The secret to starting your day feeling refreshed, calm and ready to go
Do you wake up already running through your to-do lists and schedule? Do you frantically grab whatever’s in the fridge as you rush out the door feeling stressed? Do you barely have any time to think before your work day has begun and before you’re neck deep in paperwork?
I hear this story way to many times. It’s the same excuse; I don’t have enough time, I don’t have enough time, I don’t have enough time. Well, we all have the same amount of time in our day. It’s about how we choose to spend our 24 hours that matter the most. If you know me at all you’ll know that I don’t take that as a good enough excuse.
Do you ever wonder why some people seem to be so organized and calm? To already have, in the space of the morning, worked out, eaten a healthy and nourishing breakfast, had time with their family and looked over their to-do lists, all before 9am. The answer is simple. Its called a morning routine and all the cool kids are doing it.
A morning routine can mean that you (A) relax (B) get time to do the things that matter i.e exercise, eating a healthy breakfast (C) plan for the day ahead (D) start your morning organized and ready.
I never use to follow a morning routine and this was leaving me feeling unfocused, rushed and wasting valuable time. I use to have different wake up times, which completely threw my body clock and made it so hard to get up each morning. For the past year or so I decided I needed to make a change and so I adopted a morning routine and I haven’t looked back.
My Morning Routine:
6.40: Wake up and have a warm lemon water or oil pull
7am: Make a nourishing breakfast with Matt. This normally consists of a juice or smoothie followed by Bircher muesli. We take this time to sit at the table and spend time together before we start the day.
7.30am: Clean up; make lunches or snacks for the day. This is an important part of my morning. Planning and preparing my food sets up my energy and mood for the day
7.45am: Go over the day’s tasks and get organized for anything I need
8am: Pilates, walk or yoga depending on the day
9am: Dry body brush, shower and cleanse my face with coconut oil
9.20am: Ready for my day, which either consists of a modelling job, castings, nutrition study, writing for my blog or seeing clients
Considering I don’t have a normal schedule I have to be flexible. By starting my morning with the same routine, even if its just until 8am, I know that I have that time to get focused, organized and at least start my day feeling ready and de-stressed.
If the day allows I do love to extend my morning routine and fit in some food prep for the day ahead, reading, yoga, meditating or writing my morning pages. A morning routine is completely what you want it to be and that’s the amazing part about it. You can schedule your morning exactly how you like it and make time for the things, which make you, feel your best. For some of you this might be a walk along the beach first thing, taking a few moments to meditate before getting out of bed or simply having some me time before the little ones wake and its all go.
A morning routine is never set in stone and I’m constantly adding and eliminating areas to find what works best for me at that certain time. In summer an early morning routine is easier to accomplish, and in winter it’s that much harder to get out of bed at 6am to stretch. Make it work for you and your body and it will become something you cherish and enjoy doing each morning. I know for me, now that summers here I’m adding in more walks along the beach and more stretches.
I challenge you to create a morning routine and keep it for one week. Make changes as you go and see what works for you. The beauty with this is that its ever changing and you can add and detract parts that are no longer benefiting you.
If you want more information take a look at my beauty routine.