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☀️ MORNING & NIGHT ROUTINES 🌕

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I wrote about few self love practices the other day. Following that, I want to share what worked for me as morning and night routines ✨

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Why have a morning or night routine?

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In the morning, it sets you up for a good mood to start the day. In the evening, it helps you rewind and have a better quality of sleep. You’re using your energy and body a lot more efficiently.

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🤩 Having a morning routine 🤩

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For the last 6 years, I’ve been trying loads of things as morning routines. This is what I found that works for me. 

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Now I do this:

- I wake up, check my temperature for Natural Cycles. Yes this has became a thing 😍 It is a natural birth control method.

- I make my bed. It sets you up for already feeling good for completing a task, productivity etc.

- I brush my teeth, wash my face etc

- I do yoga for 20 minutes. Check out downdog app - alternative - 15 squats and 30 sec plank

- I do my morning pages. 3 pages of brain dump for around 30 minutes - if not 15 minutes ✍🏼

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You might say, I don’t have 30 minutes in the morning to fluff about. Start with 10 minutes, do that for a week then add another 10 minutes. For your wellbeing, happiness and inner peace. Even writing 10 mins as a restart can do sometimes. See what works for you.

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I used to be very controlling with this having a full on routine lasting for an hour. Then I went to the other side of the spectrum and had no routine whatsoever for a year. 

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Some days when I don’t have time, I skip the yoga and write for 10 minutes. Don’t beat yourself up with this.

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Best thing you can do in the morning is not checking for your phone UNTIL after breakfast. Sometimes I do that and it feels great. These days, I check it after writing, before breakfast 😊

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😴 Having a night routine 😴

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It’s nearly impossible to increase your quality of sleep when you dive into your bed just after working on your laptop. An hour calmdown is the best, if you can’t do that half an hour will do too. 

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This is what I do now:

- I start with taking a bath sometimes, definitely not every night.

- I read a fiction book or novel. This helps your mind to rewind.

- I have warm milk with honey. I had it every night as a kid, I still love it. If you’re not into milk, try apple cider vinegar in tea and honey 🍯

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Even reading a fiction book for 10 minutes with chamomile tea is a night routine. Keep it simple to start with.

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There is no morning and night routine polices. If you’re naturally a more driven person, start with one step a day, do that for a week before adding everything else. Otherwise it becomes just another to do list. Don’t be hard on yourself.

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If you’re naturally a more going with the flow person, make sure you do one thing whether it’s journaling or moving your body. This will activate the part of you that is more likely to finish tasks. Not having a routine is a routine as well, you don’t have to rebellious against yourself about this, it’s for your own wellbeing.

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I would love to hear what you find works for you as a morning or night routine 😍 

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Feel free to comment below and share this if you found it useful ✨

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Loads of love to you 💛

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✌🏼 DO YOUR MORNING PAGES ✌🏼

I want to share one of the simplest but most powerful tools I came across. 

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Morning pages ✨ They are three pages you write first thing in the morning, created by Julia Cameron.
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You get up in the morning and write three uncensored pages of whatever is on your mind at the time. You write on a paper, so you can slow down to listen. It could be as random as, “I forgot to buy eggs yesterday, I feel shit, I’m going out of London today yey, I didn’t like what X told me yesterday, what a bitch, I don’t know why I’m friends with her sometimes.” Whatever comes to you, it’s like a brain dump.
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I started doing them four years ago when it was my last year at university studying architecture. It was a full on year, I had many excuses not to do them. I did them anyway.
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It allows you to find a still place within yourself, a place you have all the answers you’ve been looking for. It calms down the storms of your mind and brings you back to yourself. It shows you your truth, what matters to you the most. It helps you build your trust to yourself. It helps you surrender to the unknown.
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It’s not always pleasant, you face and write your darkest thoughts, uncensored. They’re better out than in. As you write, feel fully and allow, you naturally transform them.
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If you’re a writer, it becomes a warmup for your actual writing. If you’re not a writer, it becomes a clear up of your mind, showing you what’s true. A place where you can leave yesterday and make a fresh start of the day ✨
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I’m ever grateful for Julia Cameron for this tool which I recommend to half the people I meet now, including strangers on the street ✌🏼
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This is how I started writing. I loved it so much I kept doing it ever since. I miss days even weeks sometimes but I always came back to it. Some days I write two pages, some days four. I don’t do it straight after I’ve woken up. I used to, now I do it after doing yoga. It feels better for me. Do what feels good for you.
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If three pages feels intense, start with one. Give it a go for a week, one page a day and see how you feel in the end of the week ❤️ and let me know.
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Love you 😍
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