Daily shake up & wind down routines

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I’ve tried many morning routines over the years, and find that they change as our lives, schedules, jobs, and health – both physically and emotionally change. This is ok. It is ok to have a changing routine. These days, I’m focusing a lot on my health, reducing stress, getting plenty of rest, and maintaining a balance as best as possible. My routine today, is one of my favorite so far:

A typical weekday morning “shake up” routine for me looks like:
1. Wake up, wash my face
2. Start preparing breakfast & drink a full glass of water
3. Pull out my yoga mat, stretch and meditate. When I meditate, I think positive thoughts for the day, and I set my emotional intentions. By default, this helps me to clarify my other goals for the day
4. Make tea or coffee, and eat breakfast – usually some variation of eggs and greens!
5. Take out my laptop and attend to work matters first (I work from home most of the time) before checking e-mail or anything else.
A typical “wind-down” routine:
1. Go for a walk or run to meet my hubs on his way home from work at the end of the day. It’s a great way to get some exercise and also an opportunity for us to talk about our days without any other distractions. Also one of my favorite things about living in Boston is that we can do this! So we take advantage.
2. Make dinner- I’ve been committing myself to trying at least one recipe a week from one of the MANY amazing cookbooks from the collection I have at home. It’s a great way to try new things and get out of my go-to usual meals to spice things up a bit. No cell phones at dinner.
3. We then watch a show (hello Bravo! or now, dive into all of the Halloween specials aka Harry Potter, Addams Family & Hocus Pocus) or just relax and I write. When the weather is nice, we love sitting out on our patio and sometimes will go on another neighborhood walk after dinner.
4. A shower before bed helps me to relax, and get into calm & sleep mode (check out my curly girl hair routine!) Then I usually read for a bit before lights out and hello sleep πŸ˜‰

I have found that this type of morning routine has helped me to be the most productive at this time, and like I said, this routine definitely changes, depending on my health, energy level, work situation, traveling, and so much more! What’s your shake up and wind-down routine? What have you found that works best?

Have a great week guys!

 

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