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Beauty & Wellness Routine with Maha Corbett, Co-Founder & Director of SWIISH!

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’m Maha Corbett and I am the Co-Founder and Director of SWIISH, the number one destination for women to supercharge both their wellness and style. On top of that, I am a published author, wellness coach and a huge supporter of several charities, in particular the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I do my very best to go to bed at a reasonable hour and am usually up around 6.15am. I am a big believer in beauty sleep. Quality sleep is so critical for our ongoing health and general well-being. Our bodies need rest and repair so that we can function at our best, and obviously a good night’s sleep also makes us feel better. Deep down at a cellular level, sleeping helps regulate hormones and therefore ensures the body is functioning healthily. I aim for about 7 hours, as I find that works well for me.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

I start my day with a simple routine so I kick off my day with energy. I mix together a SWIISH WELLNESS dynamic duo – it’s our GLOW Marine Collagen with our SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder. I do this every single morning because I know I’m going to be under the pump all day, so I nurture the inside in a very fast and simple way. Our SUPERGREENS has over 40 ingredients including veggies, superfoods, prebiotics and probiotics. As well as the additional benefit of helping to improve digestion and de-bloating, it also helps increase energy levels – which let’s face it, we all need!!

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

After my dynamic duo blend, I have an egg and tomato wrap (I have a tomato addiction!), followed by a long black. Lunch is usually a big leafy salad with tomato, capsicum, cucumber and chilli tuna. To curb my 3.00pm cravings I have GLOW Hot Chocolate Hydrolysed Collagen Ppwder with coconut milk. At the moment my husband and I are loving either Salmon or Chicken with the Three Cheers Mexican Corn Salad from Super Easy. We called this our Three Cheers Mexican Corn Salad because every time we make it, it gets devoured and then we all say ‘Three cheers to the cook!’ Hence the name – it’s so yummy!

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

For me it’s all about minimal effort for maximum results, and it all starts with my skin. I have my GLOW Collagen every day, to look after my skin from the inside out. I also always moisturise with both a face oil and a cream – I love how hydrating the combo is. I switch up my face creams as I love to try different ones, but the face oil I am using is the Superfood Face Oil by Juice Beauty. It has 21 ingredients and I love applying it at night time and letting it all absorb into my skin while I sleep.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

Our SLEEP Superfood Powder, GLOW Marine Collagen Hydrolysed Powder and SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder are my 3 wellness non negotiables – it’s wellness made easy to ensure my body functions at its best. At SWIISH we have created these products because we firmly believe that feeling and looking amazing really does start on the inside.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

I can’t go a night without our SLEEP Superfood Powder! As with all SWIISH Wellness products, we’ve used only natural ingredients in creating it. What’s important though is getting the right combination of ingredients. We included tart cherry, banana and cacao. Each of these ingredients contain melatonin or assist the body in creating melatonin, which is the vital hormone that regulates sleep patterns. Sally and I created our brand/business as a way to share our belief that small actions can make a big difference – it’s literally just a scoop in warm milk – ALMO unsweetened almond milk is my favourite. A simple self-care action like this can help enormously with wellbeing and health.

Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop?

Sally recently moved back to Bondi and it’s a little ritual for us both to head down to the Bondi Markets each Saturday morning with Annabelle and Elyssa (Sally’s daughters). I always come home with fresh flowers, and the organic produce available (at such a low cost) is just phenomenal. They have a stall down there that makes this delicious falafel and egg wrap – I literally cannot get enough of them! It really is so good that Sally and I both live in Bondi and can do things like this together.

What’s your fitness routine and favourite way to get sweaty, and where’s your go-to?

I’m loving pilates at the moment, I find it’s the best way to start my day – it makes me feel fresh mentally and physically. A few times a week, Sally and I go for a walk ahead of going into SWIISH HQ. It’s again one of the many bonuses of us both living in Bondi!

