World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. There are many people around the world who have challenges with mental health issues but do not seek help because of the negative connotation that comes with asking for it or its simply too expensive. No two people are alike; what works for you might not work for others. So as an advocate for health & wellness, here are some tips that you or someone you know can most definitely benefit from:
This list will change over time, so check back whenever you need a new idea on how to find balance in your life. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health disorder, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website for valuable resources to find help and support, or call the toll-free helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
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Self-care is about soothing the soul and strengthening your mind, body and spirit. It’s about making sure that your basic needs are met- emotionally, spiritually, physically and nutritionally. Sounds easy enough, but looking after your most basic needs can seem impossible at times. Making our way through this event that we can life can be tough, the soul can become weary. Remember that to listen to and replenish yourself along the way.
When you take time out for yourself, really take time for yourself. You will not reap any benefits when you take a break while you are not truly present or committed to your time. Turn your phone and other technology off and redirect your mind when it wanders to other things. Remove thoughts of what you should be doing because what you should be doing is taking care of yourself. When it’s time for YOUR self-care, that might mean saying no to others, especially to people that you love. Always doing for others and not yourself can leave you feeling depleted and resentful. So set clear and consistent boundaries.
You’re constantly bombarded with demands from work, family, friends, and everything else in-between. We all feel that pulling and tugging when its time to fully engage in self-care…But it’s so important to create that space and allow yourself time to be with and learn about you. When you can allow that space and stay in the moment, you will become the most authentic version of yourself.
Where to start?
Unplug- Allowing ourselves to become emerged in the constant connection of the world through the news, social media, computer, phones and tv can lead to a disconnection from ourselves. Try disconnecting with the external, to reconnect with your internal. Silence notifications on your phone, or turn it on airplane mood.
Comfort Zone- When you began to reconnect, you will disturb your current comfort zone and that’s ok. The goal is to rid yourself of old ideas that you will longer need moving forward…old patterns of fear, stress, worry or other diseased habits that no longer serve you.
Schedule It- Add self-care to your calendar. Schedule a daily ritual or even a monthly one. Something big or small that feels nurturing and feeds your soul. It should not feel like a chore, obligation or something to check off of your to-do list. The key here is having that ritual be something that you enjoy.
Reflect- What about the feeling behind that feeling? Reflecting upon why you feel or what triggers that feeling and being honest with yourself about it, is a valuable part of basic self-care because it’s about listening. Listening to our basic emotional needs. On the surface, we might feel fine or maybe a little irritable. But we might be covering up the fact that we desperately need a hug or completely stressed out.
In creating time for self-care, be gentle with yourself. Saying “no” to something or a family member does not mean that you are abandoning your family, it means that you are listening to and taking care of your own needs. You are not skating out on responsibilities, you are focusing on the responsibility that you have to yourself. If someone in your life takes issue with the newfound you just politely remind them that by taking care of yourself, the better equipped you are to take care of them.
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Looking around, we can’t help but notice the sugar, spice & everything nice, Fall is here! Now that Summer has come to an end and the season has shifted, temperature and humidity will drop quickly and your skin might have to work harder to maintain adequate hydration. Because fall can bring sporadic weather patterns – warm temperatures followed by cool, windy days – our skin is thirsting for moisture and hydration that gives it back it’s healthy glow. With the right skincare routine and the tips below, you can confidently battle the elements of rain, dryness, coldness, & wind!
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Inside The At Home Steam Shower
Let’s get right to it. This method will allow you to take a steam shower anytime you want without additional costs!
Of course, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t tell you some of the benefits!
Not only is it just super relaxing its a mood booster, steaming reduces stress by helping the body release endorphins (feel good hormones) and reduce cortisol (stress response hormones). The cardiovascular system benefits from this technique by improving circulation which helps the blood transport oxygen around the body a bit easier. Steaming can also reduce blood pressure and repair broken skin tissue caused by wounds.
