I am super religious about my nightly routine and my morning routine as well! My nightly self-care routine helps me unwind and de-stimulate, and my morning routine helps set my mood for the entire day.
I don’t consider myself a morning person, which really only makes my morning routine all the more crucial. I take it seriously because I love feeling calm, relaxed, and centered. I also like to feel like I’m ahead of the day so that annoyances and irritations don’t get to me like they would if I wasn’t feeling grounded.
Here’s my routine broken down!
I have two kids, three and five years old, and they wake up early. So the night before, I cut up fruit for them and put it on a low shelf in the fridge, alongside other snacks, and keep breakfast bars in the pantry for them.
This way, I’m not bombarded first thing in the morning with two hungry kiddies.
Avoid my phone
This is really, really big for me. Since I’m not a morning person, it’s easy for me to roll over and grab my phone so I can scroll mindlessly through Facebook while I wake up. This starts me off on the wrong foot for so many reasons.
When I make the choice to scroll mindlessly through Facebook or Instagram or any other social media network, I allow the energy of others to affect my own energy before my day has even started.
Checking emails or work related stats can also cause me to feel overwhelmed and hurried before I’ve gotten out of bed. And the constant scrolling can give me a slight headache.
There are just no positive benefits of checking my phone first thing in the morning, so I choose to ignore my phone for at least an hour or two. And the longer I stay off social media in general, the better my days are.
Create a sacred feel
I love to burn incense. Every time I burn incense, I’m doing self-care activities, so the scent has become even more sacred to me. As soon as I smell it, it instantly calms me and puts me in the mood for quiet contemplation.
Coffee is what I look forward to in the morning; whatever it is for you, make it a quiet, mindful practice every morning. Buy the best ingredients and really savor it. Maybe it’s green tea, or a smoothie, or eggs and toast. I also love to purchase beautiful coffee mugs and cute plates that make me happy. It’s just one more thing that makes my mornings feel more special.
Joy is truly in the small details!
My favorite book to read every single morning is Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. This book is amazing, I highly recommend you purchase a copy. I love that it has a page for every day of the year, so it’s the perfect length for a short read during a morning self-care routine. The book is like taking a deep breath; it’s calming, reflective, and creates a feeling of inner peace for me.
My other favorite read in the morning is a few pages out of Bella Grace Magazine. It’s a really unique magazine printed on high-quality matte paper with no ads, and has the most beautiful photography and quotes throughout. It’s very similar to Simple Abundance in that it’s comforting and reminds you to enjoy the every day ordinary miracles; the light that dances over your kitchen sink, conversations with friends that fill you up, the feel of your bare feet on grass, open windows on summer nights.
It really helps me to get in a grateful feeling place.
Morning pages is another term for journaling. I don’t journal every single morning but I like to when I feel like I have a million folders open in my mind. If you ever feel overwhelmed or scatter-brained, just journal it out and let answers and peace come to you.
Every morning I do however fill out one of my worksheets I’ve created specifically for the morning. Those really help me to focus in on my intentions for the day and reminds me to think about what I’m grateful for.
The worksheet below is from my 7 Day Mini Manifesting Boot Camp.
Your day can’t start off wrong if you force yourself to make a list of everything you’re grateful for, even if it’s just “small” things like the cozy bed you sleep in at night, the fridge that keeps your food cold, the love you receive from someone (or a pet!) in your life, for beautiful memories, or that your heart is beating strong and healthy.
So many things to be grateful for and it’s an excellent way to start your day.
The last thing I like to do is some yoga or simple stretching. There are a ton of great videos on YouTube to follow along with; this is my favorite yoga channel. I usually choose one that’s between 20 to 30 minutes long, and my boys love to do (their version) of yoga with me.
And that’s my morning self-care routine! It takes less than an hour, and most days I have interruptions because I have little kids but it still recharges me and really helps set the tone for my day.