Welcome to My Morning Routine, where Kristen Bell and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help you make your a.m.’s more awesome.
Actress, mother of two, and partner for Tide Purclean's Earth Day #CleanPledge
I usually wake up to blood-curdling screams, and I'm positive it's because someone's arm has been broken, but really it's just what happens when a child's eyes open first thing in the morning. I rush frantically to my kids' bedrooms, see that everyone is safe, and I'm usually met with a "Good morning, Mommy!"
I try to have as little interaction with my children as possible before I have some matcha, so our relationship is preserved. I like coffee, but it gives me a slump after 30 minutes, so I switched to matcha about a year ago and I love it. I use hot flax milk instead of water because tea on an empty stomach makes me feel puke-y. The whole thing feels very ceremonial with the little bowl and whisk.
After I make my matcha, I make my kids breakfast. They love these little flavored oatmeal cups from Bob's Red Mill. For breakfast, I usually have their leftover half-bowls of oatmeal for myself so it isn't wasted.
If I start to feel like I'm getting sick—or everyone around me is sick—I down a teaspoon of oregano oil. It's one of the more disgusting-tasting things Mother Earth has to offer, and it burns, but it kills anything coming into your nose or in your mouth. I don't burn sage in my house or anything—I'm not that woo-woo—but when I see the results, like with oregano oil, I'm all for it.
Then I get the kids ready for school—and there's usually an argument about what shoes to wear. Usually I drop them off to school in my PJs because I generally wear pajamas that can be worn out of the house and I don't have enough time, nor do I care enough, to change into regular street clothes.
I don't look at my phone until after I drop my kids off at school. It wasn't a commitment I made or anything, there are just other things I have to prioritize in the mornings. I'm just like everyone else and spend a ton of time on my phone, just not in the mornings.
Typically, I don't work out until the afternoon. I am not a morning person at all and never have enough energy until later in the day. I need to have a clear head if I'm going to go for a hike, a run, or to the gym. I think it's all about knowing yourself and doing what works for you.
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