Tip #1: Start your morning off with a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon as soon as you wake up. Among its many benefits, warm lemon water hydrates and alkalizes your body, making it feel refreshed after sleeping all night. It also improves digestion, clearing any toxins from your body left over from the day before. It will boost brain power and energy so that you will have the best start to the day!
Tip #2: Enjoy a shower infused with essential oils! Whether you shower in the morning or at night, the aromatherapy powers of an essential oil shower can really put your mind at ease. Pour about 5 drops of an essential oil on the floor of your shower while the shower is running. If you shower in the morning, use peppermint oil as it promotes alertness or lemongrass which boosts energy. If you shower in the evening, use something more soothing to get you ready to sleep such as lavender or eucalyptus oil.
Tip #3: Take a probiotic supplement with your breakfast to ensure optimal digestion. I am all about gut health and if there is one thing I can’t live without, it is my probiotic. My favorite probiotic is the Garden of Life brand. I have tried other brands but I have found that G.O.F. works the best. This supplement will make your digestion system feel healthy all day to avoid bloating or other digestive issues.
Tip #4: Keep lavender essential oil in your purse and/or on your desk at work. This is my secret to dealing with stress and anxiety. If you are feeling stressed, rub a drop of lavender oil on your wrists and inhale. The aroma has instant calming properties that I swear by. You have to try this!
Tip #5: Make yourself a mid-morning power tea with mood-boosting and stress-relieving ingredients. This is something that I look forward to while I’m checking my emails. My tea of choice is a Matcha Coconut Milk Latte with adaptogenic herbs. The powerhouse ingredients that I add to my matcha latte are:
- Matcha- It is high in antioxidants, increases metabolism, and protects liver health. My favorite thing about Matcha is that it increases your energy levels while still keeping you calm and boosting your concentration for a productive day.
- Maca- It is also rich in antioxidants, balances estrogen levels, decreases anxiety/depression, and enhances mood.
- Ashwagandha- It reduces stress and anxiety, reduces blood sugar levels, improves brain function, and can reduce cortisol levels.
Tip #6: After a long day of work, I usually take a yoga or meditation class. However, what has changed my life is my current obsession- Sound Bath Meditation classes. It is absolute pure bliss. In case you have never heard of this, let me enlighten you! Sound Bath Meditation is an ancient Tibetan Practice where you are literally bathing in sound waves. As you lay on the earth in a mindful meditation, the practicioner plays Tibetan Crystal “Singing Bowls” (which are similar to gongs) to create powerful sound wave vibrations. These vibrations make waves of peace, putting you into the most zen state of being. I honestly leave these mediations feeling so rejuvenated, refreshed, and in the clearest state of mind. Most people enjoy sound baths to relieve stress, receive pain relief, promote happiness and wellbeing, and increase mental clarity. You must try it- and you can thank me later!
Tip #7: At the end of the day, do a homemade honey mask. I mix together 3 T Raw Manuka Honey, 1 T Cinnamon, and a few drops of tea tree oil. This mask is really great for your skin. Honey is naturally antibacterial so it is great for unblocking pores. The reason why I apply it in the evening before bed is because it is moisturizing and soothing, so I feel clean and refreshed so that my skin can breathe during my rest.
Tip #8: Practice gratitude. End your day reflecting on the positives in the day, in your week, and in your life. Journaling your reflections is a good way to affirm your thoughts and look back on them to remember your happy feelings. “An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities”. -Yogi Bhajan