Adding “Me Time” to Your Morning Routine
Could this miracle morning routine kickstart your day and improve your health and overall mental wellbeing?
To celebrate National OJ Day, today on Forever Freckled, we have 4 EASY ways to get your daily dose of “me time” PLUS an easy recipe so you can take a Florida OJ Break to jumpstart your day!
Over the past year, both physical and mental health have been a focus. But many people have struggled to maintain balance with virtual schooling, social distancing, and changes in lifestyle.
We’ve all heard time and again about the importance of self-care and taking a moment to recharge and regroup.
But realistically, what does that break look like? And as moms, where do we find this time for ourselves?
For our families, the perfect solution is in the EARLY MORNING hours. To set our intentions for the day and start the day off on the right foot, all three of us wake up before the kids!
And this miracle morning routine can work for YOU, too!
4 Easy Ways to Add “Me Time” to Your Day
The time before the chaos of the day starts is perfect for meditation and planning.
But it’s also just right for sipping something special. We have the perfect recipe to help you wake up and jumpstart your healthy habits for the day!
We all start our mornings with these four tasks to maintain health, happiness, and clarity on a daily basis.
#1 Wake Up with a BANG!
Alison’s Top Tip: Immune support is so important, but I don’t always have time to eat right first thing in the morning. That’s where my favorite Florida Orange Juice comes in!
As a doctor, I love Florida OJ for providing nutrients that support amazing health benefits for my heart, brain, skin, bones, and immune system. And as a Floridian, I LOVE the delicious taste of Florida Orange Juice!
I watch the sunrise and sip a special concoction featuring Florida OJ to wake me up and support my overall heath.
Surrounded by my garden and the water, I can visualize the day ahead and just take some deep breaths to get my day started. It is my calming space and a place and time I feel most at peace.
This recipe not only helps to support immunity and wellness, but also gives you a boost of energy to get through the morning grind.
Immune Support & Energy Shot Ingredients
- 100% orange juice – naturally high in vitamin C while also providing folate, thiamin and potassium and a great source of antioxidants
- Ginger – helps digestion, reduces nausea, contains immune and energy boosting properties
- Apple cider vinegar – boosts weight loss, reduces cholesterol, and levels out blood sugars
- Honey – rich in antioxidants
Just mix the ingredients together in your desired amounts and sip away for an instant pick-me-up!
Health Benefits of 100% Orange Juice
Citrus juices, such as Florida Orange Juice, are reportedly the largest contributor of vitamin C in the diet – a powerful antioxidant nutrient key in supporting immune health, iron absorption from plant-based foods, and skin and bone health. Vitamin C helps support our immune systems by protecting cells and promoting the production and function of immune cells. Vitamin C is also important in the formation of collagen, which is a vital component for the health of our bones, cartilage, and gums.
Just one 8-ounce glass of Florida OJ provides more than 100% of your recommended Daily Value of vitamin C, making it a quick and easy source of this important nutrient.*
Fortified Florida Orange Juice is also a good source of vitamin D.* Recently, vitamin D has gotten more media attention for its critical role in fighting infection and building immunity. Multiple studies have found an association between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of infections, including influenza and other respiratory infections and sepsis.
#2 Start on a Good Note
Katie’s Top Tip: Start the day out with gratitude!
It is so easy to get down about obstacles and challenges in life. And the monotony of the day often doesn’t help that situation.
So when I wake up, before my feet even hit the ground, I take 5 minutes to think about things I’m grateful for. Even on my darkest days, I always find something to be grateful for. Taking time to acknowledge the positives in life creates great energy for the day.
Being an ER doctor can be hard and exhausting. My days are often long and challenging. Some shifts are harder than others. But beginning my days by centering my energy helps me keep a positive outlook and maintain my mental wellbeing.
#3 Stretch It Out
Carrie’s Top Tip: Get moving to boost your mindset.
Many people intend to work out to maintain self-care. But being realistic, some days we don’t have the energy, opportunity, or time to get to those workouts.
Don’t underestimate the power of stretching!
As your feet hit the floor, take a few moments to do simple stretches and get your blood flowing. You will increase your energy, get your body moving, and increase oxygen flow to your brain.
You can also fight midday fatigue with simple movements. Do some easy yoga poses for just 5 minutes to get your blood flowing again when that afternoon slump hits.
While you’re stretching, don’t forget to hydrate! While water is a given, one of our favorite hydrating drinks is Florida Orange Juice!
Florida Orange Juice is naturally almost 90 percent water, which is perfect for helping to stay well hydrated while being active!
In fact, a clinical study reported that drinking 100% orange juice following exercise contributed to hydration equally as well as water or a sports drink, making 100% orange juice a viable and healthy option as a post-exercise beverage.
Staying properly hydrated really is important for your overall energy levels throughout the day. While water is vital for proper hydration, drinking 100% orange juice can also provide you with other necessary vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates to help keep your energy levels up.
#4 Find YOUR Calming Space
We All Agree: Finding that perfect space you associate with peace really does have a powerful effect on your mental health.
Having grown up in sunny Florida, all three of us really enjoy the outdoors! Whether it’s the beach, a backyard garden by the water, or a relaxing front porch swing, getting outdoors really boosts our mental wellness and overall energy.
Early mornings are the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air before the kids get up and going!
Find your safe space and find your inner peace.
Final Thoughts on the FF Miracle Morning Routine
So, are you ready to get up, get energized, and try our miracle morning routine for yourself? Adding just a few minutes to your mornings before the kids get up will definitely fill your cup, so give it a try!
Speaking of filling cups, having a glass of Florida OJ with our breakfast was always a staple in our household growing up, and it still is today! There is something comforting about starting off on the right foot with an 8-oz. glass of Florida Orange Juice!*
At Forever Freckled, we are honored and excited to collaborate with Florida Orange Juice to spread the word on the amazing health and nutritional benefits of Florida Orange Juice!
*Nutrient content claims provided herein are based on an 8-ounce serving. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that 100% juice be limited to no more than 4 ounces per day for toddlers age 1-3 years, 4-to-6 ounces per day for children age 4-6 years, and no more than 8 ounces per day for children age 7 years and older.
This post is sponsored, but all opinions are our own.