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

VAIA Beauty in Darlinghurst – it’s an absolute Zen like experience and the epitome of self-care to me. Vaia is super lovely and provides the most luxurious and relaxing treatments. I get the Brightening Mask and it features high strength BHA’s and AHA’s to rapidly exfoliate surface congestion whilst diminishing the appearance of dark spots, pigmentation and blotchiness to reveal a bright and clear complexion. My skin feels so fresh and glowing!

Thanks for taking the time to complete our interview, Maha! If you have any questions for her, please leave them below 🙂

Be well,

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Elsie & Dominika, Founders of BYBI Beauty!

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

Hi, we’re Elsie & Dominika, beauty bloggers, trained formulators, skincare experts, podcast hosts and Co-founders of BYBI Beauty.

It all started in 2015 with Clean Beauty Insiders, our natural beauty blog where we published DIY recipes, product reviews and industry news. Building up our clean beauty blog before starting the BYBI brand gave us time to immerse ourselves in the market and really understand where the gaps were. For us, after trying many other natural skincare brands and also making our own products, there was a clear gap for a beauty brand that upheld great ethics around sustainability and ingredients, but that was marketed in a way that spoke to a mainstream beauty consumer. We took the leap and founded our own brand, BYBI, in February 2017. BYBI stands for By Beauty Insiders.

BYBI makes ethical, effective skincare that doesn’t cost the earth and has the ability to transform your skin. We’re about sustainability, affordability and great performance (plus our products also look cute on your bathroom shelf!).

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

About 6am, we aim for a solid 8 hours but that’s pretty rare!

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

A full BYBI routine (of course). With a focus on Mega Mist, our skin plumping hyaluronic acid facial spray, plus a blend of the Boosters. As the temperatures get colder in the UK, Buriti & Strawberry are essential! The Buriti Booster is a potent antioxidant and helps protect the skin against free radicals – so great for those that commute or live in a city. The Strawberry Booster is an epic skin softener and helps keep it even and hydrated.

To look my best I follow this up with a dewy base, lengthy lashes and natural blush. Our favourite clean beauty brands are: ILIA, JuiceBeauty, W3LL PEOPLE & INIKA Organic.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

A thorough double cleanse at the end of the day. Starting with an oil-based cleanser to attract and disintegrate dirt and makeup, followed by a water based cleanser to balance and regulate.

Step 1: Swipe Clean – Our highly effective yet super gentle oil cleanser and makeup remover. Hibiscus and papaya, both high in AHAs help to break down and remove grime, dirt, oil, stubborn mascara and the last traces of lipstick.

Step 2: Crystal Clear (soon to be launching into SEPHORA Australia!)

This one is our foaming gel cleanser with prebiotics to protect your skin’s microbiome and salicylic acid to unclog pores. Deeply cleanses and clarifies for a clear, balanced, healthy complexion. You’re gonna love it!

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Girlfriend Collective. They’ve just launched ReGirlfriend, where you can send back your old activewear to make new items. You receive store credits for taking part and they don’t have to create as much virgin material.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

We both love yoga and getting sweaty at Barry’s Bootcamp!

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

We approach it from the inside and out! Firstly, eating really well, packing in more nourishing and energising foods. Secondly, really taking care of our skin, spritzing Mega Mist as often as possible and using the Bakuchiol Booster every night to plump skin and give it a naturally radiant glow. We’re partial to a natural looking spray tan too!

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

For the dewiest natural highlight, we use our Babe Balm Bronze (soon to be launching into SEPHORA Australia). It’s a hybrid of skincare and makeup, a blend of our iconic Babe Balm and glittering mica powder. Its buttery texture means it melts into skin, leaving it hydrated, soft and naturally luminous. It’s the shortcut to fresh skin.

Thanks Elsie + Dominika! If you have any questions for the girls, please leave them below 🙂

Be well,

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Sarah Stevenson AKA Sarah’s Day!

