Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of St. Ives. The opinions and text are all mine.
Growing up, I never would have considered myself a morning person. I was a night owl. I stayed up late and slept until noon. When I woke up, I obviously missed breakfast and spent the rest of my day rushing to get things done.
Then I turned 18, joined the military and was forced to wake up at 5am. Waking up early was a life changer. It’s amazing how many things you can get accomplished in such a short amount of time when you have a routine in place.
The Importance of a Morning Routine
Having a morning routine sets the tone for your entire day. For starters, most people are more productive when they first wake up. You’ve slept and your body is energized. One of my resolutions for the year is to stick to healthy habits. Having a morning routine is a huge part of that.
Make the first 60 minutes of your day YOUR time. Notice I said YOUR time. Not your kid’s time. Not your spouse’s time. YOUR time. Time for yourself to get ready and prepare for the day. If you struggle with your mornings, here are 13 other quick tips to help you get the most time out of your day.
5 Healthy Habits to Incorporate into Your Morning Routine
Wake up earlier
I know. I know. This is a hard one. But do you often feel rushed in the morning? Are you scrambling to get the kids lunch made, breakfast on the table, rushing to get the kids to school on time…meanwhile you’re running out the door looking like a hot mess? Try waking up one hour earlier so you can get much-needed me time and prepare yourself for the day.
First things first. Drink at least 8 oz of water. Lemon water is even better. After 8 hours of sleep, you need to rehydrate your body. The lemon helps aid digestion and gives you a great dose of Vitamin C.
You knew this was coming, right? Try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of exercise. If you can’t get in any exercise, at least stretch. Stretching will help to shake off any grogginess.
Take a shower – I used to take showers at night. I still do, but even taking a quick 5-10 minute shower in the morning helps me feel refreshed and more energized. Plus, for those of you with children, this is 10 minutes of peace you can have for yourself!
Get dressed – As a part-time SAHM, I know that it’s easier to just stay in your pjs all day and not get dressed. Been there. Done that. You know what happens when I stay in my pjs all day? I became lazy. I’m way too comfortable and I just lounge around, not really accomplishing anything. Try getting dressed in the morning…even if it means throwing on your favorite jeans and t-shirt. I find myself way more productive when I get dressed. Ladies, give yourself an extra 3 minutes to put on some mascara and lipstick so you can feel slightly feminine again.
Nourish Your Body
Eat a healthy breakfast.
P.S. Coffee is not breakfast…OK, it is for me most days too.
Breakfast is the most important meal of your day. Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients you need for the day. Try eating oatmeal for breakfast as it has many health benefits known to give your body energy to be your most radiant self! Oatmeal not only helps reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar and helps you control your weight, but also shields your skin.
Speaking of shielding your skin. If you look closely at the labels of some of your beauty products, you will probably see oatmeal in there. To boost your skin’s and your morning’s radiance this winter, St. Ives is introducing the newest addition to the St. Ives menu – Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Body Scrub made with 100% natural exfoliants to soften skin and smooth away dryness. It is made with 100% natural exfoliants including walnut shell, silica, oatmeal, honey and glycerin. The St. Ives Nourish & Soothe Oatmeal and Shea Butter Lotion also has oatmeal and shea butter that helps make your skin soft, smooth and healthy looking.
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Now it’s your turn. Do you have a morning routine? If so, tell me in the comments below. I would love to hear any tips you may to help jumpstart your morning!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of St. Ives. The opinions and text are all mine.