3 Things I do to start off my day energized
What we do each morning has a big impact in setting up our day.  Our days piled together set up our weeks.  And the weeks build up into months...years...and so on.  So, can we say that what we do each morning has the power to set up our life?  Maybe that's a stretch...maybe not.

Either way, I have a morning ritual that I hang onto like my life depends on it because it sets me up to greet my kids and the chaos of family life with positivity.  While, yes, there are mornings when the self-care I just did unravels in .5 seconds because one kid just smeared poo all over the bathroom, another broke a glass cup and sliced her toe, someone else is whining about being bored, and the pot of oatmeal just boiled over...etc..  If you're a mom, you get it!

Back to the morning self-care ritual...

I've found that when I fill my tank up in the morning, I have more energy to give to whatever's coming at me that day. 

You know the safety spiel that you hear when you get on a plane...the stewardess instructs all parents to put their mask on first, in the event of lowered oxygen, before putting on their children's masks.  Why?  Because if you run out of air and pass out, you'll be pretty useless.  Then what about the kids?

So give yourself a little oxygen first, then you'll have that much more to give.

Three things I do each morning to oxygenate myself includes journaling for a few minutes, completing my facial care routine, and drinking a large glass of lemon water.

Journaling...

The first thing I like to do when I wake up is to journal for a few minutes.  There is research on the benefits of journaling and some of the incredible goodness from this simple habit includes:

  • Boosts your mood
  • Enhance your sense of well-being
  • Reduce symptoms of depression 
  • Improve your working memory
  • And many other mental/emotional advantages

You know, I actually didn't start journaling until pretty recently.  Now I'm hooked.  I'll write about my goals for the day, sometimes it's about plans for life, other times it's getting out pent-up anxieties about whatever is currently happening.  Much of my writing is not readable.  I'll just free write whatever is on my mind just to clear my thoughts and even if I can't read it myself, it did the trick, calmed my brain!  If journaling is new for you a tip is to pop on over to Barnes & Nobles and get a journal with prompts (my current fav is the 'Shine On' journal by Jolene Hart).

Facial care routine...

After writing for a bit, I'll get up and do my facial care routine which includes a cleanser, toner, facial serum and moisturizer, and eye cream.  It takes me less than five minutes but that five minutes is golden!  It makes my skin glow, leaving me feeling so prepared for the day!

Hydrate...

Then, before consuming anything else, I drink a large glass of lemon water.  When we wake up in the morning our body is dehydrated from the metabolic processes our body went through during the night.  Morning hydration boosts our digestion, helps clear out toxins, energizes us, and clarifies our mind.  When I skip hydrating first thing I notice that I'm crankier than usual and not thinking quite as clearly.

Raise your hand if you have a morning ritual that energizes you before heading out to face the world! 

If you're sitting with a limp hand in your lap, I really encourage you to implement something simple and easy in your mornings.  It may not be the same as mine.  Find what lights you up!  If it feels like a joke and there's absolutely no time, I encourage you to think again!  Give yourself 15 minutes.  Fifteen short, sweet, simple minutes.  If needed, set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than your normal wake-up to give yourself that extra boost of self-care. 

Experience the beautiful results you can get from this one small change!

 
Hanna is a mom of busy children and Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Hanna's love of natural skincare began with her own journey of struggle and angst with skin issues. Finally, after finding no solutions she rolled up her sleeves and spent half a decade researching ingredients and formulas until....finally...something actually worked. Most of her time is spend trying to keep up with the kids, folding something like 99 loads of laundry a day, and making sure nobody starves (they seem to do that 30 minutes after meal time). But when she's got a spare minute she loves helping other women achieve radiance, naturally!

 

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July 12, 2021 — Hanna Hendrickson

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