Some of the most famous entrepreneurs like Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey start their mornings long before the sun is even up. However, you don’t have to be a super early riser to create rituals and routines that will make your whole day happier, healthier, and more productive. When you carve out some time for simple morning rituals, you can prioritize self-care for both your body and mind. Here are five things you can add to your routine to get a better start to your day.
1. Brush towards a healthier mouth.
Most of us brush our teeth in the morning, but we’re not always brushing in the right way or at the right time. And a healthy mouth is a gateway to a healthier you, so it’s important to make this step in your daily routine count.
Simon Enever, the CEO and co-founder of oral care brand quip, notes that “A lot of the problems in oral care stem from how neglected it is in comparison with the rest of personal care. We put so much attention into our makeup, hair, cleaning routine, but very little to the one part of that routine that is not only crucial for outward appearance, but also inward health!”
That’s one of the reasons he founded quip and started creating electric toothbrushes that would not only bring delight to your daily routine, but also help you guide good habits. quip offers several tips to help you create a better brushing routine, such as brushing gently, twice a day, and for at least two minutes at a time.
And according to Dr. Mitali Hariawala, the Dental Community Manager at quip, you should brush before breakfast—not after! Dr. Hariawala says that “if you’re adamant about brushing after eating, wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing.” This is because your enamel gets softened after eating acidic breakfast foods and needs time to re-harden so that you don’t scrape it off.
You can find quip’s electric toothbrushes in both adult and children’s sizes at Fourpost in Mall of America.
2. Clean up your skincare routine.
It’s easy to skip your morning face wash. However, washing your face and prioritizing this routine will help ensure that you have smooth, supple, and healthy skin. Amanda Kohr from Wanderlust writes that “washing one’s face is essentially purifying one of your most vulnerable features. Feeling clean can lead to confidence, and the actual act of washing, scrubbing, and exfoliating creates an intimate and mindful experience.”
And recently we wrote about how using clean skincare products with fewer filler ingredients is better for your skin. If you’re looking for high-performing skincare, try Huron’s face wash, body wash, and face lotion to deep clean and moisturize your skin. They spent fifteen months testing and developing their products to provide maximum results. Their skincare uses the best possible, most effective ingredients while still keeping prices reasonable. Check them out at Fourpost in Mall of America to add them to your morning routine.
3. Take a moment to enjoy your morning coffee.
Sitting down and sipping a coffee can be a relaxing ritual that can help you start your day on a happy note. When you drink your coffee, try taking a moment to enjoy this simple pleasure. And an ethically-grown and crafted coffee is the perfect foundation for a genuinely good day!
That’s why we recommend HONOUR Essentials, which was founded with a simple mission to help transform your morning ritual. Their coffee beans are grown, handpicked, and sorted on family-owned farmland in Costa Rica. You can pick up a coffee from their cafe at Fourpost in Mall of America, or order beans online from their site.
4. Make exercising a priority each morning.
Whether you’re like President Obama who got up early each morning during his presidency to make sure he had time to work out or you prefer to take it a little easier, exercise is probably the healthiest ritual to add to your day. If you like an intense workout in the morning, consider cycling, swimming, running, hitting the gym, or even picking up a basketball game. Have a dog? Take your buddy for a long walk. Or try a yoga session to help you stretch, get moving, and relax both your body and mind.
5. Journal or meditate.
According to Inc.com, Oprah starts each morning by meditating for twenty minutes, which she says fills her with "hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy." Meditation is a great way to focus and get centered as you start your morning, but it’s not the only way. You can also get more productive when you journal in the morning, writing down your tasks, goals, and even things that you’re grateful for. If you’re not sure how to start journaling or what to start writing about, try out a guided journal like Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal, which you can find from Penguin Random House at Fourpost in Mall of America.
No matter what time you get up in the morning, it’s important to prioritize yourself and your health. Try these morning rituals to get started!