Up & At Em’ | Winter Morning Routine Essentials

There are so many things that can influence a good morning (especially for those of us who are NOT morning people). For a majority, mornings are the hardest part of the day no matter the time. We hate our wardrobe and can’t decide what to wear, the toast gets burnt, the kids aren’t listening….the list can grow full of factors that are out of our control. But fact... even those of us who pride ourselves on waking at the crack of dawn have been there. We all have those days.


As a morning person myself, I am here to assure you that there are elements of an a.m. routine that you can look forward to and can take control of! Keep reading to see if you could make any changes to your routine, to avoid dreading the start of each day.


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1. SAY ‘NO THANK YOU” TO THE SNOOZE OPTION


First and most important, you have to give yourself enough time to perk up and get ready. One of the worst habits I find you can have while preparing for a productive day full of positive vibes... is RUSH. 


My Routine: I set my Google Home Assistant as my alarm every morning because I like how subtle the sound can be over the heart-wrenching sound of a cell phone. Though I try to avoid the snooze button, I do set an alarm for both a half hour before I want to get up and that exact time. I’m not one to fall back to sleep in most cases, but I find this gives me that time in bed to sit up, look out my windows, and have some water before launching myself into the next step.


Tip: Choose an alarm sound that doesn’t make you want to crawl back into bed. Something natural sounding (like water flowing or birds chirping) works for some people (I have downloaded “Hedwig’s Theme” as my ring tone for when I travel). Others need that fire alarm type. Find what works best for you, and get up when you intended to in the first place. You’ll thank yourself later.


Oh... also... make that bed! Nothing is better than coming home to a bed that is made and ready for you to sleep in later!


2. FRESHEN UP


A shower at night can be relaxing and promote sleep, but in the morning, it can act as an energy boost! 


My Routine: After the alarm goes off and I have had some water, I am straight into the shower! I love feeling clean and refreshed before heading to work, and on cold Winter mornings, nothing feels better than the warmth of the water. Currently I am using Winterberry Bliss scented body wash from the brand Softsoap, and a couple of my favorite body conditioners and natural soaps from Lush!


Tip: Choose a playlist or podcast that excites you or gets you thinking, and use that to set the mood for the day. Sometimes these moments of clarity and being alone are rare throughout the day, so take advantage of the morning me-time!



3. TREAT YOURSELF


Breakfast is ESSENTIAL, and sending nutrients into your body should always be a priority. Plus, who else can get a little hangry without it?


My Routine: Our kitchen is tiny, so after getting dressed, I make coffee in the French Press and get some breakfast cooking for Bryer and I while he catches a few more Zzzz’s. Our favorites right now are a baked sweet potato with some almond butter, walnuts, wild blueberries, bananas and chia seeds, a tropical smoothie bowl with the fixings, or eggs Benedict (skip the bread) with a little “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning from Trader Joe's sprinkled on the top. During this time I will also pack my lunch for work (usually prepped the night before to make it easy) and put it aside on the counter for when its time to go!


Tip: Make sure your breakfast (whether savory or sweet) is something that will fill you and will be easy to prepare. Smoothies made with frozen fruit and almond milk are always a good option for a girl on the run! And they are a cheap option!



4. SAVE THE WARDROBE MELTDOWN FOR LATER 


I know I’m not the only woman who can empty a closet and dirty a room in less than 10 minutes while just trying to find something to wear... Our clothes are an amazing form of expression and confidence, but aren’t always the most fun to pick out when we are flustered and feeling rushed. 


My Routine: I’d be lying if I said I picked out my clothes every night, but I do go through the closet once a week and pull some items to the front of my vision in order to mix it up a bit! Google reads me the weather and I base my outfit off that and how comfortable I will be! I have also as of yesterday donated 4 trash bags full of clothes to the thrift store in an attempt to have a more “capsule” style wardrobe. More on that later!


Tip: Take the time to lay out your outfit the night before you wear it. Feeling even more productive? Spend time on Sundays planning your wardrobe for the whole week! (I swear this works!)



5. FIND YOUR HEADSPACE AND MAKE “YOU” TIME 


Find an outlet that helps you collect and organize your thoughts before running out the door. Meditate. Use a journal or planner to keep your to-do’s in order. Read a couple of pages out of a book you’re into, or even just a positive quote to get you started. Go for a walk or run. Just set a timer and dive in. Even the smallest amount of “you time” is a life saver.


My Routine: In between the breakfast step, and the wrap up of makeup and hair, I always leave myself with about an hour before leaving for the office to make sure I participate in something that makes me happy or gets my creative juices flowing! Right now this means using my meditation cards for a little journaling session over a cup of tea, reading a chapter of my current personal development read, tidying the house, playing with the cats, or eve scrolling through Pinterest for new apartment decor ideas!


Tip: Find a spot in your house that you can call your own, whether it be a small desk, a chair and side table, or your side of the bed or kitchen table! Use this spot consistently every morning to indulge in an activity that makes you both brain happy, and soul happy! Use this spot enough, and it will be easy for you to associate this time with calmness, positivity, and growth!


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So ladies, however simple these few morning tips and routines seem, the power to start the day right is in your hands. The more you strive for the motivational and successful day, the more it will show in the outcome. Loving and nurturing your mind, spirit and body is key to a successful life, and I know you’ve got it in you!


xoxo Autumn