In honour of #GlobalWellnessDay, I worked on a piece for Vogue Paris, sharing my favourite lesser-known wellness rituals, tips and tools. Full article below.
Who better than Danielle Copperman, author of the brand-new “Well Being: Recipes and Rituals to Realign the Body and Mind” to lead us into Global Wellness Day with her tips, rituals and favourite objects for achieving greater equilibrium? We sat down with the model, chef and entrepreneur to discuss lifestyle adjustments that we can all use to enhance our wellbeing.
“This is a simple routine that promotes blood circulation and energy flow, refreshing and invigorating the body. I do it in the mornings when I have time, to really wake myself up and feel energized. It involves tapping and massaging parts of the body, using a combination of fists and fingertips to activate them and to release any tension, emotion or energy blockages held within.”
Self-massage, and holistic massage for others
“I recently trained in holistic massage and I truly believe that massage should not be seen as a luxury, but as essential to life. It helps to alleviate stress, pain or physical and mental challenges, and it can even help to heal a person who is ill or injured. It also helps with circulation, lymphatic drainage and metabolism regulation, and can improve digestion and increase positivity. I massage friends and family, and also use massage on myself, which is known as self-massage – I particularly like doing Abyhanga, an ayurvedic self-massage ritual involving lots of oils.”
Shiatsu, Qi Gong and Do-in
“I also took a course in shiatsu, where I learned about qi gong and do-in, which are eastern self-treatment practices that involve moving, stretching or working somehow on the meridians of the body – the energy channels. Shiatsu is incredibly calming and relaxing, and I’d recommend it to anyone who is stressed or struggling with mental or physical complications. Qi gong and do-in involve many very simple exercises, movements and postures that you can do anytime and anywhere, and some of those exercises can be targeted to provide energy boosts, aid digestion, increase relaxation, for example."
“I use a mantra that was given to me by a Vedic teacher (a transcendental meditation practiced pioneered by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) to meditate twice a day – 20 minutes in the morning and 20 in the afternoon or evening, depending on my schedule).”
My wellness objects
“There are certain objects that can magnify the feeling of wellbeing, and to help you take in more good vibes. Here are some of the little things I can’t go without:
1/ I use my jade roller in the morning to massage my face and reduce puffiness.
2/ My body brush is great for exfoliation and to encourage circulation and lymphatic drainage.
3/ Crystals give you inner power and help you to set intentions, manifest and feel calm, grounded and open to whatever comes your way.
4/ Tarot and inner compass cards give you clarity and can help with feeling calmer, more grounded and trusting in the universe – knowing that things will work out in every way they are destined to.
5/ My Thinx panties and Mooncup: I no longer use sanitary products, as I have learned that they can often be toxic to the body and produce a lot of waste, which is obviously bad for the environment. I use a Mooncup instead, which is reusable and so much more sustainable and eco-friendly (in addition to being much cheaper) and I recently discovered Thinx period-proof panties, which are just magical!
6/ I use a tongue scraper to remove the buildup of toxins on my tongue in the morning and before bed, according to ayurvedic tradition.
7/ I use natural and essential oils to make my own natural beauty remedies and for aromatherapy. The power of essential oils and aromatherapy to reduce stress and help you relax and feel more positive is so underrated! I use natural oils such as coconut, jojoba, almond, shea on my body instead of moisturizers, and dab on essential oil mixes instead of perfume or fragrance. Pro tip: sprinkle a few drops on your pillow if you need help sleeping.
8/ I remove my makeup with natural bamboo cotton pads instead of single-use, disposable cotton pads. These are reusable – and therefore account for far less waste – and made of really gentle natural fibers like bamboo and organic cotton, making them much more eco-friendly.”
My top energy-boosting foods
“1/ Apple cider vinegar in water with lemon juice – hot or cold – is the perfect way to start the day. It awakens the body and helps you feel cleansed and detoxified.
2/ Ashwaganda is a tonic herb known for enhancing energy, concentration and longevity.
3/ He shou wu is another tonic herb which I use in hot water instead of coffee sometimes. It is incredibly energising and full of vitamins and minerals.
4/ Cacao is another superfood I sometimes use instead of coffee for a quick energy hit (and other nutritional benefits), in hot water or in plant-based milks.
5/ Seaweed: I use this in salads or as a side for hot meals. It is super high in vitamins and minerals – and the wisdom of the oceans.
6/ Qnola is my range of quinoa-based breakfast granolas, which are free from gluten, grains, dairy and refined sugar, yet very high in protein and skin-boosting ingredients such as nuts, seeds, healthy organic oils, and superfoods."