Morning Routine for Shift Workers

I love a good morning routine blog post or Youtube video. Curiosity truly gets the better of me and all I want to see is what other people do when they get up in a morning. Is that weird, maybe, but I like it.

However, my day job means that a morning routine isn’t really that realistic and sometimes I feel like a failure for not managing a yoga routine, planning my day, writing six pages in my journal and having a smoothie before I head out of the door. Most morning routines I watch or read are from freelancers who have a bit more flexibility to their day and I must admit that I often feel jealous of people who can wake up past 7.30am.

Being a nurse means that most days a week I need to be ready for 7am and prepared for a 14 hour shift ahead of me, not such an easy feat when I’m often still scrolling on my phone until midnight. I know, I know. Old habits die hard, but I’m trying, okay?

So here’s my more realistic routine for those of you who are forced to wake up at the crack of dawn.

6.00 – The alarm goes off and I’m trying, really trying my best to not snooze it, though the temptation gets the better of me most days.

6.01 – I drink a whole 600ml of water. Yes I’m trying to up my water intake, which is really really hard for someone with the weakest bladder known to man. But drinking more water regularly appears to be having some sort of effect on my waterworks meaning that I’m actually able to not go to the toilet every 15 minutes when I’m drinking 2 litres of water a day.

6.05 – a quick 6 minute yoga routine. My personal favourite of the moment is this one from Yoga by Adriene. Yes, some morning it feels a bit repetitive but my body does thank me later in the day for a bit of early morning movement.

6.11 – It’s time to do the boring stuff. Dress, teeth, very minimal makeup.

6.20 – I always try to prep my breakfast, lunch and tea the night before so now it’s just a case of getting it out of the fridge, picking up my water bottle from the draining board and remembering my keys and ID for work.

6.22 – The coffee machine is heating up and I’m ready to craft my flat white to make everyone envious during handover.

6.26 – I always try to leave at least 5 minutes to scroll social media, think about the day ahead and have a few minutes of quiet time.

6.35 – Time to leave the house and head to work.

Not a bad thirty five minutes to prepare for the day ahead. What does your morning routine look like? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x

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Staying Positive Monday to Friday

It’s Monday morning and I’ve got the day off. I woke up early, had a coffee and immediately sat down to get on with some uni work. I’m feeling positive about the week. It’s going to be a good one. I’m going to eat well, exercise and be really productive.

The hours are ticking and while I still feel good, there’s a slight feeling in my chest that I was a little too positive about this week. I’m at placement Tuesday until Friday, I might not have time for the gym and I won’t get much dissertation done this week. Actually I’m not feeling so positive anymore.

Within three hours of waking my positive attitude has dropped. Now I feel like the week is going to be a chore and I’ve got caught up in that same old cycle where things only seem good when I’ve got time to myself.

Here are some ways I’m trying to break out of that mindset:

Watch Your Language

Use positive language to keep a positive outlook. Try not to say that you won’t have time, or you can’t enjoy yourself this week because it’ll be a self-fulfilling prophecy and you’ll go from the start to the end of the week in a negative mood. Think about your week as an opportunity rather than a hard slog, set goals and take control of the week rather than letting it take control of you.

Don’t Pressure Yourself

Some weeks you’ll have more free time than you will during others. Naturally this means we don’t always have the ability to do everything we would in a week, but we don’t always see it this way. I like to set goals like going to the gym three times a week but sometimes that just isn’t possible, so instead I’m trying to be flexible and tell myself that it’s alright if I don’t always make it to the gym. Putting excess pressure on myself just means I’m less likely to achieve my goals.

Find Small Pleasures

I find that I go through life desperate for Friday evening when I can have two days of reading, sleeping and doing whatever else that I want to do. But I really don’t like this idea of ‘living for the weekend,’ because I don’t want to live my life spending 5 days a week dreaming about the two days I’m going to get off. I want to enjoy every day. That’s why I’m trying to ensure I have something to look forward to every day, whether it’s a meal out with friends or just a nice soak in a hot bath.

Start Your Day Right Every Day

When I have days off I take time to eat breakfast, put makeup on and just generally look after myself. It’s quite the opposite when I have a busy day where I rush up, giving myself half an hour to get ready, skipping breakfast and dashing out the door. Deciding to take your mornings before work slower can really help set you up for the day mentally and help you have a more positive mindset. I find that I feel so much better on the days where I’ve taken time to eat breakfast and listen to music on my way to placement in comparison to the days I down a coffee and walk there in silence.

What do you do to keep a positive mindset throughout the working week? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x

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