Mornings can be rough. Especially when your alarm is blasting in your ear and you don’t even want to move your arm out of bed to shut it off. I have had some awfully rough mornings lately. Mornings in which I don’t even leave the bed until it’s practically the afternoon. As unhealthy as that is, it helps in times when I wake up with bad anxiety. But on the days where I feel motivated to explore and get on with my day, my morning looks a little more organized.
Hydrate and Refuel
My normal morning routine starts with shutting off my alarm. I reluctantly push off my comforter and slowly get out of bed. I unsteadily stretch my arms and legs, to wake my body up. I wobble to the kitchen and pour a glass of water in an to rehydrate myself. The taste of cold water first thing in the morning usually helps my body level up to semi-functioning mode.
Next, comes the breakfast prep. I either have a bowl of greek yogurt and granola, an egg scramble, or cream of rice. I also pair it with hot green tea, or water. I try to limit my breakfasts to something super simple because I am normally still sleepy when I eat breakfast. After I eat and browse social media (which definitely wakes me up) I then start my skincare routine.
Take care with skincare
I have struggled to keep my skin clear since graduating college, and deal with a lot of breakouts, mostly due to stress. I normally use Aveeno cleanser for my face wash but recently I switched it up to African Black Soap, which has made my skin feel more refreshed and brighter. After the cleansing my skin, I apply a toner, which is either witch hazel or rose water. Then I apply aloe vera to my dark spots and any acne that may have popped up overnight, and use coconut oil as a natural moisturizer.
After waking my skin up, I take a shower and wash my hair. I use Shea Moisture co-wash in between shampoo days; this helps keep my hair moisturized. Instead of air drying my hair, I use a microfiber hair towel wrap that I got for $3 at Walmart.
Relax and detangle
I sit on my couch and relax and watch 3-4 youtube videos from my favorite Youtubers while my hair dries. After my hair is semi-dry, I detangle it using a wide-toothed comb and drowning it in Shea Moisture curl style creme for moisture and to keep it from frizzing up throughout the day. I tend to use a two handfuls fo the creme, a dime-sized amount is never enough!
Self-love is key!
When I have to go work, I definitely shorten this routine and try to wake up earlier at least. But one important thing I do to conclude my morning routine is to look at myself in the mirror and take in my reflection. I tell myself that I am worthy of success today. Giving myself this small affirmation pumps me up enough to go out and experience life to the fullest when I leave my house.
What does your morning routine look like? Please leave a comment below letting me know!