How to De-stress Your Morning in Under 20 Minutes
If you’re feeling stressed out, you’re not alone! Whether it’s going after a promotion at work or trying to keep track of every family member’s birthday, the little things in life that we worry about can really add up and take a toll on our well-being. But it turns out that the solution might be found right in your own outdoor space! We’ve partnered with IKEA® to share with you an easily attainable 15-minute outdoor morning routine. We’ll dive into some simple stretches, teach you how to create a soothing plant oasis, and show you why it’s important to leave your phone inside so you can start your day with much-needed R&R — all in under 20 minutes.
P.S. if you’re looking for some backyard decorating inspiration, check out the IKEA® Living Indoors & Out catalog.
STEP 1: TAKE YOUR BREAKFAST OUTSIDE
Start your morning feeling extra zen by making time for yourself to enjoy some fresh air. Zenning out doesn’t need to be time-consuming — leave your phone inside and opt to relax digital free. Five minutes without staring at your phone really adds up and will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
It doesn’t take much to create the ultimate outdoor breakfast nook to kick back in. We built ours with the SOLLERÖN Coffee table and matching SOLLERÖN Corner section with comfy seat cushions added. Add a couple decorative cushions and throw blankets and you’ve got yourself a cozy little corner to start our day in.
A well-balanced breakfast includes cereal, fruit, OJ, and *at least* five cups of coffee, right? The only thing better than drinking coffee is drinking coffee out of a cute mug, like thisSOMMAR 2018 Mug.
Serving yourself orange juice in this IKEA 365+ Carafe is the perfect way to up your vitamin C intake, because nobody has time to get sick. Now that you’re fed and caffeinated, spend some time with your green friends.
STEP 2: SPEND TIME IN A PLANT OASIS
Creating a plant oasis in your backyard and tending to your greenery after breakfast will vastly enrich your life.
Grab your SOCKER Watering can and take care of your little bb’s. Having plants can be quite the responsibility, but it’s a rewarding one! This IKEA PS 2014 Plant stand is the ideal way to display your plants and *literally* elevate your oasis.
TBH, when it comes to plants, our philosophy is the more, the better. Succulents are terrific starter plants, as they tend to be very hardy and easy to keep alive for all green-thumbs in training. We potted ours in the BITTERGURKA Plant pot, which is great because it can hold multiple plants. Now that you’ve taken care of your plants, it’s time to take care of yourself.
STEP 3: ADOPT AN EASY MORNING STRETCH ROUTINE
Stretching is an excellent way to decrease stress, improve your mood, and start your day off right. So grab your yoga mat, which you can conveniently store outside in the ÄPPLARÖ Bench with wall panel, and let’s get started.
Make this a simple morning routine. Start today and you’ll be on your way to your best life.
It doesn’t take much time to create the ultimate backyard morning routine, and you deserve it!
How do you like to start your day off? We’d love to hear about your morning routines! Share with us on Instagram @BritandCo.
Photography: Brittany Griffin
Model: Natasha Thomas
Styling + Production: Cassidy Miller