Why creating a morning routine is key to a productive and positive day plus super easy oatmeal bake recipe
Its important to start your day right to give yourself adequate energy! Here are some things that have and are still a part of my ever-evolving morning routine
01 DRINK LOTS OF WATER
I start by drinking a lot of water which is very important to rid the toxic waste you accumulated overnight, boost energy and get things moving.
This is something that I just recently started doing (just over a couple months ago). I feel like it is a great way to wake my body up and start my thought process for the day on a positive note instead of stressing about what I have to do. This also gives me more time for my water to settle before I eat breakfast.
03 DRY BRUSH AND SHOWER
I don't always shower in the morning but when I do, I like to dry brush my skin. First, it helps get rid of dead dry skin. Second, it kinda wakes me up. Third, it helps with circulation.
Next, is my favourite part of the morning - breakfast. Since I found out I was sensitive to eggs, rice, and gluten, I have found it harder to find healthy alternatives. Rolled oats, nut/seed butter, and cinnamon are a go-to as is keto styled homemade bread made with duck eggs (because of its allergen-free for me) with avocado. Chia pudding and smoothies are great options you can also bring on the road.
Be sure to get good sources of proteins, fats, and carbs to help start to fuel your day. You don't want to feel hungry as soon as you get to work.
After I eat I take my supplements. These will differ from person to person but can be beneficial in supporting your health goals. Supplements are not meant to replace food but fill in the gaps and help improve certain aspects of your health.
06 TONGUE SCRAP, BRUSH, GET READY
After I eat, have my tea, and do some initial work on my computer (not necessarily a scheduled activity), I get ready. First I dry brush my face with a special face brush, that is softer than a usual dry brush, and I wash my face with Dr. Bronner's peppermint sugar soap mix and put on some hydration oils.
Then I brush my teeth with Jason's Powersmile toothpaste, floss and tongue scrap. Tongue scraping is a great way to improve oral health as it removes the bacteria sitting on your tongue. You will also notice it helps with your breath!
07 ORGANIZE AND PACK
Lastly, I get my stuff organized for work, make a smoothie or pack any other snacks I may need for the day.
CREATING A MORNING ROUTINE
01 WRITE IT OUT
Start by writing out what you currently do in the morning and how long it takes, what you could do without, and what you want to incorporate.
02 BE REALISTIC
If you hate working out in the morning then don't expect that you will drive to the gym before work every morning. If this is the only time you have to do it then perhaps think about home workout options and/or only going to the gym some mornings.
Also, don't add too many things. You don't have to do yoga, meditate, workout, cook for your family, check emails, and get yourself ready to have a successful and healthy day.
03 SET A GOAL
Think about why you want to change up your morning routine. Are you always running late? Do you find that you have time for certain things in the evening? Are you stressed during the day? Want to make more time for breakfast?
This will set the foundation for what it is exactly you want to make a part of your morning routine. For example, if you find that you are overly stressed and tense during the day, then perhaps some light stretching and meditation would be beneficial to you.
04 IT STARTS IN THE EVENING
Make your morning that much easier by taking some time in the evening to get things in order. If you want to workout in the morning then pack your gym bag or lay out your workout clothes. If you want to save time, have your lunch packed the night before or meal prep when you have time off. If you want to improve your nutrition, have your water ready beside your bed, prep certain breakfast foods like overnight oats or chia pudding.
05 BE FLEXIBLE
Know that you might have great intentions to do certain things before your school or workday but after a while you may need to change things around. Maybe you aren't a morning workout person, or perhaps you don't have time for both meditation and yoga, or maybe you find out that certain tasks aren't serving you a purpose, and that's OK! After trying it for a few days see if it actually makes you feel physically and/or mentally better and adjust from there!
Super Easy Oatmeal Bake
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp chia seeds or hemp
2 tbsp ground flax
1/2 cup pecans or nut/seed of choice
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup almond butter or nut/seed butter of choice
Banana, sliced for topping (optional)