Yup, I’m one of those people… I’m a ‘morning person’. There’s nothing like the stillness of the morning before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. I love my time in the morning because it helps me align with what’s important and sets my day up for success. Here’s my routine:
RISE AND SHINE
When my alarm goes off, I get up right away… well, most days.
As tempting as it is to hit snooze on a frigid Monday morning, doing so can interfere with your body's natural wake mechanisms, which actually sets you up for more exhaustion during the day ahead.
If you’re a serial snoozer, try placing your alarm clock out of reach. This will force you to get out of bed.
I like using the Bedtime feature on my iphone’s Clock app. You can set an alarm for when you want to wake up as well as go to bed. This allows you to track how much sleep you’re getting. That app helps me aim for the recommended 7-9 hours.
I also love Bedtime’s wake up sounds. The options are really pleasant, from birdsong to gentle piano, all of which gradually build in volume for a more polite wake-up experience. I wake up to the Sunny.
"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Before my feet hit the floor, I reach for my devotion book and Bible.
Spending time with God in His Word first thing in the morning can put everything into perspective. Your soul will be filled, your mindset renewed, and your stress replaced with His peace.
I’ve made it a habit to make my bed every morning.
The author of Make Your Bed says, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Coming home to a made bed is so welcoming. It's also visually easing and makes me want to maintain neatness of the rest of my home.
Making the bed may seem like a small accomplishment, but I've found that it really sets the tone for the rest of my day.
TURN ON MY PHONE
I choose not to turn on my phone first thing in the morning. Looking at your phone immediately can hijack your morning routine. It’s so easy to mindlessly scroll through social media and lose track of time.
I’ve always loved the morning because it’s a great time for solitude and reflection. When you don’t turn on your phone first thing in the morning, you start the day in a much more peaceful state of mind. And you increase the likelihood that you’ll spend the day on activities that are meaningful, as opposed to ones that don’t really add much value to your life.
After I make my bed, I brush my teeth, throw on my tennis shoes and workout to get my metabolism going. On mornings I don't hit the gym, I run outside or do an at home workout video.
One of my favorites is Body By Simone; I'm obsessed with the music, the full-body toning approach, and the fun instructors. You can tryout her free full-body workout here.
To eliminate excuses for working out in the morning I'll sleep in my workout clothes. It may sound strange but think of the ease of rolling out of bed and just throwing on your tennis shoes. Getting dressed for your workout can be half the battle, so by waking up already dressed there are no more excuses. It also saves time.
If your workout clothes aren’t comfortable enough to sleep in, lay them out right beside the bed. Having everything within an arm’s reach will cut down on time and effort.
After I work out I'll hop in the shower.
When I wash my hair, I shampoo twice. According to this Byrdie article, shampooing your hair twice is beneficial because it allows for proper cleansing, giving you longer periods of time with a clean scalp and keeping away the oily hair problem. The first shampoo breaks down the oils and buildup in your hair while the second shampoo completely gets them out.
I'll let my hair air dry almost completely, then go back with a blow dryer to smooth it out—I swear by this technique, and it cuts my drying time in half!
Wet-n-dry blush hair brush ($8.39)
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 ($28)
Skin is the most absorbent after showering, so post shower I lather up on body lotion.
Then I'll do my face routine. You can check out my complete skincare routine here.
I love to relax and feel like I'm at a spa in the morning so after my shower I'll throw on a plush bathrobe and fuzzy slippers. It’s the little things in life :)
Clarisonic Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush ($116.42)
For breakfast I'll typically eat Greek yogurt with pomegranates or berries and eggs. I sprinkle some Trader Joe's lemon pepper and pink Himalayan salt (which is apparently better than sea salt) for extra flavor.
If I'm in a rush I'll grab an RX bar.
I drink both coffee and tea in the morning. I drink black coffee with one scoop of collagen powder. My go-to tea is green ginger with a splash of apple cider vinegar.
While I make and eat breakfast I'll listen to the news or a sermon from The Porch.
Finally, I’ll throw on some makeup, get dressed, and head out the door.
It’s taken years, but I've finally mastered an everyday makeup look that I can do in under 10 minutes. Comment below if you’d like me to post a video of my daily makeup routine!
I like to pick out my outfits the night before. It's so easy to slip on something and head out the door than trying on 20 different outfits and leaving your room in a post tornado state… I think most of you can relate.