6 simple ways to incorporate meditation into your everyday routine

Question: what are you doing right now? Are you on the train into work? Indulging in a snack on the couch? Sitting on a park bench waiting for a friend?

Well, here’s the good news – any of those seemingly mundane everyday moments can easily be transformed into meaningful meditation time.

With the gazillion things we have to do in our hectic modern-day lives, it may seem difficult (or in some cases, impossible) to find time for mindfulness. But, alas, never fear – we’ve done some digging and found six simple ways to sneak a spot of meditation into the everyday. Because a peaceful state of mind should never be too far away.

1. Make the most of your commute

Put your morning commute to good use and start the day with a clear mind by meditating while you travel. Whether you catch the bus or train, drive, or walk into work or school – there are a bunch of great mindfulness apps you can listen to that will help you switch off and get lost in mantras and affirmations.

2. Why wait when you can meditate?

We all have that one friend (or client… or husband… ) who just can’t seem to help but turn up 15 minutes after schedule… every time. Instead of wasting time scrolling through social media or texting, try meditation instead. Put in your ear buds, listen to some soothing music, and be transported to another, much more calm, horizon. Then, when your companion finally does arrive – you’ll give them a smile instead of an eye-roll.

3. Stay in bed

Who’d have thought snoozing your alarm and staying in bed longer in the mornings could be good for you? It can! Squeeze the most out of your morning glory and take a few moments to think about the day ahead, consider your thoughts and feelings, and envision your ideal 24 hours ahead. Observe these barely-conscious thoughts and we promise you’ll kick your day off to a sublime start.

4. Snack time for the senses

Here’s one your going to love! As if we needed another reason to snack, right?! Next time you catch yourself wandering over to the fridge to grab your coconut ice-cream, make a conscious effort to be mindful during your wee indulgence. Focus on the enjoyment and sensations you feel while eating it – how does it feel on your lips, tongue, throat? Mindful eating is a an ancient practice, as well as a great way to express gratitude for our food.

5. Shower power

Practicing presence in the shower can have great effects. Most people like to think in the shower – it’s often the one part of our day we feel we’re getting some ‘me-time’. Breathe, be present, and observe the sensations of hot water on your body. Bonus points if you add some essential oils into the mix.

6. Bring on the chores!

You can always add a little awareness into physical everyday activities like cooking, vacuuming or doing the dishes. Feel the warm water over your hands receive while you wash dishes. Focus on the smells of vegetables as you chop them. It’s that simple.

Top 5 secret ingredients for glowing skin

Sure, you could spend all your money on a ton of high-end creams and serums. You could try every product on the shelf at your local drugstore. You could even give into skincare trends and purchase that “revolutionary” new cleanser everyone’s talking about. Or, you could simply walk over to your fridge – because some of the most potent (yet gentle) ingredients for radiant, glowing skin are kitchen staples with uses you had no idea about.

Yes, these humble kitchen ingredients may have the advantage over way-too-pricey over-the-counter skincare. They’re natural, they’re not too pricey and – most pertinently – they work.

1. PAPAYA

Sweet, sweet papaya. Aside from being utterly fresh and delicious (and transporting us to the tropics) – papaya is skincare gold. It’s loaded with anti-oxidants and helps guard your skin cells from damage.

How to use it?

There are a variety of ways – the easiest being rubbing the insides of the fruit onto your face for an enzyme facial. Alternatively, you can mix it with pineapple, oil or honey for a nourishing mask.

2. SUGARCANE

Ah, the much underrated suagarcane. Sugarcane contains possibly one of the most powerful ingredients for youthful, supple, glowing skin – glycolic acid. A type of Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), glycol acid works cogently exfoliate the top layer of your skin – shedding it of unwanted dead skin cells to reveal the plump, fresh layer underneath – and stimulate new cell growth.

How to use it?

Mix equal parts lemon juice, sugarcane juice, apple juice and coconut milk and apply it to the face and neck. Let it sit on the skin for 15-20 minutes.

3. PINEAPPLE

Whether or not you like it on pizza is one thing, but there’s something about pineapple you can’t deny – it works wonders for skin. Pineapple all but eliminates congestion. It contains bromelain which is an enzyme that sweeps away dead skin cells – the major cause of tired-looking, congested skin.

How to use it?

Make a mask out a cup of pineapple, half a cup of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of are sugar – together, this combination with restore radiance and harmony to your skin.

4. MUSLIN

Muslin – an oldie but a goodie. You may have heard celebrities like Kate Moss and Kate Middleton applauding the modest muslin cloth for its skin-enriching benefits – so why is muslin such a well-kept, high-powered beauty secret? The finely woven texture of muslin is an excellent exfoliant for skin – but it’s also super gentle, and allows you to control the press and rhythm at which you circle. These eco-friendly cloths increase circulation to the face, getting rid of dead skin to reveal a younger, bouncier complexion.

How to use it?

Wet cloth under warm water and use to wipe away your cleanser using a circular massage motion. Rinse it thoroughly after use and allow to air dry.

5. MANUKA HONEY

Incorporating Manuka honey into your skincare regimen is like giving it a nourishing bowl of broth when it’s not feeling too well – it’s comforting, soothing and works a treat to make it feel (and look) better. Packed with vitamins B, C and live enzymes, Manuka honey works to heal acne through its anti-inflammatory properties, repairs cellular damage in skin to reduce scarring, hydrates and moisturizes to combat wrinkles and signs of ageing.

