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?