My Morning Routine 2017: Healthy but Realistic

My Morning Routine 2017: Healthy but Realistic

I understand the appeal of continuously hitting the snooze button and hauling yourself out of bed fifteen minutes before you’re supposed to leave. I understand the appeal of skipping breakfast (but at the same time I don’t, because honestly, the first thing I think about when I wake up is food #noshame). However, given that you’re able to fall asleep at a reasonable time, allowing yourself plenty of space each morning to pursue a routine can help with emotional wellbeing enormously, given how much you can adapt and tailor this to your own personality and preferences.

The routine aspect is important. I’ve been an early riser for many years, and a lover of mornings, but as of recent I’ve managed to create a list of things to fill those extra hours that are much more mindful, more energising than an aimless scroll through Instagram. Okay, the Instagramming is still there, but I try to make it constructive&controlled.

Honesty is important to this blog, so I am not going to sit here and say that I run half a marathon, get in my five a day, exfoliate my entire body and write a best-selling novel all before the clock strikes 7. The routine outlined below is realistic and works well for me, helping establish the foundations for a successful day without burning me out: a balance I worked hard on finding. Mornings do not have to be intense. However, a structure can bring many benefits, such as mental clarity and a productive approach to the day’s endeavours.

As a little disclaimer, I do not follow these steps every day. I adjust them in accordance with how I feel as flexibility is a value I will always abide to. However, an outline helps enormously in saving me from a feeling of disarray, a cluelessness regarding what to do with myself upon awakening, which carries a risk of spilling into the succeeding hours.

So, here is an overview of a typical morning in the life of Maria:

I wake up anywhere between 5 and 6:30, depending on when I must leave. The next five to ten minutes are dedicated to something which grounds me in the external world, ready to meet whatever challenges may arise. I avoid all technology and social media during this time, because stepping into the digital realm as soon as I open my eyes can disconnect me from my surroundings and lead to a sense of ‘drifting’ through the rest of the day, as opposed to engaging with it. If you haven’t tried it yet, I would recommend practicing mindfulness in the early hours: just pay attention to how your body is feeling, what signals its sending you, what emotions you’re experiencing. Sometimes, I do some reading, or sit with my cat and watch the skies lighten.

After these moments, I am close to full wakefulness, and consequently sit down to update/overview my to do list and write a few gratitude reminders. If you struggle with positive thinking, I’d recommend noting down at least five things you’re grateful for each morning. Mornings are the best time to remind yourself of your purpose and why you’re grateful to be in this particular moment, at this stage in your life.

Productivity and gratitude reminders

Next, I go downstairs and make breakfast and a cup of coffee. Because Breakfast is Bae (I have a feeling I will be seeing this quote on a T-shirt in H&M over the upcoming months). Parfaits with soya yoghurt is a current favourite, and of course, massive amounts of fruit for extra hydration. Speaking of hydration, while I make and eat my breakfast I drink 0.5-1L of cucumber water which I prepare the night before.

Healthy habits

As I eat, I allow my self some access to technology, taking this time to answer comments and emails: doing this in the morning, rather than sporadically throughout the day, is much more efficient. If I have more time, read the news and catch up with my favourite blogs. 

After this, it is time for a 15-30 minute walk. Nothing crazy, just a stroll around my neighbourhood to some gentle music which gives me space to think about the upcoming day and form a ‘layout’ in my head. This step is important when I know I will be sedentary and won’t be able to move much until the gym in the evening. I don’t see this as exercise, but a way to aid circulation and get fresh air into my system. If you struggle with morning grogginess, I’d recommend including a short walk into your routine: five minutes outdoors can be of better help than caffeine as a way of energising yourself as well as boosting your metabolism.

Morning walk for faster metabolism

I follow this up with a quick shower – I save washing my hair for after I workout in the evening – and a brief skincare routine. A longer post about skincare is coming soon, including reviews of the products seen here, but recently I’ve been loving the Aloe Vera range from the Body Shop. It’s refreshing, great for sensitive skin and doesn’t have an overwhelming smell. The last point is of great importance because I struggle with odour-induced migraines, hence finding products which do not act as a trigger can be challenging and put me off from investing in skincare for a long time. Yet, these bad boys, being alcohol and fragrance free, are perfect.

Morning Skincare Routine

As using too many products at once doesn’t do my skin any favours, I limit this stage to a cleanser and a couple of sprays of toner water. If I need some extra hydration, I’ll apply a bit of moisturiser. As well as, of course, being good for your skin, there’s something about skincare that seems to symbolise and bring about productivity. Does anyone else feel like this? Maybe the government are infusing these products with a powder which makes people more productive and hence induces greater economic growth (that was probably my worst ever attempt at humour).

Given that I would’ve prepared my outfit/packed my bag the night before, and do not wear a lot of makeup, getting changed and getting ready doesn’t take much time: perhaps 15-20 minutes. As I’m writing this I noticed I totally forgot any mention of brushing teeth, but I’m assuming that goes without saying. Anyway, as I’m in the last stages of pulling myself together, I either listen to podcasts or watch some YouTube videos, usually of a motivating nature, but sometimes I used this as an opportunity to catch up with some of my favourite vegan channels and acquire meal ideas for the day.

