“Day” and “Night” Routines – Even if You Never Leave the House! [Episode #558]
This week’s topic is: “Day” and “Night” Routines – Even if You Never Leave the House!
I’m a huge believer in regular and consistent practices. Even though they may seem very small, these simple steps are the way to great change. They are the way to keep building and shifting our energy. I truly believe it is better to do smaller steps and to carry them long-term rather than to bounce around, trying different things, and not really doing anything with regularity.
I think it’s especially important when we’ve been quarantined and want to create a sense of stability in our bodies because rhythm is something that will set that up for us. We see this in nature, the rhythms of the day, light, into daytime, into dusk, into nighttime, and there’s this steadiness that comes when we establish rhythms.
Ayurveda teaches that Dinacharya daily practices, daily rhythms really do help to establish a healthy digestive system, a healthy sleep schedule for yourself, a healthy nervous system, healthy endocrine system, and so much in between. I’m looking forward to hearing your questions from the community and sharing tips on routines you can start today.
Have you been wondering about this very topic? If you want to know the answer to this question and 3 more sent in by Beauties just like you, listen now to find out!
Hi Kimberly – I know you’ve shared routines in the past. Do you have any new tips on night routines to wake up feeling refreshed?
Caedryn – Wisconsin
With quarantine I’ve been getting a bit lazy about my morning routine. I think it’s because I’m not having to get all dressed up for work but it’s showing. In how dry my face is and just not feeling energetic throughout the day. Any tips to jumpstart my attitude and body?
Susanne – Sweden
I drink my hot water with lemon and the GGS every morning and feel like I don’t have enough time for the exercise part of my day. What exercise would you suggest that will help prep my mindset for the rest of the day – before heading out to take my kids to school? I feel like I need a quick pick-me-up that will keep me motivated once I’m back home and heading into the daily work grind?
Carly – CA
Are there any new tips you can share for morning and nighttime routines? Or just sharing your ultimate favorite ones you can’t live without?
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Kimberly: Hi Beauties and welcome back to our Thursday Q&A Podcast where our topic today is “Day” and “Night” Routines -Even if You Never Leave the House! So I’m a huge, huge believer in practices and steps that we take even though they seem very small, but we do them regularly and consistently, because I think small, simple steps are the way to great change and they are the way to keep building and shifting our energy. I truly believe it is better to do smaller steps, but to carry them for long-term than to keep bouncing around and trying different things and not really doing anything with regularity.
Kimberly: So I’m so excited for our topic today. I think that it’s especially important when we’ve been quarantined more and we’re home, and we want to create a sense of stability in our bodies because rhythm is something that will set that up for us. We see this in nature, the rhythms of the day, light, into daytime, into dusk, into nighttime, and there’s just this steadiness that comes when we establish rhythms. Ayurveda teaches that Dinacharya daily practices, daily rhythms really do help to establish a healthy digestive system, a healthy sleep schedule for yourself, a healthy nervous system, healthy endocrine system, and so much in between.
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Kimberly: So I’m super, super excited for our topic today, but before we dive fully in, I just want to give you a little reminder to please leave us a review on iTunes, which is free and easy and just a great way to support the show, even if it’s half a sentence long. While you’re over there, please be sure to subscribe to our show, that way you don’t miss out on any of our Thursday community shows or our Monday interview podcasts.
Kimberly: Okay, so that being said, you know very well by now that my position is that one of the most powerful things that you can do to elevate your vitality, your focus, your energy, your sense of clarity and purpose and centeredness is to create rhythms in your life. I will say right off the bat that the middle of the day can become chaotic. There’s a lot of different shifts. Things may happen with your kid or with work or unexpected situations, but the morning and the evening are the bookends of the day where we do have more control over what we do with our time, where we put our focus. The decisions that we make about what we’re doing can really play out more in the evening and in the morning.
Kimberly: So I like to think of my morning routine from when I get up to there’s that, first, I would say, hour of my day is what I consider a very important hour. Then there is the evening routine, which I’m sure will be asked about in the questions as well, which is after I put the kids to bed. It is my practices that I do before bed, and they don’t necessarily go in order, meaning one after the other. My morning practices do, so it’s different components: meditation, journaling, hot water lemon. They go boom, boom, boom. But in the evening I might take a shower and relax and calm down and do different things, and then I kind of futz around, and then I do my meditation right before bed.
