BALANCING AT HOME WELLNESS STAPLES
If you are anything like us, staying home came almost a little too easily. Now that things are slowly returning to “normal” (whatever THAT means), we’ve fallen a little deeper in love with our homes.
Whilst we don’t have complete control over the outside world and the external stressors, just the ability to build a resilient body, we do have control over how we feel inside our homes. We don’t know about you, but we’re very protective over the, dare we say, aura in our homes.
We want our homes and external environment to mimic our natural cortisol wave. In the morning, we want to wake up feeling energised and ready to take on the day and when we hit the pillow at night, feel as if falling asleep is a breeze. If working from home, we’re big on productivity tools over overstimulation and mid-afternoon crashes.
Your home environment can absolutely support how you feel and how the day plays out. Here are a few of our current favourites from the brands that we just can’t get enough of.
We wake up due to a surge of cortisol, so constantly trying to lower cortisol at all times of the day is a little counterproductive. However, we still think that having a slow, mindful morning routine is highly beneficial in pathing the way for a successful day ahead. This is especially true if you’re prone to a little AM anxiety or feel scattered first thing.
- Start the day with a blood sugar balancing smoothie, helping to keep energy levels stable throughout the day as well as supporting hormonal balance. Ensure your smoothie has a fat source (think nut butter), fibre (chia, flax or hemp seeds), leafy greens (you won’t even be able to taste the spinach!) and of course, protein. We’ve been using Ancient + Brave’s True Collagen every day. For vegans, their Inspired Collagyn is a great alternative.
- Looking to further pimp your smoothie? Adaptogens are a form of herb that helps restore balance within the body, be it if you need a natural energy boost or helping to keep calm and focused. We add a generous spoonful of The Immortal from Earl of East to our smoothie for an immunity boost with calming added benefits.
- Essential oils are just reserved for around bedtime or meditation. We add a couple of drops of Shinrin-Yoku essential oil from Earl of East to our diffusor to help create a calm yet refreshed environment first thing.
- Avoid looking at your phone too soon. It’s easy said than done, but we want to be proactive in the morning rather than reactive. Scrolling through other people’s days on Instagram can be a little stressful and steer you distract you from your day ahead.
- Get outside and ground yourself. Take your shoes off and feel the nature between your toes. We want to signal to the body that it is time to wake up and the day starts now, the most efficient way to focus your circadian rhythm. Whilst you're there, consider a quick meditation or breath worth.
- Hydrate. Although we hope at this point you don’t need reminding about the importance of water. When you wake up, you are dehydrated from the night just passed. Before caffeine or food, guzzle some water. It will make more of a difference than you would think.
Smart supplements AKA nootropics can be a nifty way of upping your productivity protocol. Incorporate adaptogenic herbs during the work day, take frequent breaks and grab a pair of blue blocking glasses if you're staring at a screen all day. Wellness in the workplace is just as important and your morning and evening routine.
- We’re big fans of matcha. You can read all about why here. During the warmer months, we throw a sachet of Four Sigmatic’s Matcha with Maitake over almond milk and ice. When it gets colder, we sip of a warm mug of the stuff. The addition of maitake supports the immune system as well as helping to keep you focused.
- If like us, you’re a bit of a procrastinator, nootropic supplements could be a game-changer in your at-home wellness routine. We add a pipet of Grown’s Neural Tonic to water to help us focus on our to-do lists.
- Rather be outside than sitting in your home office? We burn Earl of East’s Wildflower Candle on our desks for an easy pick me up and to elevate that work from home space.
- We’ve got a whole post on how to boost your brand and follow the Ivy Lee Method for optimal productivity. Have a read and implement a few work boundaries for yourself such as keeping your phone out of the office space when you don’t need it, time blocking and taking breaks to get some fresh air.
We won't nag you about why sleep is absolutely paramount for optimal health and wellbeing, as chances are you already know. Optimise your sleep hygiene with adaptogens, meditation and a soothing bath. Once you prioritise rest, it makes everything else a lot less daunting.
- Put off by nasty, grassy tasting CBD oil? Us too. Since discovering Trip’s orange blossom and wild mint flavoured CBD oils, we’ve become complete converts and add a couple of drops under the tongue before bed.
- Have a bath. Again, possibly another wellness recommendation that you’re probably exhausted of hearing at this point. But a bath can be an effective part of a wind-down routine, helping even the most stressed out of bodies relax. We add in handfuls of Earl of East Shinrin-Yoku Bath Salts to help us unwind. The familiar scent from the very start of the day helps us loop back around and check-in with ourselves.
- If you have difficulty falling asleep at night, it may be a sign that your adrenals and stress hormones are a little out of balance. We use adaptogens for this, such as ashwagandha, found in both Grown’s Evening Tonic and Four Sigmatic’s Adaptogen Blend.
- Implement a 9-9 rule. No phones (our screens!) from 9 pm to 9 am. Set these strict boundaries on yourself and stick to them. It will make it easier to wind-down at night and you won’t wake up to the stress of your phone.
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