A Morning Routine for Energy and Productivity

morning routine for energy

Mornings have never really been my thing.

I sort of just stumble and crawl out of bed, then pretty much sleepwalk to the coffee machine.

Over the past few months I’ve started to notice how important morning routines are for success, energy & productivity. They help set the tone of the day. Even though we don’t always realize it, as the day goes on, we have increased difficulty exerting self-control and focusing on our work.

So I decided it was time to make a change and implement a morning routine that has actually proved quite effective. That’s not to say I now love mornings, but I’m learning to really appreciate them.

Whether you naturally wake up feeling alert or stumble and crawl out of bed like myself, this routine will help set a positive tone that lasts the entire day.

1. Lemon + water

If there is one thing I never start the day without, it’s lemon water. I didn’t know nor believe the benefits of this drink until I started consistently drinking it every morning. It helps provide energy, improve your mood, digestion, pH levels, boosts your immune system, cleanses your system & reduces hunger cravings throughout the day.

So yeah, lemons are basically PACKED with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.

It’s really just amazing & there’s no reason not to be taking advantage of this every morning. The best part is even when you’re traveling, it’s easy to find lemon water. Just try to make sure to use fresh organic lemons!

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink

If I’m in need of some extra detoxing (eg after a long weekend or bad food day) I’ll opt for this ACV detox drink instead of lemon water. Apple cider vinegar is incredible for detoxing, digestion, weight loss, energy production, etc.

Nike workout wear
{morning workout | shoes here}
3. A quick workout

I understand working out in the morning does not fit everyone’s schedules, but even if it’s possible to even get your heart rate up for 10 minutes, it still makes a difference. Do something to improve circulation, lymph drainage, and get your metabolism going. Usually I prefer to get out and go for a power walk / run, but when I’m short for time, I love this quick workout which you can repeat it as many times as you want!

15 squats
15 push ups
30 second plank
15 bicycle crunches

Aim to repeat 2-3 times

dry brushing
4. Dry brushing

Dry brushing is kind of amazing in every single way. I feel like I could do a whole post on how much I love it but to put it simply, dry brushing gives you a MAJOR energy boost. It helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins, it stimulates your lymph system (especially great if you’re not really an active person), reduces stress and cellulite (!!!).

Here’s a quick little how-to:

1. Purchase a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle.

2. Start on dry skin before bathing & work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.

3. Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart unless it’s your back, then begin from the neck down.

4. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.

4. Once you’ve brushed your entire body, jump in the shower to ensure you wash away the dead skin cells and impurities

Tip: alternate between the hottest water temperature you can tolerate to the coldest. This stimulates blood circulation, bringing more blood to the top layers of the skin (SUPER energizing too)

5. Rinse off, moisturize (coconut oil works great) & relax!

banana bread overnight oats
{my favourite banana bread overnight oats}
5. A nutritional breakfast

Your breakfast is key to balancing out your energy levels for the day. Avoid white carbs, cereals, store-bought muesli, instant oats and anything with sugar. Foods such as steel cut oats, smoothie bowls, granola and greek yogurt, eggs with avocado and chia pudding with coconut milk are the most nutritious options. At the moment I’m rotating between steel cut oats (these are the BEST ever) and acai bowls with extra superfoods including chia seeds, goji berries, bee pollen, & coconut oil for added benefits. They really go a long way.

6. A refreshing skincare routine

I keep my morning skincare routine simple but effective. I’m not about using 92649 products because I find my skin just reacts badly. I prefer to invest in good quality skincare products and keep it natural where possible.

My AM skincare regime goes a little something like this:

+ Cleanse with raw coconut oil (yes, it’s a thing) otherwise I’ll use a gentle cleansing milk
+ Use a toning spray for a quick spritz
+ Add a few drops of rosehip oil in my moisturiser

& that’s it! Super simple, right?

When I stick to a simple but nourishing routine like this, I always notice my skin feels smoother and looks brighter. I haven’t had one blemish since switching to this routine.

a simple morning routine
{honeyflower & sandalwood candle}
7. Write your to-do list

To-do lists are everything. If I don’t set my to-do list in the morning, it’s almost as if my whole day falls apart. Each morning write down 3-5 of the most important things to tick off by the end of the day. Organizing your tasks with a list can make everything so much more manageable and keep your priorities in order.

morning routine for energy
{lemon + lime + orange}
8. Keep hydrated with infused water

When I drink at least 2-3 litres of water a day, I notice a huge difference to my energy levels. During the morning, I keep a 1 litre water bottle on my desk that I try to finish before lunch. Infusing your water is a simple & delicious way to make drinking water a little more interesting! I switch up my combinations throughout the day but my favourites include lemon + lime + orange and strawberry + watermelon + mint.

