So, you might have noticed the word perfect is in quotation marks. Why? Because I’m most certainly not perfect. And lets be honest here, not every morning goes perfectly. In fact, some days it all goes upside down, pear shaped and is the very definition of ‘cray cray’! The reality is, I’m a Mum to two beautiful little souls that sometimes wake up on the wrong side of the cot and from the minute their tiny feet hit the floor, #mumlife has well and truly started. I’m also a partner to an amazing man who works hard for us, meaning I’m often single-handedly wrangling the babes in the morning, all whilst trying to find my yogi centre!
At the end of the day, all of us are finding our way and are perfectly imperfect. That said, a solid morning routine helps focus your day; assists in creating good, healthy habits and sets you up to be more productive, happier & more grounded. The best advice I have is to find the non-negotiables; the things you HAVE to do to be able to get through the day. Other things on your list can be a little more fluid – on a good day, they’re part of your ‘perfect’ morning routine. But if time and life doesn’t permit, let them go and try to find the time somewhere else in the day. If you don’t get back to those fluid items, that’s ok – that’s why they’re fluid!
So, grab your pen and paper. Gather your thoughts and think about your ‘perfect’ morning routine. Jot them down and consciously make an effort over the next week to achieve as many as you can, each morning. See how you feel at the end of the week. What works? What doesn’t? From there, find the non-negotiables, identify the fluid items & do your best. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not getting the ‘perfect’ routine nailed each day. Check back in with me next week – I’d love to hear from you on how things went. Pop your comments below or connect on Facebook, I’d love to chat!
Now, on a good day, here’s what my perfect routine looks like:
- Connect & Breathe: As soon as I wake, I try to connect in with the Universe. I will say a little prayer and set an intention for the day and have some conscious deep breaths. If this doesn’t happen due to #mumlife 😉 I will try and do it in the shower.
- Dry Body Brush: Before popping in the shower, if time permits, I like to indulge in some Dry Body Brushing. If you haven’t heard of it, you’re in for a treat. Body brushing has some amazing benefits including opening up pores and releasing toxins; softens fat deposits below the skin including mucus and cellulite and helps discharge these up to the skins surface; relieves stress through the meditative action of body brushing the skin in a rhythmic motion; promotes circulation; activates the lymphatic system when taking the time to body brush the underarms and groin areas; helps foster and nurture your loving relationship with your self and your body in practicing this act of self-love; helps release muscle tension and energises the system in the morning, relaxes at night.
- Tongue scrap: Now this one often gets a raised eyebrow or two; Tongue scrapping. Yep it’s a thing. But before you think I’ve officially entered in to some weird dental practices, you should know that tongue scrapping helps remove bacteria which causes bad breath; it also removes the toxic mucus on your tongue which can block your taste buds! That’s right, food will taste better! It also helps boost your immunity by removing toxins; is good oral hygiene practice and helps improve digestive health. I’ll soon be following up on this ancient practice with a more in-depth look at Tongue Scrapping and what you need to get started.
- Shower: Taking a shower isn’t a huge deal, right? Taking a shower without interruptions is! #mumlife 😉 I tend to do a lot of thinking and soul searching in the shower so find this is a great time to reconnect with myself, my goals & intentions. I also may say a little prayer and practice my deep breaths if I didn’t get a chance when I first woke up. Once a week, time permitting, I also indulge in a beautiful body scrub. Physically, this body scrub invigorates my body by ridding it of dry skin but emotionally, it is a chance for me to re-connect with my body and appreciate all its beauty and imperfections.
- Skincare: After my shower, my skin is beautifully clean, light and damp. Itake this time to focus on my face by cleansing and toning with an essential oil spritz. I then apply an organic and natural moisturiser to clean and nourish my skin. Wherever possible, I really seek out organic and cruelty free products for my skin; our skin is our largest organ so its extremely important to be mindful of what it is we are applying to our skin and what is being ingested to our blood stream and internal organs through our skin. Shortly I will share another post with my recommended skin care products!
- Aromatically dress myself: I charge my body both emotionally and energetically with an “aromatic dressing” – this is a whole body self-massage using carefully selected essential oils, mixed in with coconut oil. Many essential oils are safe to be applied to the skin. To start, I intuitively choose between 1 to 3 oils and dilute with fractionated coconut oil. The recommend dilution ratios for adults are generally 5 drops of essential oils to 10ml of carrier oil. For example, try 2 drops of Frankincense, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang and 1 drop of lavender. So good!!!
- Drink Apple Cider Vinegar: To warm up and give the ‘insides’ a nice clean start to the day, I drink 250ml of warm filtered water with a spoonful of organic Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s a strong, unusual taste but something you very quickly get used to. Apple Cider Vinegar has many benefits – a quick google search will tell you ACV (as the cool kids call it) is one handy bottle to have stashed in the pantry.
- Take my Superfood Supplements: No matter how clean or healthy your diet, it’s my personal belief your body can always benefit from additional supplements. Modern life and diet takes it toll on our bods and even though I try to be mindful of the food I eat, I’m human and I have my little weaknesses. To help fend off any nasties and make up for anything I might be missing in my diet, I take my Superfood Supplements each morning.
- Breakfast: Breakfast is a biggie! For me, this is most definitely one of my non-negotiables. If I don’t get a decent breakfast by a decent time, my family is facing one #hangry Mumma. In the warmer months, I’ll generally start my day with a superfood smoothie (check back soon for some great Superfood Smoothie recipes). In the winter months, I’ll keep it pretty simple with some sourdough toast with fresh avocado and Himalayan salt sprinkled on top. A quick chai tea with breakfast means I’m having a good day.
- Yoga and meditation: If time, energy and children permit, I also try to add some yoga and meditation to my morning routine. Honestly though, squeezing this in is very challenging and a constant reminder to myself that each day is a matter of juggling my priorities! If I can though, I like to add in a quick meditation in the backyard by grounding my bare feet in to the earth and sitting down and quietly connecting with my breath and the earth.
If I manage to get all 10 of these things done, I seriously feel like a million dollars. I feel like supermum / superwoman / superyogi. It’s a rare thing to get all 10 done, but again, its all about being fluid, going with the flow & sticking with the non-negotiables, with anything else a nice big bonus in my day.
With the warmer days approaching, its my personal goal to bring back either a walk or jog back into my morning practice. What’s your personal goal? Let me know below!
Big love my beautiful tribe, Aimee X