My daily routine is one of the most important facets of my life to keep me grounded. Over the years, I’ve cultivated a routine that helps me to feel energised, have a clear mind and focus on my purpose in life.
This isn’t an express get-out-the-door-quick method – but that’s the point. Instead, I take the time to make sure I show up as my best self every single day.
Here’s what I do:
Firstly, I wake up with the sun. This allows me to get the most out of my day and live life in tune with my circadian rhythm.
Next up, I drink some warm water with Liposomal (high dose liquid) Vitamin C , use the bathroom (regular bowel movements are important) and tongue scrape. Tongue scraping is an Ayurvedic trick that involves using a copper device to scrape off the bacteria that builds up on our tongues overnight.
Meditation comes next - this has become non-negotiable for me since our first lockdown. I like to listen to the same 24 minute recording every day. It’s about visualising my future (as a successful health coach of course!). Recently, I woke up to find that two of my car tyres had been slashed. After recording my statement, the police asked if I wanted to speak to the victim support team about the incident. I was confident in telling them that no, I didn’t need to, because I had already used my meditation to calm down and come to terms with the situation.
After meditating, I get journaling. I use Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Planner to write down three things I’m grateful for, and to plan my day. I include anything that might trip me up, and how I will get around that, plus any upcoming projects I want to think about. There are many different ways of journaling , I enjoy this more structured approach but you can also just write freely about whatever is on your mind.
Exercise is another non-negotiable for me - I make sure I move my body every day. This isn’t just for my physical health but my mental health as well. Movement could be a yoga flow, walk around the neighbourhood, or HIIT training. I never see exercise as a chore because I listen to my body and do activities that I enjoy.
I eat three meals a day of mostly unprocessed whole foods, between 8.30am and 6.30pm (Circadian Fasting), with no snacks in between. You should see my panic when someone books dinner for 7.30pm! My three meals are balanced with carbs, protein and fats, and are mostly plant based as I have been vegetarian for 20 years. I tolerate dairy well and love eggs, so I include them in my diet as well.
Another big part of my daily routine is connecting with others. Whether it’s just smiling and making eye contact with people on my walk or having a big text conversation with a friend, these interactions make me feel energized.
When it comes to work, I do what I find meaningful. I love learning, developing my coaching skills and, most importantly, helping people thrive.
I prioritise sleep to make sure I get 7 – 8 hours a night, which means going to bed around 10pm. I know I function best when I’ve had this amount of sleep, so in order to be at my best for not only myself but the people around me, I make it happen.
So, there you have it! No magic potion for wellness or just one thing that makes me feel great, instead it's a combination of regular self-care habits and positive mindset.