Plus, there’s so many more health benefits to infusing your water!

morning routine for energy

Do you have any tips & tricks to energize yourself in the morning?! Would LOVE to hear!

  • I absolutely love lemon water in the morning, it’s pretty much my favourite daily routine! :) And also I’m a huge fan of lists so every morning before I start working, I take a few minutes off to write a list of the things I want to accomplish that day. It helps me stay organized and not forget about anything, even the annoying little things you have to do :)

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I’m not a morning person too. Gonna try out the lemon + water thing in the morning! Tried it a few months back and it was so refreshing, but I did it in the afternoon. Also, that exercise regime is a great un’! Gonna give that a go too as well. :)

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

  • Such a nice post! I really want to try dry brushing, it sounds so good for the skin! x

    http://www.abeautyromance.com
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  • This post is making me want to completely change up my morning routine! Well, my routine is most of the time a very rushed, clothes-makeup-breakfast-go kind of routine because I wake up early to go to uni. I wish I had more time to relax and get ready, hopefully I’ll change things up once I am in holiday (which is pretty soon – hurray!). The thing I really want to try is lemon water in the mornings, and infused water in general. It seems like the best thing to feel more energy and be more healthy! :)

    Julia x
    http://www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr

  • I’m definitely going to have to start using some of these tips, I definitely just stumble out of bed! I’ve started getting into a proper skincare routine and having a small portion of porridge for breakfast (usually don’t even have breakfast which is something I must stop!) and I’ve found that helps but I think I’m going to have to use these tips too :) great post, and I love the images!!

    elwillmer.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

  • Great tips! I drink a kale, banana, apple and oat smoothie every morning for breakfast, and I also detox with acv because I have a very sensitive stomach. When I started doing those things I started feeling much more awake.
    Blue Jazzmin

  • Stefanie Meier

    lovely tips!

    Happy Monday!

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin’

  • I try and go to the gym early every single morning as I’m at uni and have the time to do so, but drinking hot water and lemon with a drop of honey is a new morning routine I’ve implemented over the past few weeks and I’ve really noticed a change in how my body works. It fills me up and flushes out my system a little, which I love…

    I’m just under three weeks away from handing in my dissertation (uh oh!) and writing lists is the most helpful thing I’ve done. I try and get little bits of work done each day and setting out three or four things to do each day in terms of uni work has really kept me on track!

    Lovely post, I’m desperate for more like this!

    Em | beautyandbullshitt x

  • Awesome morning routine + definitely agree with lemon water!! It’s been a life changer ever since I first tried it.

    Hugs,
    Hannie Arden from missingwanderer.org.

  • missgetaway

    Couldn’t agree more with what you’re saying. Lemon water is a life-changer! And working out in the morning also makes your life so much better.

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • Great post! I’ve given up coffee in the morning recently and I actually feel more awake for it! I swapped it for green tea and a big glass of water, but I think I will try to add lemon to it and be consistent to see the benefits. I love the simplicity of your skincare routine – I am also a coconut oil and rosehip oil kind of girl, and the simpler the better!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

  • The one thing I really struggle with is drinking enough water. I have a great diet and exercise all the time, however, I find myself nearly being ‘full’ after a few sips of water. So currently Im working on that. I love making to-do lists too! xx

    -Sophie xx || http://www.cherriesandperfume.blogspot.com.au

  • lifestyleandso

    nice post,lovely photos,i’m doing my best to drink more water and it really has so much benefit on my healthand skin,thank you for sharing.

    lifestyleandso.blogspot.com

  • Great Post! I’m definitely going to try out a lot of these things. Especially, the nutritional breakfast!
    Thank you for the well-need morning tips.

    Sophie | http://www.itscultured.com

  • This is pretty much my daily routine. Except for the healthy breakfast. Need to learn some recipes. ;)

  • Thank you for sharing your tips. I am not a very good morning person either but I am trying to train myself to start getting up early and be more productive in the morning. I started the Lemon-Water drink a few months ago and it makes such a difference! I’m definitely going to try some of your other tips too.

    Allegra xx

    http://www.allegraghiloni.wordpress.com

  • Definitely need these tips! I hate mornings lol so this is super helpful!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

  • Great tips and what’s more important…these are natural.

  • Ali

    I usually drink just plain water but you have inspired me to add lemon!

    Ali Bourke x