Celebrating yourself will leave you feeling happy, energized and full of life. Our favorite saying goes: ’Believe you deserve it and the universe will serve it’. Here a 5 simple ways you can start today.
1. Celebrate the Positives
A positive mental attitude will benefit your health, longevity and quality of life. We actually have a great tip for starting this! A positive attitude is the quickest way to believing in yourself, so every morning, call out 3 things you love about yourself and repeat them several times out loud. This will teach your brain to focus on all the amazing traits that you love about yourself. Doing this will also set the tone for your day, making it a great one, everyday!
Look back at all your accomplishments in life (big or small) and acknowledge your growth and how far you’ve come. You never know what you can achieve until you try, right? Well, that all comes from you. Yes, you! You are the most powerful when you believe in yourself. Looking back at your life achievements helps you see your greatness and reflect on all the times you thought you couldn’t do it but did!
3. Set Goals
Setting goals for yourself (long or short term) is a another positive way to start the process of believing in yourself. It could be absolutely anything! You’ll feel great once you take steps in the direction of these goals. Once goals are set, the self-belief process begins. Now go back to step 2 and focus on all the positive accomplishments you’ve done already, to get you mentally ready for your new achievements.
4. Self- Compassion
Being kind to yourself and nurture your emotions, body, spirit in the same way you would a close friend/people you deeply care about. This will improve so many important elements in your life including your mental equilibrium. As you practice the art of self love and self compassion you reduce the risks of depression, anxiety, feeling tired etc. You will also feel an urge to spread love and kindness, attracting more and more positive into your life. So, don’t be so hard yourself Sugar, treat yourself the way you would treat a loved one.
5. Give Yourself Credit and Rewards
Yes! treat yourself! You deserve it Sugar. Rewarding your success, good behavior and achievements will only reinforce it and help you continue the positive cycle. Giving yourself a ‘nurturing reward’ refocuses the real purpose of the reward to be loving, respectful and again, re-iterates and reinforces your good behavior.
Reprogramming your attitude and thoughts can take time, start small and take it step by step. Remember to take it easy on yourself we believe in you and the time to start believing in yourself is now!
1. Veggie Garden
Gardening increases physical activity. It is a great way to engage with the whole family and lets them help take responsibility for the garden. The fruits and vegetables grown in your
garden promotes a healthy lifestyle, because they are rich in nutrients, especially in phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. Not only will you save more dollars, it also gives you a new appreciation for nature, when you can have the opportunity to see how things grow.
2. Say Goodbye to Processed Foods
Did you know that 60% of the calories in an average American’s daily diet come from “ultra- processed” foods? Food is what nourishes your body on the inside; so the old saying “You are what you eat” does have some truth to it! Cross out everything that is processed on your grocery list. In fact, go to your kitchen right now and throw all processed foods out. Out of sight, out of mind means you have no choice but to eat the healthy alternatives.
3. Hello Vegan Products
Vegan beauty products have a whole list of benefits as they tend to be gentler on the skin, making them better for sensitive skin. Since Vegan products are packed with so many nutrients, your skin will absolutely love it!
4. Get Active
Benefits of practicing physical activity regularly reduces your risks of a heart attack, manages your weight better, lowers your blood cholesterol level, lowers your blood pressure, gives you stronger bones, muscles and joints, lowers the risk osteoporosis, and the list goes on! This will help you feel good naturally, so set a aside 30 mins each day to go for a walk. It’s worth it!
5. Gratitude is The Best Attitude
Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with happiness. It also has many benefits in terms of our health, satisfaction with life, and the way we relate to others. Being grateful helps you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences and build strong relationships.
Take a little time out of each day to show some gratitude.
6. Cook Fresh Food
Cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients is so much more healthier, which means you and your family will be consuming the right foods to benefit your health. Eating at home allows you to cut out what you may deem unnecessary in your diet. You’re in control of the food you cook and the food you consume, which allows you to build healthier habits and encourages the whole family to be healthy with you.
7. Get Organized
Who would have a thought that such a simple thing like getting organized can bring you so many health benefits? Here are a few things that being organized will do for you: improves your sleeping habits, reduce stress (which makes us happier), can lead to better eating habits and can boost your energy! Go on, get organized.
