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Whether you consider yourself an introvert, an extrovert, or an ambivert, if you’re someone who struggles to be social upon waking up and much prefers a quiet morning alone, you’re in good company.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle to keep up a good morning routine if I feel like I don’t have enough space away from people.
As outgoing as I can be later in the day, the last thing I want when I’m just waking up is to have to have any level of interaction with other humans.
Leave me alone for the first few hours, please.
If you, too, find yourself wishing for quiet mornings in solitude, read on.
Tips for a Quiet Morning: Figure Out Your Housemates’ Schedule(s)
If your earliest-rising housemate gets up at 7 AM, try getting up at 6 so you can have that extra hour alone.
Of course, in some cases, you will not be able to avoid being up at the same time as other folks in your home. Schedules aren’t always adjustable and you may end up with roommates who get up before or at the same time as you.
In that case, you have a few options to limit interactions and keep your morning to yourself:
Take Your Morning Routine Outside
If you have a porch, balcony, or back yard where you can sit and be undisturbed, move your morning routine outdoors!
Or, if you live near a quiet park or nature reserve, walk, bike, or drive down there.
Stay In Your Room
If you have your own room, you can always just stay there for the majority of your morning routine!
Let there be light! If you’re spending a quiet morning in your room, open the blinds and let the sunlight in! (Or, if you’re up before dawn, just turn on the light – or light some candles for a peaceful ambience!)
If you have enough space in your room, try designating a corner to your morning routine. Set up a yoga mat, a reading chair, or a little desk – or perhaps an altar if you practice spirituality. Make the space your own!
When I lived in a housing co-op, the possibility of running into any of my two dozen housemates in the morning often kept me from eating in the dining room. So, I would sneak into the kitchen, make breakfast as quickly and quietly as possible, and then take it back to my room to eat it in peace.
Do what you gotta do!
Need coffee? If your morning routine requires caffeine, consider investing in a coffee maker for your room! You can fill it up with water the night before, so all you have to do when you wake up is brew those sweet (er, bitter) beans.
Shut Out The Noise
If you’ve nowhere to go to avoid being around housemates in the morning, you can still take steps to limit the level of interaction.
Wearing headphones should be a clear signal that you’re not up for a morning chat.
You can go through your morning routine in the kitchen or living room and just try to zone out into your own little world.
Ask Housemates to Give You Space
Don’t feel bad about asking your housemates to not engage with you in the morning hours.
Let them know that between the hours of Y and Z, you are prioritizing time to yourself to start your day.
Most people will be respectful of that. Especially if you make it clear that it’s not about them; it’s just that you need to have a calm, quiet morning alone before you can immerse yourself in the rest of society.
Own your mornings!
I wish you a future full of the best, brightest, and quietest mornings!
Riley, he/they pronouns