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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 hair’s 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 avocado’s 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.
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.
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.
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!
If there’s no amount of lavender spray and breathing techniques that’ll keep your head on the pillow, there could be something else amiss.
Often, the things keeping you up at night aren’t what you’d expect. Putting aside the obvious habits and patterns that lead to sleep deprivation, we’ve busted a few unexpected factors that are preventing you from getting your full eight hours.
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.
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.
It’s Valentine’s Day season, and love is the word on everyone’s lips.
We’re big believers in the notion that love should be observed in all forms. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, fresh off the market, or completely spoken for – the kind of love we can all celebrate and nurture this Valentine’s season, is with the person we spend most of our time with: ourselves.
Picture this: you’re strolling the aisles at Target, picking up more than you probably should and putting it into your basket, when you hit the personal care section. You know you need a new body wash, but the shelves are full – there’s just so many choices, and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options.
If there’s anything we’ve learned on our journey so far, it’s that life is all about balance.
When it comes to your complexion, there’s so much conflicting information about what really works. Some say there’s nothing better than healing on the inside to beautify the outside, while others swear by nourishing their skin from the outside in.