10 Completely Free Self-Care Practices you can Start Tonight

In this wildly fast-paced world we live in, it can be tricky to find the time to focus on caring for ourselves: bodies, souls and minds.

 

We prioritize achievements over well-being, and to-do lists over long-term wellness.

 

Between packing school lunches, trying to drink enough water, and fighting to find a balance between work life, home life, and a social life – it’s hard to find the time to pencil in self-care.

 

But the thing is, self care shouldn’t be an optional activity – it should be a priority. When you’re well and happy, other parts of your life will thrive too.

 

 

Self-care isn’t a One Time Deal.

 

You don’t just tick it off the list and forget about it. It’s continuous. For your self-care routine to be effective, it needs to become as ingrained in your daily routine as your morning tea or coffee.

The following are simple, and completely free, self-care habits you can add to your routine. They’re so easy, you can start tonight.

 

Start a Gratitude File.

Take a few moments to reflect on the day that’s passed, and focus in on the things that brought you joy. They could be as simple as a delicious warm meal or a cuddle from a loved one. Write at least three of these down into a journal every night.

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Be Completely Present in Something you Usually do on Autopilot.

Monotonously brush your teeth every evening while your mind is miles away? Try and be present in those few minutes and use it as a mini mindfulness session.

Clear a Space that’s been Bothering you.

And keep it that way. If the clutter of your shoe rack or drawers have been nagging at you, don’t put it off – tidy it up now and make a habit of keeping it like that.

Edit your Social Media Feed.

Social media can be draining. Sift through your feed and mute or hide anyone whose posts don’t serve you, don’t make you feel good or teach you anything beneficial.

Stretch it out.

Unknot your tensions and stretch out your kinks with a few minutes on the mat – or the bedroom floor, whatever works best for you.

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Make Time for Mindful Breathing.

Oxygenate by taking three deep breaths into your abdomen, and let the air trickle out of your stomach and chest.

Pamper your Body Before Bed.

If you don’t have time to soak in a long, indulgent bath – perhaps you could take some time to lovingly massage body lotion into your skin, or put a mask in your hair before bed.

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Set an Intention for the Next Day.

If you set one achievable intention for the day ahead, you’ll wake up with purpose. Try to set no more than one, that way – your focus will be fierce and your day more successful.

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Switch Off for a While.

For you, switching off could mean putting your phone on airplane mode or losing yourself in a good book. Whatever it is, it’s important to give our minds a rest – at least for a little while.

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Connect with People you Love.

We mean really connect. Have a nice conversation with the kids as you put them to bed, ask your partner about their day and really listen, or call someone you miss. Human connection is so important for a fulfilled soul – make it meaningful, every day.

5 Amazing Ways Avocado is a Miracle Ingredient For Your Hair

Fellow avocado devotees, smashed avo enthusiasts, and guacamole addicts – we have news for you: you’re about to love avocado even more.

 

Avocados are basically synonymous with happiness. Their bright, green, creamy insides have become a staple ingredient in breakfasts, smoothies, and even face masks all around the world.

 

They’re rich and creamy, and filled with healthy fats that promote brain and heart health. Plus They make everything you put them on taste miles more yummy.

Basically, if there was ever a world without avocado in it, we certainly wouldn’t want to be part of it.

 

The humble avocado is one of the most versatile, and nutritious, foods around. One of its main superpowers, however, has fallen a little under the radar: the superpower of restoring moisture and hydration to dry hair.

 

Dryness is not your hairs friend. It can lead to breakage, split ends, frizz and overall lackluster hair quality.

 

There are few ingredients that can truly nourish dry hair by moisturizing hair shafts from within – and avocado is one of them.

 

It contains magical healing properties that will restore the driest tresses back to their hydrated state of glory. Here’s how.

 

Fatty Acids = Long-Lasting Hydration

One of the avocados major strengths is in its fatty amino acids. These acids work hard to coat your hair shaft, locking in much-needed moisture, while avocado’s natural oils ensure your hair stays well hydrated.

Vitamin-Rich Goodness

Avocados contain a mixed bag of vitamins, including Vitamin A, D, E, and B6 – feeding your hair truckloads of nutrients. They’re also rich in minerals like copper and iron, which work to soothe your scalp and promote healthy growth.

