My Morning Stretching Video

My Morning Routine + Stretching Video

"I never thought I would say this but... I'm becoming a morning person."

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Here I am proving why you should never say never.  A morning person??!...me?? Really? These were the first thoughts going through my head when I realized what was happening. My circadian rhythm has had me waking up early and I love taking advantage of all the extra time. I believe a proper morning routine can set the tone for the rest of your day. So if you conquer the morning you can pretty much do anything. 

Here is how I see it...

Once I'm awake, minus well get up.  I'm not trying to make it a habit of getting back in bed once I have already gotten out of it. Weekends are an exception, but during the week if I set an alarm I owe it to myself to try and get up when I planned too. I make it part of starting my morning right. Getting up when I intend to. Once I’m up, I’m up. 

Next is water, water, water. Before bed I always leave myself a glass of water so once I'm awake, I roll over and drink it. Water is the best thing you can give yourself first thing.

Once the water brings me back to life, I get up to use the restroom and start my self care routine. I always splash cold water on my face and it never fails to wake me up. As I wash my face, I check in with myself  to see how I'm feeling. Everyday is different. Somedays I get good rest and other days I need a couple more minutes to really wake up. Either way, I wash my face with cold water. I blame college for the fact that I still use drug store beauty products. I want to move into a completely non-toxic, cruelty-free beauty regimen but I am just not there yet. Here are some of the products I have been using for awhile: 

- Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser

- Nutregena Alcohol Free Toner

- Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer with SPF

- The Wet Brush 

- Pronamel Gentle Whitening Tooth Paste

Once I dry my face off, I go make my bed. I read somewhere the most successful people make their bed every morning, so naturally I had to make it a habit to do so. It feels nice after a long day to come home to a tidy room. Again, its just another one of those things you gotta do for yourself. Self care baby!

The next part is my fav...

On a good day, I make a cup of matcha and start stretching. This is another way I like to check into see how my body is feeling. A recent injury has had me stretching every morning. This is the perfect way to loosen up before I head out for the day. Here is my go to morning flow:

 

- childs pose

- runners lunge

- half split

- pigeon pose

- half lotus

- back rollout

- left leg up and in

- right leg up and in

- spinal twist

After this I get dressed, leave the house and take on whatever the day has in store!

** I do all this before checking email or instagram. I have learned a clear head in the morning makes for a very productive day.

How do you start your morning?

xx Meg