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With end of year business, holiday festivities and a trip to NYC during the week of Christmas, I rolled up to yoga class yesterday feeling like it was the last place I should be.
Funny enough, the intention the instructor set for class was to remember to take time for yourself, especially during the holiday season. AKA: put the oxygen mask on first before assisting others. You’re doing EVERYONE a favor when you focus on your needs because burnout is NO fun, trust me.
On that note, I thought now would be an appropriate time to share my morning routine!
Let’s get one thing out of the way. I am the WORST morning person you’ll ever meet and I require a lot of sleep. For this reason, I set up my life so that I start work later (10 AM) and work longer into the evening.
Even though I am not a morning person, I know that starting the day off right is SO incredibly important. I like to wake up easy, take things slow and make sure I’m giving attention to my mind, body & soul.
MY MORNING SELF CARE ROUTINE:
Set The Tone:
When I wake up around 8 AM, I make it a point not to check my phone, computer or tv for at least an hour. I don’t want the energy of others, which can often be pretty negative, to effect my own.
Hydration & Caffeination
The first thing I do is get up and make hot lemon water + Nespresso coffee (my favorites are currently banana bread & pumpkin spice). While I’m waiting for these two drinks, I usually down an 8 oz glass of water. When you sleep your body slowly becomes dehydrated. Drinking lots of water when you wake rehydrates, starts your metabolism and flushes toxins.
Next it’s back to bed with my coffee! I like to stay cozied up in bed with my dog for an hour. I take this time to…
- Write in my Five Minute Journal, which is a gratitude practice that helps set a positive tone for my day.
- Meditate for 10-20 minutes & practice my visualizations/affirmations (another blog post on this soon).
- Afterwards I’ll read a chapter or two of my book, which is usually focused on personal growth. Right now I’m reading Awakening Your Life’s Purpose by Eckart Tolle.
I usually schedule my workouts around 9-9:30 AM so it gets done in the morning, but not too early! If I’m not doing a NakedNourished workout, I do yoga or pilates class!
After my workout I usually snag my second coffee and then it’s back to my home office for breakfast and emails!
What are some of your own self-care techniques? I’d love to hear about them–comment below! I am also SO intrigued by morning people.
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