Kimberly: So these are very important junctures of time and they’re very important, and I will get into the questions now, but I will say that if there’s one thing to focus on, if you think, “What’s the first step? Or, how can I start to change my life?” I would focus on your morning routine. That’s because the way that you set up your morning will set the pace of your energy for the day. It will create the flow or the rigidity, or feeling the block of energy, depending on how you start your day. It’s very important that we start the day off with a real flow, and that will continue into your day.
Question #1: around the topic of: “Day” and “Night” Routines -Even if You Never Leave the House!: Hi, Kimberly. I know you’ve shared routines in the past. Do you have any new tips on night routines to wake up feeling refreshed?
Kimberly: All right, I’ll keep going and more details in the questions. First question, speaking of which, comes from Betty and she lives in Ohio. She writes, “Hi, Kimberly. I know you’ve shared routines in the past. Do you have any new tips on night routines to wake up feeling refreshed?” I love this question. I’ll share a little bit of my core evening routine for those listening that may be a little new or haven’t heard it before, and then I do have some new suggestions that have been part of my routine of late that I also want to share.
Kimberly: So in the evening, we need to create some kind of system to create a healthy boundary between our work and the chaos and the running around of the day and evening, rest time, restoration, and sleep. So for me, the way that that becomes marked, the first part of my evening routine, is to take a shower. When I take a shower, it’s not just, “Oh, I’m cleaning my body.” It really feels like an energetic refresh. I’ve imagined that the water, as it’s cascading down my body is also cleansing energy, and I’m just cutting cords with people and conversations and situations that happen during the day. So I feel, in a way, it’s very spiritual if we look at it that way, everything is energy. So you can imagine that there’s white light pouring down your body, along with the water droplets, and it’s this cleansing effect.
Kimberly: You can also take a warm bath. If you do warm bath, it’s nice to put Epsom salts or any sort of dead sea salts, whatever, which also has that effect of breaking energy ties with what happened earlier. It’s sort of like the equivalent of staging a room in your house. You do really want to cleanse that space, and so that is super important.
Kimberly: So essential oils are something that I like to use to some extent in the evening. Sometimes they come in my bath wash. I’m a big believer in DIY. You can get very inexpensive, simple products and just add a couple drops of essential oils. If you’re looking for inspiration or recipes, please check out. We’ve so many podcasts now with Charlynn Avery, who is an amazing national educator on essential oils. She’s an amazing energy and she has so many great recommendations. So for me essential oils are a way to relax, and lately I’ve been really liking frankincense. Lavender is sort of the go-to relaxation oil, and I like it but sometimes we also want variety. For me, the frankincense is a little bit mystical and really earthy, and just sort of sets the tone for my evening and makes me feel ready and excited for my meditation. So shower, some kind of warm bath, shower, cleansing water to be used in a spiritual way, almost a ritualistic way.
Kimberly: So then I like to do my skincare routine, my four-step skincare routine with our Solluna feel-good products. I really like to spend time with a routine because I think touch is very healing and it does soothe our nervous system. It brings us back to the present moment. So when you’re putting products on your face, if you are going to try one of our Solluna products, I recommend the vitamin C one. It is my personal favorite. It’s a stable form of vitamin C that both brightens our skin and helps to repair damage. It also helps to prevent future damage. So I just am blown away with it myself. I’ve been using it regularly and I do think my skin is just looking smoother and smoother over time.
Kimberly: So anyways, whatever skincare you’re using, just really take the moment, take the time to nurture yourself, to touch yourself in a loving way. In the evening I’ve also been doing some scalp massage, which is really great for hair growth and circulation. So I put a little, a couple, 8 to 10 drops. I don’t do this every night, but maybe a couple of times a week, 8 to 10 drops of sesame oil, unrefined, organic sesame oil, and I do a little scalp massage, which I also find very relaxing.
