Ah... morning routines! We all strive to have one, but carrying one out can be challenging. If you've ever stuck to a morning routine, you know that they can be extremely energizing and life-giving! As a night owl, this never happened when I worked my desk job. Now that I'm working from home, it's allowed me to take my time in the morning and develop a slow and intentional routine.
I'm not perfect with following the same steps every day, but there are a few things that I am consistent with every morning (even if they aren’t in the right order) that significantly increase my mood and productivity for that day. I’ve partnered with Lakeshore Dry Goods to bring you a few of my favorite steps in my morning routine, and I hope this post will encourage you to try to start one yourself!
My Morning Routine
1. Wake up at the same time each morning.
I've noticed that even if I get less than 8 hours of sleep, I won't be tired so long as I'm consistent with my wake up time. Now that I work from home, it's tempting to set my alarm to get exactly 8 hours of sleep, but I've found this is actually harmful rather than helpful. Keeping my alarm set at the same time each morning helps my body get used to a routine.
2. Drink LOTS of water.
You've heard it a million times, but it's true! I down a bunch of water right before bed and right when I wake up. This has tons of health benefits, and adding lemon in the morning can give your body an extra health boost as well. If you have a hard time drinking water, I highly suggest purchasing a Hydro flask. It was the best $40 I've ever spent. Seriously, I've had it for two years and drink SO much water because of it!
I know I've mentioned Yoga with Adriene before, but I can't emphasize enough how much I've enjoyed adding yoga into my morning routine! Even if there isn't a lot of time, Adriene's channel has 7-minute practices that are perfect to get the blood flowing and jump-start the day! I try to go on a morning run a few times a week as well. Getting outside is SO important for me since I'm inside most of the day now.
I shower every morning, but try to only wash my hair every two or three days. I'm trying to grow my hair out, so keeping it healthy is very important to me. I used to wrap my hair up in standard bath towels when I got out of the shower, but my hair stylist roommate let me know that doing so wasn't healthy for my hair. Wet hair is very brittle, and therefore easily breaks when you wrap it up in a rough and tight towel. It also increases frizz since the towel is very drying.
The Miracle T-shirt Hair Towel
Then I received my adorable flamingo-print T-shirt towel from Lakeshore Dry Goods! Guys... I'm obsessed with this! I don't know how I survived without it. It is SO soft... like unbelievably soft, and it's the perfect size for wrapping up my hair. I can wear it several ways, and continue about my morning while my hair is being gently dried. The less heat the better, so this towel allows me to skip blow-drying and heat styling all together!
5. Make Breakfast and Coffee
It's best to eat breakfast and drink coffee about 90 minutes after you wake up. "Fasting" is very healthy for you, and it's best if your body has a 12 hour break between eating (so I try to wait at least 12 hours from when I last ate the night before).
6. Read my bible/journal
This is one of the most difficult steps for me to stay consistent with. Carving out time to sit down and pray, journal, and worship each morning is SO important to me, but it's still so easy to leave out! I've started to add this to my daily "to-do" list in Trello, so that I am reminded to do this if I try to start working on the computer before I've completed this step.
7. Create to-do list for the day
I use both a physical planner and Trello to keep track of my to-do lists. Using two (or even three) methods to track my calendar and to-do list has been working really well for me. I create lists for different categories of my life: personal, wedding, and blog. If I don't separate into categories, it's easy to neglect some areas (such as work) when phone calls or texts for other areas come up (such as wedding planning). I've had to establish boundaries and time blocks so that I dedicate the proper amount of time to each section of my life. This is definitely still a work in progress, but Trello has been a life-saver!
8. Get to Work!
Being on my own schedule means that some days I don't start working until about 10... or even 11. But I'm learning that that's okay, so long as I commit to completing my to-do list for the day, even if that means working past 5.
I hope that reading through my morning routine brought you inspiration and encouragement! Whether there's a new tip you’d like to add into your existing routine, or you need to create one to begin with, remember that a little bit of a routine is better than none! I love that I can go through my morning after showering, all while my hair dries naturally and safely in my Lakeshore Dry Goods T-shirt towel. They are very affordable and well worth it! Lakeshore Dry Goods has kindly provided Style Me Fair readers with their own exclusive discount code!
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