Life is a gift. Wake up every morning and realize that.
What's your morning routine?
Does it begin with activities involving self-love and self-care?
Does it begin starting chores and/or other tasks?
Or does it begin rushing out of bed just to get to work on time?
I have found that having a morning routine that prepares me to be the best version of myself is positively life transforming! By setting up my mind, body, and soul to be in a happy and open mindset, I am setting myself up for a very successful day.
Setting my mind, body and soul up for a successful day means doing all the self-love or self-care activities that fit MY needs. My routine is not a one-size-fits-all prescription. Everyone has different needs and values in their life so it may look differently from one person to the next. What I can share with you is what my morning routine looks like during the week and weekend so you can take or make meaning of what activities might be a good fit for your life. My morning routine has 100% positively transformed how I act and feel each and every day. I am healthier, happier and more grateful because of these small daily activities I do each and every morning.
The secret to health and happiness is found in your daily routine.
Work Week Morning Routine
During the week I am a full-time public school teacher which means I wake up at 5 a.m. in order to be at my school at 6:30 a.m. Mind you that my school day doesn't begin until 7:30 a.m. I wake up extra early so I have plenty of time to get dressed, brush my teeth, put on my make-up (because I can't leave the house without it), prepare my lunch, make my breakfast and possibly greet my doggies in the morning. Gifting myself that extra time in the morning allows me to get ready for the day at my own leisurely pace so I'm not rushed, and so I have the time to make myself feel like a sexy and confident woman, a.k.a self-love.
I feel sexy and confident when I am able to make myself look presentable (hair done, make-up on, and choosing an outfit matching my funky style). I also feel sexy and confident when I put delicious and healthy foods in my body, a.k.a. self care.
My lunch and breakfast are always prepared to make my body feel good and energized throughout the day. Spending an extra ten minutes putting my lunch together and preparing my breakfast smoothie is worth every minute. I honestly can't wait to dive into that delicious smoothie bowl when I arrive at work, yum!
I also can't stress enough the power of listening to a positive podcast on my morning drive to work. This has been a HUGE mindset booster to start my morning. When I prepare my mind to be open and grateful, I know I will absolutely have a great day because I am intentionally deciding to make it great, no matter what. Doing this enables me to interact with my colleagues and students with an open-mindset and lots of patience (which is so needed when working with kids...and adults, ha). I have also found a tremendous benefit in "putting a cherry on top" of my positive and open-mindset by searching for a quick and simple motivating quote to start my day as well. Following other open-minded people on Instagram has helped me to easily find inspiring words or quotes to start my day as the best and most authentic version of myself.
Weekend Morning Routine
The weekends allow my morning routine to be slightly more relaxed since I do not need to commute to work. Yippee! But, I am still an early riser because my body's time clock is programmed to wake early due to my weekly schedule. I absolutely love getting up before anyone else in my house because I have a WHOLE HOUR to myself! I can read, write, walk or just watch the sunrise while enjoying my morning coffee. I find that during that hour I am most creative too. When I am alone with my thoughts to wander with no distractions I have the time to just think of whatever floats in my mind.
Anyways, those small morning activities for me are the most precious moments of time that really give me that extra self-love that I need to start my day in the best positive mindset. Those small moments set the tone for the day and prepare my mind to be ready and open for whatever life has to throw at me. Bring it on!
As you can see, I believe there is a tremendous amount of power in your morning routine. YOU absolutely have to be the one to choose what self-care activities fit your needs.
Some questions to help guide you on choosing those activities are:
What's your purpose in life?
How can you prepare your whole self in fulfilling that purpose in the best way possible?
Giving a little love to yourself every morning goes a LONG way in making your life the best one it can be. Wake up and be intentional of how you exert and spend your time and energy, because it is very precious indeed.
Always craving health + happiness,