I thought today would be a good day to share the Countertop love with some of my favourite bloggers, entrepreneurs and news sources. Now a days it really is easy to find out about the current happenings of the world and even narrow it down into the current events of YOUR world. My friends and I were chatting the other day about how cool it would be to have some sort of alarm device that would bring all of your favourite social media/news/information feeds straight to your phone as you wake up. I mean, in hind-sight- one issue with this is that it supports the behaviour of waking up and immediately turning to your phone. The reason this is an activity that is receiving less and less support is that it translates into starting your day in a state of stress. More than likely you are going to be exposed to some source of stress as you scroll through your Facebook updates, instagram posts and open up your incoming emails. As of recent, a lot of gurus and life coaches are recommending a routine where you 1) sleep away from your phone, aka, have it charging in another room away from your bedroom 2) start your day with a routine that does not involve your laptop or phone (i.e., lemon water, stretching, yoga, going for a walk, meditation, reading a book even) and 3) don’t open up your emails (especially business related emails) for at least 30 minutes to an hour after waking.
I am the first to admit that I am a HUGE culprit of these phone and laptop associate activities. For the past few months I have been sleeping with my laptop on my bed (THE WORST for many reasons including fire hazard) and my phones within arms reach. I have been so bad that I literally will wake up in the middle of the night (3, 4am) and will immediately reach to my phone to check messages [it doesn’t help that my other halves (bf and best friend) are living on the other side of the world] and most times even quickly scroll through instagram, FB and emails. It’s bad. It’s very bad. All bad habits aside- what I do LOVE about my morning routine (that is arguably unhealthy to a certain degree in regards to informational over-exposure) is that I am able to very quickly and efficiently gather information on a variety of topics.
My Top 6 Websites: I visit daily for tips, news, help and inspiration
14 of My TOP Favourite Blogs/Websites & Instagram Accounts
Such Different Skies Australian based writer, inspirational speaker & wellness coach. Paving the way for fellow wellness coaches in the industry by sharing her beautiful life story.
Meghan Telpner Author of Reknowned book Undiet as well the famous slogan #todayistheday Meghan is also a fellow graduate of IHN and has since done an incredible job of building her name in the industry and creating a lot of change and growth in the alternative health and wellness industry.
Daedal_lives A BEAUTIFUL swedish blonde who experienced many similar battles to myself. Recovering from very destructive, damaging eating disorders throughout her life, Alexandra has come out on the other side, is a proud vegan and has a very naturally large following due to her beautiful energy. Love her!
Gorgeoussleep A Montreal based blogger/instagram/life-coach/motivator who is building a name for herself in the fitness & wellness industry and is inspiring me daily. SO much love for this girl.
nomyourself A Vegan author who blew up on Instagram 1 year ago and since then published a book, built a name for herself and continues to inspire me with her daily exponential growth
rawbeautytalks A Vancouver based company campaigning for raw & natural beauty
gabbybernstein Global Guru, Life Coach & Author of Spirit Junkie and Miracles Now. If you don’t know about Gabrielle Bernstein yet, I suggest you check her out.
jessainscough Australian-based Founder of The Wellness Warrior- a writer, author, motivational speaker and wellness coach. Beautifully inspiring and a prominent figure in the wellness industry of not only Australia, but globally! Love her!
TimothyShieff A vegan athlete who is a strong and inspiring advocate of the plant-based lifestyle. I’ve been following him for about a year now, since I first laid my eyes on his interview with previously mentioned Nom Yourself- a video I suggest you check out. Not only is he incredibly passionate, he’s very cute and super duper charming. Love him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfYztexootQ
ErinIreland Owner and Founder of It’s To Die For, a Vancouver-based food business, producing and delivering delicious organic banana bread & lemon loafs to food businesses (manyyy cafes) around the city. Erin is well known in the community and maintains several roles in addition to being CEO of It’s Die To For.
theblondevegan A vegan Californian girl living in New York City showcasing delicious recipes, food photos and amazing restaurant reviews. Always a great source of inspiration for me:)
The Alkaline Sisters A Victoria, BC based Holistic Nutritionst & Recipe Developer/Author & fellow grad of IHN. Julie is such a beautiful soul- her photos and recipes are incredibly detailed and well thought out filled with delicate & radiant colours. Her book is soon to be released and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!
Oh She Glows A beautiful vegan wife and mum to be, Canadian, who just recently published her first BEAUTIFUL book Oh She Glows that is filled with stunning food photography and over 100 amazing recipes. Angela (Author and CEO) is very humble, effortless and down-to-earth. The proof is in the (vegan) pudding when it comes to Angela and her ever-evolving success in the foodie community.
Young & Raw A company based out of Vancouver that was created by two beautiful people that came together in business and in love. Sheleana and Caleb have spent the past 2-3 years truly investing their lives in creating a platform online to offer the world comprehensive plans to achieve their health goals and change their lives. Sheleana’s own personal health/life transformation is incredibly inspiring and she continues to indirectly push me, through the her own personal (and business) bounds and leaps.
I will leave you with one last piece of information that relates to morning routines & health: sleep is very important. If you can increase your health and balance in one way today- it would be getting enough sleep. Whatever you need to do to achieve that, I recommend you do it. Whether that means going to bed earlier or getting a little more shut eye in the early hours of the AM- it really is important for you to get a decent amount of sleep (everyone is different but an average of 7-8 hours is what I recommend).
3 Important Tips: to help support your body’s sleeping patterns
1. Make sure your place of rest can be completely dark. Complete darkness stimulates the release of melatonin by the pineal gland in your brain. Once the sun arises and light is brought back into your vision, the release of melatonin ceases & the production of other activities and hormonal releases are stimulated to get you started with your day. So do what you need to support this natural biological rhythm- turn off all the lights (including your computer, phone & alarm clock lights) close those blinds, get new blinds & if in need- supplement with some melatonin short-term to help with your sleeping patterns.
2. Stop eating at least 2-3 hours before bed. If you eat right before bed- your body is physically unable to go into ‘rest’ mode because it is being asked to digest the oncoming food. By cutting off your eating time to 8pm or earlier, your body is given the space to digest and prepare for resting phase.
3. Establish a set of patterns in general: sleeping at a regular time, eating at regular times- these are all helpful in supporting your body’s biological patterns and what is referred to as the Circadian Rhythm. Our bodies are like patterns, they are very adaptable and enjoy structure (just like our minds). A routine at night prepares your body and signals the transition between wakefulness and sleepiness. Support this! Check out this article from Mind Body Green about the effects of bad sleep patterns. As I said, it’s important. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13486/this-is-what-happens-when-you-dont-get-enough-sleep-infographic.html