Before you start reading this article, I would like to say: my heart goes out to everyone who is affected by the current horrible events. It can feel helpless to watch from a safe distance, but it is important to do what we can. From protesting, to sharing valuable information (online) and donating if we are able. It is essential we still find ways to take care of ourselves. I hope this article can provide some inspiration to add to your daily routine.
As I embarked on my way to meet up with friends, I made a promise to myself: I would be brutally honest about my heightened anxiety. During dinner, I laid it all out for them – my fears, my worries. They listened attentively, and for a moment, I felt a sense of solace, believing that sharing my struggles would bring some peace. However, the following morning, I woke up with that familiar feeling of anxiety again.
Over the past few years, I’ve come to realize that the way I kick-start my days plays a significant role in determining my emotional state. A change was in order, and so, I turned to the vast well of inspiration that is the internet. I came across a YouTube video by Rowena Tsai, where she explored diverse morning routines. The video’s thumbnail boasted a promising array of routines, including those of monks, CEOs, billionaires, and even celebrities. Naturally, I was intrigued and decided to give it a shot.
The celebrity routine featured none other than Kendall Jenner. Rowena had drawn her inspiration from an Instagram post and a Forbes article. As I watched, I couldn’t help but feel that Kendall’s routine might be the best fit for me. So, I gave it my personal twist, and here’s how it all played out.
10 Deep Breaths Before Diving into the Digital Abyss
My mornings began by positioning myself beside a window, allowing the early light to filter in. I could feel myself grounding and breathing through the discomfort. I found it to be an easy way to meditate, without calling it meditation, taking only 10 breaths was manageable.
Journaling in the Absence of a Yard
Lacking a yard like Rowena, I decided to create my own indoor sanctuary. Candles were lit, a cozy blanket spread out, and my journal found its place. Over the years, journaling has granted me a profound awareness of my anxious thoughts and emotions. Studies have even shown its potential to reduce anxiety.
Welcoming the Morning Sun
Initially, getting outside early in the morning was a tough sell for me. Procrastination played its part, and I postponed my outdoor excursions. But once I committed to it, I felt the immediate benefits. The morning sun created a fresh sense of alertness, grounding, and energy that stayed with me throughout the day.
The Chilly Wake-Up Call
The next step presented a peculiar challenge – the ice facial. Filling a bowl with water and ice cubes, I hesitated before submerging my face. Those initial moments were far from comfortable, but afterwards, I felt an exhilarating sense of achievement. I do have to say, I don’t subject my sensitive skin to this ritual daily; it’s reserved for those moments when it feels necessary.
Nurturing My Skin
Of all the steps, this one came easiest for me. My long-standing love for skincare made it the most enjoyable part of the routine. It served as a lovely conclusion to my morning ritual.
If you’re yearning for a fresh start, I wholeheartedly recommend giving this routine a try. While I may not know much about Kendall Jenner, I do know that her (possible) morning routine has brought some relief to my anxiety. For that, I’m genuinely grateful.