I used to read articles written by other health and wellness enthusiasts about their morning routines and the importance of it. I would roll my eyes some times and think “Oh how nice” or “How do they have time for all of that?".
My routine used to look a little something like this:
Hit snooze until last possible second.
Grab phone and do a quick scroll through Instagram.
Turn coffee pot on.
Get ready and run out the door.
Now my routine has changed a little bit and it’s made a huge difference in my overall wellbeing. Setting the tone for the day is so important. Feeling rushed and stressed first thing makes for a stressed and rushed day. Setting some boundaries and creating a routine that allows for calmness makes all the difference.
Here are a few things I have been incorporating into my morning routine.
1. Hydration. I have been in the habit of drinking water first thing when I wake up for quite a few years but I’ve amped it up a bit. I add lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt. This wakens your digestive tract, helps to detoxify the body and the sea salt helps to keep your cells hydrated. If you suffer from adrenal fatigue this can also help to balance hormones. I aim for 500 mL to 1 litre each morning before I have my coffee and breakfast.
2. Coffee. I’ve tried matcha as a replacement and it’s just not the same. I always start my date with about 2 cups of coffee. I sit and sip while I carry on with my morning routine. Sometimes I make it a bulletproof coffee and add in my favourite collagen power, a little bit of coconut oil, almond milk and cinnamon. Feels like a fancy latte!
3. Reading. I have a couple of books on spirituality and personal development that I read in the morning. One is from Louise Hay called 'You Can Heal Your Life'. It’s amazing. Try to read something that is uplifting and inspiring first thing. Hate reading? Throw on a podcast!
4.Writing. This one I admit I don't always do but I try to write what my intentions are for the day and a few things that I want to accomplish. Some people journal and that's cool too! I think the best thing about creating a routine is you can make it your own. There are no rules, just do what makes you feel good!
4.Movement. I’ve been trying to get out for a morning walk or a light jog, even if its 20 minutes most mornings. Now that it's lighter out I try to take advantage of it as much as I can. Exercise increases serotonin, your feel good hormone. If you're pressed for time, try stretching for 10 minutes and taking a few deep breaths. Maybe park the car a little farther from work. It's so good for the mind!
5.Make the bed. I’m usually a pretty messy person, especially if I'm rushed. But seriously, make your bed first thing. Clean space = clear mind.
6.Breakfast. Taking the time to make a good breakfast is so important. It helps to stabilize your blood sugar and prevents you from over eating later in the day. Try to sit down and enjoy your breakfast. This means being fully present, no checking your phone or watching TV! This helps you to feel more full and satisfied. I typically have eggs and avocado, my green protein smoothie or if I am pressed for time I make my overnight oats the night before and add in some banana and almond butter. I like quick and easy breakfasts!
This might sound like a lot but this maybe takes me an extra 45 mins to an hour in the morning. Sometimes I don’t do all of it, just one or two things and thats okay. I tell myself the same thing I tell my clients, pick one or two things that are easy to do and add as you go. We have enough pressure to be perfect so don't worry about fitting everything in!
I was so hesitant and resistant to make a change in my morning habits but I am so glad I did! Try changing up your morning routine to set a better tone for the day. Let me know how you do.
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