Although a lot of people don’t believe us, most of Canada actually does see very hot summers- upwards of 30°C for much of the season- and that certainly affects my morning routine. While the base of it stays the same, there are some changes that I make to allow for the sun, the heat, and the differences in the day that set me up for a more successful day. None of these are big steps, but they go a long way in keeping me healthy and moving in a hot and draining season!
I am not a heat person. I will take -30°C over 30°C any day of the week- you can bundle up against the cold, you can only take so much much off when it comes to heat. However, there are some easy ways to guard yourself against the heat and stay hydrated and happy throughout the day.
1. Get Fresh Air
Agnes is a wonder for many reasons, but giving me a reason to get outside and get moving is one of the best ones! (Aside from cuddles and kisses, of course) We start every day with a 5-10 minute walk outside, rain or shine, and the fresh air does a world of difference with my attitude, as well as how awake and alert I am. I am prone to getting quite awful headaches when I wake up in the middle of a sleep cycle, and a few minutes outside does a lot to quell those headaches. It also does wonders with my attitude! A little bit of time outside in the fresh air and the quiet is a peaceful way to start you on your way for the day.
2. Drink 250-500ml of Water
I don’t think I am odd in feeling more dehydrated during the summer than I do in the winter. This is a particularly hot summer for us here in Winnipeg, so most mornings it is 20°C when Agne and I go out for our 5:30am walk- the day starts hot right off the bat, and really doesn’t seem to cool off until about 8:30pm. I couldn’t do the warm lemon water first thing trick, but I find drinking 250-500ml of water while the water for my tea is boiling makes a big difference in how I feel. My head doesn’t hurt as much, my joints don’t feel as swollen, and drinking water earlier on in the day seems to make it easier to drink more throughout the day. Getting that first cup or two in is crucial!
3. Apply Sunscreen First
I tend not to apply sunscreen on my arms and legs until the evening- I don’t walk outside for more than 2 minutes once or twice throughout the day, until I get home in the evening. (In the morning, I’m usually covered from head to toe for those walks.) However, I do apply sunscreen to my face and decolletage before I apply anything else in the morning- I use Clinique’s Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (say that 5 times fast…), and it is a fantastic base for make up or to be worn on it’s own. It has a slight tint to it which does well to even out your complexion for a make up free but still polished look! It is on the more expensive side at $25 CAD for 50ml but given that it doesn’t take a ton properly cover your face, and it is a mineral sunscreen, I am happy to invest in it. Putting it on first ensures that I always have it on!
4. Read Some News
I am a big fan of spending a few moments on my Flipboard app in the morning getting caught up on the news- I know that you aren’t supposed to be on a device in the morning, but it’s one of my favourite parts of the morning. My own feed tends to be a mixture of world news (fairly depressing for the most part), developments in history, and feel good animal stories. I don’t like to do a full news catch-up in the morning as it tends to be quite a depressing way to start the day, but I get enough to be informed as to what the big things happening across the globe are, while still reading about a dog that water-skis on the weekend (I should learn to do that… weekend or not). It’s all about balancing stark reality with some happiness for a solid day for me!
5. Wear What’s Laid Out
I don’t get changed until right before I leave for work, so that I don’t sweat excessively/ get dog hair/spill something on it before I even leave the house, and I always lay out clothing the night before based on weather and what my day looks like. I have found that laying out clothing and sticking with what I’ve laid out has been key for a more enjoyable morning; I don’t waste 5-10 minutes looking at my closet wondering what to wear, and I’ve nearly eliminated all clothing regrets (where you get to wherever you are going and regret the clothing that you are wearing). It also only takes about 1-2 minutes for me to actually get dressed now, and that’s pretty fantastic!
What does your morning routine look like? And does it change from season to season?