Confession: I’m a zombie in the morning. I tend to press the snooze button on my alarm for way too many times until it decides to leave me alone.
Hands up if this sounds way too familiar?
If you’ve been following me along on Instagram, you’d have noticed that I’ve started a daily photo series themed #StartYourDayRight. I started it as a commitment to myself to get rid of some bad habits in my morning routine and kill this zombie inside me. What motivated me was that I’ve been spending more days in my week working from home and I simply need to get up and feel ready to kick some butt.
So I’ve come up with a simple formula trying to start my day off right and bright. On a mission to help you do the same (and also to publicly shame myself if I reach for the snooze button again), here I’m sharing the 5 things I’ve committed to do to kick-start my day in wellness. Psst – be sure to read all the way towards the end of post to enter our GIVEAWAY!
♥ 1. Good food karma
You are indeed what you eat and breakfast is no doubt the most crucial meal to set you the right mood for the day. Some rules I live by when preparing breakfast include:
♣ Make it nutritious and yummy! Add lots of superfood such as acai, raw cacao, chia seeds and kale.
♣ Make it visually pleasing and colourful. Superfood such as beetroot, kale or spinach are all great for adding a pop of naturally vibrant colour to your breakfast bowl. Seasonal fruits such as berries and nectarines can also add some vivid hues to your plate (check out my Grilled Fruit with raw vegan Banana Nice-Cream recipe here). This helps to wake up your senses as well as your taste buds!
♣ Make it simple! Do some preparation work like chopping fruits and vegetables the night before do you don’t have to slave yourself in the kitchen in the morning.
♣ Make it easy to carry for those hectic mornings when you’re on the go. Dump plastic containers or zip lock bags and opt for glasses. I love my hipster mason jars as they simply make my breakfast oh-so-Instagram-worthy as well as being eco-friendly without any trace of plastic!
♥ 2. But first, lemon water!
Juice half a lemon and drink it with a glass of warm water delivers heaps of health benefits for your digestive system, helps maintain happy skin and acts as a little immune system boost. It also puts you in a habit of hydrating your body before reaching for your favourite caffeinated drinks that actually dehydrates you. This is now the very first thing I do when I jump out of bed before brushing my teeth and showering. I love to leave at least 30 minutes between drinking my lemon water and having my breakfast to allow my body the time to restore and regenerate. On some days, I even feel that the lemon drink gives me a mini boost of energy that suppresses my craving for caffeine – what a win!
♥ 3. Stretch like a cat
If there’s one good habit we can learn from a cat’s life, it has to be their regular stretching sessions.
Before I jump out of bed, I give myself the biggest hug by folding my arms around my knees, hold for 5 seconds and then stretch my arms and legs as far as I can reach – I called this ‘the cat pose’. Repeat for 5 times, finish with a big deep breath, put your hands on your heart and say ‘Namaste’. I guarantee you’ll feel loved and your mind will be filled with endless positive vibes! Practice with your cat is optional but highly recommended.
♥ 4. Nourish your skin
Set your morning skincare routine according to the season and stick to it when you found the right formula that works. I’ve previously shared my simple 3-step toxin-free winter skincare routine here. These days, I’m all about rosehip oil. Rosehip oil is my holy grail multi-use products for those busy morning. I use it as a primer to prep and nourish my skin, a highlighter for my cheekbones and a natural lip treatment that gives a hint of shine to my pout (I’ve detailed my 7 smart girl’s tips on how to use rosehip oils in your beauty routine here).
It’s all about finding the winning skincare routine that’s most suited to your skin type, toxin-free, easy to apply in the morning and delivers results.
♥ 5. Treat your senses
I love indulging my senses by burning pure essential oils on my diffuser while putting my makeup on and getting dressed. There’s just something oh-so-uplifting about surrounding yourself in a cloud of your favourite aroma! My currently obsessed oil for the morning is wild orange which is citrusy, fresh and crisp. Wild orange is actually a powerful cleanser and purifying agent to promote overall mental health. I put 3 to 4 drops in my diffuser while also having a drop in the palm of my hand and the back of my neck.
I’m currently in my week 4 of practising these simple morning routines. Although I’m still far from calling myself a morning person, without a doubt I feel my energy has been more abundant when my alarm sets off. I feel excited for jumping out of bed just to dig into my decadent acai bowls! But I need YOU to keep me accountable and disciplined. I’ll keep updating my #StartYourDayRight diary on Instagram and feel free to give me a slap on the face if you feel I’ve been slacking off!
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So tell me dear lovelies, are you ready to get rid of that morning zombie inside you? Have you found the best ways to kick-start the healthiest and happiest day in your life? What is your winning formula to start your day off right? Sharing is loving so be sure to leave your tips and comments below. Don’t forget to start snapping your merry morning moments and tag your photos using #StartYourDayRight & #LacenRufflesLife to get the tribes inspired!
Till next time. Stay merry and be well.
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