Kimberly: Now in the evening, I can’t think of the last time I went a night and didn’t do an evening elixir. So I’m a really big fan of warm nourishing elixirs in the evening. Again, if you’re looking for inspiration, we have tons in the recipe section, the free recipe section on our site. I chill a lot of ginger, which feels grounding to me at the end of the day. Sometimes I like good old chamomile. Sometimes I’ll make a more elaborate mix. Sometimes I feel … if you feel you need extra grounding, healthy fat will help you do that. So that’s where you want to make a nice coconut milk, or almond milk, or hemp milk elixir, a plant-based milk base, which is going to just feel stabilizing because that’s one of the properties of fat. It will help you feel more stabilized in your system.
Kimberly: So I’ll have an elixir and this is one I like to read, and I’m a big journaler for those of you that ever heard me talk somewhat in the long-term, listened to some podcasts or a few more than a few. I definitely journal every day. I love it. I actually go back and I read some of the things that I wrote because it just helps to give me perspective. Sometimes I’ll write things when I’m really upset and I’ll see how I talk to myself and I’ll notice what made me upset in that moment, and I process it. So for me it’s a very powerful tool for introspection. Even if it’s five minutes. I do it in the evenings and I read a lot in the evenings. Sometimes my husband will want to watch a documentary or a show. I’m not a big screen person. I’ve just never been, to be honest, I get bored with the shows a lot. I’m not as drawn to it as the written word. It’s just, I think, everything. We just all resonate with different forms of sharing and media.
Kimberly: So I’ll read, I’ll journal, and then I will, at some point, either at that point or maybe right before I go to bed, I will meditate. The meditation part is really huge for me. It’s been growing more and more in my life. It’s been growing since I’ve gone to write this next book, which definitely changed me in the process. I feel like that my spiritual practices deepened so much in the writing of this book. Moses is also on a regular sleep schedule now so I know that I will put him down at 7:00 and pretty much have until the early morning when Bubby goes down. So my meditations are my anchor, and this is where I unload. This is where I breathe. This is where I get centered.
Kimberly: This is where I feel connected to something that’s so much bigger than the minutia and the every day. I think that’s a really powerful thing for all of us to do, to really … Betty, you were asking about waking up feeling refreshed. It depends on our mindset when we go to bed. If we don’t feel centered, we can toss and turn. We can be in our heads. Maybe we’re partially digesting or partially thinking as we go to sleep. So meditation is so, so important. If you’re looking for free guided meditations, we have them on the site and we also have them on our Solluna app.
Kimberly: Now, the new things I’ve added in, Betty, are number one, the scalp massage. That’s become part of my life and it’s not something that I did so regularly. Another thing that I wanted to add that I forgot is I take Detoxy almost every evening right now. I’m going through a little bit of a stage where I feel sluggish and my digestion is slowed down. So I take four Detoxy every evening. That’s part of my practice. I take it with water. I keep my Detoxy in my nightstand drawer and I just reach in there, and I pull out my blue light blocking glasses, which I just wear whether I’m watching something or not, just the lights, it’s good to wear them, and then I take my Detoxy, which helps to just release more waste. It’s not a laxative, it’s just more release. It’s basically oxygen and the same Asc2P, the same stable vitamin C that’s in our serum.
Kimberly: Something new that I’ve been doing is I put a sleep oil on my feet. This is an Ayurvedic practice. Ideally, I would do this about 20 minutes before bed and you rub it into the soles of your feet and it just really helps to calm me down. It helps to create better sleep. You could try a sesame oil or a herbalized oil over at Athreya Herbs or Banyan. These are two that I use. Athreya is from my teacher, Vaidya Jay. Banyan is a pretty widely, easily accessible product line that you can also find. So you literally just rub it onto the soles of your feet, and there’s something very grounding and something very relaxing about this. So that does help me feel refreshed when I wake up in the morning, Betty.
Kimberly: I also think it’s important, if you want to be refreshed, to make sure you don’t eat late. This is a big one. We’ve all heard it before, but it is worthy of being reminded that we want to not be digesting actively all night long. So if you could eat three to four hours before bed, that will certainly do some wonders for your sleep. I also think that the journaling part, we had Dr. Michael Bruce on here some months ago and he’s asleep expert. He’s actually Dr. Oz’s sleep expert. He mentioned how important it is to journal because he said with his clients and people he works with, he noticed that it really helped them unload their thoughts so that when they did go to sleep, they were in their head and worrying about forgetting something. They really could just relax. So those are some of my tips, Betty. Thank you so much for your question. Thank you so much for being part of our community. I send you a big virtual hug. Let me know how you do. Let me know which tips work for you as well.
