Which one are you?
How do you normally start your day? Are you more like the person on the left or the right? Setting yourself up for a refreshed, happy, energetic morning starts the night before with a self-care evening routine...but...there are still some things you can do to pump up your mornings.
I understand that it can be challenging to find some time for yourself in the morning, that's why I love to work with ten minute self-care tips!
I have a 10-Minute Morning Routine I'm happy to share with you that will give you so much good energy when you first wake up. And, that good energy will spread out throughout your day. You'll have more clarity, be more productive, feel more in control, and happier!
the importance of a strong start
•Your first waking minutes are about clearing the cobwebs of sleep from your mind and getting your brain focused and revved up for the day.
•How you prep your mind and body during those first minutes is key to putting yourself in the right mindset to take on the challenges and possibilities before you.
•By starting your day with intent, you can maximize your effectiveness, increase your positivity and form good habits that will carry you through the day.
•Once you settle lock in a good morning routine, you’ll naturally begin doing it every day!
10-Minutes in the morning
GET HYDRATED: 1-MINUTE
•Even if your brain seems to be screaming for coffee as soon as you open your eyes, what your mind and body really need is some good old WATER! Water does wonders for your health and wellness.
•An adult body is composed of 55-60% water, so making sure you get enough is absolutely vital to ensuring your mind and body function properly. In the morning, your body will be a little dehydrated because you haven’t had anything to drink for eight hours.
•Dehydration leaves you feeling drained and sluggish, drinking water flushes toxins that have built up in your system overnight, and gives your metabolism a little boost. It also helps reduce stomach acidity and reduces symptoms of heartburn.
•SUPERCHARGE YOUR SELF-CARE: Add a drop of Wild Orange or Lemon Essential Oil to your water. It acts as a detoxifying agent, and aromatically, will help clear your mind, and give you a positive energy boost! (***Make sure the Essential Oils are safe for internal use. The brand I use has that labeling on the bottle)
•Research shows that changing our breathing pattern to take six to 10 deep breaths per minute restores balance to our stress-response system. It reduces anxiety and depression, increases energy and strengthens our immune system, and improves our mental concentration.
•Our mind and breath mirror each other. A quiet mind leads to quiet breathing. So, when we learn to regulate our breathing, we can influence both our physical and emotional states! If you’re constantly waking up feeling out of sorts and groggy, taking a few minutes to practice deep breathing can help you feel refreshed and energized.
•SUPERCHARGE YOUR SELF-CARE: Add one drop each of Peppermint and Wild Orange Essential Oil to your palm, rub your palms together, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and take a nice deep breath in, then let it out..it’s instant happy energy!
•Stretching after sleep instantly makes you feel better and helps your muscles wake up and begin to function more efficiently. Stretching is a simple form of exercise that can will ease muscle tension from the previous day.
•Doing some simple stretches first thing in the morning can help with muscle tightness and joint stiffness, as well as enhance your circulation and increase overall body flexibility.
•SUPERCHARGE YOUR SELF-CARE: Add a squirt of Coconut Oil and 1-2 drops of AromaTouch or Deep Blue Essential Oil blend, rub your palms together, then rub the mixture on any sore/tight areas.
GIVE THANKS: 3 MINUTES
•When we take time to give thanks and be grateful for all we have, we’re happier and less anxious, and our relationships improve. Take a few minutes every morning to write down at least one thing you are grateful for in your life.
•This could be something as simple as getting a good night’s sleep or feeling grateful for spending time with friends and family. Or it could be something more profound, such as having good health, having food in your refrigerator and never having to worry about going hungry.
•Taking a few minutes every morning to remind yourself of how awesome your life is, even during the bleakest and darkest of times, will instantly flick the positivity switch in your brain. Doing this boosts your feelings of connection to other people, your feelings of joy and contentment, and lowers your stress and anxiety.
•SUPERCHARGE YOUR SELF-CARE: Do a 3-Minute journal exercise. Take one minute to write down three things you are grateful for. Take another minute to write down three things you can do to get you closer to a goal. Take one minute to write down something you can do to make someone smile. Gratitude and daily planning help your mind feel clearn, refreshed, and ready to focus!
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS & VISUALIZATION: 3 MINUTES
•This final step can be done quickly, but it’s the key to moving confidently into your day. Imagine the day ahead and all the big and little things you have to accomplish.
•As you run through these events in your mind, visualize yourself achieving your major goals for the day. Imagine the work you’ll need to do -- the meetings or important phone calls you have in store. See yourself handling any difficult situations with grace and tact, and imagine how you’ll move through your projects efficiently and competently. Imagine yourself staying on task and being productive, knocking out your to-do list and handling whatever may come up.
•By simply spending a few minutes visualizing what you want to achieve today and over the long term, you will give yourself a plan to follow in seeing these goals accomplished in real life. Things may not always go as you imagined, but at least you’ll have a road map of where you’re going and how you plan to handle different situations.
•SUPERCHARGE YOUR SELF-CARE: Create a vision board! Find pictures of the things you want---what do you really want? Get clear on that. Get the pictures, and add them to a board or frame where you can see them often. Seeing those things will motivate you to work for them.
I'm Jen and I'm happy you're here! I share information to help you take better care of yourself so you can feel stronger and happier taking care of those you love.