"To me, wellness means setting myself up for mental, physical, and emotional success," Cleo Davis Urman, founder of Barrière tells us. "There’s so much in life we can’t control, but I find that establishing rituals and routines helps me to feel stronger and better prepared."
Urman starts each day by reading a meditation from Ryan Holiday’s Daily Stoic, a devotional book of stoic philosophy. "Stoicism helps me to accept the things I can’t control and to be tolerant of others, yet strict with myself. This ritual keeps me grounded, clear-minded, and resilient." Here, she shares the rest of her daily and evening rituals.
Morning Power Workout with Melissa Wood Health
"Every morning, I start my day with one of Melissa Wood’s workout videos. Melissa’s philosophy has completely changed my approach to fitness. I’ve learned that even the twenty(ish) minutes I can commit to fitness each day is enough to build mental and muscle strength."
barrière face mask
"These days, my face mask is the most important part of my wardrobe. After my workout, my husband and I grab coffee and take our dog for a long walk. I love how protected and comfortable I feel in these FDA/ CE certified masks, and I never get tired of people asking, “Where did you get that pretty mask?”
Freshly Squeezed Vitamin C with Smeg Juicer
"To combat seasonal depression and the effects of cold weather, I make a blend of freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit and lemon juice, packed with tons of vitamins and antioxidants, that instantly boosts my mood and immune system. I order my citrus from family-owned farms like The Sisters Market so I can enjoy the freshest fruit year-round."
Joaquina Botanica Hydrating Glow Oil
"After a steaming hot shower, I apply this hydrating glow oil made from luscious botanicals indigenous to Latin America. A spa vacation in a bottle, a few drops of this magic serum and I am instantly transported to the tropics."
Happy Not Perfect App
"I’ve been using the Happy Not Perfect app for a couple of years now, but have found it an especially important part of my daily ritual during quarantine. At the end of the workday, I go through the app’s easy, 7 step-workout, which reminds me to check in with myself, practice gratitude, and let go of my worries-- I find that virtually setting fire to the screen offers an incredible emotional release and helps me to end the workday on a restorative note."
Augustinus Bader Cleansing Balm
"Washing away daily build up and makeup has never been easier or more enjoyable. This balm makes my skin feel so clean I feel like I get a fresh start after each use."
Goop Genes Nourishing Body Butter
"I apply this luxurious cream every night before bed. Just like butter, it melts into my skin and instantly hydrates and repairs."
Hill House Home Sisi Silk Pillowcase
"They say silk pillowcases can improve skin and hair hydration and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, but for me the real benefit is how this one addition to my bed has turned it into my own personal heaven. I can’t get over how quickly I fall asleep once my head finally reaches the pillow."
"Using a humidifier in my room at night has made an enormous difference in improving my sleep, breathing, and dry skin. I put 6-8 drops of lavender oil into the humidifier for the ultimate calming experience."