Why Morning Routines Matter + Creating One That Works For You

“With the rising sun comes a new beginning." 

I’ve always been a strong believer in new beginnings which probably why I love mornings so much. Now, trust me, I get it…not everyone is a morning person but when you take out the time to start your day off right, it makes all of the difference. 

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I manage to get so many things done. I run Las Morenas de España, teach English, blog here at Siempre Girando and yet still seem to get enough sleep and have time to enjoy life as well. Here’s something to think about.

How are you actually spending your time?

Do you wake up in the morning, hit snooze three times, spend 15 minutes on Instagram and then find yourself rushing out of the house? Or, are you someone who starts the day slowly, leading to a more calm and productive mind as the day goes on? 

For me, how you start the day is really important, so I'll walk you through my personal routine below where you can gain inspiration, adapt and figure out what works for you based on your current lifestyle/schedule. 

 

EARLY MORNING WAKEUP

On my best days, I’m up by 6:30 and have gotten 7 hours of sleep (which means in bed by 11:30 without my phone in the room). Waking up early and I DON'T HIT SNOOZE, no matter how hard I want to. It really makes all of the difference and even though the first 2 minutes are hard, it will pass.

I got a FitBit for Christmas and I’m in love (thanks Mom!) and between the silent alarm waking me up on my wrist and the alarm clock in my room (old school but efficient) I have to get out of bed to turn it off so that means, I’m up for the day.

 

MORNING TONIC

If you know me, you know that I live by one drink in the morning. It’s ginger, lemon and honey with warm water. This winter, I’ve also been adding 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of coconut oil. For the days that you need an extra kick or if you’re starting to feel sick, add a dash of cayenne and cinnamon.

I used to be someone who was chronically sick each winter, but for the past year and a half... I've been healthy. Go figure. 

 

AT HOME WORKOUT WITH POPSUGAR FITNESS

So, I’ve been obsessed with Popsugar Fitness for some time and just found out that they recently came out with an app. In short, it’s perfect for whatever your fitness needs are and it’s a good variation from the Nike Training workouts that I do in the evening post-cardio. The PopSugar workouts are perfect for the AM hours because they vary in difficulty and only last 10-30 minutes and have ones that you can specifically do at home.

 

BREAKFAST

Normally I choose something hearty in the morning to hold me over until lunchtime. The norm is either overnight oats with soy milk, chia seeds and flaxseed or eggs with some type of vegetable or grain or both if I’m really hungry.

 

GRATEFULNESS, VISUALIZING THE DAY AND DUOLINGO  

One of my most important practices has to deal with gratefulness. While having breakfast, I write down three things that I'm grateful for in my bullet journal, check my habit tracker and then overlook what I have on my schedule for the day. Once I've finished I do 10 minutes of Duolingo. I'm bilingual (English + Spanish) but I’m taking a stab at French now. It’s been forever since I’ve started learning a language from scratch but it’s exciting and a great way to get my brain going in the morning.

 

BEAUTY ROUTINE AND GETTING DRESSED

           Yes, I also do this on the days that I work from home as well!

 In the past year, I’ve started paying a lot more attention on what goes on my face and what it contains (shout out to Danni for that and constant natural beauty tips.) Even though I’m only in my mid-20’s (weird), it’s just as important to have a daily facial routine. I’ll write a post on mine soon but ever since my skin has gone through it’s major transformation (I used to struggle intensely with acne), I pay a lot of attention to how I take care of it throughout the day.

Then I dress up, but, it’s always an easy process because my wardrobe is very minimal because I only own things that I love and plan what I'm wearing the night before.

 

COFFEE AND TIME FOR WORK

Because I woke up at 6:30, all of this is done and it’s only 8am! That’s right. The sun is just starting to rise (Anyone else ready for daylight savings and summer?) and I’m ready or the day! It’s time to drink a cup of coffee and tackle the most important/hardest thing that I have on my to-do list. With this morning schedule I'm able to work on personal projects for an hour or two before heading into my day job.

So, that’s just a quick look into how I start my day. What about you?

Let me know what your mornings look like and how you can find a bit more time to start your day off right!