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My Morning Ritual For Happy

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I HATE the winter!!!!! My body hates the winter, my spirit hates the winter, my soul hates the winter and living in NYC makes it worse with the dirt, grime and dirty snow that lasts until spring. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the Winter Blues is a form of depression that can begin as early as late fall and can last for months.  Sometimes it can be extremely hard to get out of bed in the morning especially when it's still dark outside so I make sure I start my day with a bit of happy.  Following are a few tips to help get your day off to a bright start whether you have the winter blues or just need a quick morning pick me up.

Before I let my feet touch the floor I make sure to stretch my body gently. This gets my blood flowing and gets rid of any tension that may lurk from the night before. I do a series of moves that include lying flat with my arms and legs extended; over my head with arms clasped as demonstrated in the photo; I make sure I stretch my neck and slowly move my head around; I stretch my sides ; then I finish up with getting on my knees in child pose to stretch my back.  Image via Pinterest

Before I let my feet touch the floor I make sure to stretch my body gently. This gets my blood flowing and gets rid of any tension that may lurk from the night before. I do a series of moves that include lying flat with my arms and legs extended; over my head with arms clasped as demonstrated in the photo; I make sure I stretch my neck and slowly move my head around; I stretch my sides ; then I finish up with getting on my knees in child pose to stretch my back.  Image via Pinterest

After stretching in bed I hit the floor for "morning mind." Since it is dark when I rise I always light a candle and sit quiet for a few minutes to collect my morning thoughts and give thanks. Photo via Pinterest.

After stretching in bed I hit the floor for "morning mind." Since it is dark when I rise I always light a candle and sit quiet for a few minutes to collect my morning thoughts and give thanks. Photo via Pinterest.

Now it's time for hydrotherapy and when I am really down and have been in the doldrums for a few days my first line of defense is hitting the shower with a Skin Buttr scrub, the strawberry coconut is my favorite and I also have it in travel size so I can take it with me on the go. The scent takes me to instant happy and lifts my mood, not to mention how soft it makes my skin feel.

Now it's time for hydrotherapy and when I am really down and have been in the doldrums for a few days my first line of defense is hitting the shower with a Skin Buttr scrub, the strawberry coconut is my favorite and I also have it in travel size so I can take it with me on the go. The scent takes me to instant happy and lifts my mood, not to mention how soft it makes my skin feel.

I know that lavender is supposed to bring calm and most people use it at the end of the day, but I love the fragrance of this Jason body wash and it perks me up....ahhhh...aroma therapy!

I know that lavender is supposed to bring calm and most people use it at the end of the day, but I love the fragrance of this Jason body wash and it perks me up....ahhhh...aroma therapy!

When I want to feel decadent I start with Arianna. I discovered Arianna by stumbling on one of their locations in the west village a few years ago and have been hooked since then. After using this scrub in the shower I follow up with the lavender lotion and smell lovely all day long.

When I want to feel decadent I start with Arianna. I discovered Arianna by stumbling on one of their locations in the west village a few years ago and have been hooked since then. After using this scrub in the shower I follow up with the lavender lotion and smell lovely all day long.

Good old Trader Joes! You can't go wrong with this fatty triple milled soap Green Tea soap. The scent is light and clean and helps clear the clutter in my mind.

Good old Trader Joes! You can't go wrong with this fatty triple milled soap Green Tea soap. The scent is light and clean and helps clear the clutter in my mind.