My Restorative Morning Routine

I’m not a health or lifestyle guru by any means, but through trial and error, I’ve finally found a summer morning routine that resonates well with me. This routine is going to be much different than my college morning routine, so if you’re interested in that, I’ll leave the link to that article at the bottom of the page!

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Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are the mornings I start off by going to the gym. I usually try to head there about twenty minutes after waking up, which can be kind of late, considering I’m out of school now. I don’t make breakfast until after my morning workout, but to hold me over until then, I’ll bring a nut bar with me. If you’re looking for a super organic, minimal-ingredient morning nut bar, I highly recommend any and all products by Larabar. The one I’m eating this morning has only two ingredients- cashews and dates.

I’m lucky enough to have a gym in my apartment building, so rain or shine, I make it a priority to go. I think of exercising as a way of pampering your body, and afterwards, I feel pretty amazing, energized, and ready to be productive (or not) for the rest of my day. If you, like me, are also a beginner at exercising, I recommend just running on the treadmill for an hour a few days a week. That’s what I’m doing- I’m not drastically trying to lose weight, but I would like to feel confident in a crop top this summer. So cardio is my go-to at the moment, and I try not to push myself too hard.

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I’m grateful to be home from college because it means I have access to adequate, healthy food again- and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day to cook. My mom recently bought a plethora of avocados, so in my attempts to eat them all before they go bad, I’ve been making a shitload of avocado toast. I also like to make a smoothie and throw in all of the produce I wouldn’t normally just grab and eat straight- like spinach, pineapple, and apples. If you also find that you don’t usually reach for fruit and veggies when you want a snack, I recommend tossing it into a morning smoothie. It’s a great way to get those pesky leafy greens out of the way, and trust me, I will not eat spinach unless it’s in a smoothie. I also have my black coffee, of course, because I’ll effectively turn into a monster without it.

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I think hopping into the shower after a workout is one of the nicest feelings in the world. My shower routine isn’t very exciting (does anyone have an exciting shower routine?), but I do have a couple of products to mention that I’ve been loving lately. First of all, as a curly-haired girl, this shampoo by Biolace changed my damn life. Seriously. I don’t think my hair has ever been this soft. In fact, my hair is so soft, it slips out of a ponytail every time I try to wear one. Because my hair is bleached and color-treated, it’s really important to me that my hair looks (and feels) as healthy as possible. This shampoo and and the conditioner have been doing that job so flawlessly, I actually look forward to washing my hair on Sunday nights. (I only get my hair wet and wash it once a week, which sounds nasty, but trust me, my hair feels incredible). Additionally, I’ve been using the CeraVe foaming facial cleanser for literal years now, so that’s another staple in my routine that I like to mention. I also use it to shave my eyebrows, which, if you didn’t know, I do quite regularly.

Putting on my makeup may very well be one of my favorite parts of the day. I don’t think I’m incredible at makeup, but I’ve been doing it since middle school, so I think I’m at least okay at this point. Now that I’ve been wearing more black, I’ve been extra-into extremely bright eyeshadow looks. The makeup look I did today is very colorful and gay, which is exactly what I wanted.

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It’s not really morning anymore by this point, so I can’t always predict what the rest of the day will look like. A normal afternoon will entail me writing articles, editing particles, posting articles, checking my email…usually productive, blog-y things like that. Sometimes I put on a full face of makeup and just dedicate the rest of my day to playing The Sims. Whatever it is I’m doing, I always try to give it everything I’ve got and totally pour all my attention into it. I leave my house too, of course, but considering I don’t have a car…there aren’t many places I can go. The good news is, I just applied to volunteer in the barn at an animal shelter with my mom, so I’ll hopefully have a lot of new blogging/vlogging material to share once I get started with that!

My COLLEGE Morning Routine: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/my-college-morning-routine/ 

Coming up next: What’s in Season in May?

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