Morning Routine

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Welcome to my first post!

Seeing as we are still getting to know each other, I thought a great way to give you some insight into the life of the blogger would be to share my morning routine!

Creating a morning routine has helped relieve a lot of stress, allowing me to set an intention for the rest of the day and really focus on goals.

I don’t live by the clock. I find when I focus on what time it is, stress over having enough time. When I focus less on time, everything still gets done with minimal useless worrying.

On that note, let’s get started!

WAKE UP

I wake up around 5-6 A.M. When I was younger I would sleep in until 2 PM and gradually worked my way down by hour, until I got to where I am now. I wake up feeling energized and ready to get things done in all of the time I have before work!

HYDRATE THOSE CELLS

Before anything, I drink 8-16 OZ of distilled water to flush out toxins. Sometimes I will throw in the juice of half a lemon to give it an extra detoxifying kick.

WORKOUT

After I am good and hydrated, I like to head outside with my yoga mat to begin calisthenics training and (my favorite) yoga. I recently got started with body-weight training, so my workout still consists of doing slow, controlled push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. My yoga routine is a flow I have put together myself to help target the parts of my body I want to work on the most, and to get a good stretch that will have me limber and pain-free for the rest of the day.

MEDITATE

This practice often lasts for 15-30 minutes. I have an app called “Stop, Breath, & Think” that is filled with tons of helpful guided meditations. I often use the Self-Meditation Timer option, set to however long I plan to meditate that day. It uses a soft gong sound at the beginning, middle, and end of the meditation to keep you present and mindful throughout the practice.

When I take this time for myself, I notice a vast difference in my mood, how I think, execute tasks, and even interact with those around me. My mind and heart is open, I don’t worry about what time it is, and I am much more aware of what I’m doing and what is going on around me. I also feel much more connected to my higher self and the oneness of everything. It truly gives the feeling of “high on life!” When I skip this step, I am often easily irritable, stress myself out, and sometimes get a bit rude to the people I love in my life.

MINDFUL WALK

Sometimes I will do this step before I start my work out since my dog can be quite restless in the morning. We go for a brisk walk with intervals of running for approximately 20-30 minutes. A morning walk helps clear the mind and provide steady energy for the rest of the day. If you go for morning walks, try to seek out areas in nature where the air is fresher and filled with negative ions. Before I go on to make my smoothie, I take a shower after all the physical activity. It usually only lasts around 10 minutes for the whole process. I might do a post in the future on my whole beauty routine and products I use, so keep an eye out for that!

SMOOTHIE TIME!

I’m pretty hungry by the time I get back from my walk, so this is the time I make a breakfast smoothie packed with yummy nutrients. I normally throw in whatever fruits and veggies I got from the farmers market with some coconut water and soaked chia seeds. I pour it in a bowl so I can add toppings: My favorites are coconut flakes, hemp seeds, and berries. I try not to do much while I eat other than focusing on eating itself. When food is ate mindfully, it not only enhances the flavor, but leaves one feeling satisfied for longer and aids digestion.

FOCUS ON GOALS

While I let my tummy settle, I like to set a timer (20 minutes minimum) and start focusing on things I want to get done. This includes writing articles, and enjoying hobbies that could potentially help me reach bigger goals in the future. I often get too immersed in the future, forgetting what it is that I could do right now. This time is highly beneficial for staying present and motivated.

MAKE LUNCH

Before I start making lunch, I try to clean around the house, do laundry, or go to the farmers market if need be. Once that is out of the way, I often just throw together what I have in my fridge. My favorite go-to lunches are either a fattoush-inspired salad I created or veggie sushi rolls (keep an eye out for recipes!) Once all that is out of the way, this is typically when I am off to work or continuing the rest of my day doing more productive things.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this article!

Be sure to comment below and tell me what you think!

Keep coming back to see what else this blog will have in store! I look forward to continuing this journey with you.

Dandy x

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