I never really attached much value to my morning routine. My alarm went an hour before I had to leave for work. In that time I rushed in to the shower, washed my hair, did my make up and hair, had a quick breaky (usually a tiny bit of yoghurt and a cup of tea), packed my stuff and left the house. It’s not that there is necessarily something wrong with that. When I have to work on location I still do this. But on the other days I try to start my day more mindfully. I notice that having a mindful morning routine gives me positive energy and therefore a better day. I thought it would be fun to share the things that I like to do on my self care morning routine:
- Don’t rush
The most important thing for a peaceful morning routine is time! So, set your alarm a bit earlier! Even if it’s just half an hour. You will feel more relaxed throughout the day if you start it calm and peacefully.
- No phone
Something that I like to do is not using my phone on the first hour that I’m awake. In this way you don’t have all the stimulations from notifications and social media. I know it’s hard to put your phone away and I don’t always succeed, but when I do I feel a lot better throughout the morning and day.
Instead of scrolling through your phone read a few pages!
- Listen to a podcast
Don’t feel like reading? Than listen to a podcast! I sometimes like to do that when I have breakfast. It’s fun and it’s usually informative, so that’s a win-win!
- Work out
I used to work out in the afternoon, but lately I like to work out in the morning. I like to go for a run or do weights. But yoga is also a really good to do in the morning!
- Take a walk
Don’t like to work out in the morning? Than go for a (mini) walk! The fresh air is just so refreshing and makes you feel good immediately!
- Healthy breakfast
Take time to make a badass breakfast and mindfully eat it! We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So make sure it’s yummie and healthy! My favorite breakfast on self care mornings is nice cream. I mix a frozen banana with some frozen berries and I top it with coconut flakes and granola. For drinks I like to have my green tea and when I really comfort myself I make a vanilla soy iced latte (yas!). Oh, and I always drink lots of (lemon) water in the morning.
- Body care
I take a shower every morning, but on my self care mornings I like to take some extra time for that. I take a hair and face mask, nourish my body with some good smelling body butter, curl my hair.