It is time to take a break from the busy schedule and take a vacation. I have been trying to live a more balanced life by fitting shorter vacation trips in our busy schedules. These trips have become essential for me. I traveled to London, Brussels, and Morocco within the last three years. And, while packing for my trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I thought I would share my travel natural beauty essentials with you, so you can have an idea whenever it comes time to plan your next trip! All items are travel-size items, so no need to check in any suitcase. These travel-friendly size green beauties are all I need and all you might need as well.
#1- Let's protect our skin from the sun with the Laguna herbal Face and Body Sunscreen.
This sunscreen has an SPF of 50 which blocks 98 % of UVB rays. It is broad spectrum sunscreen for maximum coverage. It is a squeaky-clean sunscreen that was formulated with 6 natural ingredients, including non-Nano particle zinc oxide. This is the safest form of zinc oxide. All ingredients are cruelty-free, mineral, certified organic and non-GMO. It is also gluten-free and paraben-free. This natural sunscreen is so clean. I am also obsessed with it because it applies sheer. This is such a big deal for me; with my darker skin, sunscreens leave that white layer on my skin that is visible from a mile. I have a totally different experience with the Laguna herbals Laguna Herbals Face & Body Sunscreen. I just take a very small amount on the tips of my two fingers and rub it into my skin. It completely absorbs without leaving the usual white layer and stay sheer even when I sweat. A little goes a long way with this one; it contains no water so it is quite concentrated. It is waterproof and last up to 80 minutes. Just make sure to apply it again. As a bonus, this is a kid-friendly, super lightweight, and sit nicely under makeup.
#2 - Jet lag or sleepless night giving me puffy eyes? I don't think so! Pack your 100% Pure Bright Eyes.
Keep your beautiful eyes nice and smooth after a sleepless flight or night. My eyes just adore these fun eyes masks. If you have dark under-eyes circles, irritated, sensitive and/or dehydrated under eyes, this is a great mask to use. I comes in pair (one for each eye) and I get 2 to 3 uses out of each pair. After a 8-hour flight to Marrakesh in Morocco, I was so tired that my eyes were so puffy, but who want to sleep when you only have a week in Marrakesh to explore this beautiful city. So, I popped these green babies under my eyes while I was enjoying Moroccan mint tea; thirty minutes later, we were on our way to explore the Red City.
#3 - For my facial cleanser, the Urso Major |Eseential Facial Wipe| are perfect.
These wipes exfoliate, soothe, and hydrate the skin. They are made with bamboo and smell wonderful. Anytime we are somewhere where it's warm our skin loses moisture, so it's nice to add hydration to our skin. These facial wipes are great to clean my skin and hydrate my skin at the same time. They are so practical as they come in individual packs. While these facial wipes are not makeup wipes, they will remove your makeup. If you need makeup wipes, I recommend using the Kaia Naturals Travel wipes.
#4 - Let's keep our skin soft and glowing by keeping it simple and relaxing with the |Night Body Oil| from Osmia Organics. Made with 11 nourishing and moisturizing oils including organic jojoba oil, velvety kukui oil, and organic rosehip seed oil, this body oil is perfect to moisturize your skin. Best way to apply is on very damp skin, put few drops in your hands and rub against your skin, don't pad - just let it dry; the small size bottle will last you longer. You will have a soft, moisturized skin in minutes. Read more about it here! If you’re not into body oils, the Pacifica Beauty Lotion Wipes are great and easy to use and carry around.
#5 - Let's stay fresh with the EO Deodorant wipes.
These wipes have been a savior for me. They work so well and are so practical to carry around! The scent is subtle: you can get them in lavender or tea tree scent. These are the perfect wipes for trips. I carry individual packets with me everywhere; I only need one wipe for both underarms.
#6 - For clean and voluminous hair, the Innersense Travel Hair Care Kits is a must- have.
I love that this kit has shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner travel kits! It is all you need to have clean and voluminous hair naturally. It also worked for me during weekend getaways and camping trips. Don't leave your home without this beautiful hair travel kit from Innersense.
#7 - For my lips evening makeup, I go with the PlayOn Lip Crayon from Jane Iredale.