Queen of Antioxidants

Avocados are chock-full of antioxidants, which help protect tresses from free radicals and damage – therefore extending the lifespan of your healthy, hydrated hair.

Reverses Damage

Forever your hero, avo will help repair the damage dryness has caused your hair by deeply conditioning it and feeding it the good stuff it needs to be restored to optimal health.

Encourages Growth

By unclogging your hair follicles, avocado will help to stimulate new hair growth for an even fuller, more robust and beautiful mane.

Our (completely and utterly unbiased) picks for best avocado-infused hair care are:

 

Raw Sugar Healing Power Hair Masque – Avocado + Banana Oil + Coconut Milk + Agave

Cold Pressed for ultimate nutrition, this masque is super dose of nourishment for shinier, stronger, visibly healthier hair. An indulgent blend of nature’s highly nourishing plant-derived power ingredients repair overworked hair that’s in need of a little Raw Lovin’.

Raw Sugar Truly Unruly Shampoo – Avocado + Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosemary Oil

Deeply cleanse your hair without any unnecessary ingredients that weigh your curls down. Fortified with rich Avocado, cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar, and healing Rosemary Oil – your curls are left defined and frizz is luxuriously tamed.

Raw Sugar Truly Unruly Conditioner – Avocado + Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosemary Oil

The super boosting ingredients in Truly Unruly conditioner are a power-packed blend of Cold Pressed nutrients! Rich Avocado deeply conditions, Apple Cider Vinegar softens and hydrates, while Rosemary Oil promotes healthy hair. Stunning locks are on the way!

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There’s a reason everyone talks about our body lotions.

Actually, there are five of them.

Our body lotions are your skin’s best friend and biggest cheerleader – from head to toe. They work so hard, do so much, and smell so good! At least that’s what the instagram comments and product reviews tell us.

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The Only 5 Products you Need to Glow on Valentine’s Day

It’s February, and Valentine’s Day is on everyone’s radar.

It’s the one day a year that’s completely dedicated to showing love – be that to ourselves, or to an SO.

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The Ongoing Quest to Finding Happiness – Actions to Take to Improve The Quality of Life

Look around you. How many people do you know that are genuinely happy? If you answered plenty, then that’s great – if not then maybe it’s time to step back and reevaluate your own happiness levels. Are you truly happy with where you are in your life right now? For those of us who could use a bit (or a lot) of a push in the positive direction, we’ve compiled a few simple steps that you can take today, to help you on your quest to find, restore or increase your happiness levels:

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5 Ways Yoga Will Transform Your Life

When I first started practicing yoga, I thought the only thing that would change was how flexible or strong I would become by practicing consistently. Although I did become more flexible and strong, yoga transformed my life in a much deeper way and changed my life forever. Yoga is so much more than a physical pose and can truly enhance so many areas of your life. I am so excited to share with you below 5 ways yoga will transform your life:

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Whether you’re a hard working career woman, student or entrepreneur, it’s often easy to forget that a whole other world exists outside your everyday routine. A world that perhaps involves sleep-ins, self-indulgence, and dare we say it – “me” time.

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7 ways to get your kids to Enjoy Fruits, Right Now!

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A diet rich in fruit is essential for optimum health – but try telling a kid that.

If you have a nagging feeling that your children aren’t getting
sufficient amounts of fruits into their tummies, you’re probably right. According to recent research, an astounding 60% of children are eating
less than the recommended daily intake of fruits.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and high in fiber, fruits are a necessity for healthy growth and development.
The reasons why are countless!
To start, fruits are an instant energy supplier. It’s a natural source of vitality and will help kids stay alert and active longer. Fruits are also
naturally low in calories, and its powerful combinations of flavonoids, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and the countless micro and macronutrients this makes fruits wonderfully easy way to keep kids healthy and reduce the risk of colds and flus.
All of this begs the question: how do you actually get a child to eat more fruits? Here are 7 easy ways you can guide them to a more balanced, fruit-rich diet. Trust us, not only will they be eating fruits, they’ll be loving it, too.

