If you’re anything like me, then you probably love taking things slow in the morning and will carve out time for your self care morning routine and rituals.
It’s universally acknowledged that our hyper-speed culture around work and productivity does not value stopping to smell the roses.
Therefore, we rarely allow ourselves to cherish the little moments of calm, cosiness and awareness.
There’s so much emphasis on getting things done quickly that we end up rushing from place to place on autopilot. As a result, we compromise our connections with ourselves, obscuring our true emotions and self-care needs.
Establishing a flexible, realistic morning routine centered around mindfulness and self-care has been a game-changer for my mental health.
Thanks to my little morning rituals, my general mood and anxiety levels are much more stable.
Of course, life doesn’t magically become perfect and problem-free. But taking time each morning to carefully cultivate your mindset empowers you to approach challenges much more calmly and confidently.
Having a self care morning routine can help you to feel more stable and balanced throughout the day. Plus, incorporating mindful self-care rituals is a great self-love practice!
It doesn’t need to be rigid and fixed, or “perfect”. It’s just about taking the time to slow down and focus on things that center you. What enables you to make the most of your day while feeling good.
Your self care morning routine could look completely different to somebody else’s and both would be perfectly valid. So long as they serve you as individuals.
For example, I am personally a coffee-and-emails-in-bed kind of girl, but my best friend is the total opposite. She needs to be up, showered and working at her desk as soon as she wakes up in order to function.
Also, I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home and flexible hours.
If you commute to work and are on a stricter schedule, that is something to work around.
But it doesn’t mean you can’t have a self care morning routine at all. Meditate in the shower, listen to a podcast on your commute, prepare your breakfast the night before, wake up earlier to get the most out of your morning. Time is a luxury for many busy people.
Here’s a little overview of my self care morning routine to give you some insight and inspiration:
I usually set my alarm for somewhere between 8 and 8:30am. I know a lot of people choose to wake up at 5 or 6am but… that is not the life I lead. I need a good amount of sleep if I’m going to get anything done.
Caffeinating is my number one priority first thing in the morning. I’ll make coffee for me and my partner.
We got an Aero Press for Christmas so we’ve been getting lots of use out of that. It’s just a nice little luxury to have a “proper” coffee to start the day. Also, shout out to Oatly Barista – the supreme plant-based milk for coffee.
I love the ritual of mindfully making a coffee first thing in the morning. I know it’s a bit of a cliché but it feels very grounding. A good exercise to bring your attention to the present moment.
Often times, we don’t make time to focus our attention and spend most of our days mentally on a different planet. Having something to focus on as an anchor to the present is really helpful.
I’m a morning journaler personally. Journaling in the morning is such a good way to get your thoughts in order.
It can reduce feelings of overwhelm and help you to prioritise tasks and goals. Also, it’s just a fun way to check in with yourself, identify your feelings and increase self-awareness.
While some like to use the bullet journal method, I tend to write more like a freestyle diary entry and just see what comes out. I find it more constructive and insightful. A little excavation of my soul first thing in the morning.
It doesn’t need to be too intense – just take the opportunity to touch base with yourself. You could also use journaling to express gratitude and create a gratitude list. So take however long or little time you feel you need. Use prompts if you find them helpful.
Next, it’s time to shower and revitalize myself, washing away all the grog and cobwebs from the previous night.
I’m not somebody who spends ages in the shower (unlike my boyfriend). I’m more of a bath person generally. But a good, cleansing shower in the morning is necessary for feeling fresh and functional.
I use either the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser or the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to wash my face. Then, when I’m out of the shower I generally use Pixi Glow Tonic or the Mario Badescu Witch Hazel + Rosewater Toner to tone my skin.
I don’t have a particular moisturiser that I use. Most of the ones I have are random ones I’ve had for years. My best skincare secret though is using Bio Oil on my face. I have a bit of an uneven skin tone and dry skin, so massaging Bio Oil on my face twice a day has given my complexion such an energising lift.
Having a skincare routine is a great way to make yourself feel taken care of and energised.
I really value getting out for a short walk in the morning as part of my self care morning routine.
I live just next to the sea so I like to make the most of the scenery. Plus, I benefit from the exercise and valuable time to clear my head. Sometimes I’ll pop my headphones in and listen to a Spotify playlist or podcast. But just listening to the natural sounds and attuning to the rhythm of the outside world can be super meditative.
I love meditation but I like to do it while moving and out in nature as it heightens my senses and helps me feel more connected to everything. So I tend to combine my early morning walk with some meditation and breath work to help me get the best out of both.
As well as using journaling and meditation to check in with myself, I love to gain inspiration and motivation from other people.
I love The Positivity and Prosperity Podcast with Victoria Maskell for all things mindset and self development. I also like Manifestation Babe for more of the same, but with more of a woo-woo edge.
For some lighter entertainment, one of my current favourite podcasts is Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster. It’s so brilliant. And I love the atmosphere and attitude around food that it perpetuates. Just wholesome enjoyment and appreciation of good food.
I always end up craving whatever dish the guest is talking about. But it has been great material for meal inspiration recently.
Taking some time in the morning to consume something motivating, entertaining and insightful makes a big difference to my mood and mindset throughout the day.
Lastly, before I settle down to start work for the morning I’ll get my work space all nice and cosy. I’ll light a candle, spritz some room spray and make another coffee or a tea.
Having a pretty and relaxing environment makes a world of difference to the quality and efficiency of my work. Having a slow morning ultimately makes me work better when it comes to it.
But that’s not why I do it. I actually do it to take care of myself and value my life, not turn myself into a work machine. It’s just something I’ve noticed to be ironically true.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my self care morning routine rituals. I’m working on cultivating a greater sense of self care slow living in my life going forward in 2021.
Let me know what self care rituals are essential in your morning routine!
Thank you for reading,
Hi cherubs, I’m Pip ✨
Matcha and solar-powered eclectic witch from the north coast of Wales.
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