How to use it?

Simple. Just apply it to your face as a mask for about 15-20 minutes and voila! Healthy, happy glowing skin is yours.

GLOW: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Your state of mind affects your body in more ways than you know. A positive attitude, in particular, can work wonders for your sense of self – and your wellbeing. It helps you kick every day off to a fresh start. It gives you that extra little pep in your step. It can make you glow from within.

We believe the world ‘glow’ is one of the most beautiful in the English language. It rolls off the tongue and radiates warmth – and with the right kind of attitude, you will too.

Here’s how a little bit of positive thinking can make you radiate – from the inside out:

GOOD THOUGHTS

When you fill your mind with nice, positive thoughts – you’ll not only feel happier, but your positive energy will be visible and infectious to others.

MAGNETISM

People are drawn to positive thinkers. And why wouldn’t they be? Positive thinking is aspirational. A glass-half-full mentality is catchy – so your hopeful and happy disposition will have a domino effect on those around you.

WELLNESS & WELLBEING

Positive affirmations can have an impact on your health. The power of your mind over your body is pretty incredible – and affirming to yourself that you’re beautiful will help you feel better, more energized and more full-of-life.

ANTI-AGEING EFFECTS

Recent studies have shown that a seeing-life-through-rose-colored-glasses approach has physical benefits on your skin – and can even slow down the ageing process, keeping wrinkles and lines at bay a little bit longer.

MAMA NATURE’S IMMUNITY BOOSTERS: Our favorite 3 flu-fighting ingredients

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!).

1. GINGER

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!).

2. TURMERIC

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.

3. LEMON

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.

WELLBEING & YOU: Feel better, fresher, healthier with 10 easy everyday tips.

Stress less and laugh more. Worry less and do more. Procrastinate less and produce more.

We all know that’s what we should be doing, right? But sometimes life gets in the way and our wellbeing takes a backseat. But, the path to mental and physical wellness doesn’t have to be hard. There are small things you can incorporate into your everyday routine to help maximize your wellbeing and increase your productivity by spades. Because, truly – a little self-care and self-love go a long way.

1.

Make time for relaxing activities.

Every day, put aside a little time to simply indulge in something that eases your mind and feeds your soul. Have a passion for crochet? Love reading? Find cooking therapeutic? Be it going for a scenic walk or engaging in a spot of gardening, it’s important to schedule the things you love doing into your everyday and make them part of your routine.

2.

Find your form of meditation.

Find time in your day to feel present – even if it’s just for a small pocket of 5 minutes. Some people like yoga. Others like to meditate. But for some of us, writing our thoughts down in a journal, doing some breathing exercises or reciting positive affirmations is just as effective a form of mindfulness.

3.

Treat yourself kindly.

We tend to our own harshest critics. Our expectations of ourselves can be sky-high, and when we fail to meet them – we enter a spiral of disappointment. But when we show ourselves the same level of kindness and compassion we show others, magic happens.  Be tender to yourself during hard times. Encourage and reward yourself after small wins. The result? Soaring self-confidence.

4.

Sleep, sleep, sleep!

Whatever you do, try not to skimp on sleep. Sleep enables our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate memories and process information – without enough of it, our immune systems weaken, and we’re more prone to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 7-8 hours a night, plus a short power nap or two during the day, will work wonders for your energy levels, health and general state of mind.

5.

Eat well.

Eating a nutritious, balanced diet doesn’t mean doing a rigorous 6-day juice cleanse or avoiding the foods you love in favor of an unsatisfying garden salad. It just means listening to your body and eating in moderation. Try to consume as many wholefoods – plus fresh fruit and vegetables – as you can, and cut back on processed goods, sugar and caffeine. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in chocolate cake – you can! Just make sure you’re balancing it all out – and you’ll feel more productive, energized and invigorated.

6.

Move it!

Try to fit in regular exercise. Working up a bit of a sweat will help to reduce stress levels and improve your overall health. Try to find an activity you enjoy –  a daily walk along the beach, a pilates class, or even jumping on the trampoline with the kids for 10 minutes a day.

7.

Stay hydrated.

All hail the healing power of water. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day can enhance cognitive function for a more alert, productive you, it can support digestion, kidney function and detoxification, and it also works wonders for your skin.

8.

Treasure your relationships.

Spending quality time with people whose company you genuinely enjoy not only makes you happier – it can help you live longer, too! Studies at Brigham Young University in Utah have shown that fostering strong relationships with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues can improve our lifespans by 50 percent. Pretty impressive, huh?

9.

Do some good.

If you’re kind to others, the universe will be kind right back to you. Evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. It helps reduce stress, improves your emotional wellbeing and even benefits your physical health. And remember, a good deed is a good deed – no matter how small it may seem.

10.

Stay positive.

The power of optimism – it’s real. Eliminating negative self-talk is an incredibly effective form of stress management – and it even has positive impacts on your health. Looking at life with a glass-half-full approach just means that you understand unpleasantness in a more productive way – you hope for the best, rather than anticipating the worst. It can take some practice, but once you get there – life suddenly becomes more rosy.

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