1. First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’m a first-time mum, content creator and health and fitness lover! I have a YouTube channel with over 1.3M subscribers along with multiple projects including my own activewear line, natural body care products, fitness programs and Inner Health and Beauty product with Tropeaka just to name a few! I also have a lot of exciting projects coming up in 2020!

2. What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

Well with my little Fox I have no choice other than to wake up early, which is fine by me, I love being a mum! 8 hours is the dream, but I don’t get that at the moment! On average I wake up around 6:30am buttt… in saying that, I’m also up at 11pm and 3am breastfeeding haha.

3. What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Before I consume anything, I always start my morning by having a large glass of water with a heaped tsp of my inner health beauty powder, Body Bloom. It’s full of probiotics that aids in digestion and is full of powerful superfoods that are rich in antioxidants. This may be TMI but… it’s the key ingredient to my morning poop (you wanted honesty right!?).

4. Describe a typical day of eating for you.

My day-to-day meals change depending on how I’m feeling but I usually consume paleo-based meals. I ensure I’m consuming a good range of protein, carbs and fat in every main meal, and snacking in between. I make sure that I eat nutrient dense, wholefoods and try to incorporate three different colours in each meal.

For breakfast I enjoy eating 2 slices of paleo toast, 2 poached eggs, 1/4 of an avocado, grilled cherry tomatoes, wilted baby spinach seasoned with pink Himalayan salt and pepper.

Throughout the day I like to snack on a cold green apple, a handful of activated nut mix and ¼ cup of my Deluxe Mix.

I usually make a homemade nourish bowl for lunch that is packed with lots of healthy veggies and protein. I include baby spinach, rocket, baked sweet potatoes, alfalfa sprouts, poached chicken or chickpeas, cucumber, beetroot and my homemade vegan ranch dressing.

To satisfy any sugar cravings I have during the day, I love to opt for a creamy protein smoothie. 1.5 tablespoons of Tropeaka Lean Protein (Salted Caramel), 1 banana, 1Tbsp almond butter, chia seeds, dash of coconut milk, water and ice blended.

My favourite meal to eat for dinner at the moment is definitely my delicious paleo Bolognese. All you need to make this is buckwheat spirals, zoodles, homemade tomato pasta sauce, grass-fed beef mince, nutritional yeast and mushrooms.

5. Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

Well I’ve just launched a Beauty Box, which contains a natural deodorant (bye bye harsh chemicals), an exfoliator and body butter, so that for one is a big must for me. I’m also a big fan of Serums with B Vitamins. But more importantly than anything, I focus on what I eat. I truly believe that a focus on real foods, healthy fats and powerful superfoods results in glowing, radiant skin.

6. Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

Yes, every morning I take my Body Bloom, seriously this has been a game-changer for me, and something I’m super proud of! I’ve been taking Tropeaka products for years to help me feel at my best, so to do a product with them that has provided thousands of others with better skin and digestion (including myself) has been something I’m truly grateful for! I’ve also noticed my nails have NEVER been so strong! This has actually been one of the most popular feedback comments eve received about Body Bloom.

7. Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

I love to just sit in bed and talk and laugh with my husband Kurt before going to sleep, and although my life revolves around creating content, it’s amazing the positive effects that come with turning off my screens (phone and laptop) to unwind.

8. What are your top three-wellness non-negotiables?

Drink more water, secondly, eat powerful wholefoods (I like eating mostly paleo based) and love supplementing with superfoods, and finally listen to your body when it comes to both food and training, it’s ok to rest and have a chill day!

11. Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop?

I used to love going to the local farmers market before Fox was born, but there’s a local café called Blackwood Pantry that I almost live at! I just created a Sezzy inspired bowl there with the owners, that’s how much I love the place haha! However, I do love bulk health food stores and powering my own goodies into those paper bags!

12. What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I am actually extremely diverse in the way I train, so no day is ever the same! I always like to listen to how my body is feeling and decide how to exercise from that assessment. My main form of exercise is bodyweight, functional training but I do also love Pilates, boxing sand dune sprints and walking my dog! Usually I’ll do one of the workouts from my eBooks because it’s already written and planned out for me!

