5 Ways to Add Self Care to Your Morning Routine

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selfcare

If you’ve been part of the JSHealth community for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I am a big believer in self care. Rest is a big part of that, but so is the way you energize yourself at the start of the day. My morning routine can vary from day to day depending on where I am and what I have on the agenda, but one thing is constant: self care. While I may not always have time for each of these things, making a priority for even one of them is so good for your soul. I’ve found they make such a difference in the way I go into my day – I feel calmer, centered and grounded.

Warm lemon water upon rising. Hydration first thing is so important – starting the day with this simple act will set you up for a clearer mind all day. I use my Zip HydroTap for hot filtered water instantly, and then add lemon and a pinch of cayenne or fresh ginger. This helps alkalize my system, fire up digestion, and hydrate me pre-breakfast.

Dry body brushing. This is such a soothing way to connect with your body. Dry body brushing encourages skin cell renewal by shedding dead cells – this results in smoother, brighter skin and better circulation. You can find a natural body brush at most health stores.

Enjoy a breakfast packed with super foods. Your body needs nourishment, and one of the best ways you can take care of it is with a healthy breakfast. I love my oats because they’re so versatile, and such an easy way to add super food toppings. This is a recipe I love to make when I feel like dessert for breakfast:

Sticky Date Porridge
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 2 fresh dates, pitted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of Himalayan salt
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon stevia powder or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon mesquite powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak oats in filtered water overnight, if you can.
  2. In a pot on the stove, add filtered water and almond milk to oats and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer until the grains are soft (approximately 10 minutes).
  4. Stir in other ingredients and enjoy.

 

You can find some of my other favourite porridge recipes in my book The Healthy Life!

Savor a single cup of coffee. This is such a special ritual for me, and one that I believe contributes to a happier day. I’ll often walk to the local coffee shop for an almond milk piccolo, but some days I prefer to stay cozy at home and prepare my coffee there with filtered water and freshly ground beans – and a dash of almond milk, of course!

Take a moment for gratitude. I write in a gratitude journal every day. As corny as it might sound, it keeps me grounded and stress-free. You can’t feel stressed when you feel grateful, and this is one of the most loving acts I can do – it helps me take care of myself so I can take care of all of the other important people and things in my life too.

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