Self Care Morning Routine!

I’ve been trying to get into a solid morning routine where I can indulge in some self care and help me prepare for the day! Check out what I’ve been doing!

MINI WORKOUT

I found a quick, but effective workout on Pinterest called 6 Minute Before Shower Workout.

That workout consists of:

15 squats

15 pushups

30 second plank

15 bicycle crunch

As soon as I get out of bed, I start my workout. I started doing this on Monday and it’s been working out pretty well so far!

I’m not a fan of exercising so this routine is a good start for me to get back into the groove of exercising again!

As listed, this part of my routine takes about 6 minutes.

SUN SALUTATION

After I do my workout, I do a sun salutation sequence. I like doing this sequence because the poses flow so well one after the other.

For those that don’t know, sun salutation is a set of 12 yoga poses that helps with stretching, flexing, and toning the muscles. It also offers health benefits like relaxing the mind and help your body produce energy.

After doing this yoga sequence, I jump in the shower and I actually have a few personal motivational affirmations that I say everyday while taking a shower. It’s helps me get into a good mindset in order to be able to take on the day!

This takes me about 3 minutes to complete my yoga stretches.

MEDITATION

I then do a mini meditation session where I’ll listen to either a guided meditation or I listen to calming sounds on this app called Mindfulness. My favorite sounds to listen to are the beach sounds because that’s where I want to be everyday, all the time!

For my guided meditation, I listen to Michael Sealey on Youtube, he has a lot of options to choose from. Here is a link to one of the videos I like to listen to: Michael Sealey’s Guided Meditation

But I listen to the short 10-15 minute videos. It consists of soothing background music as he provides instructions on helping you to completely relax during the meditation session. His voice is so calming I can listen to him talk all day! Haha

I spend on average 10-15 minutes during my meditation sessions. If I have more time in the morning, then I’ll extend my session. If I wake up late or don’t have a lot of time in the morning, I listen to Mindfulness App for 5 minutes so I can still get in my meditation for the morning. Believe me, it makes a difference!

MUSIC IS LIFE!

After my mini meditation session, I start to get dressed and ready for work. As I’m doing that, I listen to my favorite upbeat songs on Pandora or my favorite tunes on Youtube to give me some energy before leaving my place.

It may sound like a lot of things that I do, but it really isn’t. And once you get a good flow going, it’ll be easier to do.

I’ve been noticing that I have more energy in the mornings because of my routine that I’ve come up with, so I’m happy to see the improvement!

I hope this gives you good some ideas on coming up with a morning routine for yourself!

Do you have a self care morning routine?! If so, what do you like to do to prepare for the day?!

Sources:

Destressmonday.org

Pinterest.com

Yogapedia.com

What Happens To Your Body When You Stretch Everyday!

Stretching is normally done before exercising, before performing a strenuous sport, or if you have an injury. But there are other reasons, good reasons, why we should be stretching at least once a day! Here are the benefits of stretching:

1. Increases Flexibility

Stretching everyday improves your flexibility to help you perform everyday activities with ease and can also delay the aging process relating to your mobile ability.

2. Increases Blood Flow To Your Muscles

When you stretch on a regular basis, you improve circulation and improves blood flow to your muscles. This as a result, can reduce muscle soreness.

3. Improves Your Posture

Imbalances in your muscles can lead to poor posture. When light strength training is paired with stretching, this can reduce muscuskeletal pain and encourage proper alignment.

4. Stress Reliever

When you’re stressed, there is a great possibility that your muscles are tense. This is because our muscles usually tighten in response to physical and emotional stress. Wherever you tend to hold your stress (in your back, neck, shoulders,etc) focus on stretching those areas to help relieve your stress.

5. Calms You Mind

When you stretch on a regular basis, this can help calm your mind. While stretching, focus on mindfulness and meditation exercises. If you need help with these exercises, check out this post that has all the tips you need: Easy Meditation Tips

6. May Decrease Tension Headaches

With proper diet, hydration, and rest, stretching may be a great help in decreasing the tension you feel from headaches.

A Few Tips For Stretching

-Look online to find stretch routines for a specific body part. You can Google it or use Pinterest.com.

-You should feel a little tension when stretching, but it should never hurt! So don’t stretch beyond the point of comfort.

-You should check with your physician before doing these stretches, especially if you have an injury or had one in the past. Safety always comes first!

So If you don’t normally stretch, come up with a quick and easy routine and you’ll see what difference it makes for your body! Thanks for reading!

Source: healthline.com

New Years Resolution Series Pt 4 – How To Include Daily Self Care!

One of the biggest parts of self care is being able to have quality alone time with yourself. Meditation is a big part of self care for me and has done wonders in my personal growth and development.
For people who are new to this, it may seem hard to sit in one spot for a long time, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t be able to go a day without doing your meditation session!
For the last part of this New Years Resolution series, here are easy meditation tips that anyone can use!
1. Try Sitting For 2 Minutes 
When first meditating, it can be hard to just sit and do nothing for a long period of time. So start by meditating 2 minutes a day for a week. If that seems to work well, then increase mediation time an extra 2 minutes per day. If that goes well, keep adding 2 minutes a day to your meditation time until you are comfortable.
2. Do It First Thing In The Morning
Set a reminder every morning when you wake up to meditate. By setting a daily alarm, this will ensure that you will make it a habit to meditate everyday.
3. Don’t Worry About How, Just Do
Don’t worry about the correct place to sit or how to sit, just start very simple. You can start by sitting on a chair, couch, or bed. If it’s more comfortable for you sitting on the ground, feel free to do that and try sitting cross-legged. You goal is to sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.
4. What You’re Doing In Those 2 Minutes
How you’re feeling: As you begin your meditation session, simply check to see how you’re feeling. 
How does your body feel? 
What is the quality of your mind? Busy? Tired? Anxious?
Understand that whatever you’re bringing to this meditation session is completely okay, whether good, bad, or indifferent.
Count your breaths: The next step is to turn your attention to your breath. Just place the attention on your breath as it comes in, and follow it through your nose all the way down to your lungs. Try counting “one” as you take in the first breath, then “two” as you breathe out. Repeat this to the count of 10, then start again at one.
Come back when you wander: Your mind will wander. This is an almost absolute certainty. There’s no problem with that. When you notice your mind wandering, smile, and simply gently return to your breath. Count “one” again, and start over. You might feel a little frustration, but it’s perfectly okay to not stay focused, we all do it. This is the practice, and you won’t be good at it for a little while so just take it one day at a time.
Develop a loving attitude: When you notice thoughts and feelings arising during meditation, as they will, look at them with a friendly attitude. See them as friends, not intruders or enemies. They are a part of you, though not all of you. Be friendly and not harsh.
As you begin to include meditation as a daily self care method, remember that the goals for meditation are to:
-find inner peace and calmness
-be in the present moment
-activate your subconscious to find inspiration
-reach a level of fulfillment
So give these tips a try and if this is done consistently, you will notice an improvement in your mood for sure! If you have any useful tips on meditation, feel free to comment below!