Question #2: around the topic of: “Day” and “Night” Routines -Even if You Never Leave the House!: With quarantine, I’ve been getting a bit lazy with my morning routine. I think it’s because I don’t have to get dressed up for work, but it’s showing, and how dry my face is. I’m just not feeling energetic through the day. Any tips to jump start my attitude and my body.
Kimberly: All right, our next question comes from Caedryn, love this name, Caedryn. Hope I’m saying it right. She lives in Wisconsin. Hi, beauty, big warm hug out there to you. She writes, “With quarantine, I’ve been getting a bit lazy with my morning routine. I think it’s because I don’t have to get dressed up for work, but it’s showing, and how dry my face is. I’m just not feeling energetic through the day. Any tips to jump start my attitude and my body.”
Kimberly: So Caedryn, I think that we all fall into this and, listen, quarantine has been going on now for almost a year and even though some of our lives are getting back to normal, a lot of businesses are not back to normal yet. So a lot of people are still working remotely and probably will for the foreseeable future. So I think it’s really important though to, first of all, make the decision here and now or whenever it feels right to you, but maybe now is the moment as you’re listening to this, Caedryn, and whoever is listening to this, first of all, to commit to a morning routine. I’m going to give you the benefits to list them out and then I’m going to give some tips, and then I’m going to talk about the morning routine, okay?
Kimberly: The benefits of a morning routine are that in your brain, in your mind, you will just know what to do. So you do not have to make decisions. You don’t have to flounder around in the morning. You don’t waste a lot of energy. You get into a state of flow where you’re not thinking, you’re just performing the steps in this routine, and that puts your body in a state of just focus. Like you’re just doing it. That energy will carry forward into your day. When you practice something over and over again, like a morning routine, it really does help to establish protocols and you fall into that flow, and you start to feel really productive, and you start to just feel confident.
Kimberly: At the same time, these regular routines, as I mentioned earlier, are very good for regulating your digestion. They’re very good for helping you calm down and your nervous system to be relaxed. So I think it’s so important in many, many, many, many ways. You’re just starting off on a good foot with all of the cornerstones, which are food. Best things are going in your body for that time of day. Body-wise, your body’s getting into a flow and into a rhythm so the bodily systems will start to re-regulate emotionally. You take out the stress of floundering or just spending a bunch of time on social media in the morning, and then feeling like you’re behind and all the stress that comes from not having a routine. Spiritually, part of our morning routine is meditation, which means you’re connected and you’re anchored into yourself as you start the day before you get caught up or overly caught up in the flow of the day.
Kimberly: So those are some of the benefits. Now, the tips, Cadren, to make sure you stick to a morning practice are, number one, to decide to do it. The first few days may feel a little bit annoying or just a little bit more struggle and effort to get back on that horse, but commit to it and just do it. Do it until starts to feel like second nature. Number two, make sure that you make your bed in the morning. It puts you in a state of, “Oh, I have achieved something. I have created something. I have already done something. So it boosts the energy in that way. Number three, still get dressed. Don’t go around in your pajamas all day. When you get up, even if you’re just wearing comfy lounge pants or yoga pants or whatever, change your clothes. Wash your face. Do your skincare routine. Even if you’re not leaving the house, it’s really important for your frame of mind to shift. So you’re not just feeling like just lazy, the word you used here and just kind of tagging.
Kimberly: Then I will quickly outline the morning routine, it starts with meditation, the bookends of our day. I do it, I straightaway just sit up in bed and do it because I know that if I don’t, then the kids, or something will happen and I’ll just start to get off track. So I meditate and my journal. Even if I’m nursing and Bubby’s playing around me, I just do it. Then I go into the bathroom. I do my skincare routine and I do some tongue scraping. I then go downstairs and I make hot water with lemon. I take my two SBO probiotics. Those for me always go at the same time just to help me remember. Then I drink my glowing green smoothie, and I drink it in the winter closer to room temperature.
