A couple of weeks ago I posed a question to my Instagram community: “Would you like me to write a blog post about my morning routine?”
The results were actually mind-blowing. I had more responses than ever before, and it was an astounding 100% YES across the board!
Now, we typically want what we don’t have. Am I right or am I right?! Although I am thoroughly convinced that I have the best supporters/friends/clients/family/cheerleaders on this planet, I know that this is not really about me. There are a whole lot of you out there striving for a more consistent way to start your day!
I’ll begin by telling you straight up my ideal morning routine (at this point in time), and then I’ll give you some tips on how you can begin to establish one on your own.
What My Day Looks Like
5:30 AM—Rise and shine! By the way, I literally mean this, I am so much more of a morning person than a night person. Get me in bed by 8pm every night and I’d be ever so happy! When the alarm goes off though, I am usually ready to bounce right out of bed (sometimes even before the alarm). This is why I start so early… it works for me.
The first thing I do is begin expressing gratitude for literally everything—being able to move, my slippers, a new day, the ground under my feet, and all the simple blessings that it can become easy to overlook. I heard this recommended practice years ago, and since I’ve started doing it, my mornings have been so much more cheery!
5:40 AM—Turn on the kettle, make lemon water (see lemon water post)
5:45 AM—Morning affirmations/mantra
6:00 AM—Online Kundalini yoga class
** The first hour of my day typically does not change. If I don’t have to work one day, I may sleep in and start later, but I try to keep this part of my day very consistent. After that, I choose from a couple of options depending on how I am feeling and how much time I have. Some days I am running out the door at 6:45, others I have the luxury of leaving much later. The following practices vary based on these elements and day of the week.
6:30-7:30 AM—If I have that added luxury of more time (I LOVE being home in the morning) I choose to spend the next hour of my day doing one of these things: personal asana yoga practice, journaling, running (happens WAY more in the warmer months), reading, writing, or meditating, or any combination of the above.
7:30 AM—Check client emails & respond as needed.
8:00 AM—Hygiene! Three things I do every day as part of my “getting ready” routine are oil pulling, dry brushing, and foot massage. All practices come from Ayurveda.
Dry brushing is a technique used to move lymph and circulate blood and Qi (done prior to showering).
Oil pulling is done by putting a spoonful of coconut oil (I use coconut with CBD, other oils such as sesame can also be used) into your mouth and swishing it around for about 20 minutes, then spitting it out (typically I do this while in the shower).
My third staple is a foot massage—done after the shower! Quite simply, I put coconut oil on my feet and rub, rub, rub it all in- between the toes, on the soles, etc. etc! Rubbing your feet helps you to connect with the meridians on the body and move stagnation, it also has a very grounding and centering effect.
Now, for the juicy stuff!
How Can YOU Establish Your Own Routine?
I have tried many different routines over the years and quite honestly, routines will change time and time again as you change, grow, and shift. My tips to help you find what works are:
Start small. Don’t give yourself a jam packed schedule down to the minute. If you’re anything like me, once you start thinking in this way, you will want to do ALL THE THINGS, so really, really, really limit yourself when beginning. Start with only one thing you do every day and make it simple.
Give yourself enough time. If you don’t, introducing new things into your morning schedule will only cause stress, make you late for work, and you will inevitably toss it away. To ensure this doesn’t happen, I like to imagine that I need to leave my house an hour before I really do. (Yes, an hour.) This gives me the chance to be running really late and still get to work early.
Test it out, see what works for YOU. What makes you feel grounded? What helps you start your day on the right foot? Chances are, this is going to look very different than my list above.
Set up the night before. If you work out in the morning, lay your sneakers and clothes out so they are ready to go. If you read, get your reading glasses, your book, and your cozy blankets stacked on the couch in your special spot. This not only simplifies things for you in the morning, but it even slightly holds you accountable.
Tell your partner/family members. No doubt about it: Starting a morning routine when you don’t live alone can and will affect the other members of your household. Clue them in, tell them it’s special to you, and ask them for their help and understanding while you try to establish a practice that will help you be the best version of yourself.
You may have noticed that I didn’t mention eating. Typically I try and work a little bit longer of a fast from the night before (this is grounds for an entirely different blog post). That being said, be sure to factor a healthy breakfast in where/when it works for you.
Here’s to happy holidays all around and a great start to your 2019,