Standard Procedure: a morning in the life

Your Daily Ritual

I’m not really a routine girl.  I like a little variety in my life. That’s probably one reason I was drawn to the career I chose.  I don’t have the exact same schedule every day. While I love variety, I do have habits, or daily rituals that I practice each day. The reason I love them so is because I feel better and I function better when I prepare my body and mind properly each day. I won’t walk you through every step of my day…that would be silly.  But, here are a 3 things I do each morning that I think everyone can benefit from.

1) Upon waking, Drink 12-16 oz of water (with lemon).  There are so many reasons you should do this!  I take my vitamins at this time too.  While everyone may have slightly different needs when it comes to supplements, lemon water is universally beneficial (unless you’re allergic to lemons-then plain water will do), and it’s dirt cheap! Click here for a list of benefits from EarthRemedy.org.

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2) A little quiet time while I stretch.  I used to grab my phone immediately upon waking to see what I missed while I was sleeping.  The harsh lights from the screen would jump through my eyes into my brain and get my nervous system fired up before my feet even hit the floor.  We do live in an exciting time where information is always accessible and staying connected is easier than ever.  I’m a huge fan of that, but give yourself a few minutes in the morning to sit in a peaceful spot in your home.  As you sit quietly, allow yourself 5-15 minutes to honor your day.  I use this time to pray, meditate and breathe.  I also go through a series of stretches the loosen the neck, shoulders, spine, hips, hamstrings and ankles.  When I’m finished I feel calm and energized, ready to face the day.  Try this for one week.  See how it feels.

There are so many different ways to stretch.  I encourage you to start with a classic yoga series called Sun Salutation A (in sanskirt: surya namaskar).  Going through this sequence 5-10 times in the morning will improve circulation, carrying oxygen to all of the organs in the body.  It increases flexibility and strength.  It calms the mind and generates heat (cleansing the body).

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If you’re a Strong Calm Sexy member and you’ve done the yoga video, you may have noticed we include these near the beginning of the practice.  If you need another visual of this flow, click here to follow along.

3) I wash my face in ice cold water!  Why ice cold water?  First, it tightens your pores that have expanded while you were sleeping.  Pores also expand as we age, so anything that reduces there appearance gives us a youthful glow.  Cold water also increases circulation to the face, giving us a bright, rosy glow.  It wakes you up!  No explanation needed 🙂

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Of course, I have other routine elements that I practice each morning (brush, floss, get dressed, healthy breakfast, etc.), but these 3 take little time with huge impact.  I find that I’m more pleasant when I complete my morning rituals (ask my kids :).

Baby It’s Cold Outside

I practically live in gym clothes.  It’s part of the gig.  I don’t usually mind it, but I still want to be cute and love what I’m wearing.  I know many people don’t have to wear gym clothes to work (may even be frowned upon), but many prefer it.  I’m all for it!  Stay suited up for an impromptu workout as often as you can!   Now that winter is settling in, running out in a tank top and running skirt is not an option.

Here are my 3 favorite jackets to toss on with your activewear to take your look from Fit GIrl to It Girl:

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Pure + Good by Anthropologie

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Hardtail at Londomondo

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The Lively jacket from Strut-This

The last one is on sale, plus you can get an extra 20% off when you provide your email address!

A cute jacket can be a great way to warm your heart to cooler weather, so consider it an investment in your mental health as well!

Your turn!  Tell me what morning rituals you value the most.  Share a selfie with us of you in your favorite cold weather gear!  Use #StrongCalmCozy on Instagram and Twitter @omnoshedidnt or on Facebook.com/strongcalmsexy  I love hearing from you!

 

 

 

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