Morning Rituals

October 19, 2018

Morning Rituals

Where I’m writing, an abrupt cold front blew in a few days ago and dropped temperatures 30-40 degrees. That’s right, overnight it went from mid-80s and humid to high-40s and raining. Since then, we've had the kind of drizzly days where the light never increases beyond the grey dawn level, and it feels distinctly wintry all of a sudden. Inside, we cozily sip tea and I can listen to the rain on the roof and the hiss of cars on wet roads in the distance.

The sudden entrance into fall weather has me thinking about the morning rituals that can be both grounding and motivating through the darker cold months of fall and winter. Starting your day with gentle tasks imbued with self-care is such a wonderful way to make mornings more rewarding.

A morning ritual I’m resolving to adopt this season is one I’ve tried and loved in the past: a gratitude journal. Does the idea of a gratitude journal sound silly or useless to you? I’ll admit I had similar thoughts the first time I gave it a whirl – but I got so much more out of it than I could have anticipated.

The idea is simple, just take a moment each morning to write down just one thing you’re grateful for today. Then, over time, watch how this tiny task can change your whole approach to your day, giving you this seed of gratitude to fall back on.

It helps to have a beautiful journal you’re excited to open each morning! Check out our selection of stunning Paperblanks notebooks and pick one out to start your new morning ritual of gratitude.

One particular morning ritual I never skip no matter how much of a hurry I am in is taking the time to make a hot cup of strong black tea to start my day. My go-to morning tea at the moment is bolstered up by a dose of healthy fats and leaves me energized and satiated on busy mornings when I won’t have time for a meal until later – plus it’s got collagen for healthy joints, skin, hair and nails. Here’s how I make it:

Creamy, coconuty morning tea

1-2 teabags PG Tips black tea
1 tsp coconut manna (aka coconut butter, I use Nutiva brand)
1-3 tsp MCT oil (I use Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil -- you can read more about the benefits and uses of MCT oil here)
2 tsp heavy whipping cream (use coconut cream or almond milk based creamer for non-dairy option!)
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Steep tea bags in about 8oz of boiling water (I like my tea quite strong, so I always use two tea bags, use one for a mellower brew) for 2-4 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Add coconut manna, MCT oil, collagen and cream and use a blender or immersion blender to carefully whizz your ingredients together for a creamy, rich tea capped with a little froth. Decant into your favorite mug and enjoy while you take a moment to start your day with gratitude!

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