Brad Lande is the head of Birchbox Man.
From college until my early 30s, my morning routine felt oddly similar to pulling teeth.
Most days, it went something like this: an alarm, a series of snoozes, a stumble to the shower, a stop at the mirror to fix my hair, and a hasty exit.
I always paid attention to how I presented myself, but mornings were little more than a necessary evil.
Since then, my life has undergone some dramatic changes, and my routine has followed suit.
I co-founded and sold a tech startup, going through a tremendous amount of stress in the process. I took the advice of a dear friend and attended a weekend retreat on meditation. I started a new career as the VP of Birchbox Man.
I got engaged and was reminded that life is short, and love is always better when you share good habits and values. I bought a house with my partner in upstate New York, surrounded by organic farms and local food.
These experiences helped me realise that all the little things — the ones I deemed insignificant — could have a major impact on my health and well-being.
With that said, here are the five things I do 365 days a year. I did not arrive at them overnight. I discovered them along the way, and they have shifted my mornings from a sleepy blur to a clear awakening.
1. Hot Water With Lemon
2. 20 Minutes of Meditation
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed for twenty minutes. I practice Vedic meditation myself, and this regular practice has made my mind calmer, more alert, and ready to handle anything the day may bring.
3. 5 Tibetans
My partner and I share a love of our yoga teacher ShivaRam, who taught us these exercises, and we perform them together each morning.
4. PLANT Face Oil
I know it seems counterintuitive, but trust me. A face oil will regulate your skin’s own oil production, resulting in a matte, healthy complexion.
I’ve had the pleasure of trying hundreds of skincare products since becoming the head of Birchbox Man, where we deliver a personalised box of gear and grooming essentials to guys for $US20 a month. This is all natural and one of my favourites.
5. Morning Smoothie Made in 5 Minutes
Here is my favourite recipe: coconut water, banana, blueberries, kale, bee pollen, almond butter, and ice. Treat yourself and buy a Vitamix!
The Success Series is a collection of the best advice from some of our favourite writers, thinkers, and leaders. This week, we asked: “What is your morning routine?” See other articles in the series here.