WELL BEING & OTHER STORIES

Recipes, rituals and other stories to realign the body and mind

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We have the ultimate healthy-girl wellness tips ~ for Vogue Paris

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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.

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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.

Tapping

“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."

Vedic meditation

“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."

Restorative rituals for on the road ~ for Suitcase Magazine

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If your lifestyle requires you to travel regularly, you’ll notice it taking a toll on you both mentally and physically. To help reduce the side effects of excessive travelling, I’ve come up with three simple meditations that can be done anytime and anywhere to decrease stress, improve sleep, increase energy and keep you balanced while on the road.

While you can’t be expected to do yoga in the airport or start chanting on a plane, you can always find a corner to close your eyes and turn inward for a moment, requiring nothing but the power of your mind and breath.

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Body scan: to encourage restful sleep

Body scanning is an easy mindfulness exercise to relax the body, calm the mind and shift attention away from overpowering thoughts. It involves spot relaxing each part of the body by focusing on it for a few moments. Practising this meditation in the evening is ideal as it is best performed lying down, encouraging the body and mind to transition from “doing” to “being”.

Method

1. Lie on your back on a comfortable surface with your legs slightly apart and your arms by your sides. If you are not in bed, place a blanket over your body if you tend to get cold easily.

2. Focus on the breath and notice any thoughts or feelings that arise. When they do, try to turn your attention back to your breath and how it feels moving through the body.

3. Start by focusing your attention on the toes on your right foot. Be aware of how they feel and gradually move your attention up the right side of your body right up to your head, before continuing down the other side.

4. Settle here and notice how your body feels, both part by part and as a whole, and notice how your mind now feels.

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Nadi shodanana pranayama: to increase energy levels

This is an energising, cleansing and detoxifying practice that enhances concentration. It involves alternating breathing through the nostrils to control the breath in a way that rejuvenates the nervous system and balances both sides of the brain.

Method

1. Sit in a comfortable position, either on the floor with crossed legs or on a chair with your feet flat, ensuring that the head, neck and spine are aligned.

2. Decide how to use your hands to control the nostrils; one thumb to close off both nostrils, your thumb and index finger, or your thumb and ring finger (the vishnu mudra method).

3. Close your right nostril by pressing the thumb against it gently. Inhale deeply through the left nostril and hold your breath, then move your thumb to your left nostril and close it. Exhale through the right nostril. Keep the thumb on the left nostril and inhale deeply through your right. Hold the breath and then close your right nostril again. Exhale through the left. Repeat 10-20 times.

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Ideal destination visualisation: to reduce stress

Visualisation is a powerful tool for quietening the mind and instilling a sense of positivity within. It involves tuning in and blocking out external distractions and the noise of the mind in order to deeper into the subconscious. This reduces clutter in the mind which subsequently diminishes anxiety, giving more positive parts of the mind a chance to be active. Practise this on the plane or before bed to encourage sounder sleep.

Method

1. Sit or lie comfortably, somewhere private if possible.

2. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Take three long, deep breaths and then let it settle into a natural rhythm.

3. Focus on your third eye (the space between your eyes/eyebrows) and imagine you are arriving at your favourite destination or somewhere you would love to be. This could be a specific place or a vague environment, such as a mountain, a field or the beach.

4. Visualise yourself in these surroundings – how it looks, smells, feels. Are you alone or with people? What can you hear? How does it feel to be there in that moment?

5. Continue with this visualisation for as long as feels right. If your mind begins to wander, bring it back to this place and return to the scene in your mind, trying to notice new things each time. Let your mind wander without force or resistance.

6. Practise this ritual for 5-10 minutes. When you are ready, deepen your breath and start to make slow, subtle movements; wiggle your toes, move your fingers, roll your shoulders. Gently open your eyes if you have the space or privacy, take some gentle stretches.