I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a natural-born morning person and love my self-care morning routine. For as long as I can remember mornings have been “me time”. 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.
My Morning Routine:
- The first thing I love to have every morning is a cup of hot water with lemon and apple cider vinegar. This is something that I’ve seen countless articles on and eventually started doing myself. On the days I’m out of fresh lemons, I just add the tsp of apple cider vinegar in hot water alone. Apple cider vinegar (or ACV for short) is kinda a big deal in the wellness community. Although I can’t say for sure if all the claimed health benefits are true, I do enjoy drinking it. I use the Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar With the Mother but you can also try ACV vitamin gummies if you prefer (both are on Amazon).
- While I’m drinking my warm water or my morning brewed Nespresso coffee; I use the time to read my daily devotional and then journal, pray, or meditate. Studies show that meditating for even 2-5 minutes in a day can provide health benefits. Depending on the day I may skip one or spend more time on a particular activity.
- Finally, I try to do at least a 30-minute workout every day. Strength training is my favorite workout but I also love using my indoor bike to get a quick sweat. Fitness is important to my self-care morning routine because it releases endorphins that improve my mood. Many instructors give motivational talks throughout the class, helping to prepare my mind for the day ahead. If you’re new to fitness, you can read here my advice on how to start a fitness routine.
While these are things that work for me, it’s important to experiment and see what works for you. If you enjoyed this post be sure to share and pin for easy reference! You can also comment below or DM me @TheFancyFrancy to let me know your thoughts!