Do you have a thing that you do that you're not sure anyone else does but if you stop doing it, you just feel like something is off?
I'm a strong believer in everyone having a thing. Their thing. Daily rituals are just part of being a living, breathing human. It keeps us grounded and feeling like we have our sh!t together even when there might be a tornado in the other room.
I have a few of those things, and they're usually clumped together during my morning and night time routines. For the most part, I have reasons behind each thing— from protecting my skin from sun damage to making sure my digestion gets a good kickstart in the morning.
1. Water Upon Waking
Within 5-10 minutes of waking up, I down a minimum of 500ml of fresh water. It tells my system, "Hey, we're awake now. Time to start digesting!" Sometimes I wake up and think I'm starving, but really I was just dehydrated. The average human body is made up of 50-60% water, so it only makes sense that we should replenish the tank after ~8 hours of sleeping.
2. Sunscreen Hands
Some days I lock myself in my apartment to avoid distractions and cross off as much as possible on my to-do list. Other days, I decide to crawl out of my cocoon and socialize, take meetings and collaborate with other humans. On those days, I always douse myself in s u n s c r e e n. Why? Because cancer & because if I can protect myself from being a wrinkly old hag by the time I'm 30, I will. In particular, I always put sunscreen on my forehands because they're generally in the sun the most (think: hands on your steering wheel while driving) and something my mother told me when I was young that I always remember is that living among an age of facelifts and botox, you can always tell the true age of someone by looking at their hands. Not me haters. Just call me "sunscreen hands." Or don't, whatever. Just make sure you're not using sunscreen with these toxic ingredients.
Everyday. Whether it be going to a HIIT class or a 15 minute stroll around the neighborhood, I make an effort to move around each and every day because it keeps me sane, plane and simple. Being physically active clears my mind. Lately, I've been going on a walk every evening before sunset and it has done wonders. It helps me clear all the different energy I cultivated from the day and makes it easier to go to bed peacefully
4. Eating Greens
A plant-based diet is the only diet that is proven to reduce our risk and reverse a number of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in our society. But aside from that major fun fact, greens are tasty and they're full of zillions of essential vitamins and minerals (who knew?!). I don't go a day without consuming something green. Trust me, there are days where I just finish dinner and realize I didn't eat anything green today and I'm like wait what the heck and shove a handful of spinach in my mouth because health is wellth.
What are a few of your things? Share in the comments below or slide in the DMs!