This is a luscious, smooth, and creamy lip crayon that gives a sleek makeup look; you only need to apply one or two layers to rock a glamorous look. I usually don't add any lipstick on top of this lip crayon as this natural lip crayon is highly pigmented. There are 7 bold shades; see the shades and read more about it here!
#8 - The French Girl lip tint with me for a little makeup touch for day wear. My favorite shade is | Violette |; it is this sheer pink purple that is perfect for day wear. These lip tints come in 10 shades, are 100% vegan, and natural. These lip tints also fit so well in my wallet and purse. I love it!!
#9 - Get an healthy glow with these makeup essentials, for my foundation and primer, I go will the 100% pure |Mattifying Primer| and |Super Fruits Healthy Foundation|. I often skip makeup when on vacation, but we always try to have a romantic dinner while on vacation and these beauties work perfectly for light natural makeup. You could skip the primer. Both products are natural and contain antioxidants and vitamins. The foundation provides great coverage; I only needed to apply one layer of the foundation for great coverage. The Mattifying prime also helps so much with my large pores. It makes my skin smooth before I apply the foundation
#10 - The Per-fékt Beauty |LASH PERFECTION GEL MASCARA| .
I shopped for the $10 - 0.25 fl. oz and it is just perfect for travel. I love that this is 3-in-1 lash primer, conditioner, and enhancer. I just love the voluminous eyelashes look it gives me. Highly recommended! I even keep it in your everyday makeup bag. This paraben-free mascara has been clinically and allergy tested. It scores 5 on EWG. They use bristle brush, so it doesn't clump and keeps my lashes separated.
There you have it. My essentials Top 10, must-have Natural travel-size beauty products items.
What else do you think I should had to my list? Let me know in the comment section!
Blooming trees and flowers release pollen that cause seasonal allergies. An estimated 50 million Americans, suffer from some type of allergies and chances are high that you or someone you know suffers from allergies. It is spring, the time of the year for congested, headaches, watery or itchy eyes. There are ways to deal with allergies naturally and I share with you my top favorite natural allergies remedies for busy lifestyle.
1. Drink More
Feeling stuffy? Drinking from hot fluids like teas, broth, or soup can help alleviate the thin the mucus in your nasal passages. The steam from this hot non-alcoholic beverage helps with this process. .
2. Rinse It Out
Nasal rinse can remove accumulated bacteria, thin mucus, and cut down on postnasal drip.
*Simply mix 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in 8 ounces of warm distilled water in a neti pot
*Lean over a sink and gently flush each nostril, one at a time.
Chlorine in tap water can irritate your nasal lining and sinuses; it should not be used for a nasal rinse. Too busy to make the mix, my favorite alternatives
3. Natural alternative to Zyrtec? Try Butterbur and Quercetin
Several studies suggest that a butterbur extract called Ze 339 can have the same effect as antihistamine medicines. Quercetin found in plant foods like broccoli or cauliflower can calm down hyperactivity of the airways. Take natural drug-free supplements that combine both or natural supplement that only contain only one type of extract.
4. Wash up
Take a shower when you come home. After being outdoors, your clothes, hair, and skin are covered with tiny particles of allergens; wash these particles away so you don't transfer to your home.
5. Keep your home clean from allergy triggers
Having a clean home is one the best way to remove allergens. But, using harsh chemicals to clean your home can trigger allergies. Clean your house with natural cleaning products and use an air filter in your house.
Precautions when dealing Allergies Mild or moderate allergies are usually not very threatening. However, severe allergic reactions require medical attention. See a doctor if you have severe allergic reactions.
Earth Day is almost here and you definitely need to find some unique activities to celebrate it. Either alone, with your friends or with your kids, there are plenty of activities that you can do on the next April 22nd. You could even this ideas to celebrate April as earth month instead of a single day.
So, here are the best tips for enjoying the Earth Day this year:
#1: Plant a Tree:
Nothing better than celebrating the Earth Day with a new tree that can provide us with oxygen and clean air. Just be a part of the Trees For The Earth initiative and help us all get to 7.8 billion trees planted by Earth Day 2020.
#2: Get Involved in a Community Garden:
No matter if you usually garden or not, the Earth Day is a perfect day to start or to help others starting a community garden. In case you don't know any, just do a quick search on Google for one next to you.
