Can you believe it is already the 1st of February? The days are getting light (finally) and the weather is starting to pick up (hopefully). This week it’s all about waking up well. We share with you a morning routine that is guaranteed to energise you whatever the weather followed by a recipe from blogger Oh She Glows to set you up for the day.

Sunrise

Wake up right

Waking up right means going to bed well. This means no phones, computers or television at least 45 minutes before you go to bed, a cool room to sleep in and a safe space where you can fully relax.

Turn your bedroom into your very own sanctuary. You spend half of your life in bed so make sure your bed and bedroom are the very best it can be for you. Try burning your favourite candles, purchasing new sheets, buying some calming crystals or do whatever you need to do to make it feel good.

We love these linen sheets from the Secret Linen Store made from breathable fabric much like our organic yoga clothes.

White linen duvet my the Secret Linen Company

Did you know our cotton and bamboo organic yoga clothes are perfect for yoga, Pilates, living and sleeping in? They wick away sweat, mould to your body and are supremely soft and comfortable.

We recommend our Chi Racer Back Vest and our Flow With it leggings.

Chi Racer Back Vest

Organic Cotton Racer Vest

Flow With It Leggings

Flow With It organic leggings

If you really struggle with sleep or to get to sleep there are so many products out there to help you. From natural supplements, to relaxing essential oils – it’s not a one size fits all process so try and test out different things until you discover what works best for you. We swear by magnesium salt baths, herbal tea and the 7/11 breathing technique to drift off.

The 7/11 technique helps to relax and calm your mind. Breathe in for a count of 7 seconds and out for 11. If you cant make it to 7 start with 5 in and 9 out. This gentle breathing exercise switches the rhythm of your nervous system, simulating relaxation and it will gradually send you to sleep.

You could also try giving these apps as tested and recommended by food and wellness blogger Madeleine Shaw a go. Just remember to work with them at least 45 minutes before you want to go to sleep.

Podcasts

Upon waking there’s nothing better than a gentle stretch and a cup of warm water to kick-start your digestive system. You can add a squeeze of lemon and some Himalayan salt for added alkalizing and balancing properties but remember to drink it through a straw so you don’t damage your delicate enamel.

We love these reusable, silicone straws from Buy Me Once .

re-usable silicone straws

Leave yourself extra time in the morning so you can start your day without feeling rushed. We allow ourselves an extra 30 minutes so we can fit in our daily vedic meditation (find out more about this ancient practice here) but remember that time is your time so fill it with whatever sets you up for the day and avoid looking at emails until you absolutely have to.

Breakfast is an important part of every morning routine. Because it’s the first meal of the day it’s crucial to choose what you eat wisely. Your digestive system is waking up as you are so light, warm food that is eaten little and often is best. Remember you can always take some with you on your commute or to have as a snack throughout the day.

These re-usable food storage boxes from Black + Blum are our new favourites… 

Black + Blum food storage

Try this recipe for the ultimate superfood porridge from nutritional blogger Angela better known as Oh She Glows which is our current go-to on cold, frosty mornings.

Superfood porridge from blogger Oh She Glows

Full of good fat, fibre and healthy sugars it’s perfect for the whole family and you can make it personal with your favourite toppings. As ever we can’t wait to hear what you think in the comments section below.

• 2 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
• 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
• Half a finely grated courgette
• Gluten-free oats
• Milk of choice or water
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds
• A pinch fine sea salt
• Cinnamon, to taste

Suggested toppings: berries, sliced banana, chopped nuts/seeds, granola, etc.

Directions:
1. Mash the banana, peel the carrots and grate the courgettes into a pan.
2. Add the oats, milk or water, chia seeds, and a pinch of salt into a pot and stir well until combined.
3. Set over medium heat and cook the oats, stirring frequently until they are soft and the mixture thickens.
4. At the end of cooking, stir in the cinnamon to taste.
5. Serve and enjoy with your desired toppings. Leftovers will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for a couple days. To reheat, transfer oatmeal into a pot on the stovetop and heat over medium heat, stirring in a splash of water or milk to thin if necessary.

To save on cooking time, combine the ingredients in a bowl and let the porridge soak in the fridge (covered) overnight. In the morning, simply stir and heat on the stove, adding more water or milk if desired.

Discover more wellness tips on our blog here…

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