As a passionate, loving, and ambitious person (which most of us are), you may have a tendency to overload your days with tasks.
And while keeping busy is a great way to keep moving forward, we have to make sure we don’t forget to focus on the wellbeing of person at the heart of it all: ourselves.
The beautiful thing is, that true self care is all about simple everyday acts. It’s the small baseline things that end up making the biggest difference when they’re done consistently, and you don’t need to go out of your way to achieve them.
A simple self-care checklist to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself, while accomplishing goals and taking care of others, is a great way to stay on track.
Because, really, taking care of you is actually the most selfless thing of all.
So how about we start right now?
Am I drinking enough water?
Water is the source of life. While there’s no actual indicator as to exactly how much water we should be drinking, 8 glasses a day is a good minimum to work to. Dehydration affects our brain and our mood, so keeping well-hydrated is the first step to feeling good.
Am I getting enough sleep?
When it comes to taking good care of yourself, getting enough sleep is non-negotiable. If you have trouble getting a full night’s shut-eye, a little lavender oil near your pillow will help you nod off gently.
Am I eating 3 nutritious meals a day ( and making room for snacks)?
When life gets too frantic, our routines can drop off. Eating wholesome, nutritious food is the best way to keep energy levels up in a natural way. And make sure you always carry around a healthy snack in your handbag – a handful of almonds, punnet of blueberries, or a granola bar are great to-go options.
Am I setting boundaries?
It’s ok to say no and decline invites if – especially if saying ‘no’ is going to allow you to rest and improve your wellbeing. You can always be polite and honor the invitation, but it’s important to stand up for your needs.
Am i reviewing my priorities?
Every day, look at your list of priorities and group them into two buckets: ‘urgent’ and ‘nice-to-do’. Get your urgent tasks done first, and if you have the time and energy – you can tackle some from the ‘nice-to-do’ list.
Am i spending any time in nature?
Humans are naturally inclined to feel good when out in nature – and multiple studies have shown that spending time outside improves wellbeing and productivity. Set some time aside to go for a walk, take a hike, or go for a swim in nature every day – even if it’s just 30 minutes. Your body will thank you for it.
Am I feeding my soul?
What is it you really love doing? Is it reading, crocheting, playing soccer, doing yoga, or painting? No matter what your soul-feeding activity is, you need to make it a priority.
Am i spending time with people who ‘get’ me?
Find your tribe. Start a sisterhood, or brotherhood, of supportive people who want nothing more than to see you thrive. Maybe you already have a strong support system, but if you don’t – create one.
Am I conscious of my self-talk?
Make it a habit to speak kindly to yourself. Negative self-talk and criticism is so easy – being kind takes a little more consciousness and effort, but is so very worth it.
Some things in life just work better in pairs. Wine and cheese. Surf and sand. Ross and Rachel. Raw Coconut + Mango.
At Raw Sugar, we love thinking up magical concoctions from the divine ingredients given to us by the kind hands of Mother Nature. Our team of incredibly fussy skincare experts spend lots of time putting together different blends of wholesome fruits, nuts, seeds, and superfoods to see what works best. And frankly, our Raw Coconut + Mango marriage was an instant hit – and is fast becoming a classic.
But, there’s way more to this scrumptious-smelling duo than meets the eye. It’s actually incredibly powerful and effective on skin. Here’s why.
1. The Mango brightens
Did you know mango is magic? It works to perk up and brighten your complexion – leaving your skin feeling and looking younger, bouncier and more alive. Since it’s jam-packed with anti-oxidants, mango works to promote collagen production which increases skin elasticity and firmness. Its Vitamin A properties also help with giving your skin a head-turning glow.
2. While the Raw Coconut soothes
Raw Coconut offers the kind of soothing properties that irritated or tired skin dream of. Coconut has natural antibacterial powers that have great effectiveness in relieving inflammation, eczema, dermatitis and any painful skin allergies.
3. Mango can assist with acne
Mango is rich in Vitamin A – which has been proven to reduce oil production on the skin. So, if regular acne keeps showing up on your face like an unwelcome visitor, mango can help. Pssst – it’s also great at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, too!
4. While Raw Coconut deeply moisturizes
Coconut is a brilliant natural skin moisturizer. It’s so easily and readily absorbed into skin’s pores – and doesn’t leave behind any sort of residue. Which means that even if you have naturally oily skin, coconut will work for you.
5. The best part? ColdPress® Technology!
When this magic duo is combined into our products, it’s processed through ColdPress® Technology which locks in all the good oils, vitamins and enzymes that skin instantly soaks up. So you know your skin will reap all the pure wholesome goodness of these incredible fruits.
Still not convinced about the prowess of Raw Coconut + Mango? Visit our online store and try it for yourself. WARNING: you’ll be hooked!
