If you get the morning right… then the day will fall into place, and what better time to overhaul your morning routine than when you are a home and have a little more time to focus on yourself.
Everyone’s morning routine will differ, depending on the amount of time you have and of course, your personal preferences. But at the moment most of us do have a bit of extra time in the morning - time normally spent on hair & makeup and the commute. Here are some tried and true ideas for getting started on the right foot and giving yourself the best energy and mental boost possible.
It’s not new to hear someone say “start your day with lemon water” and that’s because it really is good for you. You probably haven’t had a drink in over 8 hours, so rehydration is the first thing your body needs. Lemon or apple cider vinegar are the perfect alkalising additions to a glass of tepid or warm water first thing.
If you have time for a walk, run, gym session or yoga workout, get it down straight away. It gets the blood flowing. If you have zero time, at least get in a short yoga sequence (you can find fantastic 2 or 3 minute yoga workouts on Youtube) or a few pushups, lunges and sit ups.
Make yourself a cuppa and sit with a notebook at the table or, if it is warm enough, on your balcony. Light a candle or some incense and create a moment of complete peace to think about your day. Make a list of things you need to achieve. If you have a brilliant memory, this might take place entirely in your head, but for many people writing things down helps them focus, prioritise and remember what needs to be done.
Don’t over plan – limit yourself to an achievable list of things to do. If this is done in an atmosphere of calm, you are more likely to see the day as a positive challenge rather than a daunting dark hole of panic.
Straighten stuff up.
You don’t need to clean your house in the morning, but putting away anything that is out of place or cluttering the surfaces in your home will give you both an instant sense of achievement – one that will continue throughout your day – and also mean that when you arrive home, it will feel more relaxing, calm and clean. The simplest choice is to make your bed and pack the dishwasher.
There has always been a focus on breakfast but now we are also been told to fast. No matter your thoughts at some point in the morning you are going to need to eat. This might be a fruity smoothie, a tub of amazing yogurt or even just a crisp apple, but putting something in will stave on the cravings and also give your body the sugar it needs to boost your energy.
I assume that you have showering and dressing under control so I will leave it a that. Just a final point that your mornings are the only part of the day that are yours - no one has left the mark on your mood yet, so it's great to start in the best way.