Wednesday: I got up around 7:30am for my 9am class. Before I do anything, I always drink about 8oz of water. I always drink water when I first wake up because I get migraines. Staying hydrated is the best way to prevent them (in my case). I jumped in the shower where I washed my hair (brushed it in the shower while conditioned sits), my body, and my face. When I got out I brushed my teeth and tongue and then I got dressed. I applied face moisturizer and little make up and made my way to the kitchen for breakfast. I had a yogurt, some more water and a small apple.
Thursday: I stayed in bed a little longer this morning because I don’t have class until 2pm, but I always have a cup of water on my bedside table so I drank that and tried to go back to sleep. I got up around 9:30am and brushed my teeth and tongue and washed my face. Sliced two small apples and dipped them in crunch peanut butter for breakfast with a glass of lemon water (because I have a kidney stone). Brushed my hair and then french braided it because I have curly hair and when I brush it dry it POOFS.
Friday: Woke up at 7:30am in preparation for my 9am class. Drank about 8oz water and then got in the shower. In the shower I washed my hair (yes, brushed it the same as I did Wednesday morning), my face and body. As soon as I was out and dry I brushed my teeth and tongue. I moisturized my face then got dressed. I put little make up on and the started cooking 2 eggs (scrambled), with a little bit of cheese on top. I also drank another glass of water with breakfast but I needed something a little more hardy so I toasted half of an english muffin and put just a little bit of butter on top. 8:30 I am out the door for my 9am class.
Saturday: I am up at the crack of dawn because my cats think its their breakfast time!! I feed them about 6:30am and drink about a full glass of water before heading back to bed. I am up again around 8:45 to start getting ready for the CWU homecoming football came. I want to be out the door by 11am, so I have plenty of time to get ready and eat. I go into the bathroom and start by washing my face (and moisturize it) and brushing my teeth and tongue. I next brushed my hair but also straightened it. My facial moisturizer is all dry by that time so I can do my make up now. After I am all finished in the bathroom, I go to the kitchen and I don’t really feel like eating much so I eat a yogurt and a small apple cut into slices with about 1/2 a glass of water.
Sunday: I tried to sleep in today but that didn’t happen, sadly. I woke up with a little bit of a headache so I immediately drink 2 glasses of water to try and avoid a migraine. I went into the bathroom and washed my face and brush my teeth and tongue because sometime those two things help as well but no luck. I brushed my hair and put it in a bun on the top of my head. I did not feel like eating but I knew I should put something good into my system! I ate an 1/2 of an orange and 1/2 of an apple with peanut butter. I ended up taking a hot shower to see if the steam would help clear my head but no luck. Back to bed I go with high hopes I will wake up headache free!
I like to think that I have a pretty set schedule of what I do in the morning. I always brush my teeth and tongue morning and night, I always wash my face morning and night and I always drink water morning and night. If I don’t do these things, I don’t feel clean! I don’t like to brush my hair outside of the shower because of the hair type that I have. I like to wear it curly (natural) because it is healthier for my hair and less time consuming. I usually drink coffee in the morning with soy milk but I tried to cut back on that for this activity and try something new! I thought it was going to be a lot harder to stay away from coffee because caffeine really helps my headaches but as long as I stayed on top of my water intake, I was fine for the most part! This activity was fun but I don’t think I will be brushing my hair while it is dry! Oh and I’ll probably still have my morning coffee every now and then!
What you do when you wake up!
Wednesday: I’m not feeling the best but I drank a few sips of water, my hair is brushed and my face and teeth feel clean and scrubbed. I am ready for the day. I don’t normally drink soda or coffee and if I do have juice I mix it with bubbly water otherwise it is too sweet for me.
Thursday: Drank an extra sip of water this morning. Brushed my teeth and hair. Washed my face and added daily moisturizer to the routine. I feel nice and clean and ready to take on the day! Had some peppermint tea, toast and an apple for breakfast!
Friday: I’ve never really paid attention to the amount of water I drank. I think I will make a long-term goal of working up to 12 oz. I often feel dehydrated during the day and that would help. I drank some green tea sweated with a little stevia.
Saturday: Not feeling the best but I managed to get all the tasks done! I did have a few sips of ginger ale to help my stomach calm down. I got up a bit late so I had chicken noodle soup for my ‘breakfast’.
Sunday: All groomed and ready to begin the day. I even remembered to floss this morning (my dentist will be so proud)! My stomach was upset again but instead of ginger ale, I had sparkling water to help calm it down. I had toast and grapefruit for breakfast!
During the week I was thinking about how important these little routines are, especially for people who suffer from chronic health conditions. I very much believe in ‘doing the best you can, at the time’. The last part is extremely important since your best one day might not be your best the next. If I had been unable to accomplish some of the tasks during the challenge. I would have been ok with that if I was doing the best I could.
