Are you a morning person? I am definitely not a morning person! But I desperately want to be a morning person. I feel like morning people are more productive, get a lot more done during the day and just seem generally happier. Or at least that is what I lead myself to believe!
Recently I have been watching a lot of videos and reading books, blogs, getting any information I can to encourage myself to become a chipper, excited morning person. I picture my ideal self like Snow White when she sings and cleans the cottage of the 7 Dwarfs. I do think if woodland animals would help me meal prep and tidy my house I would be more willing to get up early. Sadly, in reality the creatures would probably make more of a mess then it’s worth.
So, on my journey to morning cheerfulness I decided to create a Healthy morning habit list. It’s nothing super official or fancy, but when I get up and check off the items on the list, I feel better. I feel happier during the day, more organized and able to handle anything that comes my way.
I’m going to share my list with you, but you need to decide what you need out of your mornings to make them work for you. We are all different and have different needs, so create a list that will be easy for you to manage.
First off I really dislike waking to an alarm. But without one, I will sleep till 7, 8 or even 9am. Ideally I would like to be up between 6 & 7am. I started setting my alarm at 6:45am, this allows me to get used to the idea of waking up early. I am going to make it 6:30am in a few weeks, then 6:15am and so on. I want to wake up feeling rested and happy. Not tired and grouchy. So the first thing I do is turn on some soothing music, much like you would listen to during your massage. Feel free to follow Sand Dollar Spa on Spotify to listen to my playlists.
So now that I am starting to set a relaxing mood, I will take several intentional deep breaths, deep cleansing breaths. I will also take some time to think about my intention for the day and some gratitude. More on these later. I really try to think about my breathing, otherwise, honestly, I will just fall back asleep!
I also set up my diffuser before I go to bed, so when I wake up I can just turn it on (it’s right next to my bed) and my room will fill with a scent that I choose the night before. I love the scent of citrus this time of year. Citrus helps me to feel happy and joyful, something we all need upon waking up right! Citrus can freshen the air, uplift your mood, ease anxiety and reduce frustration as well as relax and energize you. Check out this diffuser that even comes with essential oils.
After a few minutes of waking up with intention and happiness, I get out of bed and immediately make it. This way I feel like my room looks a bit neater which makes me feel more organized and therefore relaxed. After that quick and easy chore (seriously less than two minutes, depending on how many accent pillows you have!), I move to the floor and aim for 10-15 minutes of gentle stretching. Sometimes I go over that time, but my goal is no less than 10 minutes. Practicing this makes me feel more mobile during the day, I seem to have less stiffness and pain. I always start with Child’s Pose for several minutes. Then I just go into whatever my body is needing at that moment. I try to end with a Downward Dog.
When I have finished my stretches, I head to my kitchen and grab a glass of water with some citrus in it. I am loving lime, orange and lemon right now. Drinking water first thing in the morning is great for your body. You have been sleeping for (hopefully) 8 hours and your body is dehydrated. Drinking some water first thing in the morning can aid in digestion and make you feel more awake. I prefer to get my water ready before bed, that way there are no excuses. I am in love with this glass infuser bottle with a bamboo lid and even a sleeve to keep it safe! During the day I will add frozen berries sometimes. Then you have the added benefit of chilled water, strawberry flavor and a snack for later!
While I am sipping my water, I start to prepare my meals for the day. I get my lunch and snacks ready so that I don’t have to pick up something during the day. Having to leave work to grab a meal or leave home early to get something stresses me out because I will inevitably feel rushed. I also always end up eating something unhealthy. If I am prepared with a beautiful lunch and a few healthy snacks, I feel better throughout the day. I’m not much of a breakfast person but I try to make something. Lately I have been loving smoothies! Check out my favorite smoothie recipe:
1 cup Almond milk
1 tsp Almond butter (no added sugar)
1 tsp cacao nibs
1 tsp Matcha powder
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
A handful of ice to make it chilled
Blend together till smooth and enjoy!
Taking the time to prepare your meals for the day is a very healthy habit to get into. Not only will you eat better, healthier foods, you will feel less stress and leave less of an impact on the environment. These are my personal driving forces. I also tidy the kitchen before I leave for the day. That way when I come from work, the kitchen is clean, ready and welcoming. It really helps to have the kitchen tidy when you have a goal to cook your meals at home rather than eating out. Our family gets really bad about eating out especially if the kitchen is a bit messy. It’s just so easy to leave the mess for later and have someone else cook for you. I actually love to cook, it is relaxing to me. But only if I am prepared and my kitchen is neat! Otherwise it becomes a huge chore!
The last thing I do in the morning is set my intentions and take a few moments for gratitude. Starting my day with such positivity really sets my mood for a happy and successful day. I also really feel like I am doing something for myself. This way, if my day gets away from me and I don’t have time to do some yoga, or take a class, or relax, at least I did it in the morning. I took time to appreciate what my body does for me every day, walking, moving, working, dancing, taking care of my family. I took time to think about what I am grateful for, waking up in the morning, my kids hugs, my hubby making my coffee and doing the grocery shopping so I don’t have to. I took time to care for my muscles and give thanks for them holding me up and supporting me and the activities I love to do daily!
I try to take a few moments to write in my journal. Here is my personal list that I use to reflect on each day. But if you need a little guidance you can always purchase a journal with writing prompts.
I am thinking _____________________
I am feeling emotionally ____________
I am feeling physically _____________
My intention for the day ____________
Two things I am grateful for __ & _
One thing that would add to my happiness today would be _________
I will ask for help today to get this done ________________________
So, that is my morning routine. I am not perfect though I strive to accomplish this every day. I just love the way I feel when I practice this each and every day. Let me know if you have other things you do upon waking up! I am always looking for new tips! Did you try any of the things I mentioned? How did it go? Leave a comment and tell me all about your morning!