• Sylvie

My Morning Ritual


Elements of predictability enrich our lives. We know the sun will rise and set. We understand that we must nourish our bodies with food, water, breath, and sleep.


But Life can lose it's magic if we are asleep at the wheel. Having a morning ritual makes each day feel sacred.


Cultivating a morning routine is a way to bring aliveness and joy into each day. As a songwriter and musician, the days that I feel most empowered, centered, and clear all start with my morning ritual. Turn off the Electronics Before I start my morning, I make sure I turn my electronics off early in the evening and go to sleep at a time that allows me enough rest to energize my day.


Express Gratitude Gratitude is a simple way to wake up. It's is a mood changer and a door opener to better physical and psychological health, It improves sleep, self-esteem and self-awareness. I literally express gratitude when I open my eyes. It's a new day!


Wake up Early

I wake up between 5-6am. Dialing into to the sun is ideal...


Body Care I love starting my day with Vegan skin-care products. I use Kind Science products as well as natural oils in the mornings. I use a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush and Vegan toothpaste infused with Vitamin B12. For body wash, shampoo, and conditioner, I use The Honest Company products- all natural, never tested on animals, and no animal bi-products. Sounds minor, but simple choices make all the difference.

Lemon Water I drink a glass of Lemon Water daily. It is a great way to get a little extra vitamin C and antioxidants.


How to make Lemon Water To make lemon water, squeeze half a lemon into 8 ounces of warm or cold water. You can infuse more flavor or a health boost by adding:

  • a few springs of mint

  • a teaspoon of maple syrup or raw honey

  • a slice of fresh ginger

  • a dash of cinnamon

  • a sprinkle of turmeric

Having lemon ice cubes on hand is a great way to add lemon to your water fast. Simply squeeze fresh lemon juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Drop a few cubes into a glass. It's so refreshing!


A Walk Outside I live in Austin, Texas where the sun shines daily an there is no shortage of trails, parks, lakes and rivers. From Sept-May, the weather is literally perfect every single day. The sun shines and there's a cool breeze. A simple morning walk while the birds are waking is a great way to start the day. It's important, no matter what the weather is like, to get some sunshine daily.

Yoga Yoga is essential to my morning routine. It increases my happiness and rejuvenates my body and soul. It feels great to stretch your body in the morning. I use 30 Days of Yoga by Adrienne on YouTube. She's down to earth and easy to follow.


Meditation by Fabulous

Recently, I started using a meditation app called "Fabulous." It's a daily planner and self-care habit tracker all in one. It works like a coach and uses behavioral science to help build positive habits. You can add any habits you want to build.


Journaling

I use a journal called Freedom Mastery. It's a Law of Attraction planner and I love it. It helps me manifest my vision.

Breakfast

I like to change up breakfast, but my favorite is a morning smoothie. I use Vegan chocolate protein, bananas, wild blueberries, dates, spinach and a super grain like quinoa, flax, millet, teff, chia, buckwheat or amaranth. - all organic.


Then I add ginkgo biloba, panax and ginseng (an energy boost alternative to caffeine). I also add a multivitamin powder. It's so nourishing and filling that sometimes I drink half in the morning and half later for lunch. I feel energized all day.


A great morning ritual inspires me to live my best day. As a songwriter, feeling healthy is critical to creating music.

 

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