Breathe in, chill out and do some meditation. It encourages a healthy lifestyle, increases happiness and some study’s show it actually slows aging! Where do we sign up?
You may laugh at this (pun intended) but, it’s true! Laughing releases natural endorphins in the brain which are your feel good/happy chemicals. Don’t forget, laughing is contagious – spread it. Who doesn’t feel happy laughing? Try it, we dare you.
Scheduling downtime every single day (even if it’s 15 mins) increases your energy, mood, and enhances your creativity!
There you have it. 10 easy ways you can start living a more natural and healthy life right now!
With summer slowly approaching, many of us feel a fresh sense of hope.
A new day is on the horizon, and our bodies and minds are telling us that it’s time for improvement.
Instead of focusing on a specific area of physical refinement for
tomorrow – like signing up for a gym membership, for example – why not start living your happiest, healthiest life… today?
There are many things you can control in your everyday life to ensure you’re living at your best. If you make a habit of the following 5 things every day, we guarantee you’ll feel better because it.
Start Your Day By Setting Intentions
Setting positive intentions is a wonderful thing. By understanding what you truly desire and how you desire to feel, your everyday life your life will glow with a brand new sense of being.
Setting intentions helps you get your power back. Once you’re
clear on how you want to feel and what you want to achieve, you can make clearer and more assured day-to-day decisions that will lead you to the life you truly want to be living.
Make Gratitude Your Attitude
It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of everyday stress, but when we do, we
forget to stop and smell the roses. When we get so busy chasing what we want, we don’t often appreciate what we already have.
Practicing gratitude, or thankfulness as a daily
ritual can greatly improve our mental and emotional well-being. In fact, studies have shown that gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25%. People who make gratitude a priority tend to have enhanced levels of
creativity and power, are more resilient, have stronger immune
systems, and even have stronger social relationships with other people.
Find the Exercise You Love
Our bodies are designed to move. Your body is an extraordinary thing – capable of doing so much if you treat it kindly. Moving your body will not only benefit your physical health, but your mind too. Exercising releases endorphins, the feel good hormone your body produces to create a positive boost in your mood.
We know gyms aren’t for everyone, and you can’t force a habit you
simply don’t enjoy. Experiment with a few types of activities to find the one you truly
love – and when you do, it won’t feel like a chore, but rather a daily hobby that you look forward to. Perhaps you’ll enjoy yoga, or maybe nature walks. Maybe your thing is competitive
sports, like soccer, or could it be something water-based, like swimming or surfing?
No matter what it is, you’ll find it. Once you do, it won’t even feel like exercise!
Repeat Positive Affirmations
What you think, you become. Choosing positive patterns of thought and repeating positive affirmations will lead you feel more optimistic and happy. In Western society, we’re all programmed from birth with scripts that play through our minds all day long. Unbelievably, more
than 75% of those scripts are skewed toward negative thinking.
The power of your mind is incredible, and you can equip yourself with the tools that change the way you talk to yourself. By practicing daily affirmations that reassure and inspire, you’re setting yourself up for more self-love, self-acceptance, and self- belief. What could possibly be better than that?
Practice Inner Peace
A powerful way to find greater contentment is to practice inner peace.
Giving your mind time to stop and take a mental deep breath allows more clarity and harmony.
Whether you choose to meditate, pray, practice yoga, or even listen to music, giving your mind a few moments of peace will help you center yourself and really feel the blessings you already have in your life.
There’s more to creating a Zen environment at home than scented candles and Feng Shui.
Natural indoor plants are a great way to create a relaxed atmosphere. Research has proven that pot plants help reduce stress and assist people with feeling more present.
So if you have days where you’re doing, or feeling, a little too much (which, let’s face it, we all do) – perhaps the humble potted plant is the answer to relieving the tension and restoring the calm.
We’ve selected a few stress-reducing plants that won’t let you down – and that WILL stay alive. So whether you’re a green thumb or not, these little guys will help you find your inner Zen.
While it’s not exactly reflective of its name, this beautiful bonsai-like baby has a myriad of benefits – it’s healthy, air-purifying, and room-brightening. Inhale. Exhale. Can you feel the difference?
Oh, and it’s also among the easiest indoor plants to maintain. Major bonus.