Outfit of the day

That essentially summarises the main stages of each morning. Of course, through the process, I remind myself to breathe properly, while keeping up a pace that’s a nice balance of leisurely and productive.

Let me know in the comments: do you have a morning routine? What’s your favourite thing to do as soon as you wake up?

Love, Maria 🌿

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If you liked this, you might enjoy my post about sleep anxiety and insomnia, or this hash brown recipe because who doesn’t love hash browns especially as a way to make yourself look forward to leaping out of bed!

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47 Comments

  1. Madeline September 11, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    This is the best post about morning routine I’ve ever read since I started blogging! And I’m not just saying. I mean it!
    I love your morning routine and I hope I’ll make one for me too, but now I want to enjoy the last month of summer vacation so I just wake up and see how things will be. The first thing I’m thinking about when I wake up is food, because I always wake up hungry. I’m glad it’s not just me.
    I love your photos!
    Keep going and have an amazing week! xx

    • whatismaria September 12, 2017 / 6:17 am

      I can’t express how happy this comment made me – that is such a lovely thing to say and I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this! <3 Truly do appreciate it 🙂 And yeah, when summer first started I was definitely less structured and I think sometimes that's important as well, specially when you're on vacation. I really hope you enjoy the rest of yours.
      Once again, thank you so much for reading and have an incredible week as well xx

  2. Abby Strangward September 12, 2017 / 12:23 am

    I absolutely loved this morning routine, and I can’t even say how much I love your writing style and blog! So glad I stumbled across your blog x
    Abby – http://www.seafoaming.com

    • whatismaria September 12, 2017 / 6:05 am

      Wow this is literally the loveliest comment ever – thank you so much for reading, and I am very glad you liked it! Will be giving yours a read now 🙂 x

  3. Kim September 12, 2017 / 2:20 am

    Whoa 5am is pretty early for me haha but I bet it’s a great time to take a nice walk around the neighborhood! 🙂 Peaceful and quiet.

    • whatismaria September 12, 2017 / 6:02 am

      Yes that’s definitely one of the things I love the most about early mornings – no one is awake and it’s just me alone with the sunrise! ☀️

  4. kittyp0p September 12, 2017 / 3:05 am

    Seems like you’ve got it all figured out (: loved this post! I’m working on putting together a morning and night routines post sometime in the near future

    • whatismaria September 12, 2017 / 6:00 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! I definitely don’t stick to this 100% of the time but I like having a bit of a ‘framework’ 🙂 and if you do, I really look forward to reading those <3

  5. Happy Healing September 12, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Love this post – such a great idea. It sounds like you have quite the perfect morning routine 🙂 something I do every morning is workout! That kickstarts my day and wakes me up 🙂

    • whatismaria September 12, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      Hahah I’m sure there are people out there with far better morning routines than mine but thank you so much! And yes a morning workout is always great – I usually do mine in the evenings because that works better with my schedule but it definitely can be a great start to the day 🙂 <3

  6. nataliesalchemy September 12, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Oh, I loved this! I do have a morning routine, so it’s nice to see what others implement in their morning, so I could take their ideas 😉 I like that you gather inspo as one of the last stages. I;m going to add that to my routine :D. I used to have an extravagant self care morning routine, but I always felt like it was too much to do, so I’ve minimized it to: listing of 3 things I’m grateful for, what I’m excited for, and what I love about myself, drinking lemon water, and yoga.

    • whatismaria September 12, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      I can agree with that 100%, I love reading about how people live their lives in general because I’m so nosy 😂 wow it’s funny because my friend used to have a similar problem, she would do things such as have a bath, use dozens of skincare products but it would take a lot of time! I think that keeping it simple and effective is the key 🙂 And yoga sounds amazing! I’ve been wanting to get into it for ages but I’m not sure where to start – what would you recommend? x

  7. Britney September 13, 2017 / 4:59 am

    Your routine sounds nice. Doing all of those things after waking can actually be good for you and help to get your day going. Me, on the other hand, I have a terrible routine. lol Well I am a night owl for starters, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I go to sleep around 4 am and wake up at noon. By “wake up” I mean that’s when my alarm goes off. I hit snooze until around 12:20. Then I am literally rushing around and don’t have time for anything except a quick shower and getting ready for work since I have to be out the door by 1:10. I always tell myself I’m going to get up earlier so I can have more time for stuff, but I always just end up hitting snooze a bunch of times.