13. If you could only wear one brand of active wear for the rest of your life it would be…

My activewear collection with White Fox Boutique!

14. What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

It’s hard to nail down this one, I’m not really bougie when it comes to treatments, however, I’ve personally seen huge improvements and results with bi-monthly microdermabrasion. It’s basically a facial exfoliation treatments I get done at my local beautician that removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin looking super glossy and radiant!

15. What beauty treatment / wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

Hmmm great question! I’ve tried everything from infrared saunas to all sorts of different forms of training to cryotherapy, so it’s hard to think of something off the top of my head!

16. What’s your dream wellness vacay?

I have a mini bucket list tucked away in my phone notes that include places like the Maldives, Tahiti and Spain. To be honest though I like anywhere tropical, by the beach and with amazing, healthy cafes!

17. And lastly… do you have any top-secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

As mentioned, I try and keep things pretty simple in this regard, by listening to your body each day and adapting how you eat and train according to how your body feels, you can do so much just off these basic principles. Apart from that, I’m a big believer in eating nutrient dense superfoods, and it’s a big reason why I did a collab with Tropeaka, as I’ve been using their products for a few years now to help me power through the day! And lastly, there’s nothing better than a functional body weight workout to really get the day on track. It’s almost impossible to not feel amazing after you break a sweat. Again it’s basic principles, but when applied every day you really feel the benefits over the long term!

Thank you Sarah for taking part in our wellness routine interview, what an inspiring read! If you have any questions for Sezzy please leave them below!

Be well,

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Lee Holmes – Bestselling Cook Book Author, Nutritionist, Blogger, Wholefood Chef and Yoga & Meditation Teacher!

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

I wasn’t always someone who was passionate about green smoothies, Leafy greens and looking at nutrition labels. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia. I found that while some medicines could alleviate symptoms, they couldn’t bring me health and happiness. This is when I turned my life around, looking at food and cooking as more of a healing instrument and included it more jn my lifestyle.I love creating healthy, delicious and simple food and want to inspire other people to do the same! I’m an author, blogger, a yoga teacher, wife and a mum! I advocate listening to your body and your gut – your body is an amazing machine and will be the first one on board of your health journey if you let it!

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?.

I love to keep my skincare routine as simple as possible! The first thing I do is drink a scoop of my Heal Your Gut Powder. I truly believe that natural beauty comes from within, so this is a non-negotiable part of my day. I then wash my face with Natural Instinct Cleansing Oil, followed by their beautiful Rosehip Oil. I always make sure to apply Natural Instinct Tinted Natural Sunscreen SPF30 before heading out for the day.

Before I go to bed I love to apply my Supercharged Food Earth Mask & Scrub as either an exfoliating scrub or mask. I apply it and then rinse it off in a nice warm shower. I then make sure to dab Rosehip oil at night and sleep with it on – there’s nothing better than the feel of Rosehip on my skin!

What’s the one beauty treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I love having massages. After long days working at the office, I just need a release! I couldn’t think of anything better than the tension to literally just drop off my shoulders by the hands of a professional.

Who do you trust with your hair, and why?

I don’t have a particular place I go to and am really lazy when it comes to hair care I normally only wash it once a week and then add a bit of coconut oil as a moisturiser, I learnt that trick whilst studying in India 🙂

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

My favourite at home treatment is applying my Supercharged Food Earth, Mask & Scrub as a mask, lighting a candle, putting on soft music and having a ten-minute meditation!

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

I love Natural Instincts Rosehip Oil, my Heal Your Gut Powder and Southern Nature’s Colostrum!

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet?

I would love to go to a Salt Therapy room but just haven’t had the chance! I love the idea of negative ions and would love to test out the salt room for myself! (ED: Check out Salts of the Earth in Vic Park & Wangara!)

Describe a typical day of eating for you – brekky, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks – the works!

