Welcome to My Morning Routine, where Connie Britton and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help you make your a.m.’s more awesome.
My ideal morning routine? I would wake up way before my son, have a wonderfully soothing meditation. I’d shower or take a bath, and then I’d waltz into my son’s room to get him up and make us both a divine breakfast.
In reality, it’s never quite like I hope. It’s usually something a little more like wake up, don’t have time to meditate, splash some water on my face, get my son up, give myself a pat on the back for getting breakfast on the table before school.
I usually set my alarm for somewhere between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. If I get up early and meditation is in the cards, then I love it. I’ve been meditating for many, many years and started out with a meditation teacher who had a very specific style. I did have a few books back in the beginning, but now I really have a method that works for me. I think the apps are amazing and it’s so great that so many people are embracing and learning about meditation—but I can sort of get into the zone on my own.
Then, I usually start my day—before any food—with this amazing aloe vera and vitamin C drink that I mix with a probiotic, with a lemon water on the side. I try to drink both of those in full before I have anything in my system—it’s a good pick-me-up and flushes out any toxins that accumulated overnight.
My beauty routine is incredibly simple in the mornings—especially if I’m going off to work with hair and makeup there. I do enjoy a splash of cold water on my face first thing to wake me and my skin up and very strongly believe in using all-natural and non-toxic products on our skin and bodies. Christy Coleman, who helped create the makeup line for BeautyCounter, is a friend of mine, so I saw the process that she went through and the years of research and development to make sure the products were completely non-toxic and good for you. So in the mornings, if I put anything on, it’s a light moisturizer or sunscreen and that’s it.
Then, my son and I will both have oatmeal together for breakfast. It’s genuinely so easy to make for both of us and it keeps him full until lunch, which is always a nice bonus. I prepare them both the same way: I’ll mix in a little coconut oil, almond milk, and maple syrup. He likes a little bit of raisins, but no raisins for me ever.
I do generally have coffee, but I’m not one of those addicted-to-coffee people—in fact, a lot of times I’ll have decaf coffee. Or I’ll have a chai tea or matcha latte. I like the ritual of a warm drink in the morning, but I’m not a person who has to have a cup of coffee in order to get going in the morning.
I used to work out in the mornings all of the time. That’s one thing as a single mom that’s really tricky because you know, I can’t just leave the house if my son isn’t awake or at school yet. I actually just got a rowing machine, so now I can wake up early and do that in our house before waking him up. I prefer to do things outside though, so if time allows I’ll schedule my workout for later in the day, whether it’s hot yoga or an outdoor run or hike.
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