I’m not a morning person. Those people who get up at 5am every day and are cheerful and happy about it, I’m not one of those people. I do wish I was, because they seem so in control of their day, but they are not my people.
My people are the ones who stumble out of bed having pressed the snooze button roughly 60 times and don’t really wake up until mid morning. These are the people I understand.
So I’m not naturally a morning person, my sleep patterns are messed up and for roughly two weeks every month, I have an almost constant headache and morning nausea. Yes for me, PMT presents like morning sickness, I’m just very lucky that way. In winter, all of this is made much worse because of the SAD, but summer or winter, I have found the best way to deal with all of this is to sleep through it until about 9.30am. I cope with feeling ill much better at a civilised hour, unfortunately, I live in a world that starts earlier than that and I need to be at my desk by 9am.
As part of my ‘buck up my ideas’ routine, I was looking at a way to help me be more present and awake in the mornings. So I looked at aromatherapy, because lavender oil has been helping get to sleep and the citrus linen spray has been making ironing easier so there must be something that would help wake me up!
After some experimentation, I found a blend of oils that work. Eucalyptus, peppermint, grapefruit and lemon. The first two also help with clearing blocked up noses and hayfever season is upon us! Grapefruit and lemon are uplifting and refreshing which I think are good things to be in morning.
I mix them together (20 drops each of eucalyptus and peppermint and 10 each of lemon and grapefruit) and put them in a little dropper bottle.
Then in the morning before I turn the shower on, I put a couple of drops in the little bowl that sits in the shower. It’s really great for waking me up and as a bonus makes the bathroom smell nice. I use it every morning.
It’s not a miracle cure for the morning blues but it does help and I need all the help I can get!