Designing a Self-Care Routine
Creating an actual self-care morning routine, instead of that rut you've fallen into. Can be the difference between snapping or smiling at that hoovering coworker. A self-care routine that fits your needs will mentally prepare you for the day. It's time to start to into sources of inspiration, joy, and motivation everyday. We gotta keep going so why not do it with a smile.
wake up early
Get up at least 30 minutes before you need to. The morning is always so much better when you aren't jumping out of bed like someone is pouring water on your face. The extra time in the morning can be used to journal, read a book, exercise, or maybe have breakfast if you don't normally do so. I will say lately I have been doing horribly at this, but that maybe because I set my goal too high.
If you shower at night you can skip this step. Showering in the morning is refreshing. Also, I think it helps awaken me so that I am mentally prepared for the day. Listen to an uplifting message on YouTube or podcast, my favorite is Joel Osteen (he calm voice and always so positive).
Make the most of your Time
Trying to learn something new? Listen to a podcast or video during your shower, morning hygiene, or commute to work.
Take a few minutes to relax after your shower. Don't rush and throw on your clothes instead lotion your body. Ladies even if you're not going anywhere get dressed (and do your makeup even if it's just your eyebrows) it'll make you feel better promise.
Eat something! Get rid of those morning grumps. If you don't like breakfast try having something light like a smoothie, yogurt, or cereal bar. Personally, I love having oatmeal (or homemade banana bread) and coffee in the morning. I do enjoy making big breakfast when my husband is home.
Even if you just have 5 minutes pick up your Bible and read it. Another great option if you're short on time is reading daily devotionals which you can find on blogs, mobile apps, and books. Personally, I love to Bible Journal, which I do daily in my Faith Journal.
5-10 minutes exercise
Don't underestimate this one especially if you work in a office. Taking 5-10 minutes to stretch can make a difference in feeling like a sack of bones and walking upright. If you have some extra time Yoga is a great way to start the day.
tackle your day
Personally, I recommend writing down your to do list down the night before especially if you work from home. If your driving in to work smile, stay calm, and try to enjoy the view during traffic.