Weekly Wellness Intention: Morning Routine

Morning Route
I’m starting a new series here on the blog called Weekly Wellness Intention.¬†

This originally started as something I was doing for myself each week on my calendar, but I have decided to share it with you because my hope is that it will be helpful for you too and will be a great way for us to connect as a community and inspire each other.

I’ve hinted at this a bit on the blog, but this year has been a tad rough for me and in a lot of ways it has resulted in me not taking the best care of myself that I possibly could.

I believe that life is about the journey, not the destination, and there are always going to be times when we’re better at self-care than others. My goal during my personal transition has been to practice compassion with myself and remember that being healthy isn’t about perfection - it’s about making the best choices we can for ourselves each and every day. And, when we have a moment of weakness (aka a donut for breakfast), then I believe it’s about learning to make a better choice the next time and moving on. I don’t like to waste time on feeling guilty around food and beating myself up.

So, let’s talk about this wellness intention business…¬†Each week from now until the end of the year I am going to share something that I am working on related to food, lifestyle, health, etc. My goal is to have it be a simple change that feels doable while still being a little challenging.

And, hopefully, week by week, we’ll be working on this together, motivating each other, sharing best practices, and taking care of ourselves during one of the busiest and most stressful seasons. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to think about reaching the end of the year feeling healthy, strong, and amazing instead of tired and burnt out. So, who’s with me?

Now for this week’s Weekly Wellness Intention… it’s time to get your morning routine in order!

Ever since I moved into my new place I feel like my schedule is all out-of-whack. I’ve been trying to wake up early and go to yoga, but this leaves me rushing the rest of the morning in a panic to get to work at a decent time. It also means that I leave the house with my hair looking like a mess and I’m eating breakfast right before literally running out the door to the bus. It’s time for a change!

This week my wellness intention is to make my mornings less stressful. I believe that mornings set the tone for the day and I hope to use the morning as a time to eat mindfully, while also being more intentional and present in general.

I’m a little nervous about moving my workouts to after-work (because it’s much easier to want to skip a workout later in the day!), but I’m committed to trying it for a week and seeing how it goes.

Here is what my new morning schedule will look like:

6:30 am: wake up

6:45 am: shower & get ready

7:15 am: make breakfast & eat (slowly!)

7:45 am: meditate & set my intentions for the day

8:00 am: leave for work

I think this new schedule will help to eliminate rushing and ease unnecessary stress in the mornings. It will also give me time to actually sit down and eat so I’m not creating more digestive distress for myself. I’m trying it out this week so I’ll be sure to report back next week and let you know how it goes!

Now it’s your turn! What simple changes can you make to your morning routine to make mornings less stressful? Please share them in the comments below!

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  1. says

    This post hit home as I went through a similar rethinking of my morning routine once school began again in the fall. (I teach at a lower school.) My determination was to make physical space and mental space to begin my home yoga practice. By setting that intention, and by being an early riser (5 am some mornings, without an alarm!) I have managed to practice yoga at home 2-3 mornings a week. Coupled with studio practice on the weekends, I have discovered more energy within, and a greater ability to deal with whatever the day unfolds.

    By the way, I find your posts soothing to read and have enjoyed making several of your recipes. Your posts are like a friendly hello when I check my email!

    • Sonnet says

      Thanks Laurie, that’s so sweet of you! I’m so impressed with your natural early rising instincts! Yoga in the morning definitely makes a difference and it definitely starts the day off on a better food. Thanks for sharing!

      • says

        Ah, early morning rising is, indeed, quite nice, as I have plenty of time to do whatever I need/want to do in the morning before school. However, winter evenings during the week are tough because I find myself tired at a too early time, mostly because it is dark so early.

        I am hoping that perhaps you will eventually blog about a wellness intention for dealing with dark evenings in winter. :)

  2. Jenn says

    With an infant, a school-age child, numerous pets, and a husband who travels, my mornings are crazy! Since I started back to work after maternity leave, my best morning strategy is to do as much as possible the night before. Any time I think “oh, I’ll do that in the morning…”; it’s “stop right there, sister…do it NOW.”

    As soon as the baby starts sleeping better and my partner is around more, I will wake up earlier and start walking like I used to. I know this is all temporary and try not to beat myself up too badly if the house is in shambles. As long as everyone gets fed a healthy breakfast, dressed, and out the door…I’m doing great!