#3: Clean Out Your Closet and Donate to a Charity:
While when you think about celebrating the Earth Day with activities you tend to think mostly about outdoor activities, the truth is that you can contribute at home as well. Just get rid of all those clothes you don't wear anymore and donate them. This will save a lot of our already scarce resources.
#4: Go to a Thrift Store:
Helping others is a great way to celebrate the Earth Day and you will also be reutilizing old clothes. So, just check a near thrift store and get a new outfit.
#5: Stop Plastic Bottle of Water:
Drinking plenty of water is essential to having a beautiful skin, but there is no need to use plastic bottles when they are so many alternatives. Besides, you'll be saving a lot of plastic that would simply be filling up dumps and landfills. The brk bottles are one of my favorites glass water bottles; they reusable and beyond adorable with their decorative silicone sleeves.
#6: Volunteer for An Environmental Charity:
What's better than volunteering for an environmental charity to celebrate Earth Day? From teaching classes to cleaning rivers, it's all about being earth-friendly. If you don't know any environmental charity, just contact Earth Day organizers.
#7: Ride Your Bike or Take A Hike:
Either alone, with your friends, or even with your kids, this is a beautiful activity that you can do to celebrate Earth Day this year. After all, you'll be enjoying everything nature provides us.
#8: Create Labels for The Garden with Your Kids:
This is a great tip to show your kids how Earth Day is important. You can learn how to do it here.
#9: Make A Play Garden with Your Kids:
Another tip to involve kids on the Earth Day is to allow them to be useful, play, and learn at the same time. So, you can take a bit of space from your garden or yard and just make a play garden with them.
#10: Attend an Earth Day Event:
With so many events happening across the entire country, the difficult part will be choosing the one that you want to attend.
#11: Develop A Recycling Plan:
In case you are still not recycling, there is no better day to start. Just discover what you can recycle in your area and start from here.
#12: Transform Your Yard:
If you have a yard and you just don't know what you can do with it, why not creating some kind of oasis for birds and other creatures? Just put in a bird bath, install some birdhouses, and put a bird feeder.
#13: Make a Trashy Collage for Earth Day:
When your kids are young, they're going to love this activity for the Earth Day and they will be learning the same time. You can get some ideas from Teach Preschool.
#14: Take A Good Look Around Your Home:
Have you checked your faucets lately? Are you sure you don't have any faucets leaks? As you know, you may be wasting liters and liters of water.
#15: Join an Environment-Friendly Group:
Gathering with other people that think the same way as you about the environment is always positive. Who knows about the great ideas that can come from there?
#16: Go Vegan or Vegetarian For The Day:
If you want to do something different for the Earth Day this year, you can turn into a vegetarian or a vegan for the day. Read this article "Three reasons to Go Vegan for Earth Day..." from the Huffington post. Just keep your mind open and you may even enjoy some of the foods. Here are some vegan and vegetarian recipes for busy people.
You take a glance at your calendar and you have overdue tasks. You are overwhelmed at work and have a lot of tasks waiting for us at home. So, in order to make room for all of this, you stop going to the gym, skip lunch, and even forget about your social life completely. Doesn't this sound familiar?
Unfortunately, this is the reality that many women who work and have a family need to deal with every single day. The truth is that as a woman, each one of us was raised with the idea that we need to make huge sacrifices for our family and for our work in order to reap the rewards of life. The truth is that you keep making sacrifices and more sacrifices and no reward at all.
When you're in this situation, you're so overwhelmed, so stressed out, that even if you think (and you probably do) that you are doing a great job, the truth is that you aren't. You won't be able to focus, your skills aren't sharp anymore, and you're simply not being as productive as you can be.
And this is where self-care comes in your way. Things like having lunch, having a good night sleep, or occasionally hanging out with friends shouldn't even be considered self-care. But you already crossed that barrier as well. So, why is self-care so important?
#1: It's The Only Way To Take Care Of Others
When you don't feel well either physically, psychologically, or mentality, you won't be able to help others. Even though this may be one of the things that you really want to do, you just can't. Your body isn't healthy anymore, your mind is filled with self-doubt as well as simply not working as well as it should. The truth is that most women tend to pretend that everything is alright 24/7, even when it's not. Don't pretend anymore. Make taking care of yourself a high priority.
