Words by Emilia O. // Photography by Lee Ann Wiemers
There are so many mornings I wake up, and feel like never leaving my comfy bed. Sometimes I’m just lazy, but usually I have work to do later that day and I just don’t want to do it. We’ve all had those days. However, every time the sun rises, we are given the opportunity to “seize the day” and it’s our choice whether we use that potential or waste it away.
Wake up and take in the little things. Maybe you want to focus on how beautiful and soft that light seeping through your shades look, how gentle those sheets feel against your skin, or maybe how adorable (or hilarious) those snores sound coming from your dog across from you. Take a look out your window and let your eyes wander up to the beautiful sky, and wander down to the grass, cars, or dirt. Isn’t Mother Earth beautiful?
Take a few minutes to get your blood flowing. It doesn’t take an hour yoga session to get your muscles warmed and ready for the day. Stretch to the sky, to your side, and then take in a deep breath while you reach to your toes.
Open some windows. Just letting some fresh air in can relax your body and change your whole mindset.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to wash their face and brush their teeth before grabbing some breakfast, then so be it. But if you aren’t, head to the kitchen in your pajamas and messy hair.
Drink a glass of water or maybe some berry tea before you eat your breakfast. Your system is dehydrated while you are asleep, so usually when you wake up, your body is yearning for some ice-cold water.
Don’t skip breakfast. You’ll learn to love it when you get used to eating in the morning. Breakfast is a super important meal, so eat a nutritious one. Make a bowl of oatmeal and cut up some strawberries. Or you can make overnight oats, so your breakfast will be ready for you when you wake up. The recipe is: 2/3 cup of raw oats, 2/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 2/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and a few dashes of cinnamon. Stir it up, place it in your refrigerator, and it’ll be ready for you in the morning! This is also a great recipe for school, so you aren’t rushing to make your meal.
Sit down and relax. Eat slowly and take in your surroundings. Walk into this day knowing it’ll be a great one. And if it’s not? Make it a great one.