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You know what makes exercise easy? When it doesn’t require getting dressed. Heck, we don’t even want to get out of bed. Hallelujah for this simple stretch that melts away stiffness, revives a cranky lower back, hips and legs, and can be done before you throw off your covers: Sit up in bed and cross your legs in front of you. Fold over as far as you can, extending and stretching your arms and dropping your head. Hold for 20 breaths, then switch the cross of your legs and repeat.
Your grandfather was right: When you’ve got a good thing going, it’s best not to tinker with it. That’s why we’re hearty proponents of the good ol' coffee-and-newspaper ritual: Reach for your favorite mug and pour yourself a smooth, bold cup. We love Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend with a splash of milk (trés delish). Grab your go-to periodical (paper or tablet version, your choice) and take ten minutes to get informed and energized for the day ahead. This sacred ritual promises to keep you sane and a bit smarter.
You know we’re huge fans of a pared-down closet (Marie Kondo, be our BFF, please). And you know you don’t really need four black pencil skirts anyway. Simplify your morning routine by identifying your “weekday uniform.” Not sure where to start? We love this method, which whittles down your closet to just 37 essentials (and ditches the rest). Simple.
Easy, free, available always. That’s only half the beauty of an afternoon walk. The other benefits are physical: When you get away from your desk and take a 15-minute stroll, you invite fresh blood to flow to your limbs and brain, so you’ll come back full of fresh ideas (and a renewed energy for those spreadsheets).
Even after we’ve tucked ourselves in for the night, turning ourselves “off” doesn’t always follow suit. That’s where aromatherapy comes in. Try dabbing a drop or two of lavender essential oil behind each ear, or adding it to a spray bottle with water and spritzing your linens liberally. It’s a cue to your body that your day is done (thank goodness) and you can now relax and recover.
Remember the last time you relaxed? Yeah...us, neither. Between morning conference calls and midnight online-shopping bouts, you’re hard-pressed to find even the tiniest moment of Zen.
That’s why we’re arming you with this primer on the five things to do every day to return sanity to your schedule. Click to discover a better daily routine.
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