You expect yourself to get back into a routine after the holiday season. But you also would love some time to recover from the busyness of the past couple of months. Try starting small with this simple winter morning routine. It will give you a chance to catch your breath as you ease into a daily rhythm.
A Simple Winter Morning Routine
I took a walking my dog one evening to realize what I truly need in the days following a hectic holiday season.
I’ve enjoyed the amber glow of the street lights before, but this time a gentle breeze blew over me as I took in that familiar glow. My soul instantly recognized the moment as an invitation to slow down. I was powerless against its gentle allure.
“Alright, I surrender” I responded into the night.
Wake Up Gently
I’m letting myself wake up gently with the help of a light therapy lamp that sits on my nightstand. The light helps my body acclimate to the shorter days and longer nights. It also boosts my mood which can suffer with the damp weather and gray skies. And it helps maintain a natural circadian rhythm for a good night’s sleep.
A Hot Breakfast
Our bodies tend to naturally crave warmer foods during the colder months.
So, instead of mindlessly making my way into the kitchen to eat the same breakfast I eat everyday: Dr. Pepper and a Greek yogurt, I slow down to sip one of my favorite hot drinks and enjoy a warm slice of buttered toast with jelly.
Exercise As a Part of a Winter Morning Routine
Either before or after breakfast, I get out my yoga mat and choose a yoga routine to stretch muscles that are tight from being constantly curled up under blankets.
You could even do a quick stretch routine in your bed before you get up.
I have an intolerance to cold so walking outside in the cold, humid air isn’t going to happen in the morning for me. But, going for a walk is a good idea if you prefer it.
Then, I move on to more ordinary things, like getting dressed and making my bed.
I definitely recommend changing out of your pajamas. I believe too many pajama days can lead to feeling blah and unproductive.
Plus, having a capsule wardrobe makes getting dressed easy.
Since my body needs time to rest and recover from the busy holiday season, I give myself grace. What gets done, gets done. What doesn’t, doesn’t. And frankly, when I make my bed my whole house feels tidy, which is good enough for me when I’m running low on energy.
I give myself permission to take a nap if I want to. Or curl up with a good book, or enjoy some hot chocolate.
This new winter morning routine has opened my eyes to just how rich daily life can be when we slow down and savor it.
Wishing the same for you,