5 Ways to Start Your Day with Self Care
Every one is talking about self care these days, but what I find most helpful are little self care hacks that I can slip into my routine. And for me, work day mornings are the most intense and frustrating parts of my week, especially because I am the proud mother of a mostly screaming toddler. So mornings can either be sacred, or hell. This is the way I plan on taking back a part of my life that has recently been 100% panic and frustration that I wanted to share with you.
1. Don’t hit snooze!
Okay, this one sounds a little counter intuitive but without this step, everything else on this list will be pretty difficult. Let me start by saying, I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. Snooze was invented for me. But, even though it sucks, waking up a little earlier is often the difference between a slow, quiet start to your day and a panicked rush to the office. Self care starts here. Do yourself a favor and get up with the first alarm or maybe even set that bad boy back a half hour. Not convinced? See below what you could do with those extra minutes.
2. Keep essential oil on your nightstand.
First thing when you wake up, dab some essential oil on your wrist. I prefer peppermint as it gives me a zest of energy and the smell wakes me up a bit. Peppermint oil is basically the thing that will help you from pressing the snooze button, and you’ll feel fresh before you even shower!
3. Play some tunes.
What do you need in the morning? A pick me up? A smooth meditative pace? A pep talk?! Make a few morning playlists to choose from and watch your mood change even before coffee! Music is such a mood changer and a great way to wake up your family in the morning as well with the right tone that sets the day. See what we did there?!
4. Light a candle
Is this extra? Probably! But we don’t care. You want to smell something that feels like comfort and peace in the morning. I prefer candles scents like rose, eucalyptus or leather to create the ultimate warmth.
5. Cook breakfast
Yes, you can stop at Starbucks on the way. Yes, you can give your child oatmeal. Yes, there are protein shakes at the office. But, nothing replaces sitting down to have a meal before leaving the house. It’s such above and beyond self care for you and anyone you live with. And if you have children, you’re also teaching them self care by starting their day slow and setting an example to take care of yourself first thing in the morning before “tasking”.
Morning self care is all about layering the aesthetics and atmosphere for yourself. It’s prioritizing not just what you need to do, but how you want to do it. It’s putting yourself in control of your day regardless of what comes your way. Obviously this is an ideal, but the most difficult part is waking up early enough to fit it all in. Give it a try for a week, and let us know how it went!