    • whatismaria September 13, 2017 / 5:43 am

      I actually used to be a night owl myself a couple of years ago and sometimes wouldn’t take up until two pm because I didn’t have to be up at a certain time, but now I have to leave the house between 7 and 9 so waking up earlier works best for me – but as you said, some people are naturally night owls and thats absolutely fine 🙂 Have you tried slowly pushing back the time you wake up? I.e., 5-15 minutes here and there. I found that’s a really good technique for waking up earlier because you don’t really notice it but over time it adds up <3

  8. Madara September 13, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    What a great Morning routine! I would love to be able to wake up that early and feel fresh in the Evening too.. Usually, when I have really early mornings, I feel soooo drained very early in the Evening.. But I am still recovering from stress and anxiety induced health issues, so maybe I need that extra sleep time at the moment. 🙂 And I love your tip to include a walk in the morning routine. It really does help to wake you up!
    Madara
    https://lookforsmile.com

    • whatismaria September 14, 2017 / 5:44 am

      Ahh I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through stress and anxiety – in that case, sleep is definitely the best medicine. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post and hope that you feel better soon! Sending love x

  9. Bailey/Lisa September 14, 2017 / 7:05 am

    THIS IS THE BEST MORNING ROUTINE I HAVE READ. I am gonna check your YouTube channel out now. TOMORROW MORNING IS GOING TO BE GREAT 🌹🌹🌹xxxx bailey

  10. Sophie September 14, 2017 / 9:50 am

    I really need to fix my morning routine. I’m totally guilty of though waking up early going on my social media as soon as I wake. I think I’m definitely going to try out some of these points from your routine x

    Sophie’s Spot

  11. crystalsandcurls September 14, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    This is a brilliant morning routine – what a great way to start off your day! xx

  12. Nata September 15, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Such a great post! Especially the part about being more productive after the facial care…. Seriously I thought I’m the only one that thinks that way… Always sooo refreshing! 😊 Great blog by the way!

    • whatismaria September 15, 2017 / 9:48 am

      Thank you so much!! Hahah it really is a great way to get your day started, I always feel like a real adult afterwards 😂 And that’s so nice of you – your blog is amazing! X

  13. Jen Clay September 15, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    This is so awesome, I totally admire you for having such a strong and healthy morning routine! You are quite honestly “goals” haha. Thank you for this inspiring post! I definitely need to learn how to avoid social media right after waking up.

    • whatismaria September 15, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      Omg that is so nice of you, thank you for your lovely comment! I’m glad I could be an inspiration, but I am definitely far from goals – we just all have to find what works best for us as individuals 🙂 Much love xox

    • whatismaria September 17, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Hahah I wake up really early but it doesn’t take that long – usually around 1.5-2 hours! x

  14. aimzblogs September 18, 2017 / 6:11 am

    Awww i feel so bad for you ahah, i don’t have to wake up until 7 which i’m pretty grateful for XD! I love that this is a realistic morning routine becase you don’t get a lot of real morning routines, people just tend to add things on that they don’t do or just follow the same crowd but this is really nice and original!! Keep it up! Xo, Aimz

  15. Madison September 21, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    This is such a great post! I love your blog! I always drink warm water with lemon in the morning, and I totally agree that waiting to use technology is sooo helpful! Also, I use The Body Shop AND Lush skincare. Twins!

    xx, Madison from breakfastatmadisons.com

    • whatismaria September 22, 2017 / 5:51 am

      Hi Madison! Thank you so much, I love your blog as well 🙂 I used to use technology first thing in the morning all the time and it definitely made me feel much more sluggish. And Lush/Body Shop are amazing, aren’t they?! <3

  16. Veronica M. September 23, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    This morning routine was so refreshing to read-it sounds like your mornings are organized but also you did indeed keep it realistic. And the photos in this post are da bomb! Xxx

    • whatismaria September 23, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Ahh I am so glad you liked it Veronica! It’s definitely my aim to keep my mornings organised yet doable at the same time. And thank you so much – I always work hard on my photos so that means a lot to me 🙂 <3

      • Veronica M. September 23, 2017 / 11:16 pm

        Same here, its really a nice thing to see other people sharing parts of their lovely but realistic lives while saying blogging. You’re so welcome! Its obvious you do and that you’re really great at it xxx

  17. Thistles and Kiwis September 25, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Love this post! A morning walk is great. I am lucky to be able to walk to work, and that 25 minutes really sets me up for the day.

    • whatismaria September 25, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it – thanks very much for your comment 🙂 A morning walk can bring so many benefits indeed! <3

    • whatismaria October 4, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Thank you!! I definitely notice that the earlier I wake up, the more productive I tend to be:) thanks for stopping by!

  18. TechFlax October 4, 2017 / 9:29 am

    I don’t have too big routine, i waking up around 5:00 AM and then have 2 glass water. I usually go for running for 1 hour everyday. After coming back i read newspaper. I love to read news from paper. After that i make breakfast for me then i go to office 9:00 am.

    And you also have a beautiful routine for your health. Keep it up dear

    • whatismaria October 4, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Wow going for a 1 hour run every morning sounds fantastic! You have a great morning routine as well:)

      • TechFlax October 4, 2017 / 10:45 am

        Thanks Maria ❤️😄😊

  19. Vera Stuart January 22, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    This is the most practical post about morning routines that I’ve read so far.
    Everything that you said is so true…
    Lovely post.

    • whatismaria January 22, 2018 / 5:58 pm

      Wow I am glad to hear that! Thank you very much for reading 🙂

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