The Ritual Diaries is a bi-weekly editorial series where we talk to our favorite creators, experts, and change-makers about how they take care of themselves in a busy world. This week, we spoke to Alie Davis, a model based on Los Angeles.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
The first thing I do in the morning is make my adaptogen tea. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but I like to have something to start my day. My morning tea is full of anti inflammatory, immunity boosting, and mood boosting properties.
What is the last thing you do in your day?
The last thing I do in my day is put on my serums. Skincare is very important to me and I think I’ve mastered my regimen. Right before I go to bed, I put on my serums and my lip mask and head off to sleep on my silk pillowcase.
What is the hardest part of the day for you — and how do you overcome it?
The hardest part of the day for me is the morning, I have a hard time getting out of bed; I am not an early bird! But I do my best to overcome it with deep breaths and stretching while I’m still in bed. If I’m really having a hard time, I’ll turn on some music that gets me moving.
What boundaries do you set for yourself for your own health?
The biggest boundary that I set for my own health is my sleep boundary. We always talk about how important sleep is and how important it is to prioritize it, but this year I made the decision to actually say no to everything that will disrupt my sleep pattern and to be very stern with it. My health has improved significantly, I feel worlds better not being tired all the time. I also don’t drink.
Do you have any “cannot live without” products in your everyday routine?
There are two things that I cannot live without, one is an Evenhealy Pomegranate Repair Rerum that I get at Whole Foods. I put this on at night and then I just glow! It’s insane and I’ve been using it for the last five years. My second cannot live without product is an immunity supplement by Thorne called Myco Immune. I’m convinced it’s why I haven’t had a cold or flu for 3 years.
Do you have any rituals and if so, what are they?
I wouldn’t say I have any rituals that I follow consistently, but I do like to light something in the morning and at night whether that be a candle or incense and spend a moment being present. It’s literally maybe two minutes of my time each day, but it’s intentional.
What would you tell your younger self about health and wellness?
I would tell my younger self that the planet has everything that you need and that your body is the only one that you’re going to have, so treat it well. Something else I would tell my younger self is that stress takes away from your health and wellness, and as a giver, you need to have your cup full in order to give to others, so make choices selfishly and protect your happiness as much as you do your loved ones, in order to healthily thrive in life.