Self-care is the root of happiness. It keeps us balanced. And so, true beauty must radiate from within.
Have you ever had a friend come back from vacation and thought"something is different"? See, the glow, or glo up, only happens when our bodies are cared for and nourished.
Mindfulness about what we choose to put into our bodies is a crucial part of wellness. From food to medication, everything we consume contributes to our ability to live a balanced life. We can give ourselves the tools necessary to combat life’s stressors and negativity. We can also hinder ourselves from reaching happiness by consuming the unhealthy or unnatural or yes, over processed. These things are important to consider as stress can have a harmful impact on every part of our bodies.
The journey to achieving a happy and balanced life is lifelong, but don't let that scare you. The first step towards outer beauty is inner wellness. A connection to the natural world around us improves the journey. It benefits us. It can help reduce stress and aid in your self-care and wellness practices. Here are some things you can do throughout the day to bring you closer to a balanced life of wellness.
In the Morning
How you start your day is crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the day. You can wake up your body and digestive tract with some warm water diffused with lemon, ginger, or even tea leaves. This comfort drink will help ease you into your morning and get your body ready for the day. Use this time to connect with nature by sitting near a window or outside, if you can. Feel the elements connect with your body as you consume your morning drink. Flowers or house plants can be used as substitutes if you are unable to go outside.
Meditation followed by or during yoga will help clear your mind and prepare it for the day. Take advantage your morning showers in order to add more self-care practices to your life. Use your favorite exfoliation tool such as a brush, loofah or body scrub to renew your skin. Exfoliation is important for boosting circulation and detoxing the lymphatic system. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your shower floor for a more relaxing experience.
Don’t underestimate how eating a more complete and healthy diet can help as well, and that starts with breakfast. It might help to try a meal prep service for a little while, something like Nutrisystem for men, which provides a wide variety of meals that are prepared for you, and shipped to your house (yes, men need routine too). Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, the convenience factor and the healthy start can be the perfect way to begin things the right way.
By the afternoon, your daily activities may cause you to want to do some winding down. Revitalize yourself with some rose water. Rose water can help to refresh makeup, hydrate the skin and even reduce acne and redness. Instead of reaching for that cup of afternoon coffee, go for some tea. Chaga tea is a good option because the Chaga mushroom is an immune boosting superfood with many other health benefits. You will thank yourself for choosing tea later when you are able to fall asleep at night.
Restore balance to your body’s natural energies with a wholesome meal. A meal filled with veggies is a good healthy option. Follow your meal with a walk to help clear your mind and get inspired. Finding more opportunities to walk and be outdoors in life will promote your connection to nature. Opt to meet outside next time you have something planned.
In the Evenings
The evening is the time to pamper yourself and ease the tensions that have been building up throughout the day. Let yourself slip into the closing of the day with a nice relaxing bath. Adding Epsom salts and essential oils to your baths can set the tone for whatever you may need. Lavender, lemon and tea tree oils are especially popular because of their healing and relaxing properties. Apply a homemade mask and sit back and enjoy this experience.
You can use the time to meditate or listen to an audiobook or podcast. Try to find the time to end your day with a bath often. Do not forget to moisturize after a bath to keep your skin hydrated and protected. A scented bag of dried lavender will add a calming touch to the place you sleep. Enjoy the soothing scent as you drift away to sleep. Ending your day on a positive note is important because it unifies your daily experience and provides the foundation needed for a successful day tomorrow.
I am a self starter extraordinaire with a knack for empowering people to cultivate their best lives. Cooking is therapeutic for my sanity. I'd rather spend my day on a spontaneous road trip with my best friends than shopping, but Target has my heart. If I'm not at the bookstore with my mom, taking a nap, or on the couch binge watching something with my cat and my boyfriend, I'm probably at the dining room table working.