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Your morning routine: childhood vs. adulthood

Here are 9 ways you can recapture your inner child

Photos: ING Image
Photos: ING Image
08 Jul 2015

Photos: ING Image

After working for a few years, it’s hard to imagine that your mornings ever consisted of anything other than slamming the alarm, jostling for a spot in the MRT, and guzzling a cup of coffee while firing up your office computer. Only the arrival of children reminds you that mornings were so much more enjoyable when you were a kid. Case in point:

Waking up:
Waking up:
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Waking up:

Childhood: Parents gently nudge you awake
Adulthood: Pressing ‘snooze’ 2348 times

To recapture your inner child: Getting rid of your snooze button addiction isn’t so much about buying a better alarm as it is about finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning. So keep a gratitude journal. Write down three things you are grateful for every night before going to bed so that they will be the first things on your mind when you wake up in the morning.

Morning entertainment:
Morning entertainment:
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Morning entertainment:

Childhood: Early morning cartoons
Adulthood: Dream sequences between increasingly frequent alarms

To recapture your inner child: Waking up early sucks. So treat yourself! Prepare some kind of activity for your morning routine. It can be a book, a magazine, or even an episode of your favourite drama.

Personal hygiene:
Personal hygiene:
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Personal hygiene:

Childhood: Shower. Brush teeth. Done.
Adulthood: Roll out of bed. Wear towel. Take a 2-minute nap. Sit on the toilet. Take another 2-minute nap. Take a shower. Brush teeth. Lament puffy eyes and fresh pimple while looking in the mirror. Attempt “five-minute” updo from YouTube tutorial before settling for the same ponytail you’ve worn since primary school.

To recapture your inner child: Good personal habits start when you’re young. It’s much harder to start taking care of yourself at age 28 if you’ve been lazy since you were a ‘tot. And why do kids get lazy? Because getting ready is boring. So parents, if you’d like to make the process more fun for your kids, upgrade their toothbrush to the Oral-B Stages Power toothbrush, which not only comes in rad Disney designs, but that cleans more effectively than a manual toothbrush. The more your kids learn to enjoy brushing their teeth now, the more likely they will be to keep it up after they turn into busy adults. 

Getting dressed:
Getting dressed:
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Getting dressed:

Childhood: Spend 30 seconds donning no-brainer school uniform
Adulthood: Spend 30 minutes fishing through pile of clean, but unfolded laundry for a top and a bottom that actually match

To recapture your inner child: Prepare your outfits a week in advance. Hang all the items you will wear for the next five work days on a separate rack to eliminate the number of trivial decisions you’ll need to make in a single morning.

Breakfast:
Breakfast:
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Breakfast:

Childhood: “Good morning, kids! Breakfast is served!”
Adulthood: Buy suspiciously moist pandan cake from the office canteen

To recapture your inner child: Prepare your breakfast overnight. Freeze a batch of breakfast burritos, prepare a serving of overnight oats, and assemble your smoothie ingredients before going to bed. Not only will you save time in the morning, but you’ll feel happier arriving the office knowing you’re about to indulge in a good breakfast. 

When you’re feeling productive:
When you’re feeling productive:
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When you’re feeling productive:

Childhood: Desperately cram for your morning maths quiz
Adulthood: Go for a run, wherein you close your eyes and resist the call of McDonald’s hotcakes.

To recapture your inner child: Oh, who are we kidding. The “no homework” aspect of adulthood makes growing older worth it. But not having to study doesn’t mean relaxing more – it can also mean doing things that you didn’t have time for before, like exercising or picking up a new skill.

Rushing back to the house because you forgot:
Rushing back to the house because you forgot:
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Rushing back to the house because you forgot:

Childhood: Your homework.
Adulthood: …that your boss isn’t in today. Working from home for the win!

To recapture your inner child: Remember how awesome it was to take naps during our early schooling days? If you have the privilege of working from home, take a couple of hours after lunch to recharge your brain.

The morning commute:
The morning commute:
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The morning commute:

Childhood: You get driven to school
Adulthood: You squeeze onto the train while scowling at all the people who refuse to move in

To recapture your inner child: We were filled with wonder as children. Remember how fun it was to just look out the window? As opposed to scrolling through Instagram or answering work emails? Take some time on your morning commute to be still, reflect on your day, and to appreciate everything you have been given.

What you do on your morning commute:
What you do on your morning commute:
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What you do on your morning commute:

Childhood: Recite your multiplication tables aloud in the car, much to the chagrin of your siblings
Adulthood: HELLLOOOOO POWER NAP

To recapture your inner child: As multiplication tables are an aspect of childhood we would much rather forget, uh, HELLLOOOOO POWER NAP.

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