5 habits to start your day
There are some things that I do in the morning, no matter what day it is, where I am or what my schedule is, these things just don't go astray and get me ready for the day ahead.
First thing I do when I wake up is wash my face with some fresh water, I don't use a cleanser really, I find the ocean and sea salt cleans my skin so well that there really isn't a better natural cleaner than a little bit of exfoliating salty water. Sometimes I wake up 10 minutes earlier to take 10 minutes to myself (thanks to Elise Little Bantam Surf Trainer), I recently downloaded Headspace and have a guided breathing exercise by Elise Carter. A meditation that takes you through step by step really helps!
I usually put my bikinis straight on out of bed, drink 1 to 2 glasses of water with lemon in the morning and then take a tbs of coconut oil and oil pull in the car on the way to the surf...not a lot of people know about this and those that do, know the amazing benefits it has (whiter teeth, clears sinuses, clearer skin, healthy gums etc). A family friend, Jess Ainscough tells you all about it here or mind-body green has some really easy read articles here!
I usually then surf for about an hour and a half with friends (this usually leads to a coffee date afterwards with everyone). I actually don't know the last time I didn't surf in the morning. But on the rare occasion that I don't, I'll swim the beach of Mooloolaba with my Mum(its usually about 1km or so) or yoga down the road. If I don't do something active in the mornings, I feel as if I haven't woken up. It gets the blood going, starts your brain functioning and puts you in a better mood! Seriously...when has someone regretted going for a run or quick swim?
Breakfast is always on the mind and is a must! Otherwise, I don't function and end up missing half my lectures because I'm falling asleep or it goes straight to the brain. So something fun is usually brainstormed at coffee/tea that morning.
Depending on what day it is, I'll either have trained at the OPC at 8 am, University at 11 or work for most of the day. Surfing and food come first, then usually the uni, work, training and study. Right now its pretty scheduled, so these 5 things are the secrets for making my day.
How do you start yours?