They say the bamboo plant brings you peace from just looking at it. Called the ‘lucky bamboo tree for a reason, this beautiful creation is mother nature’s way of keeping your home a tranquil sanctuary. This green goddess doesn’t need much water or light, perfect for your busy schedule.
Cacti are among the easiest plants around to maintain – it doesn’t take much at all for them to thrive. Whether you opt for tall cacti or miniature ones along the window, these lovely little natives will chill you out while looking cooler than a Cali sunset.
You know what’s really cool about air plants? They don’t actually require any soil. They’re so versatile you can hang them up on the walls, hang them down like a chandelier, or even pot them in a bulb terrarium. Studies have shown that humans feel more relaxed when surrounded by nature, and air plants are a won
Are you a bit puzzled as to why you might need a hair mask if you’re perfectly happy just using your shampoo and conditioner?
Please, allow us to guide you into the wonderful world of hair masks – and describe exactly why our new Healing Power Hair Masque is not just a haircare luxury, but a necessity.
And just a quick tidbit to remember, hair masks aren’t a new trend – people all over the world having massaging masks into the their locks for centuries!
We put our hair through a lot. There’s blowdrying and straightening, curling and gunky product. There’s coloring and bleaching, and let’s not dismiss the damage that can happen from bad hair elastics. But, our Healing Power Hair Masque has come to the rescue. One of its main ingredients is Banana Oil, which is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins – all working to help soften the hair and protect its hair natural elasticity, preventing it from breaking.
Did you know that your hair has it’s own personal breaking point? Everyone’s does. It’s the length your strands get to where they’d rather fall out than grow any longer. But the stronger your strands are, the longer your hair will grow before splitting. If you’re trying to get a few more inches out of your hair, our Hair Masque will help get you there. It goes straight into the roots for a deep, intense conditioning treatment – meaning your hair will gradually get stronger and grow longer.
If your hair’s been feeling a little flat (or weak, frizzy, unmanageable, etc…), a Hair Masque will help restore it back to its happy, healthy old self. Using nature’s most reparative natural ingredients and processing them through ColdPress Technology® – our Hair Masque is filled with natural oils that work super hard to heal your hair, and it gets right to the root of the problem, too. Your tresses will come out of the shower looking visibly stronger, healthier and glossier. Yes, please!
Hydration is key for healthy, shiny hair. The Avocado Oil in this Hair Masque is moisturization central – it helps hydrate and rejuvenate the scalp. A rich source of proteins, amino acids and vitamins – Avocado Oil works to soothe the scalp and promotes long, strong, healthy hair. It deeply penetrates, meaning your hair is healthy from the inside out.
Unlike just your ordinary conditioner, our Hair Masque works its way deep into the hair cuticle – rather than just working the surface. Its bucket-load of hair-saving vitamins and nutrients deeply nourish hair –and restore lustre and shine
Masks contain vital nutrients that will help bring your hair back to life. They help nourish dry locks and provide a serious dose of moisture. Eventually, you’ll notice that your hair becomes softer, silkier and more manageable. Use hair masks twice a week if you want hair that looks beautiful and fabulous.
Hard-to-manage hair can be hard to live it. It’s frustrating and time-consuming, and we can’t have a busy lady like you fussing and fretting with unruly locks every morning. That’s where Hair Masque comes in – because masks are the unsung heroes in the realm of hair manageability, and ours is particularly powerful with its secret weapon of Banana Oil – which creates order, shine, growth and even controls dandruff! It’s our little miracle formula is restoring balance and control to disorderly tresses.
We answer the 7 most frequently asked questions about this delicate skin type.
Love it or hate it, if you have sensitive skin – you have to take care of it. It requires a little extra attention and a tad bit more patience. But if you play your cards right, youe sensitive skin will become a total non-issue. In fact, you can even use it to your favor!
Here, we answer the 7 most frequently asked questions about sensitive skin.
1. What exactly constitutes ‘sensitive skin’?
There are a variety of factors at play to making up what people call sensitive skin. But put simply, sensitive skin reacts unpleasantly to skincare products and chemicals. When diagnosing sensitive skin, dermatologists look for: skin reactions such as redness, bumps or erosion, very dry texture, or a tendency towards heavy blushing.
