Rituals to Help Kick Start Your Day

Sweater: Zara (similar here and here); Jeans: Mavi (similar here and here); Shoes: Zara

As you guys know, I’ve been getting increasingly into self-care and wellness. I don’t just mean from the health and fitness side, but rather making a conscious effort to be more centred. This means creating a routine that makes helps me be the best version of myself. Personally, my mornings dictate how the rest of my day goes. After spending time in Europe, I’ve realized that I’m just not the kind of person that can start my day with a croissant and make healthy decisions after. Similarly, my mood in the morning will impact the rest of my day. So over the past little while, I’ve been working to create the perfect morning routine. One that’ll help kickstart an awesome day, and I wanted to share it with you.

Your morning starts the night before
What I mean by this is that you need to be prepared. Going to the gym in the morning? Lay out your workout clothes! Heading to work? Make sure you have your lunch packed in advance. Minimizing the number of mundane tasks you have to do makes your morning a lot more enjoyable.

Give Yourself an Hour
Yup, 1 hour. Set your alarm so that you have 1 hour to centre yourself before you start the day. If an hour seems like a lot, start with 15 minutes, and build it up.

Put your phone away
We all use our phones as alarms, but instead of going through your emails or scrolling through Instagram first thing, just hold off for a bit. Looking at my phone first thing in the morning overwhelms me. I need to take time to centre myself before I get into any of that.

5 Minute Journal
I know, I talk about this a lot. But I only do it because it’s completely changed my life. Starting your day off with gratitude puts you in a positive mood for the rest of the day. It helps you realize what you have to be grateful for, and think about how you can make your day the best it can be.

Hot water, lemon, and apple cider vinegar
If you don’t have access to apple cider vinegar, just start your day with hot water and lemon. It kickstarts your metabolism and gives you a rush of energy.

Make breakfast
It doesn’t matter if it’s a smoothie or scrambled eggs. Point is, before you run out the door, have something to eat. It just helps you start your day off on the right note. I feel like making food at home grounds me. The only exception to this rule is if you like working out on an empty stomach and you’re about to go to the gym.

Get your workout out of the way!
I don’t know about you guys, but I will make every excuse in the book not to work out as the day progresses. The only way to tackle this is to just get it over with in the morning. I find that getting my workout in first thing puts me in a better mood. That way, I can relax in the evening knowing I don’t have to go work out after a long work day!

Do you have a morning routine? I’d love to hear what you like to do!

Photography by Alina Sepp

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12 Comments

  1. Julia R
    November 20, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    Love your cozy sweater and your shoes!
    These are great tips! I totally agree with getting your workout out of the way! If I don’t exercise in the morning then I don’t exercise at all and if I have an unhealthy breakfast, then it’s unhealthy all day!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  2. November 20, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    You know my morning routine. Coffee, coffee and more coffee haha. I wish I could have Chez Manon croissants here too though.

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

  3. November 20, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    This is a great list! I’m already doing some of it but I know I could try to do them all. A great way to start the day with a proper routine that will give you the right mood. Have a lovely week babe, Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  4. November 21, 2017 / 1:27 am

    Love this post Siffat, I find that making time for myself in the morning really improves my day tenfold!!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  5. November 21, 2017 / 6:07 am

    These are great tips, Siffat. I desperately need to start working out in the mornings instead of evenings. By the time I get home from work, I’m exhausted!

  6. November 21, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Love the tips, I definitely need to start giving myself more time in the mornings instead of all the rush! Love the shoes and the beautiful building in the background!

    Christa | http://theavidpen.com

  7. November 23, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Some great tips hun 🙂

    I like to chill kin bed for about 30 minutes, check my schedule, have coffee and then make breakfast and start my day

  8. November 27, 2017 / 2:33 am

    “Hot water, lemon, and apple cider vinegar” – I’ve actually done this for months before, and I feel really amazing, then I forgot about it. I should do this more often now. Thanks for reminding me dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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