Saturday 2 October 2021

Advice For Updating Your Morning Waking & Grooming Routine

 (Collaborative post)

 Every morning, most of us wake up and immediately find ourselves preparing for the day. This often means getting into the shower, taking some time to wake up, drinking some coffee, and attending to our morning self-care. 

Depending on how much time you have before you have to make it to your job or other responsibilities, this may mean a mad dash to put on your everyday makeup and gather your belongings, or it might mean giving yourself the time to meditate, relax, and plan the day you’re going to have. 

For this reason, no two-morning routines will look exactly the same. It’s a good idea to focus on designing this process by determining exactly what helps you prepare for your day properly. A stay-at-home parent’s routine may be much different than someone who has to make it to work in thirty minutes, for instance.

In this post, we’ll try to strike a careful balance between the different forms of morning responsibilities you have and the self-care routines that will help support that in the best sense. With that in mind, let’s consider:

Wake Yourself Up Properly

Unless you’ve woken up well, it’s easy to feel a sense of drudgery throughout the day. First off, we’d recommend that unless it’s an emergency, you don’t spend the first few moments of your day looking through your phone notifications. It’s very easy to do this, especially if we encountered some interesting news or social media activity during the previous night.

However, waking up properly, waking to the window, letting in some deep breaths and allowing the cool air to envelop us, or going out and spending a moment in your front garden with a coffee, or performing a little meditation can make a massive difference. Don’t be afraid to get out there and feel more like yourself without connection to the screens. It’s odd how this can help your headspace feel less inattentive, but it makes a massive difference in how healthy you feel when starting your day.

Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Making time for a healthy breakfast is key, and can make an absolutely massive difference in how you perceive your morning. It can also prevent you from heading to a local snack shop and picking up a cheap, greasy breakfast item, or resting on fast food joints like McDonald’s to satiate your hunger with something less-than-healthy.

A healthy breakfast, in this sense, can also help you think more readily. For instance, healthy fats like that provided from a morning avocado, perhaps mixed with eggs on some wholemeal toast, can help you feed your brain the nutrients it needs while also thinking more clearly throughout the day. It makes a massive difference.

Showering & Skincare

It’s good to have an indulgent shower in the mornings to totally remove the grime of sleeping and sweating in bed for a number of hours. Make sure the shower isn’t too warm, because that can lead you to feel even sleepier than you were going in. A (quite literally) cool technique to use is the ‘James Bond method,’ which involves turning your water temperature to cold for the last thirty/sixty seconds of your shower. This can revivify your attention span, and it’s also good for your skin, joints and muscles, too.

From there, applying healthy skincare can be helpful. A good lotion, treatments you might need for sores or other very light wounds, moisturizer and exfoliant can be a fantastic way forward, as can medicine such as Mirvaso for Rosacea, but don’t be afraid to experiment with the right routine that works for you. This way, you’ll feel your most refreshed and capable self, ready to start the day with aplomb.

Proper Stretches

However, there’s one step to get right at this point. Proper stretching can help you feel your absolute best going forward, giving you the chance to work out all the kinks that your morning routine hasn’t removed thus far.

A few stretches, a few poses, or even a couple of yoga moves can help you stretch out before you put your work suit on or get ready to order your children around (with love, of course). Some people may prefer to do this before or after their shower, but one thing is for certain, getting a little active in the morning can wake you up and help you feel stronger than almost anything else. Making time for that can be key.

With this advice, you’re sure to update your morning grooming and waking routine in the best possible sense.

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