Hello all! Today I’d like to talk about my morning routine. It’s something I’ve been working very hard on for months. Routine is not my forte so it’s taken a while to get used to but I’m finally coming around to it and it’s working for me.
Routine is key when it comes to being in control and keeping life organized. It’s also something some people tend to struggle with on a daily basis. I am one of those people.
Now this isn’t every little thing I do in the morning. That would be too long of a post. So, I’m highlighting some important details of my morning because they’re the ones that set the tone for my day. Let’s get started.
Hot Lemon Water with Salt
I’ve been working with a health coach for about a month and a half now. One thing she suggested I start my morning with is hot lemon water with a pinch of pink Himalayan salt. She says we’re most dehydrated in the morning so it’s important to replenish our water and electrolytes. It also gets our metabolisms moving.
I absolutely love waking up this way. Citrus smells and flavors are some of my favorites so starting off with it first thing is key to waking me up and making me happy. It’s important to drink this on an empty stomach and before you have your coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker anymore… *GAHSP* I know I know…so this is a great way to wake me up first thing.
A Nutritious Breakfast
Again, my health coach reminded me of the importance of breakfast. She even suggested eating within the first 60 minutes of waking up. This has been difficult for me because I would eat too much too late at night and not be hungry the next morning. I had gotten into the routine of eating my three meals a day way later in the day. This was not a healthy practice for me. Now that I’m eating breakfast in the morning I have more energy throughout the day and I actually get hungry for my next meal!
My health coach also informed me that in order to have a well rounded breakfast we should always have a healthy carb with a healthy fat. So far my breakfasts have consisted of peanut butter sourdough toast, avocado sourdough toast, farm fresh eggs and sourdough toast, and oatmeal with real organic maple syrup. If you’d like to add fruit, eat it after your carb and protein to avoid heightened blood sugar.
Daily Yoga Practice
Five days a week, Monday through Friday, I practice yoga with Jamma and sometimes my mom. We text each other in the morning and get ourselves all set up and ready for the routine. We subscribe to Yoga with Adriene on YouTube and follow her on Instagram. Each month on Instagram she posts a new monthly calendar for us to follow along. We’ve been doing this for a few months now and we love it! If I miss this part of my routine my whole morning gets thrown out of whack.
Yoga is my time to think deep and breathe even deeper. It’s how I release my stress. My safe place. Yoga has saved me on so many days. It’s saved me from emotional despair, from getting too tight in my body, and from becoming stagnant. Yoga is a crucial part of my daily routine and I think it will be forever. Last year I did a 30 day yoga challenge and it really got me back into yoga so I’m very thankful for my practice.
I try to get at least one chore done in the morning before I leave for work so I don’t have to do them all on one day or get caught up during the week. From dishes to laundry, watering plants to cleaning the bathroom, there’s always something to be done. I have Monday’s off so I save my bigger chores for that day. Then, throughout the rest of the week I keep up on everything else. There are some days I’m unable to do chore before work and I get behind, but I can always find time another day to catch up.
What I’m Adding
The next thing I’m adding to my morning routine is a workout. I’ve been working closely with my health coach to come up with a workout routine that works well with my menstrual cycle. She mapped it out for me according to my personal cycle and I’ve been slowly implementing it into my weekly routine. My first goal is to workout twice a week and run once a week. The run will come and go with my time of the month and I’ll be supplementing other workouts for it when I’m on my period.
Anyway, I started this a couple weeks ago and have been doing ok so far. It’s all about keeping up with it the best I can until it becomes a usual part of my routine. Then I can start adding more days and more time to my workouts. Starting small with an achievable goal and slowly adding on is what works best for me. This is a big deal for me because besides yoga, my movement and exercise routine has been nonexistent. Woohoo!
Why My Routine is Important
My routine is important because it keeps me on track and it keeps me organized. If I miss any part of this morning routine I feel very off. I’ll forget things throughout the day, and I’ll have weird energy. It’s also important to me because it enforces some sort of control over my life. I’m working on control and this is a big way for me to practice.
I’m curious to know about your morning routines. What do you like to do to get yourself going the morning? What wakes you up first thing? How are you finding time in your morning to get everything done? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you for joining me on today’s journey through my morning routine. I hope to see you all back here soon!