My Morning Routine + Stretching Video
"I never thought I would say this but... I'm becoming a morning person."
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?