At Raw Sugar, we believe skincare should be simple. Our philosophy is all about taking mother nature’s purest ingredients and making the very most of their nutrient-laden prowess.
That’s why Raw Sugar is committed to carefully crafting products that are:
1. Processed through ColdPress Technology® to lock in all their very useful skin-loving vitamins, minerals and enzymes and feed your skin until it glows.
2. Eco-friendly – they’re vegan and free of any nasty parabens and sulfates, plus our packaging is made with post-consumer recycled cardboard and sustainably-sourced bamboo.
3. Good for the planet – Our Raw Sugar initiative means we #livetogive and donate a bar of soap to people in need for every single purchase you make.
So if you want to get some #rawlovin into your everyday life, here’s how to slip it seamlessly and simply into your routine – no extra effort required
Raw Sugar’s range of facial care is gentle on sensitive skin and gives your complexion a vitamin-rich boost that uplifts from the outside in. With cleansers, moisturizers and polishes in our range of face-lovin’ goodies – we’ve got all bases covered. Simply add a pump of cleanser in the shower in the mornings and carry around a moisturiser for when your face is in need of some mid-day hydration.
IF WE’RE TALKIN’ BODIES…
If you shower in the mornings, you’ll love starting the day fresh with our great range of body washes. If you’re an evening bather, however, our range of soaps have massaging nubs that your tired body will treat as a soothing, relaxing spa-like end to your day.
Keep a bottle of our nourishing hand wash in the bathroom and kitchen – they’ll keep hands soft, smooth and clean. For extra cleanliness, we also have a range of hand sanitizers you can conveniently carry around in your hand bag to kill germs when you’re on-the-go. Easy.
BUTTER ME UP
Raw Sugar’s range of lush, rich, nutrient-packed body butters are best taken after a shower with their besties, Raw Sugar’s body washes! Your post-bath skin will drink them right up and be well-equipped to properly absorb all their vitamins, goodies and delicious scents. Hot tip: carry one around in your handbag to quickly hydrate dry elbows, heels and knees.
SCRUBBING UP WELL
The last step in becoming a fully-fledged Raw Sugar babe is our yummy range of body scrubs. Keep one in the shower and use it to exfoliate 2-3 times a week – or before events where you want super glowy, dewy, hydrated skin.
Give your immune system a boost, naturally.
No one enjoys getting sick. The runny nose, the sore throat, the achy muscles. It’s a chore. But, luckily, there are things you can do to equip your body with what it needs to stop a pesky flu or common cold in its tracks (especially during winter!).
You know, you don’t need to travel far to find the best immunity-boosting ingredients out there. In face, they’re probably in your pantry right now! Food is one of the most effective tools we have to help prevent sickness – over 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so what you consume builds up the foundation of your health.
Bolster your defensives and avoid getting sick with nature’s 3 miracle ingredients (psst… we also love using these ingredients in our ColdPress ® Raw Sugar products – they’re amazing for skin, too!).
A super-strong antioxidant, ginger has microbial properties that kill bacteria (including salmonella) – both internally-consumed and when applied topically. This zesty little wonder has amazing anti-inflammatory agents (to help with that sore, runny nose) and it also helps to eliminate congestion.
It has strong fever-fighting agents, and if you sip on some ginger root tea – you can consider your sore throat dramatically relieved. Plus, ginger also encourages coughing to remove any mucus from the chest. It’s the chemicals shagaols and gingerols in ginger that give it that notorious spicy kick – they’re also what stimulates blood circulation and opens up your sinuses (and helps remove toxins and viruses!).
This golden-child of immune-boosting ingredients is only now coming to be recognised as a real superfood spice in Western culture. In the East, however, people have been reaping its wondrous benefits for centuries. Consumed either fresh and raw or in powdered form as a spice, turmeric will help your immune system in more ways than one. Firstly, it helps to increase the immunomodulating capacity of the body. It also boasts extremely powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
Another benefit of turmeric is its anti-carcinogenic properties, and its ability to boost to the white blood cells that help your immune system fight off bacteria, viruses and other ailments.
Lemons are a simple yet powerful fruit. Lemons have flavonoids which are called, you guessed it – citrus flavonoids. These appropriately-named flavonoids contain antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, anticancer, and antiviral benefits – all major friends to your immune system.
Lemons are also incredibly rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven to amp-up the white blood cell count in your system. These cells work to attack foreign bacteria, and viruses, for a stronger immune system. Vitamin C may also helps increase levels of antibodies which bind to foreign pathogens and neutralize them or mark them for destruction – powerful stuff, hey?
Winter is coming – give your immune system the tools Mother Nature gave it to keep strong and healthy, even through the cold.