How to start your day stress-free.
It’s time to recognize the importance of self-care, especially in the morning. While the term has become commonplace, many women still associate it with something special and indulgent like a day at the spa. In fact, it is much simpler than that. Self-care is about slowing down, making yourself the priority and setting goals. Do that first thing and you set the tone for productive, stress-free days. Here are six of our current favourites…
Go slow: We are huge proponents of waking up slowly – no bounding out of bed – and having extra time to get ready for the day. Set your alarm just a little earlier than you normally would, wrap yourself in a throw and think about what you’d like to accomplish in your day.
Stretch out: Gentle movement, stretching and yoga are all great ways to wake up the body – we like to start the day with sun salutation poses. This isn’t about working out, rather just taking a few minutes to connect with your body.
Dry brush: If you haven’t tried dry brushing yet, it’s time. A soothing pre-shower or bath ritual, dry brushing gently exfoliates, helps improve circulation and feels like a soft, yet firm massage. Always use long strokes toward your heart and brush each area two to three times.
Dress down: We like to slowly transition from sleepwear to daywear and a comfy robe is our in-between garment of choice. Slip into one before or after you shower, while applying makeup or drying your hair. It has a spa-like effect that makes getting ready for the day just a little nicer.
Drink up: A healthy drink first thing – organic coffee, a nutrient-dense smoothie – is a calming ritual to look forward to. And there’s something about holding a cup with both hands that invites quiet contemplation of what’s in store for the day.
Make the bed: Studies have shown that making the bed has a positive effect on mood, setting a happy tone first thing. Plus, there's no denying how nice it is to leave behind a tidy bedroom and - even nicer - return to its calming order at the end of the day.