My Morning Wellness Routine

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One of the best life changes I made was waking up earlier so that I can wake up slow. I started this habit after I graduated from college and having the time to take a walk, lay around while reading the news, mediate, take a long shower and/or make a good breakfast allows me to start my day off right.

Since waking up earlier means there isn’t a rush, wellness rituals have become an important part of the start to my day and by Snapchat (@GeriHirsch) demand, here is my routine:

1. Drink hot water with lemon
After slowly waking up I mosey on over to the kitchen to make hot water with lemon. I squeeze 1/4-1/2 a lemon into a mug and top it with warm water to cleanse and detox my system, stimulate digestion, release toxins from the liver, jumpstart digestive enzymes, get a vitamin C boost and relish in oh so many other benefits which you can read about here. I sip this as I get ready throughout the morning.

2. Dry skin brush
In full disclosure, skin brushing is a new part of my routine but so far I really enjoy it. The ancient wellness method improves lymphatic drainage, reduces cellulite, promotes digestion and supports detoxification. The key is to dry skin brush before you shower using an all natural brush (like this one) for 3-20 minutes (4 minutes is my magic number). When you do it, gently brush in a circular motion, starting from the ankles and wrists moving toward the heart to  improve blood flow. After you shower be sure moisturize. I opt for Fair Trade Shea Butter, coconut oil (yup, this one right out of the jar), natural lotions or organic body oils.

3. Set my intentions
I like to set my intentions while taking an extra hot shower (fun fact: Pharrell and Paul McCartney do the same!). What does setting my intentions mean? Simply put, it’s like mapping out my thoughts and and actions for the day. I believe that I am the only person who can control my thoughts and find that taking time out to set my intentions every single day is the first exercise toward leading a positive day. It is the driving force of your higher consciousness.

4. Eat a healthy breakfast
This may seem obvious but SO many people still skip eating a healthy breakfast. I believe that it’s important to fill your body with nutrients including good fats and proteins before you head off for a busy day. Plus, a healthy breakfast keeps you from making poor food choices later in the day.

What are your wellness morning rituals?


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  1. Great post! My wellness routine isn’t as nice sounding – it involves several coffees with soymilk and a bit of yoga! Before rushing off to start my day (current necessity: lots of sweaters and snowboots!)

  2. I love all of these.

    My morning wellness routine starts at 5:30 am. My alarm goes off and I slowly peel myself out of bed to use the restroom and then I drink about 12 oz of water. I put on my workout gear, and do a 30 minute workout (weights some days, cardio another) – by the time I finish my warm up I am fully awake.

    After my workout – I fix my (on the go) breakfast – usually eggs, avocado, and fruit, a protein shake on my weight lifting days and then I hit the shower.

    Get dressed… fix myself up… and then it’s time to get to work.

    At first I never thought I’d have time or all of that in the AM but once it became a habit, it’s easier. Sure there are days it takes longer to get out of bed, and on those days I feel more rushed, but I really do feel better every morning that I stick to this routine.

  3. Your routine is the definition of morning routine goals. While I strive to have more calm and peaceful mornings, I find myself in a rush 9 out of 10 days. When I do manage to give myself more time, meditation definitely is a great start to a positive day.

    xoxo – Kelly

  4. I’m so glad I came across this. Reading it inspired me, and I definitely tbink the way you start your day has a huge impact on how it will pan out. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love the idea about setting your intentions for the day, I hope I can start doing this too as I think that setting an intention to maintain positive thoughts for the day would really create a lot more happiness in my day to day life.

  6. Your post totally reminded me that I need to get back into dry brushing! As you mentioned, the benefits are great! I love drinking lemon water in the morning as well (throughout the day too).

  7. Sigh. I’ve been wanting to get up earlier for years and haven’t mustered up the willpower to do it. I need to make this happen in 2016! I also gotta get on the dry brushing bandwagon. I’ve heard amazing things.

    Thanks for sharing – you’ve inspired me to step it up a bit!

    Christina |

  8. My greatest challenge is getting up earlier. I struggle with insomnia and am often awake until 3 in the morning. So right when I should be waking up, I’m in the middle of the best sleep of the night. Lack of sleep is a terrible detriment to any effective mind/body regimen.

    Your tips are great. Just need to find a remedy for not being able to fall asleep.

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