First thing’s first. Drink some water and get a quick workout in.

Except I don’t, I scroll through instagram and twitter first, then stumble out of bed and fumble my way through a thirty minute barre. For me, ideally, I’d have thirty minutes in the morning then later in the day another hour. Ideally…

Skincare and sunscreen. I like to introduce a new product to test here and there, and am trying to use up some of my large collection of samples. There’s something so soothing about sitting at my desk surrounded by these little vials of potion. Self care! Me time! And so on and so forth.

I forgot to use a sample again, !@#$. They’re going to expire. I hate waste. I am single-handedly destroying the world. Did I put on eye cream? I don’t remember, better put on some more.

Chores next, I like to unstack the dishwasher and put on a load of laundry before I have breakfast. Get it out of the way, what a good idea.

Maybe I do this, maybe I forget or um, ‘forget’.

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. I start with yogurt, and often stir through some macca or açai powder, followed by a few different types of fruit, and a sprinkle of nuts and seeds or granola, muesli etc. Wash it down with a big glass of water, and supplements.

The strawberries have gone mouldy. What the hell? I bought them yesterday and kept them in the fridge. Scientists, please explain! (No, don’t, really do not) I don’t know why I bother.

Coffee time! Fresh hot coffee puts me in the right frame of mind to work.

I forgot to drink my coffee, reheated it, forgot it again. Time is a flat circle. 

Overall, my morning’s are pretty efficient these days and I feel like I have a good routine going that sets me up to go into the day feeling calm, prepared. A big part of that is making sure I have a regular sleep schedule and don’t vary it more than thirty minutes if possible. Once you have established a routine it becomes easier, but the first two weeks of a new habit are really important to stick with. Having said that, every so often- and I don’t always know why- I feel like I just can’t be bothered, I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to do my chores first thing, I don’t want to wash and peel and slice three kinds of fruit. But I try to push through that, and I never regret pushing through. From time to time I let myself have a little break, and that’s good too. But mornings are precious to me; I love that I often feel hopeful and excited for the day to come. Something that I wouldn’t have expected during times when depression and anxiety were smothering the light out of every day. I wake up and anything could happen, maybe something great. Even if I knock over the coffee I forgot to drink earlier.

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