#2: Start Living Instead Of Simply Existing
When you gave up a good night's sleep, breakfast or lunch, or your social life, you're not living anymore. Living your life mean interactions with other people, new experiences, and acquiring new skills and competencies. All that you're doing right now is scrambling to meet the needs of this hour or this day. You're not even thinking about tomorrow, just the immediate future.
If you think that you can handle this up until retirement to then enjoy life, you won't. We all have responsibilities, towards others and towards ourselves. And taking care of yourself is your responsibility.
#3: It's Empowering
The truth is that we tend to get lost among the multiple things we need to do everyday. It's true that you need to work. You have bills to pay. And you need to take care of your home and your family. But between these responsibilities, you need to find the time for yourself, away from all the social media and email notifications, away from those late calls and text messages. This is when you have the ability and chance to connect with your inner self and starting to listen to your gut again. Yes, it's still there. You just haven't been listening to it lately.
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pring is here and you're probably already thinking about opening the windows and start with the scrubbing, dusting, washing, and soaking. I used to skip Spring cleaning all together; I did not have time to spend hours cleaning.
But, Spring is an opportunity to clear away all the grime, stale and stuffy air accumulated over the winter. The big problem with using traditional cleaners is that they will bring toxins in your house when you release dust. After all, traditional household cleaners tend to include a wide range of chemicals that can cause irritations, asthma, and even cancer.
So, why not making your spring cleaning easier and more natural this year?
To make your own natural multi-purpose cleaner, you just need to use a one-liter container. Just mix one tablespoon of your favorite essential oil, one tablespoon of white vinegar, one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda, and 1 liter of hot water to dissolve all the ingredients. Just shake the container well and it is ready to be used.
If you don’t want to make your own multi-purpose, there are many all-purpose cleansers on the market and they cost between $5 and $15. My top favorite one is the Puracy natural all-purpose cleaner concentrate; it makes 1 Gallon of all-purpose cleanser and saves a lot for natural spring cleaning. Other favorites are the J.R. Watkins natural all-purpose cleaner and the Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner, and the Common Good - All Purpose Cleaner.
Step 1: Dust, move furniture easily and then mop your floor in this order -
Remove all your rugs, shake them outside, and them out while you are cleaning your floors. If you have washable rugs like me, just toss them in the laundry machine. Also, wash anything you need like your mattress cover. Don’t forget to use a natural laundry detergent http://amzn.to/2G4Tghi. Dusting after you clean your floor, will just leave some dust around. Focus on high-traffic zones and handle the rest later. The goal is to quickly and effectively naturally clean the grimiest areas.
Looking for natural hardwood floor cleanser, try the Seventh Generation Wood Cleaner; it is very effective and has a great scent.
Step 3: Naturally Clean Your Fridge in 15 minutes
I used to dread cleaning my fridge. I am being real; I will postpone this forever until I had to do it. Now, this is one of the easier step. My trick is using refrigerator mats; all I need to do is to move each mat, soak them in warm water that has my all-purpose cleaner for five minutes, then wash away any residues. When I removed the mats, I usually spray some of my all-purpose natural cleanser on the fridge shelves and let it rest while I’m soaking the mats. Once the mats are washed and are drying, I wipe away the all-purpose cleanser with a damp cloth or sponge; I use the mesh & terry cloth kitchen sponges. This step takes me about five minutes.
My final step is to use of dry cloth and wipe away any remaining residues before putting everything back in the fridge and I’m done. I highly we command that should by these mats. Now, what to do if you don’t have refrigerator mats? Remove everything from your refrigerator, then pray your all-natural all-purpose cleanser all over your fridge; let it sit for a good 10 minutes while you prepare a powerful natural scrub away natural mixture.
After 10 minutes all this scum should have softened; use this mixture and scrub all over the surfaces of your refrigerator. Then, wiped it away with a damp cloth or sponge and dry cloth before putting your mats and other items back in your fridge.
Step 4: Refresh your Mattress and Clean Your Shower or Bath
Sprinkle the baking soda on your mattress to draw dirt and moisture out naturally and let it sit before vacuuming. Then head to your shower or bathroom. Clear all counters and spread your all-natural all-purpose cleanser and let it sit while you vacuum your mattress. After vacuuming do your bed, put back your mattress cover and make your bed. Lastly, clean all the countertops, shower, and tub in your bathroom with the mesh & terry cloth kitchen sponges and another sponge and wipe dry. For my toilet bowl, I use the Eco-Me Natural Powerful Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Herbal Mint.
