So a little while back I told you guys about how a year or so ago my morning routine was nothing short of bleak. I’d set three alarms, snooze them all and then begrudgingly roll out of bed at the last possible minute. I’d race to get ready and arrive to work still grumpy as ever. When I got engaged, I started adding new things to my morning and then finally when I got married, I started pushing myself to get up earlier and really create a morning routine. As crazy as it sounds, my life is so much brighter and my mood is so much better now that I’ve created new habits for myself. With that being said, I figured I’d share with you a few elements of my morning routine that have made a significant difference in my life.
Drink Warm Lemon Water
My mom was actually the person who convinced me to try drinking warm lemon water in the morning, because she had been doing it for a while. At first it felt kind of pointless and not that tasty, but eventually I came to really welcome my daily dose of Santa Cruz Organic Pure Lemon Juice and water. Because you warm it up, it really feels cozy in the morning, while also giving you energy to start the day. Not to mention, because of the slight tartness, I could tell that it encouraged me to drink more water earlier in the day, which makes getting my 8+ bottles of water in a day much easier. Fellow blogger, Wellness Mama Katie, shares all the reasons drinking lemon water is so good for you.
Do a Plank
Doing a plank a day keeps the doctor away! Well, that’s probably not 100% true, but it does help with balance, posture and reduces the risk of injury (Mind Body Green blogger, Nora Tobin says so!) I started adding in daily planks of 2 minutes or more when I was trying to get in shape for my wedding. I was already working out regularly and when I added in the planks I started to see major results (especially in the stomach area – which we all know is the hardest to define). Taking 2 – 3 minutes every morning to do a plank gives me a few minutes to clear my head, gets my blood circulating, wakes me up and makes me feel like I can take on the day. If you’re not a usual planker, I’d say start out with a minute or maybe even less, but you can quickly work your way up!
Watch the News
I love that I wake up early enough now to catch up on the news around me by watching Good Morning America. Although sometimes it can be saddening to see all of the bad happening in the world, it does no good to be ignorant. Plus, they provide plenty of comic relief and catch you up on tons of fun stories like the mom in the Chewbacca mask! 🙂 Maybe you’re not a TV person.. that’s ok! Read a real physical newspaper (I haven’t gotten one in years… sorry about it) or read it online; just so long as you have some idea about current events and the world you live in. Danny Rubin, from Brazen Blog, tells us all about why it’s so important that we, as young professionals, stay up to date with the news.
Listen to a Positive Song
This probably sounds cheesy, but music really can improve your mood. Examined Existence blogger, Marvelous, wrote a whole post on it! I used to be able to listen to music turned up really loud the whole time I got ready, but now I’ve found that both me and my pup like some quiet time in the mornings, so I usually play one positive song in the am (often when I’m doing my plank) to set me for my day. Don’t laugh, but some of my favorites are “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor, The Afters’ “Beautiful Smile” or “Perfect Day” by Hoku.
Make My Bed
I know there are a lot of lovers and haters on the topic of making your bed, but after 23 years of pretty much leaving my bed in disarray, I am a firm believer in making your bed EVERY DAY. I make it a first priority in the morning because not only does it make me feel accomplished, it makes me happy to see my room looking so clean. Plus at night time, my bed feels more comfortable and I feel more at peace to fall asleep. Not to mention, even if your room isn’t super clean.. if your bed is made, it doesn’t feel so bad! Think I’m making this up?! LifeHack writer, Jennifer Wasylenko, tells you all about it in her post, How Making Your Bed Every Morning Can Improve Your Life. 🙂
Eat a Substantial Breakfast
This can also be a hard one. I went a long time never eating breakfast in the morning. Surprisingly, when I didn’t eat breakfast, I felt less hungry leading up to lunch and in my mind was eating less calories, thus on a better track to lose weight. Wrong! Eating a breakfast in the morning is important and I’m not talking Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts and Lucky Charms (although I love them both). I’ll usually start my day off with a hard-boiled egg and an apple with PB2 or a bowl of Special K. It’s really important to get protein in the morning though. It jump starts your metabolism, makes you feel more awake and more than anything is oh so yummy! Jayne Leonard, from Natural Living Ideas, gets into the nitty gritty of it all, but basically it’s really important, so you should do it too!
So there you have it! My morning routine minus all of the usual hair curling, makeup applying, rolling around on my couch in a blanket kind of stuff. 🙂 Send me your morning routine, I’m always open to trying new things to better my day!
C’est la vie,