When we talk about self care and mitigating anxiety, especially these days, most often we hear or talk about morning routines. Yes, the way you start your day is really important. In fact, the first thing I did when the quarantine and remote teaching started was adjust my morning routine so that I could feel a sense or normalcy and stability.
When I wrote Self Care in the Midst of A Pandemic, I talked about my morning routine; having a set wake up time and time to write affirmations and show gratitude. Likewise, when I have read other blog posts on similar topics, many suggest that the way to a good life, or at least a good day, is to start with prayer, meditation, stretching, and things of that nature. All these ideas are great, but there is one thing that is not always spoken about or factored into those morning rituals: What you hear or listen to when you wake up! What you hear in the morning is just as important as what you do when you roll out of bed.
Throughout the last 3 months, so much has happened: Moves, relationship changes, lost friendship, adulting woes, racism, COVID, and more. When I was in my old apartment, I had a small jailhouse window, so I didn’t hear much outside. I often woke up to stomping upstairs or something slamming before I ever woke up to my alarm. Then, because I was not in good headspace, I would play whatever somber or emotional music I was listening to the night before (I have a bad habit of listening to sad music when Im upset, which makes me more upset). Most of the time, I’d be in a sour mood before I even got out of bed; before I even started the meditation or yoga, or whatever productive thing I was supposed to do to get my mind right for the day. I would do them, but I would just be going through the motions. By noon, it would have taken so much effort for me to get my mind together and start to have a good day. Still, without being able to pinpoint what could help, I just assumed it was a pissy phase.
Now that I have moved out, I’ve kept the same general morning routine most days, but I have noticed a huge difference. Im in a much better mood when I wake up, even after nights of not having a lot of sleep. I have three large windows facing the trees. I wake up to birds chirping in the morning. Likewise, if I happen to sleep until my alarm, Alexa literally wakes me up to Dior by Pop Smoke. I literally CAN’T wake up in a bad mood when Pop Smoke is playing (If you know me or have seen my instagram stories, then you know how much I Loveeeeeee this man. R.I.P).
Moral of the story is: If you feel like something is missing in your morning routine, consider what you’re listening to or hearing when you wake up. Hell, maybe even consider what you are listening to or hearing BEFORE you go to bed.
Positivity, Growth, and all the things,