Melanin Habits: Chelsea Williams

I spend mornings reading my Bible, exercising my “inner man”. I also pray and meditate for about 30 minutes.

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  1. Quickly describe your morning routine.

On most days, my iPhone is my alarm clock. Right now, “Silk” is the notification tone that I am using. I typically wake up around 5:30 a.m. Let’s be real, 5:30 a.m. is early. I keep rosewater on my nightstand so that I can mist my face in the mornings as an effort to wake up faster. I stretch, then oil pull with coconut oil for about 20 minutes. While oil pulling, I do other miscellaneous tasks around my home. Sometimes I will throw in a load of laundry, or do dishes that were left in the sink from the night before.

2. How often do you change your morning routine?

I don’t change my routine often but, life does happen. If I stay up too late the night before, or if I am traveling, I’ll sleep in.

3. Do you use an alarm or a specific app to help you wake up?

I suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during the fall and winter months. During that time of the year, I use a Philips wake-up light for sunrise simulation. Otherwise, I use my iPhone as my alarm clock.

4. Do you eat breakfast in the morning, if so, what do you typically have?

Breakfast is a must for me. On most mornings, I have Kimberly Snyder’s “Glowing Green Smoothie” (GGS). This smoothie helps me stay full and energized.

5. What is the first drink you have in the morning, and at what time?

My first drink is two tablespoons of organic blackstrap molasses at around 6:30 a.m, followed by a glass or two of warm lemon water. I don’t consume animals or animal byproducts, so this helps with my iron intake. Blackstrap molasses is also good for hair growth, is high in calcium, and potassium. I chase the molasses with lemon water because it optimizes iron absorption. It’s also a great energy booster.

6. Do you exercise in the morning and/or meditate in the morning?

I’ve tried exercising in the morning during the work week and it just doesn’t work for me. I’d prefer to exercise my day away at night. I spend mornings reading my Bible, exercising my “inner man”. I also pray and meditate for about 30 minutes. If I wake up late and find myself rushing, I will listen to Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. or Dr. Charles Stanley while I get ready for the day.

7. How soon after waking up do you check your phone? [Check/send emails, social media]

I don’t check my phone until around 7:00 a.m. — 7:30 a.m.

8. What are the most important tasks you complete in the morning

Reading my Bible and prayer are the two most important tasks that I complete in the morning. Proverbs 3:6 explains it best.

9. What is your bedtime routine?

I’m usually getting ready for bed at the latest, 10:45 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. I have late nights on occasion, but I try not make it a habit. I’ll have tea and quickly pray before bed to relax. I love to sleep near my essential oil diffuser for a restful night’s sleep.

10. Are you able to keep the same routine when you’re traveling or in a different environment?

Depending on where and the purpose for traveling, it’s hard to stick with my routine. This is most true when I visit family. I usually will not make my GGS, and instead go out to breakfast to catch up with loved ones. Also, traveling is always like a mini vacation to me. When I travel, I like to sleep in if afforded the opportunity.

11. Do you stick to your routine on the weekends or do you tweak it?

I tweak my routine on the weekends. I usually wake up between 7:00 a.m. — 7:30 a.m. I get up, oil pull, then head out to my local farmer’s market. If I don’t get there before 9:00 a.m., it is overrun with crowds of people. I’ll throw a protein bar in my bag or grab something to eat while I’m out running errands and listen to a podcast in the car.

12. Do you see a change in your day if you forget/don’t to follow your morning routine?

Definitely! I feel sluggish if I do not eat breakfast. If I don’t meditate/pray in the mornings consistently, I feel like I’m more prone to make emotional, irrational decisions.

13. What project(s) are you currently working on which adds value to your life?

I am always working on my blog, ThatsChelsea.com. This is a personal health and wellness blog that encourages women to adopt more plant-based meals, and green beauty (non-toxic) cosmetics. Transitioning to a plant-based, non-toxic lifestyle has drastically improved my life. I hope to help do the same for someone else.

Chelsea a DC-based Health Communication Consultant and Blogger at ThatsChelsea.com, who is passionate about all things pertaining to health and wellness.

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