Tomorrow is a new day, right? An opportunity for us to start fresh and wash off the woes of the previous day. Some like to celebrate the new year, we like to celebrate the new day. But like with everything, starting fresh takes effort, practice, and a plan. We know you’re a busy bee, so we took the liberty of helping you plan out your mornings to start your new day off in the right way. Keep reading to find out the five things your morning routine must have!
Yoga or Mediation
We are all guilty of staying on our phones an additional ten minutes after our alarms ring. While the tempting offer than Instagram, Twitter, and leftover notifications can bring may seem compelling, it may lead to a stressful day. According to psychiatrist, Dr. Nikole Benders-Hadi, starting your day off on your phone can lead to increased levels of stress throughout the day. Compounded by our already high cortisol levels in the morning, this isn’t the best way to start the day. When your alarm rings, after silencing it, try doing yoga or mediating instead. Depending on how much time you have, find five or ten minutes of stillness to focus on your breathing or your movements. Collecting yourself and redirecting your hormones to calmer patterns can ultimately lead to a more manageable day.
However long your yoga or mediation routine lasted, that should be something to be proud of. It’s increasingly hard to take pauses in life, especially in this quarantine landscape. We know that as working women you will inevitably have to check your phones- that’s ok. One suggestion we have and abide by is to first read any relevant articles in your field. This can motivate you for your job for the day and give you ideas. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, we love the idea of slowly pealing away at a fiction book every morning. Research shows that reading fiction is more effective at reducing stress than activities like listening to music or going for a walk! Further, it has been studied to reduce stress levels by up to 68% upon finishing your section. So, whether you opt for a field refresher or a book routine, both serve to benefit the remainder of your day.
Like your morning ritual, the key to skin care is routine. If nothing else, having a regimented skincare routine will open your eyes to the world of daily practice. The best ingredients to include in your morning routine are a good essence, a hydrating lotion, and sunscreen. When it comes to the morning, simple is better- don’t overdo it with your skincare steps. We love the Cosrx Snail Mucin for an essence that is perfect for sensitive skin while not clogging the pours of people with oily skin. A couple drops of this dabbed onto your face before your other products will help your skin retain water and absorb the rest of your products! For a moisturizer, we love the classic Neutrogena Hydro-boost Gel Cream. It’s super easy to find and available at every convenience store, and has a version for extra dry skin which quenches anyone’s winter skin and leaves your skin feeling extra supple. Last and most important step is sunscreen. Even when the sun is not out, sunscreen is the #1 ingredient you can use to fight wrinkles, dark spots, and general anti-aging. That means, even when it is overcast apply your sunscreen, ladies! We are huge fans of the Krave Beauty Beet Shield. Packed with antioxidants against pollutants, this sunscreen is blessed with SPF 50+ to guarantee that nothing slips through its cracks! If you are not working remote, make sure you wear skin-friendly masks. Cotton masks are the best for protecting your skin barrier and preventing chafing which can create micro tears in your skin. Our Of Mercer Masks are made of breathable cotton to ensure your skin stays in great shape.
Of Course, the natural successor to skincare is breakfast. To start your day off, your digestive system should be burning whatever you ate last night and your brain should be absorbing plenty of healthy ingredients for optimal results. The best way to stick to a routine is to start with an easy beverage. We like apple cider vinegar tonic first thing in the morning to ignite the digestive system and to act as an anti-inflammatory agent, which is helpful if you have a desk job that yields achy joints. Just add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per 1 ½ cups of warm water, and as much honey as you want. Then, you can be more flexible with your breakfast. Make sure it has fiber, protein, healthy carbs, and vegetables. A foolproof way of doing this is make an oats bowl with your favorite fruits and tons of chia seeds. The omega-3s and plenty of healthy fiber and carbs help to line your neural pathways and may ultimately result in a more focused day! If you want to go with a classic, we love a loaded omelette with avocado on the side. Or, to make things as easy as possible, make a smoothie and throw everything inside! We love the taste of this healthy peanut butter smoothie for the morning. Most importantly, be mindful of which caffeine you are ingesting. The most effective way to maintain your energy levels throughout the day is to integrate light levels of caffeine as time goes on. This way, you don’t overload on caffeine and crash mid-workday. If you have two cups of coffee a day, try three or four cups of green tea instead. While this may seem like a lot, once your body gets used to it, you’ll be able to sustain your energy levels much better and avoid burnout too. Plus, we have to mention the added bonus of green tea’s powerful antioxidants.
Goals + Write it Out
The best way to remember something is to write it down. Whether it is your to-do list, your goals for the day or week, or your idea board, writing down thoughts like this helps us remember thoughts better, and puts it directly in our field of vision. Practicing one of these activities everyday can help you orient yourself for the work you have ahead of you. It can also provide creative inspiration. In fact, writing can help us understand our situations better and lay out a clear form of logical progression. We recommend achieving this by adding comments under your to-do list or goals, so they are more than just half thoughts. When all is said and done, they will stick in your brain better and will be more easily incorporated into your work tasks. Dream about it, tell people about it, then write about it.