My Autumn morning self-care routine

Mornings are my favourite time of day. I am definitely a morning person so I like to spend this time really working on my self care by optimising my mental and physical health. There’s something so magical about waking up in the Autumn/Winter season hearing birds outside of the window and feeling the overall sense of a fresh start that  mornings bring.

About a year ago I really upped my self care plan, I read one of my favourite blogs about the self-care power hour method and since incorporating into my daily routine it’s really transformed my days, my health and my mindset. The power hour is where you take 1 hour out of your day to focus on your mindbody and soul! The idea is to use 20 minutes to focus on your body, 20 minutes on your mind and 20 minutes on your soul. Some days, when needed, I take longer or shorter on each sections, but the premise is life changing!

It’s such a great way to start a morning routine, it’s also easy to stick to this method as its a really simple way to make the best of your mornings. So I thought I’d share how my morning routine has helped transformed my life and mind set!

Creating A Meaningful Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful

First things first, before power hour it’s important to unplug from others and outside influences, try and not look at any media or speak to anyone until after your hour – it’s important to stay in your own energy. I don’t look at my phone, email, Facebook, or twitter until after I’ve finished.

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BODY

At university I thought that people who work out in the morning were a bit like unicorns, rare mystical creatures that I  could never relate too. The mere concept of me getting up at this time was quite simply laughable. But I have now managed to get into a routine that sees me up at 6am setting off for my

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. Again this has helped massively with my anxiety and focus at work. I actually have more energy and focus then I have ever had. Endorphin’s are the key!

MIND

I listen to daily affirmations as I get ready for work/the gym. Around six months ago I  also started using the Headspace app and committed myself to a morning meditation ritual. I’ve found it so important to clear my mind so that I can gain focus for the day. Since beginning the daily habit of meditation and affirmations I have seen a big improvement in my focus, productivity, and stress levels for the rest of the day.

Some other recommendations for the ‘mind’ power hour:

Writing a daily to-do-list

Goal setting for the week/month ahead.

Write a gratitude list

SOUL

I try to be as conscious and mindful about how I feel on that day and what my energy levels are. I am slowly figuring out how my body works, and as I have very active weekends I usually like to slow down the pace of my life on Mondays and Tuesdays. Most days I listen to a podcast, read a non fiction book (self development usually), write a gratitude list, or create something to help others such as this post. It’s also important that I let the people in my life know how appreciated they are.

I love, love love my morning routine as it really sets me up for a successful day  —  and life.  Do you have a morning routine? I’d love to know! Let me know in the comment section xox

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5 Comments

  1. October 1, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I don’t currently have a set morning routine, but I love these ideas and need to create one. I have too seen people say about creating a routine will make your more successful, which does make sense in a way.

    I am interested in the self care power hour method and will look into it.

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

  2. October 2, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I really want to get into a morning routine, especially as I predominantly work from home. I find it hard, though, because as soon I get up I like to get on with the chores; push the vacuum round, put washing on the line etc. Then crack straight on with work etc. But this doesn’t leave much self-care time, and I don’t think it sets me up for the day ahead very well, either. So I’ll give your method a go and see how I get on – hopefully I can myself into a morning self-care routine too!

  3. Luci
    October 7, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Love this post. I really need to create a morning routine. I love having mornings for myself. Now I need to apply those mornings on my work days as well as weekends. And maybe go to bed earlier.

  4. October 29, 2017 / 11:47 am

    This is some banging photography! I am loving the first pic, very autumn/hygge! I want to set up an Autumn self care routine after reading this post, it’s pretty difficult to do at the moment as I’m living with people but when I move out in two weeks I’ll have my office to myself and I’m thinking an inspiration board, some morning yoga and some inspirational quotes.

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