5 Morning Self-Care Practices

Self-care... How do you do it? I commit to a morning ritual, no matter how long my to-do list is, it is my non-negotiable!

My role as a caregiver can be stressful so I look forward to practicing self-care before starting my day. I have learned it's important to take moments for ourselves and recharge so we can serve our loved ones well.

Here are 5 ways I practice self-care in my morning ritual.

1. Drink a full cup of water

It may seem simple, but this practice has been amazing for me. I can tell that when my body is dehydrated it's harder to get out of bed in the mornings. If I'm being honest, it can even be a challenge to be productive throughout the day! As part of my ritual, I have been drinking a full cup of water every morning.

2. Make a gratitude list

It's an easy way to build positive energy. You'll be surprised how long your list gets when you start acknowledging the things in life that make you happy and thankful for what you have, instead of focusing on all the stressors or problems.

3. Read self-care quotes

I love reading quotes that inspire me or speak directly to my heart. The way I see it, there is no better way than starting off your day with empowering thoughts and feelings!

4. Do some stretches or yoga poses

I have suffered from back pain since taking on this caregiver role, so I do what I can to prevent it! Stretches feel amazing and help me to choose better posture throughout the day. Have you tried doing yoga? You will be amazed at how good you feel afterward!

5. Spend some time in silence

As I mentioned above, we are caregivers and it is important to take moments for ourselves and recharge! Since my mom lives with me, I have an agreement with myself that before getting her ready for the day, I would take at least 30 minutes in the morning for myself (I call it my quiet time).

How to stay healthy with yourself

I knew adding self-care into my routine was a great way for me to stay healthy so I committed myself to this practice. It is an amazing way of honoring yourself. You do not have to dedicate a ton of time for self-care either, sometimes small changes make the biggest difference.

Small changes like making a healthy breakfast or saying "no" when needed are additional ways to practice self-care. These tips may seem small, but they add up in the long run and help us to stay in good health!

Finding the balance for self and caregiving responsibilities

It is so important to take time for yourself and do things you enjoy. Always remember you deserve it! Take time for yourself every morning, it will help you be the best caregiver possible.

As always, remember that we care about you and your family. If you have any questions about self-care practices that you can incorporate into your morning routine, please don't hesitate to comment below, or search our forums.

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