The morning is my favorite time of day. I love waking up before my family to take care of myself before the daily demands of my life hit me in the face. I can handle the pressures of my life (work, small people, etc…) better if I take time to take care of myself first.
I know not everyone loves waking up early. If early, early mornings aren’t you thing, maybe you can shift some of these tips around to make them work for you.
Tip #1: Wake up before your family
I wake up around 5 a.m. If I let my kids be my alarm clock, I start my day off in the toilet. I need to start my day AWAY from them. Again, I know not everyone likes waking up early. I’ve been an early riser all my life, so I’m accustomed to it. For me, waking up early starts the night before with going to bed by 9:30 p.m. This is also probably not realistic for everyone, but I know I’m no good after a certain point, so no point in me staying up.
Tip #2: Start your day with exercise
My alarm goes off, I swing my feet over the bed, and once my feet hit the floor, I’m waking up. I head into my bathroom where I’ve already laid out my exercise clothes, shoes, and towel. This small step of preparation means everything in the morning. I’m not wasting time fumbling around in the dark looking for clothes. Make it so easy on yourself!
I decide the night before what exercise I will do in the morning. I teach a couple times a week first thing in the morning, so if it’s one of those mornings, I grab my pre-packed bag, and I’m out the door to my class. If I’m not teaching, I head down to my studio in basement to exercise. I often review/learn choreography for a class I will teach in the future or I do yoga or barre.
Tip #3: Take a walk
After I exercise, I walk the dog. If you don’t have a dog, maybe you do a cooldown with a walk outside. I love being outside, and I love walking. There’s something so therapeutic about it. It’s a great time for me to listen to podcasts, and I find it relaxing.
Tip #4: Coffee (duh!)
I survive on coffee. (And sometimes crying in my van. But that’s a story for another day!) After my walk, I pour myself a hot cup of coffee. I drink my coffee black, and we recently splurged on a new coffee maker, and it’s been worth every penny. I drink several cups of coffee every morning. Emphasis on several. I often bring my coffee with me into the shower. Which leads me to my next tip…
Tip #5: Scrub a dub dub!
I love a good body scrub. I’ve tried just about every available option from the drugstore, and my favorite is the lavender and sea salt scrub from Trader Joes. It’s about $6, and it’s huge. I feel the blood circulating in my veins when I scrub with this stuff. And it smells amazing.
Tip #6: Fuel up
I’m usually hungry in the morning, and I fuel up with a protein packed breakfast of an egg scramble. I scramble up two eggs with peppers, spinach, quinoa, chicken sausage, and bacon. If you don’t like eggs, you could make a scramble, minus the eggs, and use quinoa as a binder. If you don’t like that, try overnight oats or a smoothie. Or maybe breakfast isn’t you thing. You do you!
I know I won’t get to eat again until 1 p.m. (and I eat breakfast at 7 a.m.), so I need to pack it full of protein to stay full.
Tip #7: Swallow those supplements
As I’m scrambling up my eggs, I get out my supplements. I take turmeric and a probiotic from Organifi. I’m obsessed with these. Turmeric is essential for decreasing inflammation (the source of so many bad things) and good for joint health. And that probiotic is good for my gut. Enough said on that, right?
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I also take the opportunity to fill up a tumbler with water. I don’t love water (it makes me cold AND have to pee every 20 minutes!), but if I fill a tumbler in the morning, I’m more apt to drink.
Tip #8: Green juice to go
On my way out the door, I bring along three beverages: my coffee, my water, and my green juice. I’ve tried to make my own green juice before, and it not only costs a ton of money in produce, but all my greens go bad before I have the chance to use them. Now I use the Organifi green juice powder, and I get all the nutrients and none of the mess (or wasted dollars). Remember, take 20% off with my code bagley.
And with that, I’m out the door (or down to my basement to record a podcast!). This routine keeps me moving and feeling productive and efficient. Until about 3 p.m. Then I’m toasted. HA! But I’m not joking. That’s my crash period, and how I deal with that is a post for another day!
You tell me – what’s your morning routine? What keeps you energized for a productive morning?