I love having eggs for breakfast! I usually make my Café-style smoked salmon, eggs and asparagus from my new Fast Your Way to Wellness book.

For lunch, I usually enjoy a delicious salad with leftover protein from dinner, lots of greens and some of my favourite filling foods: avocado!

I usually snack on carrots or celery but I’m also a sucker for berries in summer! If I have any left in the freezer, I love snacking on my Turmeric Fudge and have a special surprise coming up about that soon – be sure to check my blog in the next coming weeks!

My hot drink of choice is always homemade chai! Maybe it’s because of my Indian roots but nothing warms me up quite like it.

I love sharing meals with my family. There’s something so special to be about sitting around the table and sharing food with the people you love. Right now for a quick lunch I’m loving these veggie nori wraps as they are delicious, nutritious and easy to make from my new Fast Your Way to Wellness book!

How do you like to get your body moving? Describe your weekly fitness routine.

I start most mornings with a walk along the coastline! I know it sounds very simple but there’s something just so magical to me about a solo walk, appreciating the view and clearing my head. I teach yoga a few times a week and make sure to get my practice in too!

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, we’d love to hear about it!

I’m lucky enough to be an ambassador for the wonderful brand Southernature! Anybody who knows me is probably sick of hearing about my passion about the brand. I take Omega 3 to reduce inflammation, Colostrum for keeping my gut in check and the Good Night Sleep to calm me down and help ease me into a restful night’s sleep.

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

I practice intermittent fasting 2 days a week. I go into detail about intermittent fasting in my latest book Fast Your Way to Wellness, but I’ll give you the down-low! On my ‘fasting days’, I consume 500 calories and for men I recommend 600 calories. The calories I do consume are made up of organic, non-processed and nutritious food. Fasting helps to increase fat burning, control your appetite, reduce inflammation, give the digestive system a rest and help you look and feel the best you can! I usually fast the day before an event so that I go into that day feeling light, not bloated, and excited! If you want to read more about intermittent fasting, or if you would like to purchase my new book, you can check it out on my blog.

How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

When I have too many things going on, I know that it’s my time to switch off completely. I turn all my electronic devices off, put a candle on and sit in a bath filled with Epsom salts and a good magazine or book. I find sometimes I get too caught up in work and forget to breathe! I know for me personally, it’s so important to take time out and just remember to put everything into perspective – whether it’s work, university or school work, things always work out for the best and it’s important to stay positive and smiling!

How many hours sleep do you usually get each night? Do you have any bedtime rituals or tips to help you get a great nights sleep?

My younger self would be shocked at the sleep routine I have now! I like to go to bed early and aim for 8 hours of sleep a night. Before I go to bed, I make sure to stay away from all electrical devices for at least an hour, take a Southernature Good Night Sleep supplement and spray my pillow with lavender essential oils to calm my mind.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Look after your gut! Not only is the gut at the core of your health, it is closely connected to your immune system and your brain, and I’d say those are two important parts of the body! Some easy tips for looking after the gut is to avoid gluten, stay hydrated and manage stress. If you want to know more about healing the gut, you can check out my 4 week Heal Your Gut Program or, my 2-day Heal Your Gut Maintenance Program.

If you have any questions for Lee, please leave them in the comments! I hope you’ve learnt something from her interview – let me know who you’d like interviewed next!

Be well,

Annette

xo

Beauty and Wellness Routine: Lauren Mason – Pilates Instructor and Founder of Perth Pilates Collective.

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am a Pilates Instructor that wholeheartedly believes in the magic of mindful movement and the connection between mind and body in feeling well and good!

I founded Perth Pilates Collective to create a fun and supportive space for individuals to pursue their wellness goals and enjoy a mindful pilates practice in a unique environment that would not only have physical benefits, but also improve the mind.

I am a big believer that changing your physical environment and getting out amongst nature takes us off auto pilot and allows us to pause, experience the current moment and give gratitude for what is. My continuing education in psychology and keen interest in yoga further drives my curiosity and passion for helping others restore a mindful balance in physical and mental well being.

