No day in my life is the same, which is both exciting and challenging! As a self-employed multi-hypened gal, I’ve come to realise that creating healthy habits is a major secret to success. In this case, committing to a solid morning routine is a powerful tool in conquering the day.
We all have our own ways of starting the day, but how eco-friendly are they? You might be surprised to learn that most people waste a lot of energy and resources in the first few hours they are awake. Luckily, making your mornings more eco-friendly is possible! Consider these ideas when developing a holistic morning routine:
Avoid hitting that snooze button & avoid your phone:
If you want to start the day effectively, try not to give yourself the opportunity to become distracted. We’ve been conditioned to check our phones chronically. Most of us start off our day with snoozing an iPhone alarm.
As tempting as it is to get an extra few minutes of sleep, choosing to postpone your wake time not only throws off your internal clock, but it is practically procrastinating before you even get out of bed.
And unless realtime responses are literally life and death, most emails and absolutely 100% of social media updates can wait.
When we give our attention to our phones first, it not only steals minutes from our morning, it steals our mental and emotional focus as well. Remember, a good day requires preparation and a solid foundation.
Remember - you don't want to start the day reactive. You want to choose the tone of your day yourself.
Few things in life are as integral to our well-being as gratitude. Find a few minutes after the alarm goes off to practice gratitude. Remind yourself of all that you have to be grateful for by writing it down or giving thanks aloud.
When you focus on what can be considered as your blessings in life, you tend to be happier, healthier and you experience a deeper sense of fulfilment.
This has been a literal game changer in my life. The best tool I've found for this is a gratitude journal called The Five Minute Journal.
It's my most gifted present and I honestly feel like it's the number one contributor (on par with regular exercise and time in nature) to a state of constant positive mental health.
If you’ve had a good 8 hours of sleep, you’ve gone 8 hours without a drink. Have a tall glass of water; it is one of the best things you can do after you wake up. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, and gives your brain fuel.
It might help to keep a drink bottle filled with water next to your bed.
It doesn’t matter which type of exercise you do, as long as you do something. Morning exercise has been shown to improve focus and mental abilities all day long. Take a walk, go for a run, or do a little dance! It just takes a little time and practice before morning exercise becomes your habit.
Green up your bathroom:
Bathroom products are one of the worst offenders to the environment. Green up your grooming routine and try a few zero waste swaps you can do in the bathroom.
It does not take much to waste water in the mornings, especially when it comes to showering. The key is to be aware. Take shorter showers and turn off the water when you’re not using it.
Without breakfast you are going to run the day on an empty stomach! My mother used to tell me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. Eating a nutritious breakfast sets the tone for the day.
Consider going for organic products; non-organic food is bad for the environment and not as healthy as organic products. If you’re on the go, my favourite way to get greens in the morning is a breakfast smoothie.
Tip: You can bulk prep your smoothie ingredients in our Fresh Food Pouches or even make your own smoothie cubes! If you're like me, easy is best and helps a habit stick!
Review your goals:
Take a few minutes to review your goals and make them a priority. I find it helps to make a list of what I want to accomplish for the day. This helps you stay focused and productive. Goals that are reviewed more often, are more likely to be met.
Before you head out the door, don't forget your reusables! I like to bring a reusable cup for my tea/coffee, insulated drink bottle, reusable lunchbox, eco bag, reusable utensil set and a straw.
Now you’re ready to conquer the day!
There are many small ways we can make a big difference, starting from the minute our alarm goes off. It's not always easy or convenient to make eco-friendly choices first thing in the morning but when it comes to caring about the earth and our environment, we could all use a wake up call.
Here are a few more bonus tips To make your morning routine more eco-friendly:
- Open your windows
- Unplug electronics before heading out
- Sustainable Coffee or Tea
- Save your leftovers
- Walk, cycle or commute to work
- Read the newspaper digitally
Do you have any tried and tested morning rituals that you swear by? Comment below and let us know!