2. How do I know if I have it?
If it’s common for your skin to get irritate or feel uncomfortable after using over-the-counter skincare, you probably have sensitive skin.
The best way to find out, of course, is to check in with a dermatologist.
3. What should I look for in skincare products to ensure they don’t irritate my sensitive skin?
Products designed specifically for sensitive skin are usually your friends. Also look for products that contain no parabens or sulfates – and that are made up of mostly natural ingredients.
Try to avoid products with harsh chemicals and way too many ingredients on their lists.
4. When using a new product, how should I test for skin reactions?
Patch testing is the way to go – after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry! When you get a new product, place a small amount behind your war for a few days. If your skin reacts well, try the same thing along your temple. If you don’t get irritated skin, the product should be safe to use.
5. How can I protect my sensitive skin against harsh weather conditions?
We hate to sound lime your mother, but you MUST wear suncream all year round. It’s a non negotiable. And make sure it’s one thats at least SPF 30+.
In the summer, you should generally try to avoid sunbathing and spending long periods of time in the hot sun – even if you have applied your SPF. UV rays are highly damaging and particularly so on your sensitive skin.
In the winter, try not to overheat your home. Have a good moisturizer on hand for skin and body to keep it hydrated, and always wash with paraben and sulfate free cleansers.
6. Is sensitive skin genetic?
It would appear that yes, sensitive skin and its associated conditions (includong rosacea and eczema) are inherited.
7. What are the best tips for caring for my sensitive skin?
Use skincare that has been specifically designed for your skin type. These products should be soap-free and light on harsh chemicals to avoid overworkinf your skin. When cleansing, be gentle – and avoid using chunky scrubs and exfoliators.
Also, hydration is key. Stay on top of your moisturizing schedule and your skin will thank you for it.
PS – DID YOU KNOW that Raw Sugar is launching a BRAND NEW line of skincare created especially for SENSITIVE SKIN? Yup! It’s made with natural, soothing, nourishing ingredients made to love and care for sensitive skin! More info coming soon… WATCH THIS SPACE, sensitive-skinned sisters!
Every year, when the calendar pointer hits January 1st, we bask in the glow of a new year.
A fresh start. A clean slate. A renewed optimism. It’s an innate part of human nature – we look for opportunities to clear the proverbial canvas and start anew.
For some, that means creating a list of New Years resolutions; exercise more, indulge less. For others, it’s the physical act of making a monumental life change; be that starting a new job or moving to a new city. But for most of us, an effective fresh start needs to begin on the inside. And it can be as simple as expressing a little bit of good ol’ fashioned gratitude.
Being thankful for the gifts of life has many health benefits. Studies have shown it can reduce feelings of depression, decrease anxiety, improve quality of sleep, and even strengthen memory.
Here are a few easy ways to kick-start your gratitude practice – for a more centred, content you.
1. Daily top 3
Each day, consider three things you feel grateful for. They could be as simple as your warming morning tea or the delicious taste of your favorite fruit – or as profound as the roof over your head and clean drinking water. Tune in to the small details that make your life what it is, and take notice of what you might be taking for granted. It’s amazing what you see when you start paying attention.
2. Express gratitude to others
Show your appreciation to someone who did something kind – be it a total stranger or your best friend. Letting people know you acknowledged and appreciated their help will make you feel lighter and more joyous.
3. Focus on the good
Make it a habit to take time and focus on the things you’re thankful for in your life. Make a list of them in your mind, and say a big, earnest “thank you” for each one of them.
4. Acknowledge the struggles
It’s also important to focus on your struggles you’ve gone through, and say thanks for the unexpected ways you have gained from them. Maybe they uncovered a strength you didn’t know you had, or perhaps they brought you closer to your family, or revealed to you your true priorities. Be grateful for the tough times themselves, rather than the silver linings, because they may continue to offer you blessings you otherwise wouldn’t have.
5. Make it a mantra
Never underestimate the power of words. When you feel tense, stressed or sad – simply repeat the words “thank you” between deep, slow breaths to re-ground yourself. Sit in silence and really meditate on the words.
6. Pay it forward
A little kindness goes a long way. And one of the most meaningful ways to express gratitude is to act with kindness towards others. Return a favor. Surprise someone. See a situation you might be able to offer some help in and do it. The feeling afterwards will be golden.