As the proverb says, “it’s better late than never”, I’m finally writing the blog post about my 20-day morning challenge 🙂 A least, I took a step back from that experience to talk about it.
What is the morning challenge?
It’s my friend Coco who launched this challenge in March to motivate people to get up early (between 5:30 and 6:30 am) and get the most of their day. Feel free to check out her blog. She shares so many tips on how to become a morning person, because yes anyone can become a morning person! It’s just about the motivation, persistence and consistency.
Why did I join it?
Because I felt I needed a little boost to get back on track with uni, my projects, my sport and my health routine and most especially because I wanted to take time for myself, but I didn’t manage to do so.
What was this morning routine about?
As you probably know, I use to do the Miracle Morning for college students. I loved it for a while because it helped me to set the basics of a morning routine: waking-up early with purpose and completing several tasks (exercise, meditation, visualisation, affirmation, writing and reading). But long term, I felt days I was more inspired by only one of them, writing for example, and by adding some arts to my morning routine. I also didn’t feel like exercising some days (winter cold days you know).
If you want to know more about the Miracle Morning for college students, feel free to check out my blog post about it and use the translation tool 🙂
So yeah, this morning experiment was slightly different as I could personalise it as much as I wanted. So when I felt called to write and sing, I would only do that. Each morning was different. I tried to let my intuition guide me to what I felt inspired to do every day.
Some activities included: singing, dancing, meditating, writing, reading, skin care etc.
The best and least cool
👍🏻 Feels great to have a regular rhythm during 20 days
👍🏻 More time for self-care & personal projects
👍🏻 Feels good to start your day when the city is asleep
👍🏻 Improve this “you can do it”, “you are capable of anything” mindset
👍🏻 More energy for the whole day
👍🏻 Supporting community (aka Coco)
👍🏻 Feels you are working hard on your dreams, living the present moment
👎Use of the mobile phone first thing in the morning (As I was uploading a photo on Instagram every single morning to check-in)
👎When you go to bed late, you do not compensate by waking up later
👎I was sick twice and I usually rarely get sick
👎I haven’t slept much during this challenge, about 6 hours/night compared to 8-9 usually
🙃 The adrenaline
Yes, it is fantastic as you feel committed and you will do whatever it takes to achieve a challenge. And that’s amazing to see all of what you are capable of.
But on the other side, I feel that some days I should have had to pause the challenge, as it was a matter of health. I’m not saying I felt sick because of this challenge because it wouldn’t be true. Many aspects made me feel this way. But in the future, I mean in this present moment, I am aiming to find a balance between what makes me move forward and closer to my dream life and what feels right for my body.
Finding the balance
The balance that currently works pretty well for me is sticking to a routine during six days a week and keeping one day off to allow my body to regenerate and have the energy I need for the forthcoming week.
Finding the balance between trying to be the best version of yourself and well-being is so important and personal, as we are all different.
So, what do you do to maintain this balance? I would love to know 🙂