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The Six Week Morning Challenge

If you’re anything like us, we’re willing for spring to arrive early, though after last week’s bad news from the Ground Hog, it looks like we have six more weeks until those first daffies appear! So, what can you do to kick start your morning for the next six weeks? Here are our top 6 tips to help get you from your winter to spring self!

Week 1 – Get active!

Coach and mentor, Emma Stirk starts every day with stretching. Her alarm goes off at 5 to 5 and then she has a whole hour’s “me time” before her youngest daughter wakes.
Just 10 minutes of stretching every day can release endorphins and boost your mood. Do whatever is comfortable for you to do, standing up or on the floor on a chair or on your bed… stretch the inside leg. Stretch to touch your toes, stretch to get your head on your knee. In 6 weeks, with continued daily stretching you’ll feel so much better!

Week 2 – Hello Sunshine

Even on the deepest darkest grey days of winter, the sun’s rays (UVA rays) which are at the same level in June as they are in December or in New York as they are in the Sahara are dangerous. Due to their longer wave length they can penetrate deeper in to our skin. So, wear your SPF daily to help prevent sun damage, premature ageing and if you use Tancream… of course give you that stunning natural glow!

Week 3 – Write a to do list for the day ahead

Whether you use a good old’ fashioned notebook and pen or like to use an iPhone to do list app, make lists to help keep your mind clear and keep you organised. Read more about what successful people do every morning.

Week 4 – Smile

Bear with us on this one… Studies have shown that when we smile it tricks are brains in to thinking we are happy. Simple isn’t it? Plus, we are more attractive when we smile! Double whammy.

Week 5 – Hot water and lemon

This must be one of our favourite beauty hacks. Ditch the coffee and get in to the habit of cleansing your system with a hot water and lemon to help flush out toxins, balance your pH, aid digestion, boost your immune system, and you got it, the vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes, purging toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

Week 6 – Breath properly

Our days can be manic, and we can end up being pulled from pillar to post! Our bodies are a lot of the time, running on adrenaline which isn’t good for us. It means our breathing never fully deepens. Here’s how to breath properly

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. (Although you can do this exercise while sitting or standing, it’s easiest to practice by lying down at first.)
  2. Place your hands on your abdomen.
  3. Breathe in through your nose, counting to four. Picture a balloon in your belly that you’re inflating with the air you are inhaling. Your hands should rise as your abdomen fills with air.
  4. Hold the breath for a few seconds.
  5. Exhale slowly through your mouth, counting to four. Picture letting the air out of your belly balloon. Your hands should go down as your abdomen deflates.

That’s it! You did it, well done! You finished our six-week challenge, big pat on the back!

Love Team Tancream x