Let’s talk mornings.
To put it bluntly, establishing a healthy morning routine is vital for your wellbeing. It is truly ground breaking for me, and essential in entering the day with a sense of calm and purpose. From following a loose, yet habit based set of rituals from the moment you wake up, to even just taking five minutes for yourself, it will only ever have a positive reflection on your mental health.
For someone who experiences anxiety at the best of times, I notice a distinct difference if I simply get up and go. I take on the day in a much different way, feeling rushed and slightly off balance if I don’t take time out for myself. I’ve rushed through, or even skipped breakfast to get somewhere on time, or allow for the longest lie in possible and it will always bite me in the ass later on.
So, what does a morning routine, or a string of simple rituals look like to me? I’ll use a sleep app to wake me up at the time I’m most active/ drifting into consciousness again, which has been a game changer in noticing patterns in my sleep quality and wind down routine the night before as well as avoiding a harsh alarm.
I’ll have a cup of spearmint tea (the PCOS life elixir) and mindfully make my morning smoothie. I’ll then sit in an empty, quiet room looking out on the garden and listen to an audiobook (Harry Potter, always) or simply meditate on the day ahead, before I go about getting physically ready. This includes a quick dry body brush and a shower filled with smellys. If I have a day off, a bath really takes thing to the next level. Sometimes I’ll work out, other times I won’t. But I’ll always listen to what my body wants.
Morning routines shouldn’t be stressful, the wellness community has become a little excessive at times with their adaptation, and often the fanciest of morning routines call for waking up excessively early to cram it all in. So give yourself the time you need to start your day properly, set intentions and find calm.
Warm Blueberry Jam Topped Chia Seed Porridge
Ingredients: for one
Between ¼ cup and ½ cup of rolled oats (depending on hunger)
¾ cup (roughly) of coconut milk (I like Plenish or Rude Health)
A touch of water, depending on desired consistency
2 tbsp of chia seeds
½ tbsp of coconut butter (optional, great to mix in)
¼ cup of frozen blueberries + a touch of water
1. Place the oats, coconut milk and chia seeds in a saucepan on a very low heat, and add in a little water under the oats are generously covered.
2. Add a lid to the saucepan and allow to slowly cook for around 15 minutes or so, checking and stirring every so often.
3. Meanwhile, place you frozen blueberries in a separate pan with a splash of a water to slowly soften
4. Before you’re ready to serve, stir in the coconut butter for a sugar-free touch of sweetness, if using.