I was never a morning person. I found joy in sleeping in, especially on weekends. I admire those who can wake up really early and start their day like those wellness YouTubers that my YT algorithm always shows. I sometimes think if it was the universe's way of telling me to change my habits.
I live in the southern part of Metro Manila, so I was so used to waking up extra early just to get to the office on time. Now, I'm one of the few who are lucky to work from home—I have the privilege of sleeping until 8:55 a.m. and to clock in at 9:00 a.m. (I'm not very proud of this habit, and if my editor is reading this, hi!). I was relieved that my sleeping hours have been extended.
While those extra hours of snooze time are pure bliss, I noticed that being woken up by the heat, the noise of the neighbors, and the sunlight wasn't a pleasant experience. I was always irritated—like someone interrupted my precious sleep. I didn't like how I felt.
Some time during the quarantine period, I became obsessed with cleaning my space and buying all sorts of home stuff. Power nesting, according to Forbes. I never thought I'd be so kilig about buying plates, pillowcases, beddings, and curtains. Pre-pandemic, I did not care about these items. But since I'm always at home, I can spot everything that needs sprucing up.
This was the time I discovered blackout curtains—I don't think I'll ever use regular drapes again.
My Shopee and Lazada carts always had blackout curtains, and every visit to Robinsons Department Store involved looking at blackout curtains. I became obsessed. They were expensive, but I saw them as a good investment.
My new drapes created a pitch-black room at night, and it made my room a safe, private, and sacred sanctuary. I fall asleep faster now, which makes me wake up at a decent time. I open my eyes at 8 a.m. without the help of an alarm. (I aim to get up at around 7:30 a.m. next week!)
I also appreciate that the rays of the sun don't ~pierce~ through my eyes. My room wasn't as warm as before, too, because the curtains lowered the solar gain. I always wake up feeling refreshed, so I'm in a good mood right away. It's like I could take on any task.
Full disclosure: I've been listening to a mindset management podcast, and I believe the life coach's lessons plus the serene ambiance of my room contributed to how I now feel about mornings. Working on myself internally and creating a space that made me feel secure has helped a lot. Of course, there are still bad days. But once I clock out on Slack, do my evening routine, and turn the lights off, my mind and body start to feel at peace again.
Darkness has become my friend. To all my blackout curtains, TYVM.
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