I try to wake up within the same time window each morning and establish a morning routine that allows you to feel little accomplishments. Make your bed. Feed your pets. Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. Make breakfast. Usually I give myself a few breakfast options so I still feel like I have a small menu to choose from, but I'm not scrambling for something to eat because too much was left undefined. Maybe it’s cereal and sliced almonds one morning, then frozen waffles the next, or an English muffin with peanut butter, or a simple omelette. The feeling of choice offers the sensation of control and indulgence - almost like a choose-your-own-adventure - even if what you really want is to grab brunch at the diner down the street.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Mansfield, MA.