With autumn now in full swing and winter fast approaching, I've been thinking of ways to make waking up in the morning a little easier especially when it is barely daylight when it is time to wake up from our slumber. I am hoping that these tips will be helpful not only to myself but to anyone else who could do with some good encouragement in the mornings to start the day.
- No Snoozing; Try not to hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off! choose the time you wish to wake up and tell yourself snoozing is not an option.
- Hydrate; I like to start my mornings with a mug of warm water with a few slices of lemon. this serves two purposes firstly it helps to hydrate your body and it also helps to kickstart your metabolism as well as keeping those pesky cold bugs at bay this time of year.
- No phone; In this digital age it has become a habit of ours to reach for our phones as soon as we open our eyes. Try not reaching for your phone for a mini morning digital detox, notifications and social media can wait a while!
- Focus on today; No matter what happened yesterday, it is now in the past focus on the here and now, the new day and all it's new possibilities
- Let in some natural light; I know, I know, natural light can be scarce this time of the year especially here in the UK first thing in the morning but it's a good idea to get as much naturall light as you possibly can as it can help lift the mood.
- Make your bed; Making your bed in the morning not only make your room neater but also ensures that come bedtime you have a nice neat and well made bed to sleep in again.
- Exercise; It is a good thing to do some light exercise in the morning like stretching or yoga as this can set you up for the whole day making you feel invigorated and ready to deal with anything that comes your way.
- Have Breakfast; After exercising a nice healthy and nutritious breakfast eaten with attention is another great way to set you up for the day ahead.
- Read / Journal; Try reading something lighthearted, positive or motivational in the morning. Alternatively a bit of journalling is a great way to set you up for the day by setting up goals
- Listen to music; Listening to music that you love is a great way to start the day whether this is something soothing to calm you down or upbeat to get you up and going it's a good mood lifter
What things do you like to do in the morning to help you start your day right?
Following on from my previous review of the Super Elixir Super Greens, I decided to write a review for another of the Super elixir products from Welleco their nourishing plant protein in the chocolate flavour. I have been adding this nourishing plant protein powder to my post yoga protein smoothies off and on for about a month now.
The nourishing plant protein that I purchased comes beautifully presented in a white box tied up in a ribbon which is then opened to reveal the protein powder in a lovely glass caddy much like the alkalising greens caddy but in white. The protein powder is said to help kick start the metabolism, maintain a healthy weight and can be used as I do as a nourishing and replenishing post workout snack.
The super elixir nourishing plant protein contains no whey and protein from peas and sprouted brown rice, making it easy to digest as well as being from a vegan source. It mixes well into smoothies and the chocolate flavour was quite pleasant to taste. There is also a vanilla flavoured option that can be purchased for those that prefer that flavour option. Although I am yet to try this protein powder in any other way, I daresay that it can be used to make some really yummy chocolate flavoured desserts providing that the powder is not heated as this would break down and denature the beneficial plant proteins contained in the powder.
The nourishing plant protein can now be purchased at a few places such as Selfridges and Net-a-porter as well as from the Welleco website.
Have you heard of or used the super elixir nourishing protein?
I thought that I would share a few of the products that I have been loving at the moment as I have been really enjoying using a few of these items in my daily routine.
The Ordinary Glycolic acid 7% Toning solution; I love this toner as it contains glycolic acid which is a mild exfoliating ingredient. It also contains Tasmanian pepperberry which helps reduce any irritation associated with exfoliation. I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin since using this product, my skin feels fresher, cleaner and definitely brighter. The few blemishes that I had on my face have also faded away since using this toner before I moisturise. The toning solution can be found here. I love that this products is vegan, silicone, gluten, soy and nut free as well as being cruelty free.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors; I love this facial moisturiser from the same brand as the toner mentioned before. It light and non greasy yet provides great moisture for the skin. It also contains 11 amino acids which help nourish and protect the skin. The moisturiser can be found here
Nude by nature allure defining mascara; This is a great mascara for those looking for an all natural alternative to most mascaras out there on the market at the moment. It provides good lash coverage and lengthening of lashes without the unnecessary added chemicals found in most mascaras. Find it here
As the weather here in the UK gets cooler, thoughts once again turn to how to adapt to the changing seasons. Autumn happens once to be one of my favourite seasons, I love getting all wrapped up and cosy and warm as the temperature outside gets colder. The memories and warmth of summer begin to fade into the background and as you look forward you start to think about the coming months and seasons of autumn and winter ahead and dare I even mention the "C" word Christmas?! how is it that more than half the year has passed already and we are hurtling towards the final months of the year?
I'll share some things that I like to incorporate into my routine this time of year to help with the transition into fall / autumn.
- Wash and store my summer wardrobe and clothes, it helps not to have to deal with clothing from two different seasons.
- As opposed to having a "spring" clean, it helps to have a little pre autumn clean and organisation session.
- Get out what I like to call the "cosies" this includes my autumn winter wardrobe and clothes and those lovely warm and fluffy cardigans and jumpers / sweaters as well as getting some warm and fluffy home accessories like warm throws and blankets, cushions and warmer bedding for the bedroom.
- Take more relaxing and soothing baths by adding some bath salts or essential oils to bath times
- Creating more of a cosy home atmosphere by incorporating some mood lighting like candles or lamps around the home.
- Go out for short or long walks in nature and get reconnected with your surroundings
- Change up your eating habits to include more warm whole foods and beverages, such as cups of tea, hot chocolate, warm soups, porridges for breakfast and whole food baked goods.
- Spend some more quality time with family and friends cooking and eating wholesome meals, catching up and swapping stories.
- Start Incorporating more Hygge into your daily or seasonal routine.
What things do you like to incorporate into your routine to get you ready for the change in seasons?
Okay you've been on a pretty amazing maybe even life changing vacation and you are now back at home and back to reality, how to deal with those pesky pangs of longing for the better days of your vacation. Here are some tips that helped me to get through my recent holiday blues and that I am hopeful will be helpful to anyone out there who is having or has had similar feelings after an amazing and well deserved break.
- First and foremost you want to indulge in some serious self care, this can take many forms, physical or mental. Things like pampering yourself with simple little things, maybe a manicure / pedicure or a luxurious long soak in the bath, reading a new or favourite book, maybe finishing that holiday read that you took with you.
- Treat yourself to a lovely meal, so you may not have many spare pennies after said holiday but you can perhaps learn to recreate any delicious meals that you were lucky enough to sample on holiday or maybe you have a favourite smoothie that you had during your vacation that you can also try to recreate to give you those holiday vibes!
- Organise your travel treasures and photographs, There is nothing quite as uplifting than reminiscing about your recent travels, and organising your souvenirs that you picked up on holiday and finding them a new home. Also creating a lovely digital album or indeed one full of printed pictures can help lift the mood
- Plan your next trip! yes you may not really know when or where your next trip will be but you can always start planning ahead even if it is only in your head. Creating a vision or mood board is also a great way to make you feel like you are planning your next trip without actually having to spend a penny doing so. You can also start doing some light research into things to do and places to go in your dream destination.
- Journal; Writing down your experiences about your recent trip is a great way to help you put things into perspective and relive the best bits of your trip without having to annoy other people about what a great time you had on your vacation!
What things do you do to help you get through the holiday blues?