The way you start your morning impacts the rest of your day. If, for example, you wake up in a rush, skip breakfast, and scramble to get ready for the day, chances are the rest of your day will feel just as chaotic. If, on the other hand, you take some time to indulge in a healthy morning routine, no matter how short or long, that sets you up to win. You’ll feel more relaxed, focused, energized, and motivated to take on the day. The key is crafting a healthy morning routine that works for you and being consistent with it. To help you do just that, below we’ve rounded up some tips on making the most out of your mornings, all in the name of self-love.
Put it in your calendar
First things first, start by making your healthy morning routine non-negotiable by putting it in your calendar, because let's be honest, if it's not on your calendar, it's probably not going to happen. Once it's on your calendar, treat it like you would any other appointment and show up for yourself consistently. How much time you devote to your healthy morning routine is totally up to you and your schedule. As a general rule of thumb, it's more about quality than quantity. So whether you have an entire luxurious hour to yourself in the AM or just 10 minutes, it's more about the intention you put into it and how much you savor it. The most important thing is that you actually do it and stay consistent with it. That's how you'll reap the most benefits.
Prepare the night before
A healthy morning routine really begins the night before. So we highly encourage you to create an evening ritual. It doesn't have to be anything too elaborate. Simply take a few minutes before bed to tidy up your space, review your schedule for the next day, and write out your to-do list. This allows you to sleep easy, and come morning, you're ready to hit the ground running. Also, going to sleep early ensures you wake up feeling refreshed for your morning routine.
Nourish yourself on all levels
A complete healthy morning routine should cover all the bases and nourish you on all levels: mind, body, and soul. So try to mix things up, so you're always filling up your cup in the best way possible. For your mind, you can meditate for 10 minutes, journal, or practice breathwork. For your body, you can do a quick workout, stretch, go for a walk, dance around, or, at the very least, take a couple of minutes to just drop into your body and connect with yourself. For the soul, do something that inspires you, like listening to a podcast, reading a book, or practicing gratitude.
Start your day with breakfast
Breakfast is another essential component of a morning routine. Eating breakfast prevents us from getting hungry and overeating later, keeps our blood sugar balanced, and provides the fuel we need to get things done. We love vegan collagen boosting waffles, vegan blueberry collagen boosting scones, and matcha banana pancakes. If you're really pressed for time in the morning, you'll love matcha beauty overnight oats because you can prepare them the night before, and breakfast will be ready for you in the refrigerator when you wake up. The best part: all these recipes incorporate Copina Co's collagen boost drink powders, which help your body naturally produce more collagen (sans animal products!), supporting healthy skin, hair, and joints. * In other words, you also squeeze some skincare into your healthy morning routine just by eating these recipes, and who doesn't love that?
Keep it simple
If your healthy morning routine starts feeling like just another thing you need to check off your to-do list, you're probably putting too much pressure on yourself trying to make it perfect. The key to creating a morning routine that makes you feel good is simplicity. You don't have to do 10 different things (think meditating, exercise, journaling, etc.). That can quickly get overwhelming, which defeats the purpose of a healthy morning routine. You can, of course, do all the things if that's your style. But, if you're feeling overwhelmed, just do one thing to nourish yourself in the morning, whether it's a moment of gratitude or drinking a cup of hot cacao or a matcha latte. That one thing will make more of a positive impact on your day than feeling stressed out by trying to practice every healthy morning habit imaginable.
Experiment with different morning rituals
Morning routines are not one size fits all. Some people crave meditation in the morning, while others might love to journal or do a quick yoga flow before starting their day. Creating the perfect morning routine for yourself will require some experimentation, but that's part of the fun. Give yourself permission to try different things. You don't have to do the same exact morning ritual every single day. Mix it up. There are no rules. Do what feels good depending on your mood that day and pay attention to how the rituals impact the rest of your day. For example, if you notice meditating in the morning helps keep you calm during the day, the next time you have something big on the agenda, you'll know to make meditation a priority that morning.
Set your intentions for the day
One essential part of a healthy morning routine is setting your intentions for the day. The power of intention is real, my friends. Take a moment to decide how you'd like your day to go or feel. Your intention could be: "I intend to feel abundant and peaceful today" or "I intend to make time to nourish my body." You can choose one intention you use every day to come back to or switch it up depending on what you feel you need. This morning ritual takes virtually no time. You can do it in your mind or out loud while you're brushing your teeth, getting ready, or taking a shower.