5 of my morning self care tips!
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
First of all, I’m sorry its been a while since I’ve put up a post. I’ve been so crazy busy with work and study - its been hard to find the time to create good content and post on the regular!
Hopefully with some more allocated business time (which I’m solidly creating), I can bring you fresh, new content more regularly!
As you might know, I am a huge self care guru.. I could talk for hours about the importance of a self care routine and I have a bundle of tips and tricks that I refer to as my “toolkit” to help restore balance in my life, claiming back the inner ease that we so rightly deserve!
If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that a self care routine always starts with how you choose to spend your morning. Do you reach for your phone first thing? Check emails? Jump out of bed to rush to the gym or work out class? Scoff down your breakfast while quickly getting ready and rushing out the door for work?
If you answered yes then you are setting yourself up for a day or stress and not to mention an array of buzzing thoughts (probably negative ones), and I haven’t even got started on the coffee yet!
Creating time in the morning for you is crucial and sacred. Here are some of my morning routine tips:
Set your alarm for a good 2 hours before you have to head out the door. This allows you to wake up without rushing to be anywhere. You can get your exercise in or do a morning meditation (I usually do both), and it gives you enough time to get ready for where ever you have to go. If you are not a morning person, or you prefer to exercise in the afternoon then at least give yourself an extra hour and do some deep breathing and meditation first thing, you won’t regret it!
Have your phone on aeroplane mode for one hour of a morning. I find this to be the biggest help in inviting ease into my mornings and avoiding distractions. I put my phone on aeroplane mode when I go to sleep and when I wake up I leave it on aeroplane mode for one hour before I choose to respond to people and emails.
Practice at least 20 mins of abdominal breath work and meditation. I can’t tell you enough what a positive effect Breath-work has on the human body. The breath is one of the most powerful ways we can detoxify our bodies, promote circulation and clear the mind. Breathing into you abdomen helps to detox and energies the lower parts of our organs that are normally deprived or oxygen due to our shadow breathing patterns. By practicing abdominal breathing we not only help to detoxify the body but we are activating the parasympathetic nervous system, helping us to feel more calm. I find doing breath work right before my mediation helps me to feel more calm and focused.
4) Drink 1/2 a squeezed lemon in warm water with a pinch of salt. This is one of my favourite Ayurvedic remedies for alkalising the gut and kickstarting your body’s detox pathways. I do this every morning, before I’ve had anything to eat.
If you’re wanting to learn more about this, just jump on the internet, there is a heap of information on it out there!
5) Try intermittent fasting. The research on intermittent fasting has proven that it is a powerful way to stay healthy and young. It is an amazing way to kick start the metabolism and promote Autophagy. Autophagy is the body’s way of cleaning out damaged cells, in order to regenerate newer, healthier cells. This can only be achieved through fasting, muscle endurance and other forms of exercise. I personally feel amazing and light when I fast, not just in my body but in my mind too. This can be tricky to get use too in the beginning, but your body will soon adjust to the 16- 8 window and you will start to see some changes in your body. Please note, this is not for everyone.. If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or you suffer from some kind of illness then I do not advise intermittent fasting.
So there you have 5 of my morning routine tips which I feel really set a framework and tone for my day. Not all of these tips may resonate with you, but hopefully some of them will.
For me wellness is a commitment to health and me time. When we wake up that little bit earlier, we are making a commitment to ourselves. When we sit in silence through breath work and mediation, we are making a commitment to ourselves. When we make little sacrifices for our health, we are taking full responsibility for ourselves. I believe that these little acts of self care, amount to better health, more self respect and better self esteem.
As the saying goes “The little things are really the big things”.