I highly recommend that you break all these steps over the weekend. I would recommend no more than one or two steps at the time; your will be done in no time. Happy natural Spring cleaning!
Have you been under the radar lately? Well, I just had the flu; It was tough, but it made me check my diet to make sure that I was eating the right food. I also revisited my cheat sheet on vitamins that support both my health and skin. Vitamins are essential for a great healthy and radiant skin; it all begins with our diet!
So, I wanted to share with you my top 8 vitamins and how to get these vitamins naturally. The two best sources of vitamins are organic vegetables and fruits. These sources of vitamins will also help you with natural skin care as well.
Here are the top 8 vitamins your skin needs to be healthy:
#1 - Vitamin A for Skin Strengthening
Vitamin A has a high content in antioxidant that can be great to treat wrinkles and to soothe skin irritations. It is a very important vitamin for healthy vision, neurological function, and healthy skin. A diet that is high in vitamin A can help slow down aging naturally. This is a great vitamin to have in your diet for natural skin care from inside.
You can find this vitamin in mangoes, spinach, carrots, potatoes, eggs, milk, liver, carrots, yellow or orange vegetables such as squash.
Watch out your vitamin A intake. If you are plan to take Vitamin A supplements, please take lower doses and consult your doctor. High doses of Vitamin A can be toxic; check with your doctor if you plan to take Vitamin A supplements.
#2 – Probiotics for Skin Clearing
We hear a lot about probiotics and their benefits for our guts’ health. Probiotics are bacteria that are in your digestive system and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Yes, probiotics are essential for your digestive health, but did know that there is a direct link between the health of your GI track and your skin. Inflamed skin can be due to the malfunction of your gut. L. casei is a specific strain of probiotic that has been shown to help reduce antigen-specific skin inflammation.
You can find probiotic in Kefir, sake, kimchi, kombucha, miso, yogurt, Sauerkraut
Don’t have access to these sources of probiotics? My favorite probiotic supplement is the Hyperbiotics PRO-15 Probiotics. I also use the Hyperbiotics Organic Prebiotic Powder for my smoothies.
#3 - Vitamin C To Support Collagen Production
One of the most important benefits of vitamin C is that it helps create collagen organically, which helps you with your skin firmness. In addition, vitamin C also protects your skin from free radical damage since it is a powerful antioxidant.
You can find this vitamin in brussels sprouts, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, bell peppers, citrus fruit, among others.
#4 - Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) aka Folate for Glowing Skin
Another type of vitamin B, Folic Acid heavily support youthful, glowing, healthy skin because of its high content of antioxidants. Folic Acid is the synthetic form of folate that is usually found in supplement. Folate is the form you find in food sources like fruits and vegetables.
You can find folate in spinach, black-eyed peas, asparagus, beef liver, brussels sprouts, avocado
#5 - Vitamin E to Protect Your Skin
This is one of the most powerful vitamins you can have. Besides protecting your skin from free radical damage, it is antioxidant, and it's perfect to get rid of acne. In addition, and according to Harvard Health Publications, when you take a lot of vitamin E, it will help store vitamin A at the same time.
You can find this vitamin in vegetable oils, seeds, nuts, among others.
#6: Vitamin D To Fight Infections
Known as the "sunshine vitamin", vitamin D is crucial in fighting infections. So, if you don't leave in an area where you get enough sun, you need to ensure that you look for fortified products.
You can find vitamin D in eggs, fish, mushrooms, breakfast cereals, milk, among others.
#7: Vitamin K to Help with Skin Imperfections
Vitamin K is extremely important since its deficiency can lead to severe health problems. After all, your blood just can't coagulate without this vitamin. When you notice that you are getting some spider veins or dark circles on your skin, this may mean that you have circulatory problems and these may be related to the lack of this vitamin. Vitamin K is extremely powerful reducing scars skin imperfections as well as healing bruises and wounds.
You can find vitamin K in milk, kale, liver, cabbage, among others.
