How the Pandemic Helped Me Fix My Morning RoutineBy Kai McGee
As we start to emerge from quarantine, and the pace of life begins to slowly approach what is was before, let’s pause to remember the lessons we learned when we were forced to slow down. Take me, for example. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, my morning routine was the equivalent of running the 100-meter dash. I’d wake up groggily to the sound of a blaring alarm, stumble to the washroom, wake up my middle schooler, pack lunches, walk the dog, rush to the school bus stop, then speed down the freeway. When I arrived at my office, I was irritable and drained; everything that transpired during the day seemed to match my depleted morning energy.
But once pandemic quarantine measures took hold, the schools moved to distance learning, and my office required all employees to work from home, I realized I’d been given a gift of a second chance to remake my morning routine to be less frenetic and more freeing. Don’t get me wrong, quarantine life was challenging and difficult to navigate, but it gave me time to catch my breath, pause, and create coherence between my heart and mind. It’s been the biggest gift to myself, my family, and those I interact with externally. The changes I implemented include these four pillars:
Waking up without the jolt of an alarm sets the tone for a calm start. During the lockdown, I’ve allowed my internal clock to nudge me naturally. After freshening up, I sit on my bed and set an intention for the day. It usually isn’t anything monumental, and varies from determining that I’ll do my best to maintain a healthy work-life ba