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Making the Most of Your Morning - Part one

We have all had those days where from the moment we wake up the chaos ensues. We snoozed our alarm about three times too many, so we were forced to run around our home in a mad rush to get ready, nothing seems to be going right and it would take a miracle for us not to be late. And the worst part is, all of this sets the tone for the rest of the day as our feelings of stress and overwhelm continue to dictate our day.


Now imagine an alternative option where you wake up excited to start your day. Where you get to enjoy a slower, more relaxed pace and get to enjoy some of your favourite things and can take solace in the fact that you are making your wellbeing a priority. Nothing feels better than a slow intentional morning.


Not only are you setting the tone for the rest of the day and more likely to prioritize your wellbeing throughout the day, but you are doing the things that matter most to you before they are derailed by non-stop emails and requests, unexpected fires to put out, and the need to be at the beck and call of your kiddos.


You deserve to have a morning routine that supports your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and you have the power to create it. This week’s blog is going to focus on what you can do to nourish your physical health in the morning and next week’s blog is going to focus on what to incorporate in your morning routine to benefit your mental and emotional health. Start with these tips to help transform your morning routine and prioritize your physical health:


Shift your schedule 15 minutes at a time. If you are struggling to get up when your alarm gets off at 7am, you are not going to magically jump out of bed at 5am the next day without any issues. Slowly transitioning to your ideal wake up time not only will help your body adjust a little easier, but it will also mean the habit is more likely to stick. I recommend adjusting your routine by 15 minutes every 4-7 days.


Get in Some Sunshine. Soaking up some sunshine first thing is not only an immediate mood booster, but it also helps wake your body up for all those get up feeling exhausted and groggy. The sunlight signals to your brain that it is no longer time to sleep and will trigger hormones in your body that help you with your “get up and go”.


Nourish your Body. It is essential to fuel yourself for your big day ahead. I know intermittent fasting and postponing your first meal of the day is all the rage, but it is not for everyone. When your body is dealing with ongoing stress, you are likely experiencing blood sugar imbalance issues because of it. Fasting and delaying meals can escalate this. To help balance your blood sugar, it is important to eat within 1-2 hours of waking and ensuring your breakfast has sources of protein, fat and protein. Stay tuned to an upcoming blog post on using smoothies to fuel yourself in the morning.


Drink Up. I am sure we have all woken up with that feeling of being completely parched and borderline mummified. This is not surprising considering we lose 1 litre of water overnight simply from breathing. Take a moment in the morning to rehydrate your body first thing. Drink as much as you can tolerate in the morning, but aim for a minimum of 250mL within the first 10 minutes of waking. I personally top up my water before bed and leave it on my bedside so it is ready to rehydrate when my feet hit the ground.


Get your Body Moving. Moving your body in the morning, in whatever way feels good to you, helps on so many levels. First it helps loosen up those stiff muscles and joints from being stuck in bed all night, but also it can really boost your mood with some exercise-induced endorphins. If you are dealing with a lot of stress or have a big day ahead of you, I would recommend slower, gentler movement like yoga or walking. My favourite lately is taking Kai out for a relaxing walk on the trails, that way I am getting in my movement, sunshine and get to enjoy some nature in one shot.


I hope these inspire you to mix up your mornings and build a new schedule. I am the first to admit I do not have a consistent morning routine, but it is something I am focusing on lately. I have really realized the benefit of prioritizing myself and setting my day up in the best way possible. This includes waking up at a consistent time, starting my day with taking Kai for a walk out on the trails and having quick and easy (yet nourishing) breakfast foods ready to go. I have also been doing a ton of work on adding in activities that focus more on my mental and emotional wellbeing. I can not wait to share how I have found the process and what tools I have used to support this process, so stay tuned to next week's blog.


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