When searching for the best habits for waking up well, we knew we had to speak to Danielle Copperman. In addition to being a full time model, nutritionist, food writer and chef, Danielle founded and runs Qnola, a range of healthy alternatives to commercial cereals made from highly nutritious, natural ingredients – so she knows a thing or two about curating a good morning, both inside and out. One of the most important good morning habits is a hearty breakfast and Qnola is one of our favourites. Here’s Danielle on her morning ritual and habits you too can hone to greet the day in the best way.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Depending on my schedule, I usually FaceTime my boyfriend in Sweden, and or meditate for 10 minutes in bed. I’ll usually make a hot adaptogen (a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stressors and bring it back to homeostasis or balance) or fresh ginger drink too.
What foods help you wake up well?
Adaptogens are so powerful in giving me instant energy in the morning. For that reason, hot drinks, tonics or smoothies are most effective in waking me up, and doing so ‘well’. I’ve been using a new recipe for the winter – a hot chocolate made with quinoa for a thick and creamy, high protein drink that fills you up more than a full meal, is easy on digestion and is super rich in antioxidants and pure, energising ingredients from the earth.
What is your daily shower ritual?
My shower ritual includes a quick once over with my dry body brush, then about a minute of switching between hot and cold water temperature if I’m in the mood. It helps wake me up and feels invigorating and energising, and is also thought to support metabolism. Then I use shampoo and conditioner. I spend a while exfoliating my body with a sponge and body wash or body scrubs. That’s about it.
Wake Up Well playlist: Top picks?
Alexi Murdoch, Beirut, Beach House, Zero 7, Drake
What do you do if you wake up ‘on the wrong side of the bed’? Any tips on how to turn your mood around?
Meditate. Speak to people who get you, and who support you and keep you grounded. Hugs, and general human contact (preferably with someone you know and love). Gratitude, and focusing on the positive aspects of whatever has you feeling like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I find that by changing the way you think about any situation or thought will change how it feels to be going through it!
If you could only recommend one thing to someone on how to wake up well, what would it be?
Give yourself 30 minutes extra in the mornings. It’s so simple and SO cliché but the time you have to yourself in the morning is more precious than any other time of day. You have the choice and you determine how the day is going to go. You wake up into a new day. Your body is rested, your mind has been silenced and still during the night, and you have the chance to keep it silenced and still in the new day – free from negative thoughts, fear and worry.
If you take it slowly, you give yourself time to do something you love or that feels good (could be going on a quick walk, stretching, yoga, meditation, playing a board game with your loved one, writing a journal, having a longer tea / coffee or breakfast with loved ones, not rushing or putting your body and mind into an instant state of stress and vibrational misalignment), and that sets the scene for the rest of your day. So, time. That would be my advice.