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Tarnea O’Meara On: 5 Ways To Better Your Day

Story by Tarnea O’Meara

There are some things that I do in the morning no matter what day it is, where it is and what my schedule is like. These things just don’t go astray and get me ready for the day ahead and pumped to face whatever comes my way.

First thing I do when I wake up is wash my face with some fresh water. I don’t use a cleanser really, I find the ocean and sea salt cleans my skin so well that there really isn’t any better natural cleaner than a little bit of exfoliating salty water. Sometimes I wake up 10 minutes earlier to take 10 minutes to myself (thanks to Elise Little Bantam Surf Trainer). I recently downloaded the Headspace app and have a guided breathing exercise by Elise Carter. A meditation that takes you through step by step and really helps settle your thoughts.

I usually put my bikinis straight on out of bed and drink 1 to 2 glasses of water with lemon with a dash of coconut oil. I use the coconut oil in my mouth as an ‘oil pull’ in the car on my way to the beach. Not a lot of people know about this and those that do, know the amazing benefits it has (whiter teeth, clears sinuses, clearer skin, healthy gums etc). A family friend, Jess Ainscough talks about it and Mind, Body, Green has some done some stories on it too.

My morning ritual involves surfing and I’m lucky enough to fit it in most days. I surf for about an hour and a half with friends (this usually leads to a coffee date afterwards with everyone). I actually don’t know the last time I didn’t surf in the morning. But on the rare occasion that I don’t, I’ll swim the beach of Mooloolaba with my Mum (its usually about 1km or so) or join the yoga class down the road.

If I don’t do something active in the mornings, I feel as if I haven’t woken up. For me being active in the morning gets my blood pumping, starts my brain functioning and puts me in a better mood – Seriously. When have you ever regretted going for a run or quick swim?

Breakfast is always on the mind and is a must. If I skip breaky I don’t function and end up missing half my lectures at university because I’m falling asleep or the information goes into oblivion.

Depending on what day it is, I’ll either have training at the Ocean Performance Centre at 8am then head to university at 11, or work for most of the day.

Surfing and food comes first, then usually the uni, work, training and study. Right now its pretty scheduled, so these five things are the secrets for making my day as productive, inspiring and effective as possible. How do you start your day?

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