Why You Should Still Get Ready in The Morning
Even if you have absolutely nowhere to go.
Few things are better than a quiet, slow morning. Though many 20-somethings favor the nightlife, I can’t help but cherish the early moments of the day. The morning is a time of delicate quietness — of fresh starts and balanced energy. Believe it or not, each step – whether that’s drinking coffee or applying vitamin-rich serums – significantly impacts your entire day.
Obviously, the world’s circumstances have shifted drastically. As a result, the motivation to get ready in the morning is running thin. Some may argue that there’s no need to fix their hair or jump in the shower. Why change your pajamas when your only human contact is on your phone or computer? But, the morning ritual runs further than your appearance: It’s a meditative opportunity essential to your mental and emotional health.
Fill Your Mornings with Meditation, & Mental Health
By allowing myself to be present for the potential of the upcoming day, I feel immensely more productive as a result.
“Although I might have many things to do, the clarity about my upcoming day comes from the few moments of silence I begin with,” says Sister Diamond Mountain, a Buddhist monastic. “By allowing myself to be present for the potential of the upcoming day, I feel immensely more productive as a result.”
Though Mountain alludes to the traditional methods of meditation, you can find this sentiment even in the seemingly mundane motions of your morning routine.
Think about it. When you’re fixing your hair, brushing your teeth, or arranging an ensemble, your mind is fixating on you and only you. A morning routine requires focusing on yourself before you go about your day. In other words, it feels really good. Like Mountain mentions, the morning activities allow you to be present by feeling your limbs, organs and mind slowly awaken.
Remember the Ghost of Mornings Past
If this isn’t enough to persuade you, think about the days when you felt too rushed for a morning routine. Maybe you slept through an alarm and cut into your get-ready time. You’re running out the door with messy hair and a half-completed skincare routine. The D-train is coming in three minutes, but the walk to the station is seven. The start of your day feels spoiled, and a wave of stress comes over you.
A fun way to exercise your creative muscle, no matter how comfortable your silk pajamas and well-fluffed bed are.
Slay the Work-from-Home Look
Although running for the train seems like a distant memory, savoring the morning is still a necessity. Many celebrities, magazines and influencers have coined a new popular phrase: “work from home fit.” It’s an interesting trend that rejoices in morning rituals and fashion taste. Joining in on the hashtag is also the perfect motivation for getting into your own morning routine. Exercise your creative muscle, no matter how comfortable your silk pajamas and well-fluffed bed are.
All vanity aside, truly consider your morning routine for emotional and mental health. Staying in bed all day is a long-gone fantasy (although it’s totally okay to take a day for yourself), even though it may be especially alluring. But, again, never overlook putting yourself first for the sake of wellness.
Isiah Magsino ventured from the West Coast to NYC to study and pursue a career in journalism. He began his career during his senior year at Fordham University, covering fashion parties for Vogue, and has since ventured into other realms such as luxury travel and wellness. Isiah believes in curating one’s life properly and strives to cultivate a life filled with beauty, patience, and mindfulness.