#8 Omega 3 for Hydrating Skin
Omega 3 fatty acids are so important to the skin health; they are essential for a healthy cell membrane. Healthy cell membrane actually directly impacts the ability of the skin to retain water and stay soft and wrinkle-free. Omega 3 Fatty Acids also help fight skin inflammation.
Find omega 3 in Alaskan salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, and olive oil
Vitamins are essential for our health and our skin and there are many ways we can use our diet to support a beautiful skin and great health!!
Do you think that eating organic food is too expensive? Many people who are looking to improve diet by eating more organic foods still believe that it will cost them a fortune. However, and fortunately, this is no longer true. The reality is that even if you have a small budget, say $100 to $150 a week, you are still able to eat organic foods. So, how do you manage to do that?
Here are 5 tips and tricks that will help you with the process:
Tip #2: Buy your Organic Meat or Fish Separately and Only on Sales and in Bulk
Meat and fish can quickly become one of the most expensive items on your shopping list. To save, buy meat or fish on sale and create your meal plan around the type of meat or fish you already have. There is always some type of organic meats and/or fish on sale at Whole Foods. Buy that type of meats or fish in bulk and store it in the freezer until you need to cook it. You can prepackage the it for each meal before freezing it. For instance, in my family, we buy organic chicken in bulk and put 6 pieces of chicken in a storage container for each meal. Shopping that way saves us a lot of money! Also, not eating meat every day has been great for us. We notice that we feel better overall. You could skip meat for few dinners. Of course, if you are vegan, you already saving a lot.
Tip #3: Make Your Meals Simple:
When you are just starting eating organic foods, you may have the tendency to use specialty or an excess of ingredients. However, the truth is that most of these ingredients can be easily replaced by more common ones that you usually have at home. I mean buying specialty ingredients once a month won’t break the bank. Ingredients that are commonly found are just less expensive.
Here are few recipes you might want to try. If you are vegan, here are few plant-based easy recipes . If you eat meat, there are several easy organic healthy recipes. With our busy lifestyles, making simple meals is essential if we want to eat an healthy diet. Why? We are busy and don’t have time to cook these complicated recipes, so it becomes so easy to eat junk food if there is nothing already cooked. Make it simple and stay healthy!
Tip #4: Manage your grocery bill at Specialty Stores or Non-Specialty Stores
One of the reasons why so many people still believe it is not possible to eat organic with a low budget is because they only know specialty stores. However, and as we already mentioned, this is no longer the case. Many big stores, including Costco and Sam’s Club, now have a wide selection of organic foods. In addition, you should also check local grocery stores near you that sell organic foods. Make sure that you take note of the prices and then choose the more affordable options. However, if you like shopping at Whole Foods, it is possible to eat on a budget too. Check this article “How 4 People Would Spend $30 a Week at Whole Foods” from Bon Appetit. I also recommend Trader Joes; I love this store because they have a large selection product. I found that the produce at Trader Joe’s can be cheaper than other places. You might find the article from Self very interesting – “My $40 Trader Joe's Shopping List for a Week of Healthy Meals”
Tip #5: Snacks - Make Your Own Snacks or Buy them on deals
If you take a closer look at your grocery store bill, you will notice that you tend to pay a lot of money just for snacks. And when you are turning to organic foods and you have a limited budget, it is far wiser to save this amount and use it on organic foods instead. So, it's time to start making your snacks at home.
Country Living has these amazing homemade healthy snack recipes that you can do over the weekend and eat them during the week. This can be a fun to do with the little ones as well. One of the things you can do to save time is to double or triple the recipe of what you're doing and just freeze the rest.
Here are my tips for shopping on eating organic on a budget!!
Women have so much up their sleeves that self-care tends to drop to the bottom of their to-do list. Not taking adequate care of yourself can deteriorate the quality of your life. You feel stressed all the time and this can create burnout or depression.
Do you remember times when you were looking at your to-do list and you became so overwhelmed and stressed out? Your energy level was so low that you thought you couldn't do it! You got your 4th cup of coffee and forced yourself into doing the 10th task on your list; the results turned out not so great and you felt terrible about yourself and so inadequate. Well, we all felt that way at some point, but there is a another way to do this!
