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.
If you’d like to see snippets of my morning routine in action, follow me on Instagram and watch for my Insta stories. I always share my morning routine over there.
ALSO if you’d like more guidance and inspiration for how to incorporate self-care into your life on a consistent basis, make sure you check out my Sacred Self-Care for Moms guide + worksheet bundle.
Here’s my routine broken down!
I have two kids, four and six 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 it, 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 self-care.
I also love essential oil diffusers and candles, anything to make my space smell more relaxing. I’m a huge believer in the power of aromatherapy. I keep lots of essential oil sprays and roll-ons on my nightstand and will frequently reapply them throughout the day when I need a pick-me-up.
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. It could be green tea, or a smoothie, or eggs and toast. I also love to buy cute coffee mugs just to make my morning a little brighter. It’s just one more thing that helps me look forward to mornings, which is good because I’m a night owl and morning isn’t my prime shining time!
I love reading a few pages out of inspiring books every morning. If you follow me on Instagram, you can watch my Instagram story every morning and read along with me. I share snippets of the most inspiring parts of what I read. One of the books I like to read out of daily is Simple Abundance.
My other favorite read in the morning is 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 (and that sounded like an advertisement but I promise you I’m not affiliated with the magazine)!
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. I’m a sap, what can I say! That kind of stuff always gets me.
But it truly does help me to get in a grateful feeling place, which is a powerful and happy place to be.
Morning pages/Morning self-care worksheet
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 a morning worksheet, which you can find with any of my guide + worksheet bundles, or if you want just the worksheet bundle you can check that out here. Basically the main things on each of my morning worksheets is writing down how you want to feel, what you’re grateful for, what you want to accomplish, and a quick visualization/meditation.
Morning worksheets (or simply writing down your intentions) are a REALLY powerful way to bring your intentions and desires into your experience. Sometimes it gives me goosebumps to look at my previous morning worksheets and see how everything I wrote down manifested.
Here’s a screenshot from my Insta story of the morning worksheet from my guide Anything Can Be.
It’s also pretty hard to start your day off wrong if you make a list of everything you’re grateful for, even if it’s just “small” things like the comfortable 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.
When you make time to feel grateful, you actually become a magnet for more beautiful things to come into your life.
The last thing I like to do is 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 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.
Jessica Dimas is the author of Sacred Self-Care for Moms Guide + Worksheet Bundle. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for more inspiration and updates.