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No Phone Mornings: How I’m Trying to Fix my Morning Routine

If you're anything like me, you set your alarm on your phone. That means that the first thing that happens every morning is that you reach for your phone.

Now, I'm not saying you need to go out and buy an old school alarm clock. I certainly still set my alarm on my phone. However, I have been trying to stay off my devices (once the alarms are turned off). Here's what I've been replacing the screen time with at the start of every day:

image of the sunrise seen from the window of a condo building

I've started to appreciate my mornings more and more as the years go on. There's something about that first hour that can really set the tone for the whole day.

However, I've recently noticed myself spending way too much time scrolling on my phone first thing. Before I know it, that whole first hour has gone by, and it can make me feel off all day. I've been trying to avoid going on my phone for the first hour after I wake up, and it's really changed my whole morning!

Image of the book "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tart

One thing I've been replacing my morning screen time with has been reading. I really enjoy reading as a hobby, but I often find it difficult to find the time in the day, and at night it can be hard to motivate myself after doing so much reading for school.

I've been trying to spend about 30 minutes at the start of every day reading something not school related, and I feel like it puts me in a really good headspace.

Photo of tea-making supplies on a kitchen counter

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I really enjoy drinking a cup of tea while I read in the morning.

I've noticed a difference in how I go about even just normal activities when I don't have my phone out. It's the thing I reach for when I have to wait for something, even just the couple of minutes it takes to boil water. When I don't have it, I find that this is a time I can use to reflect and enjoy a peaceful moment to myself!

photo of a bowl of oatmeal and fruit

The last thing I make sure to do every morning, usually before I get on my phone (but if I'm being honest, not always), is to have breakfast.

Eating properly is super important, and often gets overlooked by students. Addressing your physical needs makes it so much easier to focus during the day. Oatmeal is a great breakfast that is cheap and filling, but there are tons of options out there. The most important thing is that you make time fore breakfast and DON'T SKIP IT!

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