MORNING MINDFULNESS

Hello loves! Todays post is highlighting the importance of a self-care routine at the start of your day.  I am not writing this because I am an expert.  In fact, I am not what I would call a “morning person” to say the least.  I am writing this because I am learning what self-care means for me and through that discovery I now understand the importance of taking time for yourself in the morning.

 

There are days I literally crawl out of the covers and my mornings seem very rushed.  The next thing you know I am throwing on my shoes and out the door without ever eating breakfast.  I recently was given a promotion and my schedule changed to mornings.  So… to be perfectly honest I was not a morning person, but was somewhat forced to become one (which is perfectly okay with me since I love my new job!!!).  There was an adjustment period, but as I started to incorporate self-practice this is what I found:

1. I FEEL MORE PREPARED TO TAKE ON MY DAY

2. I AM MORE PRODUCTIVE

3. I FEEL MORE ENERGIZED

4. I NOW LOOK FORWARD TO MORNINGS!

 

 

Now that I have found something that works, I’d like to share it with all you lovely people!  My routine can be broken down into three categories:

MIND. BODY. SOUL.

First category is MIND!  There are so many decisions you have to make throughout the day.  Start your day out right by preparing your mind for the interactions and decisions you have to make that day.  Some ideas I came up with that fall under the mind category include:

-Read a self improvement novel

-Meditate for 10 minutes

-Work on a crossword puzzle or sudoku

-Words with friends ( or a trivia app, lumosity, etc.)

-Watch part of a Ted talk discussion on youtube

I usually incorporate this specific step of self-care while I eat breakfast, or if I meditate I do it first thing in the morning.

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Second category is BODY! This portion can give you the energy you need to make it to the end of the day.  Here is what I came up with for Body:

-Stretch for 10 minutes

-Go on a brisk walk around the block (and if you have furry friends that love to walk, take them with you!)

-Try out different yoga poses for 20 minutes

-Fuel your body with a smoothie full of veggies & fruits

-Turn hot water on in the shower and let the room become steamy..Stand outside the shower and deeply inhale/exhale (the steam also has great benefits for your skin and lungs)

 

 

Last category is SOUL! I look at this as a time of reflection and a way to connect to your higher power, whatever that may be.  It can also be used as a time to connect with yourself and give thanks.  Here are some ideas for soul:

-Keeping a Gratitude journal

-Prayer

-Scripture reading

-Soul writing/ reflection journal

-Look in the mirror and compliment yourself

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These can be done in any order! By focusing on mind, body and soul, I have felt more balance during the early morning and on throughout the day!  I would love to hear what y’all are doing for self-care morning routines! Let me know in the comments or find me on Instagram: @the_modmaven or Facebook!

 

Peace & love,

 

-The Mod Maven

MUST HAVE SELF-CARE ITEMS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK!

Ladies & gents, let’s talk about self-care!

When was the last time you invested in yourself?

If you had to think about that for more than 30 seconds….it is time my friends for some beautiful, soulful, self-care chat.

Listed below are my favorite items that personally have been positive towards my self-care regime. They are sure to leave you and your wallet happy!  Enjoy!

1. FOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN

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Engaging in “thinking games” such as sukoku or crosswords can melt the stress away and help you stay in the present moment by focusing on what’s in front of you.  It also supports mental stimulation, which is just as important as physical exercise.  You can find puzzle books for under five dollars, it’s a win win for everyone.

 

2.  AROMATIC SENSES

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Our brain associates different scents with certain emotions and some fragrances in particular have physical & psychological benefits.  Aromas including lavender, vanilla, camomile, and peppermint are known to aid in relaxation.  Try lighting a candle while you get ready for bed or as you read a book!  I also recommend shutting the lights off to have a few minutes to unwind and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.   Pictured is the Mahogany teakwood candle from White Barn.  It is my absolute favorite, but obviously go with what appeals to your senses!

 

3.  GET YOUR JAM ON.

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As well as being creative and mentally stimulating, learning how to play a musical instrument  can help you master the skills of patience and concentration.  In some cases it can actually be a social experience for some people if they choose to play in a group setting.  Once you learn, you can have the pleasure of taking time to enjoy making music.  This ukulele was a saving grace.  I purchased it for 27 dollars on amazon, and since then have delved into more YouTube tutorials then I care to admit, but it was all worth it!  When I am stressed or feeling weighed down, I take an hour to myself and either play songs that I’ve learned or try to add a new song to my growing set list.  Whether its a ukulele or a bagpipe, get your jam on.

 

4.  THE FACIAL FACTOR

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Great facial care is a great way to treat yourself.  The mask on the left is a charcoal based mask from Origins that opens and cleans your pores.  I recommend wrapping your face with a hot towel first and then apply this mask, after 10 minutes wash with warm water.  Hello new found glow and clean skin!  My other favorite that I use once a week is the LUSH Mask of Magnanimity.  This china clay mask with fresh peppermint exfoliates and gets my skin feeling squeaky clean.  The ingredients are all natural and don’t leave that harsh feeling on your skin afterwards.  Both of these I highly recommend and both products are under twenty dollars.  There are so many facial masks out there so don’t be afraid to dabble with other brands, just remember to look at the ingredients! The more natural and fresh the ingredients, the better it will be for your skin!

5. WHEN IN DOUBT, FOAM ROLL IT OUT.

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Meet my best friend.  Honestly, purchasing a foam roller was one of the better choices I have made in my 24 years of existence.  I bought this beauty from WalMart for under twenty dollars.  Essentially after each workout your muscles tighten, the foam roller breaks down adhesions and scar tissue in your muscles and connective tissue.  I use it before and after every gym sesh and have noticed a tremendous difference in how I feel the day after an intense workout.  Obviously it is not a quick fix for serious injuries, but it is a great way to prevent an injury by taking care of your muscle and connective tissue.  It rolls the unwanted stress away both literally and figuratively.

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Easy. 5 items that make you feel like you are indulging and treating yourself without the financial burden that follows.  Now, go ahead with ya bad selves and get your self-care on!  Much love.