Hope your September Intentions are going well so far. I want to talk a little bit about morning routines. Do you have one? If that’s a no, then here’s why you should get one started.
What you do in the morning is important because it sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you get up too late, then you will end up rushing trying to get everything done, getting ready in a hurry and you will most likely skip breakfast at this point. And as we all know, mornings are that time of the day where the most random situations come up unexpectedly. Like an orange juice spill right before you walk out the door, a flat tire, the dogs ran out, and the hundreds of scenarios that can happen if you are a mom(which I am aware just because I work with children, but really, though, I have no idea what mornings with children are like). So, plan ahead and have plenty of time to deal with whatever comes up. Your body will thank you later, as you will keep the “stress hormones” (I’ll talk a bit more about those in a future post) at bay.
Going back to good habits… We must remember that we all live under different circumstances, and therefor this is just a guideline to help you create your OWN morning routine. Let’s take a look:
- Wake up at a comfortably “early” time – (what is that? does that even exist; comfortably early?) Yes, it exists. And it is different for everyone, based on their jobs, lifestyle,etc… With this I suggest waking up at a time that allows you to complete all the things you usually do in the morning, but most importantly it’s a time were you know you can wake up on most days. Keep it real. Don’t go for waking up at 4:30 am if you know you won’t be able to stick with it, and just the part of waking up will stress you out. For me, waking up 1.5 -2 hours before my departure is time enough to do my morning routine at a calm pace. I personally take into consideration that waking up before 6am is not an option for me, because I am just not that kind of early bird.
- Do something you enjoy – first thing in the morning, do something you really enjoy. This will make you happy and it feeds your soul. It can be anything, really! Like reading a inspirational reflexion, just cuddling in bed 10 minutes before getting up, reading a book, checking your agenda, drinking a cup of coffee or tea, etc… For me, that means drinking my cup of warm water with lemon and honey(it gets your metabolism and system going) while I relax on the couch. Take 5-10 minutes to really enjoy your moment. Remember, you are more likely to feel energised and motivated after doing something you enjoy!
- Get moving! – getting some movement bright and early has many benefits like increased metabolism and increased physical/mental energy. Ideally, making time to workout in the morning is the best way to go. It doesn’t have to be a super long workout, actually some 15-20 minute circuits will do just fine. But… we all know this is not so easy for everyone. Personally, I like eating well before working out because I tend to feel dizzy and weak if I don’t. So if I was to get a good workout in during the morning, then I would have to get up extra super early to eat, digest and then workout. So I decided that my main workout won’t be happening in the morning, except on my days off, that I truly enjoy working out at around 8:30-9am. So, what do I do instead? I roll out my mat and just get some movement in. Some days I do some light stretching, or a quick yoga routine, or a brief circuit of 2-3 floor exercises (push ups, planks, glute bridges,supermans) to get blood flow going. Other days I go for a 10 min morning walk with the dogs. This only takes me about 10-15min most. I often include some breathing/meditations as well, this too gets your blood flowing 🙂
- Eat well – take time to sit down and eat. Your body has been resting all night and needs nutrients to get going again. If you haven’t yet, drink a full cup of water before eating and take time to enjoy your meal. As you all may heard, breakfast is the MOST IMPORTANT meal of the day, so make it a good one. It should include protein to help you stay fuller longer and carbs to provide you some energy. A few options are boiled eggs with a side of toast, warm oatmeal or overnight oats, scrambled eggs with vegetables or green smoothie. There are lots of options, just DONT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT EATING BREAKFAST! *more on quick breakfast options coming soon*
- Set your goals and affirmations for the day – last but not least! Organise your day starting with setting small daily goals. Whatever that means for you. It could be finishing up a task at work, staying more present during the day, smiling more, finishing your to do list, slowing down, etc… Together with your goal, don’t forget to set your affirmation for that day. In case you are wondering, when you make an affirmation it is basically you being in conscious control of your thoughts. Affirmations are short, powerful statements, that become conscious thoughts and since our minds are so powerful it can help us set the tone for our day. For example, I am motivated and focused today! Remember, you are what you think, so think positive. For me this particular part of my routine means writing. I enjoy writing, so every morning while I eat breakfast I take a moment to write down 1 thing I am grateful for, 1 goal and 1 affirmation. This grounds me and helps me keep it present throughout the day.
Now that I have shared my morning routine with you all, I hope you find it useful to create your own. Remember, its all about finding something that WORKS FOR YOU…on most days. Have in mind that some days are just a little different and thats ok too. That’s the beauty of finding your Happy Medium ❤
PS:I would love to hear from you all whats that 1 thing you do in the morning that helps you start your day off right! Don’t forget to spread the love and share the good stuff with your friends 🙂
Stay balanced and live fully, until next time!