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I’m Sabrina, a 20 year-old college student who believes that love and kindness - to yourself, your body, and others - can lead to magical things.

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My Healthy Summer Morning Routine


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 Hi, internet friends! It's summer, which gives you time to chill and laze about (yay!). This also gives you time to dedicate to your health and wellbeing. I've always loved summers for just that reason. Since there's nothing distracting me, I have more time to tune into my body and listen to what it needs, and tend to my spirit and soul and feed them what they need.

I've used past summers to create some mighty lofty goals, like losing weight and reading more, which I actually would work towards (go me!). I would also use that time to dream of the future, of what I want and where I want to be, and craft ways to get me there (wild dreamer from the start). 

This summer, rather than dreaming and scheming and reading as I normally would, I'm instead listening to my body for the first time in almost a year, and trying to do things that will help me feel better, less chaotic, and more centered, which will enable me to help other people better (I was such a negative, selfish crabby pants throughout this past year. I kind of lost my heart for people and lost my way in general, forgetting the passions and loves that pumped life into my every step).

With that, here is my "healthy" morning routine!

Wake Up

In order to have a morning routine I have to wake up, amiright? So I wake up. For which I am beyond grateful for every single day. And I try to do this stress free, so no alarms for me.

Pray

I try to wake up every morning with the intention of being in God's presence. Prayer centers my heart for the day, and reminds me to live my best life, for Him, for others, and for me. It's also an opportunity to start my day off on a positive note, which really helps me to be more productive and get things done.

Devotionals

I try to read these at the same time as I pray. They often guide me towards making better choices in my day, or just open my eyes and heart to ideas and perspectives that I would have never been aware of. My favorite devotionals ever are Oswald Chambers's "My Utmost for His Highest" and Brian Hardin's "Sneezing Jesus." So good!

Stretch

Once again I TRY to do this as I pray and read devotionals to try to wake up my body and get blood flowing. It's also great when I wake up with cramps (I'm a weird sleeper). It reminds me that I have a body to take care of, and gets me into the mindset of moving that beautiful body to express my utter gratitude for it.

Work Out

I really want to make it a habit that I work out every morning before life (and excuses/laziness) get in the way. I have this habit that I wake up and go straight into the world of social media, and there are so many times where I leave it feeling overwhelmed with the hate and negativity people can so easily spew. I'd so much rather wake up and work out instead, putting out positive vibes into my space and in the world by treating my body well and showing appreciation for all that it can do (and not dwelling on all that it isn't able to do yet), which always inspires me to treat others well, too. 

Water

Somewhere in there I try to set up my water for the day, placing 6 bottles in a place where I can see them all day long. It helps me to remember to drink as I go about my day. When it's 2 pm and there's still like 4 bottles out and about, it tells me to drink up! But please, my loves, there is also such as thing as too much water, and if you find that its late in the day and you haven't drunken as much water as you'd like, don't stress out about it, and please don't try to chug it all in a small time frame. Take it slow, and pick back up the next day. 

Light a candle

Somewhere in my routine I like to light a candle. It just brings a sort of ambience, and the flame calms me. I just love it. Plus the scent always adds a subtle fragrance in the air that makes me feel at ease.

Eat Breakfast

Before I eat anything else I like to eat chia pudding, mostly because they aid with digestion. The fiber helps things to move better through the digestive track, while the protein fills me up. It also has an amazing source of calcium and iron, which are great for sustaining bones and blood. 

After about 30 minutes or so (or longer if I'm not too hungry), I'll make and eat my breakfast. These days my breakfasts have consisted of scrambled eggs or fruit and some nut butter. Not my favorite way to wake up in the morning, but I'm sticking with that Paleo life (for now). 

Other stuff

After all of that, I wash my face, brush my teeth, and shower. I also moisturize using shea butter, and I'm ready to start my day!

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This routine energizes me and enables/encourages me to be positive and make healthy choices throughout my day. I quoted the word "healthy" above because healthy is and will always be different to every person. You have to listen to your body's needs as well as what it doesn't like in order to determine what will be the healthiest for you (listening to your doctor is also good, too!). For some people, healthy will look like only veggies, fruits, and meats on their plates because anything else can disrupt their whole body, while others can get away with eating seriously anything their hearts desire (meaning dairy and grains), without feeling any adverse affects. One person's healthy routine can include yoga or meditation, and another's can just mean extra sleep and no breakfast, because that's what fuels their body best.

I want you all to look and feel YOUR best, each and everyday. So please, take some time each day and just listen to your heart and body, and take note of anything funky that's happening that has not happened before, and seek the best ways to remedy those situations. You only have one body. No matter what state it's in, cherish it and love it to the fullest. Appreciate every curve and bump that you have, and show that love by moving once in a while and nourishing it with things that it loves. Investment into your health and your body will pay off immensely in the future.

With love,



Sabrina
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