For anyone who has no idea what they’re doing with makeup.
It’s not just sexist, it’s stupid.
Yep, I went there, and it was awkward and awesome at the same time…
Why did the early bird get the worm? Because he had already exercised, meditated, visualised and had set his intention for the day! Seriously though, some of the most successful people in the world including Steve Jobs, Anna Wintour and Tony Roberts attribute their accomplishments to productive morning rituals.
So what are their secrets and how can incorporating some of these practises be beneficial to our own lives?
Getting up at the crack of dawn to hit the pavement or the gym takes practise. But not only has it been widely reported that you burn more calories first thing in the morning, research demonstrates that a morning workout can regulate your appetite and increase mental awareness for the day.
According to Forbes, Vogue editor Anna Wintour is on the tennis court by 6am, while Starbucks president Michelle Gass wakes up every morning at 4.30am to go running. “When I’m at my best, it’s because I’m taking care of myself… Morning runs clear my mind,” she said.
Imagine kick-starting your day in a state of zen! You’d certainly tackle problems more efficiently and would be less inclined to let the smaller things frustrate you throughout the day. Research shows that meditation clears the mind, combats stress and can even boost immune function and increase levels of serotonin in the brain.
Talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres practises transcendental meditation on a daily basis and has said it is the only time she has stillness. “It gives me this peaceful, peaceful feeling,” she said at an LA gala.
Reflect on your goals
For most of us, our morning routine goes a little something like this: wake-up, eat breakfast, read or watch the news, get dressed, run out the door. But for Steve Jobs he used this time to reflect on his goals. During a speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said: “For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
When you’re on autopilot it can be difficult to navigate the areas in your life that you’re not happy with. By taking time out each morning, whether that be putting pen to paper or looking in the mirror, it helps you to refocus and re-establish what’s most important to you.
Just like Jobs said: “Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure… these things just fall away in the face of death… leaving only what is truly important.”
While visualisation may not be for everyone, recent studies have revealed that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions do. This means that every time we visualise doing something, we trigger a subconscious process that actually trains our brain.
Part of motivational speaker, Tony Robbins’ morning routine involves encouraging incantations, or affirmations, so to speak. He visualises everything he wants in his life as if he had it today. This method reportedly helps him to condition his mind, body and emotions to bring out his best self every day.
We all need it. Many of us don’t get enough of it. And, at times, it seems to allude us completely – but sleep is basically the single most important thing in our lives. Without it, it doesn’t matter how well you eat, how much exercise you get or how successful you are, you will suffer. So in aid of helping you to sleep better – and more often – here are our top tips:
- Turn off all your technology an hour before bedtime. The blue lights radiated from your iPhone and laptops stimulate your mind, so no more checking Facebook and emails whilst in bed!
- Reduce stimulating foods. Brown Paper Bag Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill (www.thebrownpaperbag.com.au) says to cut the coffee, tea, chocolate and sugary desserts, as well as heavy meals rich in animal fats or anything highly processed. “Foods such as pepitas, sesame seeds, peanuts, lentils, oats and fish rich in nourishing fats such as salmon and trout are high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid for quality rest as it polays an imperative role in the production of melatonin – our key hormone for sleep,” says Jacqueline. “After evening meals, aiim to avoid sugar laden treats and head for the warming pot of herbal tea instead.”
- Get your beauty sleep. Taking Qsilica Beauty Sleep Tablets 30 minutes before bed will calm your muscles and mind thanks to the natural ingredients, inc. valerian root, tart cherry and hops. Use alongside Qsilica Beauty Sleep Night Cream on your face and neck as a moisture barrier to enhance your skin’s cellular regeneration. (www.qsilica.com.au)
- Keep cool. Bodies sleep better when you’re slightly cool, and we do heat throughout the night so keep pyjamas light and breezy and find bed sheets that works for you – we like linen or high-thread cotton for breathability and texture.
- Create rituals. Read a passage of a book, meditate, do some relaxing yoga or prepare your outfit for the day ahead. No matter what your ritual is, repeating a non-stimulating act before bed every night will put your mind into sleep mode.
Acne, large pores, blackheads and oily skin are some of the most common skin conditions that many of us deal with, even into adulthood. Keeping these skin issues under control can be quite the challenge, so we’ve put together 7 skin care tips to help you get healthy skin.
1. Use the right products
You may be using the wrong skin care products for your skin type. Wash your face twice a day with a basic cleanser to keep your skin bacteria-free, and make sure you use an oil-free moisturiser. It’s also a good idea to try natural and organic skin care which has gentler ingredients as well as no preservatives and parabens (these can cause skin problems).
2. Reduce stress
Like hormonal imbalances, stress can cause the skin to flare up. Thankfully though, this is preventable. Try reducing your work load and activities in the day, spend some time meditating, doing yoga or just relaxing and doing what you enjoy, and you’ll find that your acne gradually improves.
3. Get sufficient sleep
Maintaining a healthy sleeping routine is very important to not just your skin, but your physical and mental wellbeing, so make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, cutting out caffeine intake in the late afternoon, drinking chamomile tea, taking a soak in the bath, and switching off the TV 30 minutes before bed can help to reduce stress, helping you sleep.
4. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to healthy skin and your general health, so try to get into a routine of consuming at least 2 litres of water a day. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins, keeps you hydrated from within and regulates your digestion, all key factors for healthy skin.
5. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Why is it we’re mad for the latest antioxidant-rich, vitamin-laden skin care, when we can get this naturally from within by eating more fruits and vegetables? Some fresh produce are specifically amazing for keeping your skin healthy and glowing. These include strawberries, plums, orange, red grapes, kiwi, pink grapefruit, artichoke, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, red chicory, red chilis, dark and leafy greens, sweet potato and carrot, among many others.
6. Check with your doctor whether you might have a hormone imbalance
An imbalance in hormone levels can cause a host embarrassing skin conditions. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 7 percent of all women, with symptoms including excessive hair growth, oily skin, blackheads and acne. Although there is no cure, your doctor might prescribe the contraceptive pill or progesterone to help balance your hormones and control the problem. If you do have PCOS, this will likely help with other symptoms of the condition too. Remember that treatments such as laser hair removal may not work in the long-term reduction of hair caused by a hormonal imbalance.
7. See a dermatologist
If you can’t find the cause for your skin troubles, a visit to a specialist can be very revealing. A dermatologist might be able to help determine whether an allergy is the cause of your problem, or may subscribe some effective products to help control, the condition.