My Morning Routine: How a Health Coach Starts Her Day
Morning routines set the tone for your entire today. And did you know that most successful people have them? Yep! So today I’m sharing my morning routine and everything I do to start my day off right.
After posting this photo on Instagram yesterday it got me thinking about my morning routine. And more specifically, how a morning routine really impact the rest of your day. It sets the tone for your mood, productivity and overall energy for the next 24 hours. Big time.
And whether you consider yourself a morning person or a night owl, the good news is that everyone can develop a morning routine to start each day on the right foot.
Think of it this way – morning routines are the “secret sauce” of the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed morning folks. It’s what helps them to be more efficient, alert, healthy and thriving in the same 24 hours that we all have. And yep, that’s all determined by what’s done in the first couple of hours after waking.
So today, I thought I’d share a little “behind the scenes” of my morning routine. Of course, travel may shake my routine up a bit, but I try to keep to the same morning routine as much as possible.
My Morning Routine
6:00am Wake up naturally or with my sunrise alarm clock. I’ve had this alarm clock for more than 8 years and swear by it! It’s so much nicer to wake up calm and refreshed with gentle light versus a cortisol-jolting alarm noise.
6:05am Get out of bed, hit the restroom and brush my teeth.
6:10am Walk to the kitchen for a glass of room temperature water. If I have lemon, I’ll squeeze some in, but if not, I’ll just drink a large glass of water. After 7-8 hours without fluid, my body needs to rehydrate.
6:15am Meditate for 15-20 minutes using the Headspace app. I’ve written about the remarkable health benefits of meditation before, but let me reiterate this – the health benefits are astounding. I love listening to Andy Puddicomb’s voice, but in all honesty, using the app is really the only way I can meditate. So I stick with what works.
6:35am It’s time to get active! I’ll either head to the gym, take a yoga class, go for a run/walk in the neighborhood or do some stretches and exercises at home. This hour of activity gets the blood pumping, increases endorphins and really makes me mentally alert for the rest of the day.
8:00am It’s time for brekkie! Breakfast really is my favorite meal of the day and I always try to have a combo of protein, fats and carbs. Two of my favorite breakfasts are healthy egg muffins (where I literally throw whatever I find in the fridge into the egg cups) and chia pudding that I top with fruit and nuts.
After breakfast I’ll take my vitamins. I’m a huge proponent of getting vitamins and nutrients from real food, but after testing both with and without, I’ve found that I function better with a little boost of vitamin C and methylated vitamin B-Complex. So those I take fairly regularly.
8:30am. Let the work begin. I always start my day by writing down my top three priorities for the day. These could be meeting with a health coaching client, creating a new recipe, editing food photos, writing a new blog post, doing outreach on social media or numerous other things. But taking the time to physically write out my top three priorities keeps me focused and productive for the day.
After that, my morning routine is complete. And I’m refreshed, energized, focused and ready to make it an awesome day!
If you’d like to learn more about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the health coaching program I attended, click here to get a copy of the curriculum guide.
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How do you start your morning? Do you have a morning routine that you stick to? Let me know if the comments below!