A Germany study discovered human sweat contains a natural germ-killing protein called dermcidin, which can protect again strains of germs that cause diseases like MRSA and tuberculosis. And you will most definitely sweat; opening pores and releasing toxic compounds trapped beneath the skin (dirt, makeup, pollutants). A 2012 study found that sweating plays an important role in expelling heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic from the body because they dissolve readily in water. Can we say three for one. Winning!
Slept on a bed of rocks?…ok maybe not rocks, but we have all experienced the stiffness that comes with “sleeping the wrong way” and steaming will help loosen up those stiff joints. Feeling the aftermath of that Crossfit workout or that speed walking session? Steaming after a workout will help to sooth those nerve endings and relax your muscles. Not to mention opening up those sinuses when dealing with a cold or stuffy nose all while adding hydration to the hair and skin. Basically a steam shower is like a one-stop shop!
Always remember to keep the body well hydrated for at least 3 days before you take a steam shower. Slather a generous amount of Body Butter on to lock in that moisture and drink a few cups of water after you finish. It can become very hot in your shower, please use caution and common sense. If too much steam is in the shower, open the shower door or curtain to release it. Steaming is something to be done occasionally, not daily. Let your tarp dry or wipe down with a towel, fold and store for later. When in doubt, always check with your medical provider before you engage in steaming.
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Consider this quick cheat sheet the next time you slather one on. What are Serums? The short answer is that they are efficient blends of potent active ingredients that are made to deliver wonderful goodies deep into the skin for quick results. By goodies, I mean vitamins & antioxidants that smooth fine lines, increase firmness, speed cell turnover, boosting brightness, and correcting discoloration. Yes, they are pricer but let’s not forget about that “blend of potent active ingredients” that I mentioned?... a few drops of serum goes a long way. Less is more most of the time meaning that your pricy serum will last you for a while. In other words, don’t pile it on!
Serums should be applied to your skin in the following order: cleanser, toner, water-based serum, moisturizer, oil-based serum, sunscreen. Here’s why! Water-based serums nourish the inner layer of the skin and should always go under any creams when layering. Our Night Serum Antioxidant Q10 and Daisy Blossom Brighten serums are light & thin which is good for oil-prone skin and can work with a combination of products when layering. Oil-based serums such as Rosehip Restore go on top of water-based moisturizers to help keep the skin moist. Oils form a protective seal to lock in moisture. This lightweight oil will help those with dry and maturing skin. Oil can dilute sunscreens so make sure you’re applying before sunscreen.
Let me guide you through some tips to apply your serums correctly.
First, just know that serums will stick to dirt and dead skin, so for maximum absorption be sure to cleanse your face well before applying. That means you might need to exfoliate with our White Willow Coconut Sugar Scrub. Apply your serums to damp skin. This creates an environment that’s better for penetration into the skin. If you’ve let the skin dry before you made it to the serum...well will need to re-dampen it. Next, if you are applying multiple serums, think of it like layering your clothes in the Winter. You wouldn’t put a sweater under a tank top, right? Great so keep that same energy when layering your oil hydration serum then you antioxidant and vitamin-packed serum. Once applied, skip the massage. We tend to want to massage everything into our skin. Pat or press on your serum then let it absorb on its own. You can mix and match here and if you have two serums that have the same consistency, layer the one with ingredients that you want to penetrate the most, first.
Next, wait for about 5 minutes before applying moisturizer or acne treatment. I know, 5 minutes?! Yes, 5 minutes! Applying moisturizer too early can affect the lessen the penetration of your serum into the skin. But guess what? You can massage your moisturizer right on in. While your serum contains moisturizing ingredients to help the skin retain moisture, using an actual moisturizer will seal that serum in and create, what I like to call, a heal and hydrate barrier.
Ok so what about if you want to spot treat vs. apply to your whole face? You can use your serums to spot treat for specific conditions like treating those dry spots besides your nose vs. giving your entire face a healthy dose of antioxidants.
Always protect your glow. There is nothing like following your skincare regimen then throwing all of that hard out the window by stepping into the Sun without sunscreen.
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