My Self-care Focused Morning Routine
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a natural-born morning person and have been for as long as I can remember. Although seeing sunshine stream into your window at an insanely early hour of the day may not be as exciting for you as it is for me, research has shown that there are ways in which anyone can make their mornings more pleasant. One way to do this is to create a ritual or routine that you can look forward to doing. Routines are a great way, in general, to associate pleasant thoughts with something that you may not typically enjoy (more on that later this month when I discuss my travel care package). By associating positive thoughts with an event or activity you allow yourself to cognitively reframe how you view that event over time.
TL;DR - Creating a morning ritual or routine you look forward to can help you feel more positive about mornings.
- The first thing I love to have every morning is a cup of hot or warm water with lemon. This is something that I’ve seen countless articles on and eventually started doing myself. Although I can’t say for sure if all of the health benefits actually occur, I do actually love both lemon and hot beverages so I figured why not. On the rare days that I am out of fresh lemons in my house, I opt for a tsp of apple cider vinegar in my hot water instead. Apple cider vinegar has quickly become kinda a big deal in the wellness community. While I’ve seen some conflicting information about the exact benefits derived from it, most of the information seems to point in the positive direction. You can read more about adding ACV to your diet here and here.
- While I’m drinking my warm water (and brewing coffee for later in the French press) I use the five to ten minutes it takes me to finish my drink to read my daily devotional and then journal, pray, or meditate. Studies have shown that even meditating for 2-5 minutes in a day can be linked to positive health benefits. Depending on the day I may spend more or less time on a particular activity.
- The last and final thing I try to do every morning is to take a look at my planner ( yes a physical paper one) and go over my plans for the day. In my passion planner, I try to identify three priorities as well as my overall intentions for the day. I've also customized my planner to include bullet planning pages, which serves as a place for me to track daily objectives, health objectives, and gratitude.