I’ve always been a night owl; being a dance teacher has allowed me to embrace my moon child nature. Even when I taught 30 hours, my mornings were open. Recently, when I signed up to take a few classes, this meant exploring a childhood passion; it also meant waking almost two hours earlier than normal.
As I began my adjustment, I realized it was less about the hour I awakened and more about how much rest I’ve allowed myself and my morning practices. I need some serious “me time” in the AM so jumping out of bed in a mad rush wouldn’t be helpful to me or anyone in my life! Here are some of the ways I like to begin my day. Feel free to adjust for your needs.
1. First things first: Actually waking up!
After awakening, I allow myself at least 10 minutes to get out of bed. What you do with this time is up to you. Popping in a mint and enjoying a morning cuddle *cough,cough, wink*, journaling, mediatation, or simply relaxing are all good options!
3. Move Your Body…
6. A Clean Slate…
I love long showers, so usually my official bathing happens in the evenings. Mornings are for skin care and freshening up. Using energizing peppermint and orange essential oils enhances my AM bathing routine; I feel like I’m at the spa( instead of just taking a whore’s bath at the sink). Plus, these awesome oils are effective in promoting focus and helping to lift my mood.
From there, I get dressed, brush my hair, apply some lipstick and mascara, and I’m prepared.
Which awakening routines help you to meet the day? Share your favorite “me time” practices!