How to Have Your BEST Day + Wellness Trends I Love


I am very serious about my routines and when I find something I love, I really get into it. I do a lot of things in the morning and at night to help me find a sense of peace and balance. I tend to be a little stressed and frazzled, so having a routine with easy little things that make me feel good sets me up for really great day. I read a lot of blogs, watch YouTube videos, and listen to podcasts that are always offering up some kind of wellness "trend" and I'll pretty much try anything, so I'm going to share what I love with you guys today.

MORNING:
By 6:30/7:00am I'm usually up. As soon as I get up, I brush my teeth. I was kind of into reading about Ayurveda for a while and I read that you should brush your teeth and tongue before you drink water, so you aren't swallowing any of the gross bacteria that's been in your mouth while you're sleeping. Once I heard that, I couldn't get the picture out of my head, so I brush my teeth first thing. Also, the first thing I'm NOT doing is checking my messages or social media. That immediately makes me feel icky and like I'm wasting time so I try to avoid it til the afternoon.

Then, I meditate...I know I know, I feel like everyone is talking about meditation these days. I've only been doing this consistently for about two weeks. It helps me with my anxiety SO much. It is hard, but after a while you learn to just let go and be still for 10 minutes. I've tried Calm and Headspace and I like them both. I'm really hoping I can keep it up! I recently listened to a podcast with Lorna Jane (if you are familiar with her activewear line) and she said something that really resonated with me. Her morning mantra is: Move, Nourish, Believe. Basically, you just tell yourself, how you are going to move and nourish your body throughout the day and then the believe is kind of visualizing yourself really kicking ass in whatever you have to do that day. I like this because I don't always have time to journal, but it's a simple and easy way to put yourself in a positive state of mind.

After my meditation, I heat up some water and have a cup of warm water with lemon. I've heard this is good for digestion, but I drink it because I love the taste of lemon and like to have something warm when I first wake up that isn't coffee. I try to either walk my dog or stretch for like 15 minutes, but sometimes this doesn't happen. If it's nice (especially in the summer), I like to just sit outside for a minute and take a deep breath. 

DURING THE DAY:
So like I mentioned, I tend to get stressed and anxious really easily and a lot of times it's because I didn't give myself enough time to prepare. I'm usually leaving for work in the morning, so I make sure I have whatever snacks or meals I need ready to go before I have to walk out the door. I try to make sure I'm eating breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack, so I don't have that really starving feeling at 5pm. This sounds like common sense, but I know you can relate to that starving/hangry feeling and that doesn't help anybody, so giving yourself time to prepare really takes away that stress.

This tip is so boring, but water is key!!! I just got the big Hydroflask with the sippy cup straw and I'm usually filling that up like 6 or 7 times a day, which is crazy. Alright moving on, you know you need more water. I love coffee, but I really try to limit my caffeine because of my anxiety. I try to stick to only 2 cups per day.

BEDTIME:
Another boring tip that you know you should be doing: turn off your phone!! 
When I'm ready to wind down (probably 9pm if we're being honest), I set my Bedtime app alarm, put my phone on the charger, and take a hot shower. This relaxes me and most of the time I do my best reflecting when I'm in the shower. 

When I'm finished and I get in my pajamas, I get in bed and lay with my feet up. I'm obsessed with Melissa Wood Health and she always talks about laying with your feet up straight up against the wall to get your blood flowing. Once I started doing this, I fell in love and have to do this every night. I try to read one chapter of a library book (nothing crazy, usually a mystery) while I do this. If I'm not already dozing off, I'll write a little in my journal, but I try to always think of at least 3 things that I'm grateful for before I go to sleep. Continuously bringing gratitude into my life really helps me stay in a calm, positive mindset, so this is probably the most important part of my day.

Now, sometimes I don't get all of these things in every single day, but setting that as my ideal routine and just working towards little ways I can find some peace is key for me. When I give myself enough time to prepare and make time for little things I love, I'm setting myself up for my best day. I'm always posting on @balanced_baig when I try new wellness trends/hacks or (more importantly) healthy snacks or drinks that I read about, so make sure you're following along over there if you aren't already :)

Thanks for reading xx

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