Hey, everybody! It’s almost 11am here, the time I used to wake up every day I didn’t work. In those days, I always felt both rushed and lazy when I didn’t have somewhere I had to go in the morning (and even more rushed and lazy when I did). But ever since I started waking up earlier, I’ve been happier, more clear-headed, and more productive all day! So I wanted to share with you how I get my days off to a good start.
I wake up between 6.30 and 7.30, depending on how late I went to bed the night before. These winter days, that means I’m up before the sun. On work days, I hate waking up in the dark, but on my days off it’s a little cozy and calming.
The first thing I do is brush my teeth (of course) and drink about a half-liter of cool water. This gets me hydrated right away–I’m not the kind of person who wakes up in the middle of the night to drink up, so I’m often quite thirsty when I wake up. More than just hydrating me, the cool water helps me wake up quickly!
Next I get coffee brewing in my French press. I like to let that steep for a long time, because I like my coffee quite strong. While that’s sitting, I do a little bit of yoga or pilates to get my blood flowing. I’m not one of those people who can hop out of bed and go straight on a run (or, frankly, one of those people who can go on a run at all), but I can make it to a yoga mat.
Now that my mind and body are up and at ’em, I get to sit down to breakfast and my much-loved cup of coffee! I usually prefer to eat raw food for breakfast, because I feel like I’m more energetic afterwards than if I eat a cooked breakfast, but sometimes I eat leftovers from last night’s dinner.
While I eat, I write my to do list for the day, check social media, and (if I have time left over), read the news or book reviews. I only let myself do my morning social media catch-up during breakfast, because I know for a fact if I don’t limit it, I’ll spend the whole morning on it.
So that’s it!
Today I had a banana, a goji berry persimmon energy bar I made yesterday, and some more water (with cranberries).
I can’t give you a recipe for these bars, because I just threw random amounts of everything in my food processor till it tasted good and had a decent consistency, but I can tell you what’s in here so you can experiment yourself:
Dates. Goji berries. Dried cranberries. Persimmon. Oats. Ground walnut. Allspice. Cinnamon. Brown sugar (just a little). Coconut oil.
Boom–blend, spread, refrigerate, and you’re done!
How do you spend your mornings? Do you just roll out of bed and faceplant in your coffee machine, like I used to? Or do you have a routine? Tell me about it in the comments–I’m always looking out for new ideas!