Wake up and stay present

Wake up and stay present

Wake up and stay present

My morning routine

In partnership with our friends at the Heritage Store

Samantha Saiyavongsa |

senior programming manager at NEWS BLOCK

When there are big events here at NEWS BLOCK, like In NEWS BLOCK Health, Samantha Saiyavongsa is a force at the center, helping to create, plan and make everything from live meditation sessions to panels on skincare techniques copper life. To stay strong during what can become extremely hectic days, Saiyavongsa combines wellness practices with simple beauty rituals.

Your mornings set you up for the day, so that’s when you lay the groundwork for positive vibes to carry with you, taking a moment to enjoy everything from the taste of your coffee to the sensation of rose-infused dew on your skin.

Wake up and stay present

7:30 am: I try to stay in bed as long as possible without reaching for my phone. Having a dog helps. The other thing that draws me out of bed is coffee – I’m a fan of black coffee. I like that it takes more time and effort, and I like to drink it slowly to savor it. You could call it a mindful approach to coffee, if you were feeling generous. Or I just love coffee!

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    I love!

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    I can take this with me to walk the dog if I want; It has a ceramic interior, so the taste is pure coffee goodness, rather than metallic.

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8 am: I wash my face with cold water. Since I have oily skin, I love rubbing G. Tox toner on my face to feel cleaner. I’m not too strict with my skincare routine – some mornings clean and some days not. I try to be aware of what my skin needs from day to day, so I change it from time to time. The Rose water cleanser by Heritage, it’s clean, it’s this beautiful milky wash that leaves my skin soft and hydrated.

One thing I never skip is Beautycounter Counter + vitamin c serum. It is very easy to use and turmeric instantly brightens my skin. Then of course sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.

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08:30 am: My dog ​​is wide awake now, so we go for a walk. When I remember, I put Bala bracelets (they are one pound weights that are super comfortable and adjustable) on my ankles or wrists to give it a little more oomph.

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On my phone, I listen to The NEWS BLOCK Podcast. Our new co-host, Erica Chidi, recently sat down with Tara Brach, a legendary spiritual meditation teacher and psychologist, and it’s one of my all-time favorite episodes. It is one of those that I listen to whenever I need it. Brach developed a practice called RAIN, an acronym for Recognize, Allow, Investigate, and Nurture. It comes in handy whenever I want to feel more grounded, and I also love his teachings on radical acceptance and his advice on how to have compassion for ourselves and others. Brach reminds me that even small actions, like putting my hand on my heart, can be anchoring and energizing.

9 am: Back home. Before opening my laptop to work, I light incense or light my diffuser and refresh my mind and spirit with a few drops from the Heritage Store. rose water spray. Rose water gives me a moist glow and feels incredibly relaxing, and reaching for it during the day is a little ritual I’ve created to help me control myself, loosen my jaw, relax my shoulders, and intentionally breathe. It really helps and I love the subtle scent. I keep the full-size bottle at home and I take the one on the road wherever I go (hikes, car rides) because it lifts my spirits instantly and it’s such a simple little treat.

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09:30 am: The best thing about my job at NEWS BLOCK is the amazing healers I know. I recently connected with Jae rae, a gifted psychic, medium, and energetic healer who hosts conversations in an app called Quilt, answering questions from people seeking authenticity and support. Since I was in contact with her, I have been working towards a path of dignity and self-compassion. She said something to me during our last private session that stuck with me: “What you do for others, you don’t do for yourself.” Coming out of my return to Saturn has been a humbling experience. I try to be children to me. I take a lot of long walks, think more deeply, and lean toward things that bring me joy and help me be present.

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