We have compiled a list of 10 self-care practices that would be useful. You could try to incorporate one or several of these practices in your daily lives; they will help make your busy days and weeks less stressful and easier to handle.
1. Energize your Body
Performing routine office task with diligence and managing your house can consume all of your energy; It is essential to find the time in your busy schedule to energize your body. Energizing your body will help you crush your to-do lists so much faster.
Here are a few ways you could energize your body:
2. Mini Meditations
Mini-meditations are very useful and can be done in less than two minutes; they help us hit the pause button and reset. Doing mini-meditations can quickly become an healthy habit that can be make any crazy busy lifestlye stress-free. You could practice mini-meditations at your desk or at home. They help get rid of all the stress that our body has accumulated throughout the day. There are several meditation apps out there and my favorite one is Headspace. Click here to see this 2-minute mini-meditation from Headspace.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water will not only help you feel better, it will also bring a glow to your skin and strengthen your immune system. Drinking water is as essential as breathing; it helps get rid of toxins that accumulate in our body. If you experience headaches throughout the day, try drinking some water; you might be dehydrated. Drinking two full glasses of water as soon as you wake up can help you with your daily water intake.
4. Read One of your Favorite Book
Take 5 minutes or more to read one of your favorite book or a magazine you enjoy.
It will help refresh your mind. We are all going digital but there is something to say about flipping the page of our favorite books or magazines. It engages all our senses and forces us to fully present in the moment to do something we really enjoy. If we make reading a daily habit, we will be less stressed and happier overall.
5. Write, Write, Write in Your Journal
All you need is a simple notebook. You can find one at your local drugstore or Amazon. Writing in your journal is essential; there are so many mental benefits of journaling. Writing the strong emotions we experienced throughout the day or the week helps us in two ways: It helps us release the tensions that strong emotions can create in us and it helps us remember the great moments we experienced.
If you are worried that someone might find out what you wrote, still write it down and throw it away to just release your emotions; it can be so relaxing for our mind. Try the happiness planners if you are looking for more elaborate and sophisticated journals. They are designed to help you remember to smell the roses every day and are so inspirational.
New Year’s resolutions are always so tempting. I remember spending years and years trying to lose weight, eat healthier food, and found myself so discouraged when I didn’t succeed.
I think that New Year’s resolutions are a way to set ourselves up for failure. How many times did you or someone you know vow to exercise more, eat healthier food, learn a new language, lose weight on New Year’s Eve? How many times did you keep up with these resolutions?
Year after year, my resolution was to eat healthier food and lose weight. I gained weight and I wasn’t eating healthier food. I was so frustrated with myself because I couldn’t understand why I wasn't doing what I knew was right for myself.
If this sounds familiar, don’t feel bad. Research has shown that less than 10% keep up with their New Year’s resolution for more than a few months.
So, what is happening? Wouldn’t it be great to wake up one morning and decide to be the new person? That’s what new resolutions actually are. The concept of new resolutions assumes that we can change our habits from one day to the other.
But, changing habits is not as easy.
With new resolutions, we think about what we want to change without defining the new behavior; we go for general behavior instead of specific small actions we need to take to reach our goals. Sometimes, we are not even committed to our new resolutions because they are based other people’s expectations. To be successful, new resolutions require new behaviors and new behaviors are tied to our small daily habits.
So what to do?
I call it this my F.C.B.T.D.R System.
Focus on changing small habits instead of focusing on new resolutions: here, you will focus on changing your lifestyle.
Choose only one habit to change at a time. It is essential here to choose to change the habit that has the most impact. Then, be patient with yourself. Recent studies showed that it takes 60 days to create a new habit. For me, I noticed that, even though I wanted to lose weight and eat healthier food, my most important habit to have was to sleep at least seven hours per night. I wanted to change so many things, but I was too tired to even overwrite my default mode. I needed to sleep more and be well rested, so I could say no to one more cookie. I noticed that focusing on the new good habit instead of the old habit I wanted to change also worked great.
Beware of Your Nature. If there is something that absolutely helps you achieve your goals, take it into consideration. What does this mean? Let's say you want to exercise regularly, you know you need to find time to go to the gym. If you're not a morning person, you shouldn't plan on waking up earlier. You know you won't be able to do it regularly. So, make sure that you plan to go later in the day.
