I believe one of the greatest principles of life is that of duality – that two ideas, emotions or states can coexist at once. Like my firm belief that some routine is good for you, your mind, body and soul. While, the ability to go with the flow in life and be in the moment is also important for happiness.
One of the ways I strive to maintain routine, even when life seems to be going south or gets a little crazy, is in my mornings. None of us are really in control of our lives, so if we take the moments we can to really take care of ourselves, to be still, and to be quiet we are setting the tone for the rest of the day. Therefore, having a morning routine creates a state of zen and confidence that lasts throughout your whole day.
I am sharing my typical morning routine with you here and some reasons why these particular things are important to me. As always, let me know what works for you and if you try any of these out, how it goes.
- Get enough sleep. Seriously though. I can’t emphasize this enough. Having a whole morning routine does not matter if you start your day off tired. As one with multiple autoimmune diseases, and a string of infections lately, I am quite familiar with tired. It is therefore even more important to focus on sleep and its quality. We all have commitments, busy schedules and lots on the go, but pulling from sleep is something I really try not to do. Sleep is where the body and mind restore, rebuild, and renew. And let us be real, we need a lot of that don’t we?
- Don’t hit snooze. I would love to say I wake up super early every morning. But I don’t. If it is a work day, I wake up at least an hour early usually two, to give myself time to get ready. And I get up immediately. Hitting the snooze isn’t rejuvenating, it actually has the opposite effect and can really drag you down for the rest of the day. If it isn’t a work day however, I feel it is really important to not wake up to an alarm. And just let my body wake up naturally, whenever that is.
- Apple cider vinegar. Literally I take a shot of this stuff straight up. There are numerous benefits for ACV: maintain a normal pH, normalize stomach acid which in turn improves digestion, increases nutrient absorption and and decreases heartburn , detoxify liver, increase metabolism, stabilize blood sugar, and can eliminate candida overgrowth. I have seen the greatest benefits as a natural digestion enhancer. I had so many issues with digestion, diarrhea, SIBO, gas, heartburn, and nothing helped. Until I went back to the most simplest of methods, apple cider vinegar before every meal.
- Drink one large glass of water with fresh lemon juice. We wake up every morning dehydrated. After a long night of the body repairing and growing, the cells need water to replenish and function throughout the day. Maos people reach for their coffee first, but I find similar effects from this. Why not get ahead on the water game for your day?
- Wash my face. Fresh water on the face not only feels clean and wakes me up, but it removes all the dead cells from the face.
- Yoga or Meditation. Every morning I either spend 15 minutes completing my own routine to stretch and strengthen, or in quiet journaling. This is the way I connect with myself each day, with what I need. Sometimes it is a bit of movement, and sometimes it is quiet. Regardless, it is here I set my intention for the day.
- Eat breakfast. I like to be awake for at least an hour or so before eating in the morning to allow my digestion to begin, the body to clear (ahem!), and the brain to awaken. But no matter what, eat breakfast. Once in a while this means I take it to go (although I really try not to). At home breakfast might be a quick stir fry of veggies and meat in avocado oil. Or a bowl of bone broth soup with avocado on top. On the go, it might be some precooked chicken and a couple no sugar cookies (found here)Nom Noms. Who wouldn’t love cookies to start their day?