Kimberly: So that’s the core of the morning. I don’t exercise until mid-day when I need a break. I do eat solid food, but I don’t do it right away. I do it probably an hour or two later when I start to get really hungry. That way you are putting nutrients in your body, tons of fiber, you’re still giving your body a break. It’s a sort of intermittent fasting to the degree that we’re not starting the day with really heavy food, concentrated fat and protein. So you’re keeping it light, and you’re nourishing your body, and you’re nourishing your spirit, and you’re nourishing your mind. It’s such an amazing gift to give yourself truly, even though at first, you’re like, “Ugh, do this and this and this,” I promise you, do it every day for 30 days. Commit to 30 days or 40 days is the traditional yogic number. But even 30 days, 20 days. 30 days would be better, and just notice how you feel. Once you get into that flow, I promise you that you will want to get off it because it feels really good to have a routine. It feels so good to have a practice. This is something that we do with our babies, and then as adults we get off track. So I highly recommend it and I can’t wait to hear how that feels for you, Cadren, and any shifts or changes you make after getting back on your morning routine. Thank you so much, love, for being in our community. I send you so much love.
Kimberly: All right, we’re going to take a short break and when I’m back, we have two more questions for you guys.
Question #3 around the topic of: “Day” and “Night” Routines -Even if You Never Leave the House!:
Kimberly: All right, next question. We’re back from our break, my loves. The next question comes from Susanne, who lives in Sweden. She writes, “I drink my hot water with lemon and the GGS every morning, and feel like I don’t have enough time for exercise as part of my day. What exercise would you suggest that will help prep my mindset for the rest of the day before heading out to take my kids to school? I feel like I need a quick pick me up that will keep me motivated once I’m back home and headed into the daily work grind.”
Kimberly: So I think it’s great to do just a straight up home yoga practice, even if it’s 10 minutes or 20 minutes or 30 minutes, whatever you have, Susanne. It will elevate your energy. It will center you, and it will bring you into your body because of the breath. So we have our beauty detox power yoga DVD/downloads. Sometimes people still buy DVDs and most people now are downloading it. There’s two series there. So I know my business partner, John, does a section of it in the morning. I’ll have to ask him which one. I’m not sure if it’s the flow or the stretching part, but you can subdivide it into sections, so 10, 15 minutes here. Still beneficial, and it’s convenient. So if you’re off, you’re going to be rushing your kids to school, and then you have to come home and do work, how perfect is it that you don’t have to drive anywhere? You don’t have to really set anything up. You can keep your mat and any props that you want to have in a convenient place, and then all you need to do is bring yourself and your breath. You can even come with your … This is one thing you could do in your pajamas, or you could do a quick change, and it’s so energizing.
Kimberly: Depending on your practice, you could really start to work all the different parts of your body. You can do twists and stand and sit and forward bends, and really start to ignite your energy and start to ignite your core, which is your Manipura Chakra. You could do a little bit of core work, or naturally in the poses you are using your core. That’s what I do. I do not do any sort of crunches or sit ups or anything of that nature. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I did that. I really don’t like doing stomach exercises, personal note, but walking and yoga poses, I feel, do naturally use your core. So, anyways, just moving around that way, you are going to anchor into your core and that will keep you centered, focused, grounded and in full concentration or closer to full concentration as you go into your day. So you can check out that downloadable series, Susanne, if you’re interested. We also have a bunch of yoga series, little shorter clips on YouTube, if you’re looking into that. Then as you flow along, maybe there’s days and times where you just want to do your own practice and just feel into your body and see what feels right to you.
Kimberly: So I encourage you to play with that and to mix it up, but to just set aside some time to do that sort of practice and just support your body, Susanne. To say this last thing, sometimes you may want to do really yin practice, really relaxing, and calming, and forward bends, and some cat cows that I like to do a lot. Or sometimes you want to bring some more energy so you may be doing the warrior one and the warrior two, and chaturangas, and coming up and down. So any way, your practice can be adjusted to support you. But this is the beautiful thing to get into a practice that can shift and change and support you and your dynamic energy.