Keeping a journal is essential here: it helps so much to learn about ourselves. Write down your successes or failures, and, once a week, review it to find out your patterns. What works for you and what doesn’t. Then, refine your plan as you go. There is no right or wrong here; this is the space to find out and define what works for you.
Take small steps: Simply start with small victories. Choose some small new actions that are easy to do for at least one week. Why? This would help you to create more momentum and not be discouraged. Psychology today says “…Because you are trying to establish a conditioned response, you need to practice the new habit from the existing stimulus from 3 to 7 times before it will "stick" on its own. To help you through this 3 to 7 times phase make it as EASY as possible.” Once you have small victories, the big ones will follow. One book that helped me is Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results from Stephen Guise. It describes how taking the first step is one of the most important thing to do if one wants to change habits.
Discipline is a Must: To create a new habit, we must repeat our new behavior regularly. We have to set ourselves to be disciplined by having reminders to help us stay on track. Self-talk helps a lot here! Constantly reminding ourselves that we can do what we want to do. In book The Self-Discipline in 10 days: How To Go From Thinking to Doing, Theodore Bryant explains the five stages of discipline.
We need to relax and try our best every day to reach our goal. For me, it was important also to learn that it was okay to fail. It’s not about being perfect every day, but about being better at what we do over a long period of time.
Rewards are important: We need to reinforce our good behavior. Rewards are one of the best ways to stay motivated and continue on our journey toward our goals. Theodore Bryant suggests that we create a guilt-free reward list. The rewards can be as simple as getting a cup of tea, going to a movie, or going to feed the ducks. We need something to look forward to when we decide to be disciplined.
Focus on the right behavior, start with your most impactful habit, and learn about yourself and how your own behavior can help the process.
Start small with easy actions, be disciplined, and reward yourself for every good behavior.
Give this a try, I hope it works as well as for you as it worked.
Write to me and let me know how it’s going. We can all effectively change; we just need to do it in a way that works us!!
Happy Belated New Year,
Looking for an event where you can reconnect with yourself? Are you in the DMV area? The Live Sacred DC event is the new self-care and wellness event in the DMV area. I went to this self-care and wellness event last month and I am sharing it all with you here.
It has been a month since I went to this event; I wanted to wait and see if I still applied the teachings I learned at the event. I believe that successful wellness events give you wellness practices that you can incorporate in your daily life.
The event took place at Take Care in DC; The intimate group of 13 beautiful women was perfect to share our experiences and learn practical ways to include self-care in our daily lives.
Joanne and Chelsea are the founders of the Live Sacred DC event. Chelsea Williams is the founder of ThatsChelsea.com, an “all things wellness” blog that teaches women how to live a more mindful lifestyle through a plant-based diet and non-toxic cosmetics. Joanna Andrae is a modern healer, meditation teacher and the founder of Wandering Wellness
The Take Care shop in DC was a perfect spot for this event. The overall concept of the shop feels so peaceful when you enter the shop. The white clean design and clear wood display is so relaxing.
Take Care is is an all-natural skincare and lifestyle shop where you can find plant-based and independent-label brands. They have the latest green cosmetics and natural/organic skin care and home products .
I really love the shop overall and they have several wellness and natural beauty events throughout the year. Click here to read about the upcoming events.
"What did we do at the event?
This was a great event!
I am still using the self-care practices I learned during the event; Overall, I loved, loved the Live Sacred DC event! I had such a great experience. The guided meditation and self-reflection session provided me with great practical self-care ideas. The goodies were great too; form the happiness journal with lovely, inspiring quotes, notebooks for self-reflection, to beautiful flowers, fresh pressed juice, and on… This was amazing experience for me because, in this world where we are rushing to complete the tasks on our to-do list, taking the time to listen to our inner voice is essential. This Live Sacred DC event just does that!! It gave me the space to push the pause button, look at my beautiful self, and acknowledge how sacred I am. Wow, I can’t believe I just said the words my beautiful and sacred self. I guess I remembered Chelsea telling us “Taking care of ourselves is taking care of the sacred life that was given to us."
If you are in the DC area, you must experience this wellness event! It will give you the space to reconnect with your true self and help you develop practical self-care practices that will make your life happier.
Some of the pictures were taken by Will Power Photo
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