Roughly, I would say I spend about sixty percent of my time living on my college campus. The other forty percent is a compilation of school breaks, summer vacation, and occasional weekends I spend at home. While I do enjoy the freedom and independence that comes along with going to college, I kind of f*cked up in choosing a good school for me. I don’t like my particular college, I don’t like the people I go to school with, and I don’t love the quality of my housing.
Nonetheless, we have to make do with what we have. The things I don’t like about my housing are pretty typical college things: no AC, disgusting bathrooms, a washer and dryer that neither wash nor dry your clothes, and of course, dealing with obnoxious housemates. I feel lucky enough to say that I don’t have a roommate, which has certainly made my housing experience better than average.
With that out of the way, I want to share with you my everyday college morning routine, more specifically, on Monday through Thursday. I don’t have work or classes on Friday, so the long weekend for me usually doesn’t have a consistent routine (except for LOTS of sleep)! So let’s get into it.
Depending on the day, and what time my first class is, I wake up at different times. Most of the time it’s between 8:00-9:30, which gives me quite a bit of time before I need to leave. The first thing I do every morning is write down all the dreams/nightmares I had the night before, in a designated dream journal. There’s no rhyme or reason for why I do that- I just think it’s a fun collection of scribbles to have recorded. The interesting thing about dreams is that they’re uncontrollable and strange, so writing down your dreams is a great way to find story prompts if you’re a writer.
After I write down my dreams (assuming I have any), I like to start the day with a ten-minute meditation. I think meditation is a great way to slowly wake up and energize yourself, especially if you’re not really a morning person. I usually will put on a YouTube video for my meditation, especially from the channel Great Meditation, close my eyes, and just focus on breathing deeply and stretching. I’m not athletic or even flexible, but it feels so good to stretch your muscles and crack your back after laying in bed all night. It’s probably my favorite part of every morning, and helps me look forward to waking up.
After those two lovely morning exercises, I get my basic morning hygiene things out of the way, like washing my face and brushing my teeth. Right now, I’m using the Joss+lyn foaming cleanser in the morning, which is something I mentioned in my last Hush Beauty haul. I’m a night-showerer at school, because I love showers and it gives me something to look forward to after a long day, especially a long, hot, muscle-melting shower. Some people look at showering as a chore, but for me, it’s nothing short of a luxury.
The last thing I do before I head out for the day is pick an outfit for the day and put on a full face of makeup. A full face of glam every weekday might sound extreme, but I genuinely do love putting on my makeup every morning. It’s therapeutic, it’s creative, and more than anything, it’s “me time”. I think it’s extremely important for us to have positive relationships with ourselves and practice self-love, no matter how unimportant that may seem. If it makes you feel good to curl your hair every morning, do your makeup, exercise, etc., then go ahead and take that time for yourself. We all deserve to feel beautiful, inside and out.
That’s pretty much it for my everyday morning routine. I obviously have to pack my school bag with all the books I’ll need for the day, but at that point, I don’t have time to do much else besides run out the door. I’m happy with the routine I have down- I sleep in relatively late for someone my age, and I still have time to practice self-care and some morning relaxation. My nighttime routine is a lot less consistent than my morning one, but if you’re still interested in seeing that, let me know!
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