How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine

Ever wonder what a morning in the life of a naturopath is like?  Well, I'll tell you.  While some mornings I can't ever seem to hit the snooze button enough times, I do make a conscious effort to begin my day in a way that's going to make me feel like an awesome human being.  It may not always be easy, it may sometimes be the last thing I want to be doing, but comfort zones are not a thing that I'm keen on having in my life.  Here are my top tried-and-true tips to help you create an awesome morning routine.

Coffee, water, yoga and flowers.  Who could ask for a better morning?!

Coffee, water, yoga and flowers.  Who could ask for a better morning?!

But first, exercise.

When that alarm goes off, I immediately put on my Lulu's.  I always keep them sitting right next to my bed in the morning so all I have to do is literally roll out of bed and put them on.  Putting on your gym clothes first thing in the morning is the quickest way to make you feel that much more motivated in the am.  I'm a sucker for yoga and will usually spend about an hour most mornings with my practice.  

Your morning exercise routine doesn't necessarily have to be yoga.  Choose something that you enjoy and go do it.  Whether it's going outside for a walk or lifting some weights, plan to make time for it in your mornings.

Coffee for your health's sake

I love coffee, it's simply something in the day that makes me completely and utterly happy.  To be more specific, I really like Java Blend's organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe roast in a French press.  Steeped for exactly three minutes.  Blended with a bit of grass-fed butter and coconut oil in the BlendTec.  There are some things in life that I demand the best of, and coffee is certainly no exception.  If you'd like to read more about why I love coffee so much, check out this wonderful article: Why It's Ok To Love Coffee

A Healthy Paleo, Gluten Free Breakfast

The first meal of the day should be a good one, packed with nutrition, quality protein and healthy fats.  I personally feel better if I keep gluten to a minimum in my day - I find it makes me feel foggy and weak.  Sticking to a paleo-style gluten free breakfast helps my brain stay sharp and my energy high.  Try whipping up a smoothie in the mornings.  You can put just about anything in a smoothie and with a little skill, actually make it taste good too.  If you want to get an idea of how I make a protein and antioxidant-packed smoothie, check out my recipes HERE.

Stress reducing, happiness boosting music

Music.  I need it.  Either blasting it when I'm in the shower or listening to a playlist on my drive out to the clinic, it's necessary.  Adding music into your morning is such a simple way to boost your mood and amp up the motivation.  Oliver Sacks was onto something when he studied the effects of music on our brains.  As a gross overview, music can help light up certain parts of our brains involved in creativity, communication and boost endorphin production.  Igniting these parts of your brain can help with productivity as well as positivity.  A win-win, I would say.

And there it is, a glimpse into my mornings.  You've got to choose things that make you feel alive and do those things on the regular.  I will admit I'm pretty lucky with how I choose to invest my time in the mornings.  Everyone needs routine and I believe that regular rituals that promote self-appreciation are incredibly important.  No matter how big or small, I highly recommend finding some sort of routine that you can instil into your mornings.