Nars Laguna/Orgasm Duo

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?.

My daily beauty routine is pretty simple and that’s the way I like it! A quality moisturiser with an exceptionally high SPF rating is a must given I am outside a lot (I like the Nivea range for affordability!), a dab of mascara (Rimmel is a goodie) and a touch of Nars Bronzer in Laguna sets me up for the day!

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

Coconut oil is my number one natural go to after a long week, working as a face mask and all over body moisturiser. I also enjoy the Facial Glow Mask by Elemental Herbology to get my natural glow on and wake up tired skin (I have a lot of early morning starts!).

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Batiste dry shampoo in light to medium brunette is a lifesaver to keep the sweaty hair at bay when running between studios, a nourishing facial moisturiser with 30+ SPF to protect my noggin (I like Nivea’s Light Feel Daily Face Veil) and Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara in Extreme Black for a touch of pretty.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet?

I would actually love to try a facial one day! The closest I’ve ever gotten is an at home mixture of oats and honey or coconut oil. Perhaps I’ll give it a go one day in an exotic location like Hawaii or the Greek islands, that’s usually where my spare time and money goes; travel!

Describe a typical day of eating for you – brekky, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks – the works!

I am a big breakfast kind of gal and often wake up with a rumbling tummy! Oats and banana are my staples in the morning, sprinkled with almonds, berries and a dash of peanut butter for energy and concentration throughout the day.

Given I am often on the go I snack on fruit and nuts, as they are easy to carry around and are a good sized snack in between classes that won’t make me feel sick when upside down or bouncing around at the studio! Plus the slow burning energy from nuts aids my concentration and keep me full until dinner.

Lunch almost always involves avo on a hearty slice of rye bread, topped with sauerkraut for healthy skin and nails and digestive health (plus they are both super delicious!) Dinner is a variation of vego staples; vegetables, tofu and tempeh are all favourites.

How do you like to get your body moving? Describe your weekly fitness routine.

Pilates is my go to exercise of choice at home, mixing it up between matwork and reformer classes at the studio when I have a spare moment! Pilates is a meditative practice for me. It allows me to reconnect with my body and focus my mind on the present moment. My mind is often racing and quite frankly rarely stops! Pilates slows everything down and gives me something to focus all of my pent up energy in to, whilst doing good for my body and mind; I love it!

I also dabble in yoga to stretch out a sore body after a full teaching schedule and love hiking the beautiful hills of Perth and strolling our beautiful beaches in my spare time.

How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

My absolute favourite way to distress is a combination of pilates and yoga. I am known to integrate a touch of yoga into my pilates classes, combining the strength and core stability of pilates with the zen and tranquility of a yoga practice to calm the mind. I have also recently been introduced to essential oils which have really improved my quality of sleep.

How many hours sleep do you usually get each night? Do you have any bedtime rituals or tips to help you get a great nights sleep?

I struggle at times with anxiety and have found slowing down and switching off before bed time is super important to getting a good nights sleep and recharging for the day ahead, which often starts bright and early! Hours of sleep can range anywhere from 6-9 hours. For a happy medium I aim for 8 hours on average.

My top tips for a good nights’ sleep are disconnecting from technology a good 30 minutes before bed, dimming the lights in your room and doing something relaxing like reading a book, writing in a journal or meditating if you are feeling super wired! All of the above practices allow me to slow the mind and give myself permission to rest my body (and mind!) which is often a tad sore from teaching and racing around during the day.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Exercise often and be in nature as much as possible. Fresh air and the feeling of fresh grass on the feet will give you perspective and moments of gratitude in even the most challenging of times. I love to get out of the city and in to the country. I am a country girl at a heart and always find my peace by getting back to nature.

Check out Lauren + Perth Pilates Collective on Facebook & Instagram!

What do you think of Lauren’s routine? Leave a comment below if you’d like to know more! 🙂

Be well,

xo