I’ve given up caffeine…I know, I even annoy myself. In the spirit of ‘Wellness Wednesday’ I’m providing some tips to get yourself out of bed and out the door without that morning cup of joe. Or, maybe even with it! No judgement here.
- Put the cell phone down. My morning routine is actually beginning the night before when I stow my electronics at least 30 minutes prior to my head hitting the pillow. Many studies have linked cell phone usage in the evening hours to sleep depravation. This is likely due to the blue wavelengths emitted from most cell phones, which can interrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Blue light, naturally found in sunlight as well, causes the body to be alert; however, during the night time hours, it suppresses the body’s melatonin levels, which are required for rest. Shut down that email and get off Instagram already, it’s time to catch some winks!
- Be consistent. I am also trying to go to bed AND get out of bed at the same time each day (I do cheat on the weekends…I’m not that annoying!) When your body gets into a rhythm, it actually makes it easier to rise and shine each morning. I like to get up before the rest of my house; most mornings this is when I get my workout in or I treasure the silence of a quiet house and catch-up on email (or shop online).
- Hydrate. And I don’t mean simply pouring water over coffee grinds! I start my morning with a 12 ounce glass of cold water followed by warm water and lemon (you may remember this from a previous post). In addition to the boost to your immune system the vitamin C provides, lemon also increases energy as it enters your digestive system. I have also started to add a dash of cayenne pepper, which stimulates your circulatory system, aids digestion, and regulates your blood sugar. Read more about this winning combination here.
- Brush your shoulders off. And your entire body while you’re at it! I have become religious about dry brushing. While I am certainly enjoying the benefit of smoother skin, I definitely feel invigorated and more energized starting my day with a dry brush prior to getting in the shower. After brushing (see the technique in my previous post), I spray my body with a moisturizing oil and then soap up in the shower. The oil hydrates my skin, yet doesn’t feel greasy after rinsing off in the shower. I’m loving this body serum by One Love Organics.
What’s your morning routine? And, do you take cream or sugar?? Don’t stop reading because I’m not caffeinated. Thanks for checking in! ~Jenn