Kimberly: So there’s some practices that we really do keep as a rhythm, like the morning practice. That’s something I do whether I’m feeling sad or upset or elated, or energized, or depleted. I stick to that when it comes to my yoga practice, if I am going to do it. I do more walking now. My yoga practice is mainly my meditation, but I do some asanas sometimes. When I do, I like that that’s the practice. I do it for a set amount of time and it changes. Sometimes it’s rainy outside and cold and I just want to feel cozy and maybe I just want to stay in long child’s poses, and sometimes I do want to bring some more fire and more like standing poses to my practice. So that one you can adjust for you, Susanne, and to honor your body and to honor where you are in your life at that moment. So play with it a little bit and let me know how you do. Thank you so much for being part of our community. Can’t wait to get to Sweden one day. One of my best friends, Elva, who lives in New York is from Sweden. So we’ve talked about it and go with her one day. Sending you so much love.
Question #4 around the topic of: “Day” and “Night” Routines -Even if You Never Leave the House!: Are there any tips you can share for morning and nighttime routines, or just sharing your ultimate favorite ones that you can’t live without?
Kimberly: All right, we have one more question, you guys. It comes from Carly who lives in California and she writes, “Are there any tips you can share for morning and nighttime routines, or just sharing your ultimate favorite ones that you can’t live without?” Well, Carly, I think I definitely answered your question through this podcast. You can go back and listen to the earlier answers for both the morning practice and the evening practice. But I will say this, even if you don’t do all the steps, to me, touching the cornerstones is the most important with each routine. So let me clarify that.
Kimberly: Let’s say in the morning you have 30 minutes. Instead of spending that full 30 minutes going for a run and exercising completely, which you know is, of course, beneficial and important that you exercise. But I would say, is there a way to do some of your exercise later if that’s the only time you have for your morning practice? Or can you get up earlier to run and do the rest? Or let’s say you spend that whole 30 minutes just cooking something. It’s better to drink hot water with lemon and do your meditation, and do some journaling for emotional well-being, and take your probiotics for your body. It’s better to nurture yourself in a holistic way in each of the cornerstones than just focus on one.
Kimberly: Same thing in the evening. Let’s say you’re like, “Oh, I’m exhausted so I don’t have time to even take a shower tonight.” Well, cornerstone-wise, food-wise in the evening practice, make it a point of eating dinner a little earlier. Body-wise, giving yourself a little bit of a foot massage or putting the foot oil on, taking Detoxy supplements fall into our body cornerstone. Emotionally, you can spend just a few moments journaling, even if it’s one or two minutes, and then we never want to skip our meditation practice, which is spiritual growth. I really do feel that is the anchor of all anchors. Truly, it has changed my life in a way that nothing ever has including changing my diet.
Kimberly: So I say that with great, great respect and love for you because it took me a long time to honor the inner practices as much as I did the physical ones. We see food. We see our bodies. We want to lift weights or run or do whatever to tone the muscles. These are the things that we see, but when we start to really nurture the emotional, mental, spiritual parts of us, which often need love, and they often need that care, then everything will start to open up in a much bigger way, including the results that you’re looking for with losing weight or in your body. Everything does work together in such a powerful holistic way. So sending you so much love, Carly. Thank you so much for being part of our community. I love you and can’t wait to connect with you more.
Thought of the Week
Kimberly: So I am going to leave you with this thought of the week. It’s something that I say a little bit fairly often, but it’s important for morning and evening routine. It is small, simple steps add up to big results. So I don’t want you guys to feel overwhelmed or to feel, “Oh, I’m either going to do this full practice or I’m not going to do anything.” Like I said, even if you just do a small little thing in each of the cornerstones, you can make a list for yourself as well. You can write this in your journal, or you can just take time to digest it and process it and think about it, but your go-to’s in each of the cornerstones. I love my practices and I share them with you because I find them very effective and they do touch the cornerstones. But, of course, it’s up to you to modify them if you want, to add onto them, to change them based on what feels best to you.
Kimberly: So I love you, first of all, I really do. The more time goes on, the most important thing in my life is connection, and feeling connected with my family and my kids and my husband and friends and our community right there. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing, quite honestly. So the fact that you’re listening to this, the fact that you’re a part of our community, you are a sister to me or possibly a brother, and I am very grateful for you. I’ll see you Monday for our next interview podcast or solocast podcast. Till then, take care, and please be sure to check out our resources, our site, mysolluna.com. We also have a new Solluna app, which houses our amazing, amazing tribal Solluna Circle, where we have monthly circles together, daily tips and meditations. So please check it out, if you haven’t already. It’s on the app. Sending you lots of love and see you back here soon.