Not shockingly, I have a very specific way I prefer to wake up. I am not a fan of waking up super early. Typically I fall asleep late ( I work a lot a night ) so I try to start my mornings with barely ANY pressure.
One day I’ll film a “Wake Up With Me” video, but in the meantime here’s a breakdown of my ideal morning:
8:30 AM: Wake up and lay in bed for 15 minutes.
I try to meditate for five minutes every morning. Before you laugh, wait. Five minutes is actually a very long time ( for me ) to meditate. I lay there not moving and try to clear my head. I breathe and make a promise to start the day with positive intentions.
8:45 AM: Check my phone ( but who doesn’t? ).
9:00 AM: Make the bed.
I’m obsessed with starting the day by making the bed. Somehow this sets the tone of the entire day. It’s such a simple task but it really makes all the difference to start the day off on a productive note. While making the bed, I usually turn on some smooth jazz or Brazilian Lounge music. This makes the whole experience more relaxing and enjoyable.
9:15 AM: Light a candle and make my TSC Detox Drink.
There’s nothing I love more than a little music, a delicious candle and my daily ritual of making a detox drink. Lately I’ve been adding a probiotic to the mix for extra support. The one I like is Zicam Total Immune Crystals, which contains pre AND probiotics so it’s the perfect addition to a morning routine. There’s something therapeutic about the whole process. The candle, the drink, the music…you get it.
9:20 AM: Eat breakfast.
As I’m making eggs or steel cut oats I simultaneously check more emails. ALWAYS multi-tasking!
9:45 AM: Workout (if I’m not working out later in the day).
I will do TSC Bombshell Body Guide, Pilates, or occasionally meet with a trainer. I workout for 50 minutes & walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes too. On the treadmill I return emails, do social media, manage comments, &/or hold conference calls.
10:45 AM: It’s time to shower and dry brush to get ready for the workday.
Dry brushing, if you haven’t tried it, is a big, thick brush that you use on your body. You want to brush in an upward motion throughout the body to help unclog pores and excrete toxins ( I do this trick too ). I sip on two iced espresso shots with pumpkin pie spice throughout the day too.
My actual “sit down at the computer” workday usually starts around 11 a.m. My workdays sometimes don’t end until 10 pm-ish ( depending on the day ). I’m really trying to get better and get off the computer at 8 p.m. but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Also, I’m not sitting at a computer all day – there’s a lot of movement going on. Think: social media, meetings, photo shoots, video production, editing, planning, etc. It’s kind of different each day.
Anyway my morning routine is quiet, relaxing, & as stress-free as possible.
Sooo, how do you start your day?
– lauryn x
++ check out the full post on SELF Magazine.