I’m the first to admit I’m a go-getter. A big dreamer. A doer. My laptop is on 24/7, my cellphone is glued to my hand. I’m juggling a million and one things on my to-do list, and I thrive on it. And whilst I will be the first up in the morning and the last to bed at night, I also make sure I make time for self-care.
Self-care is a big one for me. I firmly believe in prioritising our own wellbeing, especially when you’re a go-getter like me. Because, plain and simple, how do we take care of business, and of others in our lives, when we are not 100% ourselves? I’m talking sleep, movement and nutrition, social interactions, spirituality, the whole sh’bang. When it comes to wellbeing, I believe in a holistic approach. Which also means when it comes to my morning routines, they can be varied and holistic too! Here are some of my favourite ways to start off a morning right.
When it comes to wellbeing, I believe in a holistic approach.
Set your intentions for the day. I love doing this first thing in the morning. Chuck on your favourite tunes, whatever gets you focused, and be present for five minutes. Think about what you need to achieve for the day. What requires your focus? What can you do to stretch yourself today? What will add value to your day? Hold onto that intention, write it down, and check in with it regularly.
Leave technology until after breakfast. This can be tricky if you’re using your cell phone as your alarm clock, but I recommend you buy a separate alarm clock. Let your phone charge in a different room. You’ll be amazed at the difference. Sometimes we are so ingrained with our attachment to technology, we’re scrolling through Facebook before our eyes are even open. Imagine starting the day without this. Just think how much more present you could be in your morning activities.
Get out and move first thing in the morning. Whether it’s yoga, a walk outside or a workout at the gym. Getting your exercise in first thing will get those endorphins running, and the heart pumping for the day. Plus - how awesome does it feel when you know you’re done and dusted with your exercise before you even get to work. Accomplished, tick!
Switch out the coffee for green tea. Or even better, warm water with lemon. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but over the years I’ve also dropped the milky drinks, and traded them in for a refreshing green tea or warm water first thing in the morning. A little tip also - when you’re at a cafe and you order a tea, you can get 4-5 cups out of that one tea pot! Compare that to your one standard coffee in a cup… Total win on the value for money!
Self-care should never be a chore, it should be something you enjoy and feels good. So find a morning routine that feels good for you. It’s all about re-energizing, recharging, keeping healthy and happy, and reducing the stress in our lives.
What do you include in your morning routines?