Although I am a person who likes to mix it up and not be too structured or routine; I do have a few routines I follow in the morning. Mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. I am more productive and a nicer person, if I feel like I am organized first thing.
First, is always brushing my teeth, flossing, and using mouth wash. About 30 years ago I read that your body rids itself of toxins while you sleep and a big place they come out is on your tongue, that is why we get ‘morning breath’. Since then I think if I drink before I take care of my mouth, the toxins will wash back into my body. (Though I always, always always, brush my teeth before bed, sometimes I wait until I am so tired before I get ready for bed that I am too lazy to floss – but I will leave bedtime routines for another post- so I floss in the morning even if I have flossed at night.)
Then I run a brush through my hair because I don’t want to scare the neighbors too badly when I take the dogs out.
I grab the water bottle off my nightstand and drink whatever I didn’t drink during the night. I always feel so thirsty when I wake up.
I put on a sweater or hoodie over my pajamas, flip flops, and sunglasses to take the dogs out. This really wakes me up to get out in the sunshine and fresh air, smiling and greeting other dog people or runners etc perks me up. I used to wait and take them out after I got completely dressed but a few months ago switched it up, and really like going outdoors early even if I’m the crazy lady in her jammies. I do limit it to just pajamas, I would not go in slippers and pajamas. Pajamas and clothes sometimes look very similar so it keeps them wondering.
(This seemed like a good time to sneak in some dog photos.)
If it’s a morning I have to be somewhere early, I have usually showered the night before. I get up 15 minutes earlier than it takes for me to get ready because I like to do a facial for my tired skin. It’s a coffee, coconut oil, salt, sugar, cocoa powder combo I make and keep by my kitchen sink. I don’t do this every morning, but a time or two each week. Here’s how I made it:
- 1 cup of coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- Blend all the ingredients together in a container with a lid.
- Apply the mask, scrubbing gently.
- Wait 10-15 minutes.
I rub this exfoliating mask on my face and neck, and leave it on for about 10 minutes. While I wait, I unload the dishwasher. If you do one thing regularly, let it be this! Having the dishwasher empty so you and your housemates can put dishes in as you dirty them during the day, keeps the kitchen tidy all day. I make my coffee (I try to hold off drinking it until I rinse my face since there is salt in the mask; I can taste it ) . I pack any food I need if I am leaving the house. If it’s an early morning, I have done all the prep of the food the night before. I am not a morning person so I try to make my mornings easy. By now it is time to rinse the mask, which I do in the kitchen sink unless I am showering that morning. Right before I rinse, I rub the face mask on my lips to exfoliate. I take my cup of coffee to the bathroom. (If I’m eating breakfast before I go, I might eat it now, or after I’m done getting dressed. If I am going to take care of kids, I usually wait and eat when they eat and have packed it all to go.)
I don’t always get ready in the same order with clothes, makeup and hair. I move slowly in the morning so I do whatever I can to save time the night before.
Weekends are a little different if I am not watching any kids. I might stay in my pajamas longer, doing some cleaning, reading, laundry or whatever I feel like, before showering and getting dressed.
That’s my basic morning routine for now. Are you a morning person?