It is hard to accomplish daily tasks when you have a chronic condition. To make things worse people will look down on your or mock you for not being able to do “normal” things. But little routines like these can help people feel productive. A sense of productivity, in my opinion, helps fight depression (which is a disease in itself and something many people develop when chronically ill). I get asked a lot how I can be so positive and manage my illness when I am in constant pain. I honestly believe a large part of this is due to setting up routines and making small goals.
People need to be proud of themselves more and celebrate small accomplishments regardless of if people think the task is easy. If someone has trouble getting out of bed, they should be extremely proud of themselves for getting a glass of water from the kitchen!
Wednesday: The challenge listed here is actually very close to my regular morning routine. Perhaps the most difficult part was drinking water first thing in the morning. I generally like to have green tea, so to try and cope, I heated up my water in the microwave and was able to drink as much as I wanted to. I was able to hold off on sugary drinks until Wellington’s Wildfire as they were giving away free sodas and I am a sucker for free sodas.
Thursday: I was exhausted this morning from a late night of studying for a quiz, however, I still managed to do everything listed and held off on sugary drinks until dinner when I had some chocolate milk. Normally I do not really brush my hair as it tends to poof out, and when it did poof out I decided to wear it in a bun. The rest of the challenge was easy as I just had to switch around my morning routine only a little.
Friday: I woke up with a head cold and was in no mood to drink anything as my throat was sore. However, I did manage a half cup of warm water and a couple of apple slices. I stayed away from sugary drinks all day as I did not want to hurt my throat.
Saturday: Typically, Saturdays are my unhealthy day, however, being that I still have a head cold, this was not the case. As I’ve said before, my usual morning routine is very similar to the challenge: I wake up, brush my teeth and floss, wash my face, and eat breakfast with a cup of green tea, then I start to get ready. Perhaps the most challenging thing about this challenge is remembering to brush my hair as I do not normally do that to avoid frizz.
Sunday: My head cold is almost gone, and today I was able to drink 16 oz of warm water when first waking up. I brushed my hair, embraced the frizz and then promptly put it in a braid as I decided I did not want to deal with it. Unfortunately, my sweet tooth won over and I had a coke with lunch. In my defense, I was having a piece of pizza and I believe it is immoral to have pizza without soda.
Hi folks – There’s a little something I like to call MORNING coming your way tomorrow, the next day, and every time you get out of bed for the next several decades we hope!
Here’s a morning challenge for you. Whether you’re seeking extra learning, extra credit, or just want to try a healthy boost for your mornin’ routine, this one’s for you. (Oh, and if you think routines are for losers who don’t like excitement, you might want to rethink. Here’s an easy read that discusses saving your “willpower by developing habits and routine” as part of being successful and especially as part of being able to make healthier decisions when you really should.)
So – routine up, everybody! Start your day with a few healthy behaviors that can really become habit. Give it a try….
MORNING CHALLENGE HOW-TO
The minute you hit the bathroom tomorrow, after a needed potty stop of course, do all of the items on the list below. Oh, and keep it up for five days. That’s Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Do it. Then write at least three sentences per day about your experience. Post on Sunday, by 11:59pm. Use your username and Challenge, morning, and routine as tags, and Challenge as the category.
- Drink water. At least a few sips. Water make you feel a bit sick first thing in the morning? Used to for me, too. Now I fill a quart jar at the sink, and get about 12 oz down first thing. So work up to it. Just take a sip or two, if you can’t stomach more.
- Wash your face. That’s right. Cool water or warm, doesn’t matter. Just take a cloth, hold it under running water, put your face down, and give it a nice soft splash and gentle pat or two. Dry gently. Doesn’t that face feel GREAT now?! Guarantee your eyes are now open.
- Brush your teeth and tongue. Did that before bed? Good for you. Do it before you start your day, too. Can’t hurt…. Especially if you sleep with your mouth open, you’re all pasty dry and yucky. Clean it up.
- Comb or brush your hair. Why not? You’ll look snazzy!
Once you leave the bathroom:
- Hold off on any sugary drinks until you just can’t STAND it. Don’t drink sugary drinks in the morning? Are ya sure? Not just talkin’ about soda. Also JUICE. That’s right. If you’re drinking apple or orange or some other fruit juice, you’re getting less of the fruit’s nutrition and more calories and concentrated sugar. Eat a piece of fruit instead. Oh, and it’s cheaper, too. Try it and see – a couple of pounds of apples or pears or bananas, etc seems spendy, until you grab that $5 smoothie or that $3 pint bottle of fancy juice. Just sayin’…. Usually have “coffee” with a bunch of flavored whitener or syrup in it before much of anything else? Try it without that; use a little half and half or a soy or nut milk creamer instead, but check for sugar in those other things. Just TRY your morning joe that way…. You may not like it at first, but your health (and your wallet) will thank you.