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Lead By Example
Why not make eating fruits a fun family activity after dinner? If you make it a habit to snack on fruit when your kids are around, they’re more likely to pick up an apple when they’re feeling peckish.
Familiarize them with fruits
A lot of children say “no” to fruits because they’re afraid of its unfamiliarity. This is not because they dislike the taste. You can get them used to certain fruits by keeping them on display in a fruit bowl in your home, talking to your kids about it, and subtly sneaking them into meals that they enjoy so they can slowly get familiar with the flavor.

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Slice it up

Children are curious little creatures, and may take more kindly to fruits that have been sliced into bite-sized pieces than whole fruits.

In fact, a study of 14 elementary and middle school cafeterias showed schools that sold sliced apples received 71% more apple sales than schools that sold their apples whole.

Make fruits fun

Get children more excited about fruits by making it fun. Stickers of their
favorite cartoon characters will work great. Research has shown that
kids are twice as likely to pick up the piece of fruit in their lunch box if it has a picture of a cartoon character on it. A simple yet effective method.

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Prepare fruit together

Making fun no-cook creations with the kiddies will make them proud and eager to taste their fruity culinary delights. This can be as simple as fruit salads or as cool as real-

fruit popsicles. Either way, kids will love eating what they helped make.

Give them picking power

Get kids involved in the grocery shopping process and they’ll be more likely to eat what they’ve chosen at home. Giving children the chance to explore and discover different colors, textures and shapes will get them more interested in tasting the fruit.

Mix it up

Allow kids to learn that fruits comes in different forms. They can eat the same fruit whole or they can drink it in a juice. Teach kids that fruit can be frozen, canned, and dried to take on different tastes and textures.
It’ll be like a mini science experiment – they’ll love participating in it!

14 easy ways to get a better night’s sleep

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Because nothing is sweeter than a good night’s rest. 

We devote a large chunk of our lives to sleep. Around 200,000 hours of it in the first 60 years of our lifespan, in fact. So we’d better hope it’s of quality.

If you often feel grumpy or exhausted after a night of tossing and turning, here are 14 easy things you can do to help you get a solid sleep – every night.

Sayonara, insomnia. 

1. Aromatherapy oils 

A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow can increase your sleep quality by 20%. Lavender is a natural relaxant, and will help lull you into a blissful state of sleep.

2. Power off

The blue light on your phone or tablet can hinder your ability to fall asleep. Many phones come with a blue light filter you can switch on in the your before bed, or you could simply just refrain from scrolling before you plan to nod off.

3. Meditation 

Many people swear by meditation as a means of getting to sleep. Try it. 

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4. Watch your nap time 

Naps can be really beneficial to your health, but try to keep them at 20 minutes or less if you’d like a restful night. 

5. A leg pillow 

Is back pain stopping you from getting 8 hours of shut-eye? Try a leg pillow. A pillow between your legs aligns your hips and relieved stress from your lower back.

6. Make your bed a sleep-only sanctuary 

Reserve your bed for sleep (and cuddles) only. Watching tv, eating, surfing the net or worst of all – working – in bed takes away from its aura of relaxation and rest.

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7. Get a routine going 

Setting your body clock is the way to go. Hitting the sheets at the same time every night and waking up at around the same hour every morning will help you fall asleep with ease.

8. Avoid caffeine after noon

Coffee in the morning is fine, but not so much in the afternoon. Look for hidden caffeine too – chocolate before bed can keep you up longer than you’d like. 

9. Smart exercising 

Working out is wonderful at helping you fall asleep – as long it’s not 3 hours or less before you hit the sack. 

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10. The alcohol myth

A lot of people think wine makes them sleepy. And it may help you fall asleep initially, but it’s not a good idea for a sound night’s rest. Alcohol dehydrates the body, so you’ll be waking up parched at various times throughout the night. 

11. Eat wise 

Eating rich and heavy foods before going to bed can hinder the quality of your sleep. Keep snacks light – and try not to eat an hour before going to bed. 

12. Dim the lights 

Start lowering the lights in the hours before bed. Dark lighting signals to your body to make melatonin, the hormone that sends your body to sleep. 

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13. Unwind the mind

Let go of work or daily stresses before going to bed. If you struggle to switch off, try a warm bath or relaxing music. 

14. Temperature control 

The perfect sleep temperature for most people is between 68 and 72 degrees. Being too hot or too cold has a major effect on our sleep quality – so it’s best to keep it in check. 

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