    • Sonnet says

      Jenn, I LOVE your attitude! You definitely have a lot to manage in your household and it’s so much better when we are clear on what are priorities are (i.e. everyone getting fed & out the door) and what our priorities are not (i.e. a super clean house). I’ve discovered that prepping the night before has been really helpful for me to feel more sane in the morning time too. Great tip! :)

  3. Angela says

    I’m on board with your wellness intention series! Sounds great! To make mornings less stressful for me, I take a shower at night. That way in the morning I can relax and enjoy breakfast with my husband before we leave for work. At first I struggled with getting my hairstyles to work as a result of not showering in the morning, but with time and practice I’ve figured out the best hairstyles that work for me. :) I do, however, still struggle with working out at the end of the day. I usually get home late from work and am pretty tired out, so I find a lot of times I skip out on workouts. This is something I need to work on and so I’m looking forward to hear your progress with switching your workouts to after work.

    • says

      Angela, I also started taking showers at night. Gave me more time in the morning and also made me more relaxed at bedtime. Have to smile, because I also had the same issue with hair styles!

      • says

        My curly hair loses its curls and bounce if it doesn’t get wet on winter mornings (it’s very dry here in winter and humid in summer). I now have a cut that gives me quasi-bangs so that there is shorter hair, off-center that frames my face. This allows my hair to be less curly without looking completely flat.

        I occasionally pull back the sides of my hair with a barrette in the center, back. I’ve also used headbands (actually, scarves). Since I prefer to wear my hair loose, both of these styles make for some variety, or otherwise I’d wear my hair the same way everyday.

        Hope this helps! Would enjoy hearing what others do.

  4. Anna says

    Thanks for the lovely post! I totally agree that the morning sets the tone of the rest of the day. So I cut all the veggie I want for breakfast ahead nd cook rice/millet/ etc in the evening. In the morning after I wake up, I meditate, than go straight to the kitchen and put the veggie to boil/steam/roast. Meanwhile I get ready for work. Then I just peacefully eat while looking outside of the window thinking how nice the day will be (even though I know it will totally not but still :-). I go to my workout (swimming and tai-chi) straight from work so I do not get lazy at home :-)

    Interested in your progress with the new routine. Keep us posted! :-)

    • Sonnet says

      Prepping the night before is great! I usually try to do a lot of prep work on Sundays so I don’t have to worry about chopping veggies throughout the week. I’ll definitely keep you posted!

  5. Amy says

    My newest morning goal is to strain my kefir and make my smoothie before my daughter wakes up. If I can get my breakfast done then I am not choosing between connecting with my daughter and my healthful food. A bonus is to pack both our lunches before she gets up, too! Then there is my sit up challenge increasing one- a-day, gentle goals.

  6. says

    I absolutely love this! Perfect timing :) Mornings can be hard for me because I extend my delicious, sleep-in time until it no longer feels good and I feel guilty and depressed right off the bat. No good! I would love to begin the practice of waking, getting out of bed and lighting a candle for meditation time, plus getting outside as early as I can! I’ll work on the schedule this week, being gentle and receptive to what works and what doesn’t! Thank you for extending this out to us, Sonnet! And for the communal support!

    • Sonnet says

      Thanks Melissa! I’m so glad this resonates with you. Being gentle with yourself is so important! I used to be the worst at guilting myself over everything I did or didn’t do, but the bottom line is that if something doesn’t work for you then that’s ok – it’s time to move on and figure out what does work! I love the idea of lighting a candle in the morning. Especially since we’re approaching the dark season!

  7. Linda says

    I would really like to get into the habit of making our lunches the night before so I have more time in the morning because the number one (and most important) thing I am missing is time to meditate. As you put it so well, time to set your intention for the day.

    Thanks for sharing your journey.

  8. Jen O says

    I also look forward to your posts, Sonnet. I’m from Olympia and now live in LA, so your blog is a thread frim here to home.
    Instead of eating in my car I’m going to set aside time to eat at home. This will set the tone for me to make time to eat lunch as well. I’m a teacher and lunch is often rushed.

  9. says

    I love this post Sonnet! I have been feeling out of sync/control since going back to work this fall (I work in the school system), and this post really resonated with me. It feels like too much to try to tackle everything at once, but tackling one area each week feels manageable!

    Thank you for providing me with exactly what I needed right when I needed it!

    • Sonnet says

      SO glad this is helpful Erin! That’s exactly why I’m only allowing myself to work on one thing each week. Hopefully I’ll make progress instead of stressing myself out! :)

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