What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? My slow morning routine tips are all about sharing ideas you can get inspired from to make yourself feel focused, balanced and energised each morning. I hope my tips will encourage you to slow down a bit and make mornings last. Create yourself a slow morning routine which suits you as a person and sets you up for a successful and productive day.
I am definitely an early bird and I tend to go to bed fairly early too. This lifestyle works and suits me perfectly and my body is grateful for the sleep it gets each night. How I start my day almost completely defines the way I will feel the following 24 hours – hence mornings have an incredible power to drive my productivity and overall feel. Having a solid, slow and healthy routine filled with great amount of self care has simply become a must have in my life.
Open the Window and Let The Sun In – As soon as you wake up open the windows or blinds and let the fresh air and sun in your home. This is such an underrated advice which is not only improving your indoor air quality but surprisingly – your mood too! I recommend flipping and airing your bedsheets and duvet to reduce moist, keeping your bedding nice, fresh and crisp!
Wash Your Face – Washing your face with cold water shortly after waking up can be slightly uncomfortable but very refreshing. I love washing my face with plain cold water but I also enjoy using my cleansers and gentle exfoliators – Lately I’ve been loving my vegan multipurpose coffee face and body soap ‘You Had Me At Coffee’ from Holler and Glow.
Warm Lemon Water On An Empty Stomach – Oh yes! There is not a single morning passing by without this one. Although the detoxifying benefits of this conconction is a questionable topic, lemon juice is a great source of Vitamin C and for me (primarily) it helps maintaining a healthy digestive system which is inevitable for a healthy lifestyle. I feel very good from it! The biggest lemon water benefit however is coming from the temperature of the water – so drink it warm!
Dry Brushing – I’m not a fan of body lotions so I’m dry brushing instead. My skin feels incredible soft and buffed from it which not a single body lotion can beat. Give some attention and love to your body before showering or dressing up and try dry brushing. Read more about dry brushing here.
Water Your Plants – Be kind to all living things! I find this one such a relaxing and peaceful activity early morning. Although plants are more likely to suffer from too much water than too little – showering them off and giving them some love in the morning when they need it won’t do any harm. This activity could shift your attention and divert you from jumping on your phone straightaway after your breakfast – I try and stay offline between 7-9am – it is truly rewarding for the mind.
Morning Pilates or Yoga – Sign up for an early morning bikram yoga class – alternatively – practice some yoga in bed. If you prefer staying indoors, build yourself a 15 minute workout routine and start absorbing it slowly. It doesn’t have to be longer than that. Whether it is yoga, a short pilates, meditation or HIIT – just do it. You will feel sharper and invigorated during the day which will improve your overall performance and mood. I’ve added my favorite morning workouts below from a beginner to an intermediate level.