powder, but isn’t made by a company that contributes to California’s devastating drought, from what I know of. BEST depression meal: Nutritional chocolate milk.
  • Shower?
    This has a question mark on it because I’m usually a night showerer, but I aspire to be a night bather and a morning showerer. But I realize that this takes more water when I could just save baths for when I feel decadent and shower as usual. But goddamn I love baths y’all. I don’t know… I need help with this. Is a night shower or day shower better? Are baths really gross? I love them so please don’t tell me that they are.

Next is a little point that says “Must you work? If yes, stop here.” This indicates that the routine is meant to be used on days off AND days on. The rest of the list isn’t as necessary and takes more time so it’s okay to just end it there if I have to head to work.

  • Fix your broken windows.
    Okay I love this one, actually. With my anxiety/cleaning obsession, small things add up to really big deals and leads to me not even being able to function. I saw this on another blog for morning routines and I love that it’s called that. It doesn’t ACTUALLY mean broken windows, but it means do the little things that you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Make your bed, take out the trash, sort through mail, clear your phone notifications, etc. I do this every day without knowing it, but it’s a good thing to remind myself to do anyways.
  • Meditate.
    I don’t know how to meditate by myself but I look up guided meditations on YouTube and they treat me right. Again, anxiety. It does help! Just not everyone. Meditating reminds me to take time out to just be, and it calms me down like nothing else. It’s honestly the perfect self care for me.
  • Message a Friend.
    Hahahahahahhahaha imagine having the energy to carry on a conversation on Facebook.com with a friend I care about!!!!! I haven’t had that kind of spoonage in some time!! I’m losing so many friends!! WEW !! I am so bad at maintaining relationships and I have no idea why this is on here because my, it is ambitious. I guess it’s good to have, maybe to develop a habit? I care about my friends and want to know what is happening in their lives, and this is horrible, but sometimes even just showing love feels strenuous. This is the one I hope I can do better at the most.
  • Read a chapter of a book.
    I love reading but I never do it! I used to not have time for it, but now I have so much time for it that I hate myself for not having read a single book since leaving school. Except a Harry Potter reread or 4, but that doesn’t really count. What happened to me that my attention span actually shrank with age? Ridiculous. What would I even read, out of my giant bookshelf of books I’ve never read?

Anyways, that’s my list. I won’t go on much longer because I have a bedtime routine to pretend to follow (laugh with me).

Mine won’t work for everyone, but it does as much as it can for me. I don’t recommend following anyone’s lifestyle blog like this, but I see a lot of value in getting inspiration from other peoples’ lives. All of the blogs I’ve griped about have helped me realize what makes me comfortable and the things I’d like to make consistent in my life, so there’s even a lot of good there!

I just recommend that you try and notice the things that make you feel more at ease with your day, and attempt to do something like that every day. Make your own list! Share it with me! Thanks for reading y’all.