Wake Up with Wellness

When I tell people that I'm a "morning person", they usually laugh and look at me like I have five heads. Most people dread getting up early in the mornings, but I love the stillness and peace that I experience and the focus that I have when I am an early riser.

While I love the mornings now, it hasn't always been this way.

Before I embarked on my health and wellness journey (mostly because I was diagnosed with Crohn's), I liked to sleep in and unconsciously let my days run me, rather than consciously choosing how my day will unfold.

I attribute my new found love of mornings to incorporating a consistent wellness routine after I wake up in the morning. Mine goes a little bit like this:

  • Wake up/Be grateful for a new day
  • Move my body/Exercise (gym, yoga, stretch, run etc).
  • Drink large mug of warm lemon water
  • Eat nourishing breakfast/take supplements
  • Shower/Say positive affirmations
  • Meditate

After all of that, I am on my way to work for the day.

The benefits of integrating a consistent morning wellness routine into my day have been amazing. I have been more alert, happy, and feel better about myself once these practices are completed. I feel like I start my day off on a positive, grateful note (regardless of what I have going on that day), and am in a better headspace to consciously make my days uplifting. I also feel more empowered and as if I am in control of my life. All of these benefits are why I wake up a little earlier to enjoy my mornings and participate in these practices.

Let me ask you something: What is the first thing you do in the morning?

  • Scroll through social media?
  • Say "Thank You"?
  • Think about how many things you have to get done and how stressed you already are?
  • Smile and be grateful?

The things that we do after we first wake up have a way of making us unconsciously feel either empowered or dis-empowered; like we can handle anything or as if we could crawl into bed and never come out.

What if you switched things up a little? What if you made alternative choices for the activities that you partake in right after you wake up? Making small changes to your morning routine could have a great improvement on how you think and feel throughout your day.

My tips for those who also want to integrate a small wellness routine into their morning:

1.Choose the practices that feel good to you and that you can be consistent with. If you have trouble meditating, or saying positive affirmations in the mirror doesn't resonate with you, find wellness activities that you enjoy doing and that help you feel empowered, healthy and calm.

2. Make time for what is important to you, but also be flexible. My morning routine may look intense or too much for some, and that's okay! The key to finding what works for you is to start small and integrate one or two practices that you like and feel you can stick with. Once those are a part of your morning, try to add in a few more that you've always wanted to try.

3. Eat breakfast. A lot of people that I talk to say that they don't have time to eat breakfast. My advice is make time to eat something. Plan ahead if possible to make sure that you are getting the nutrients that your body needs to start the day off on a good note. If you can't make something, get creative! I put a plant-based protein powder from Shaklee into my pre-made smoothie every morning and it gets the job done with little decision or mess to clean up. Making sure that you have adequate fuel to start your day will only help you to feel better and make better choices throughout your work day.I know that each day can be different, and routines can get out of whack when life gets in the way. Do what you can with what life hands you that morning, but know that whatever wellness routine you have in place is only helping you to feel healthier and happier and will benefit you in the long run.

Starting your day on a positive, uplifting and healthy note can only make your days brighter and happier, so why not try it? Try consciously choosing to participate in activities during your morning that will set you up for a great day ahead and see what happens. You might surprise yourself with how great you feel!

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