5 Ways You Can Contribute To Making The World An Environmentally Friendly Place:

It’s World Environment Day! Here at Raw Sugar, we believe in products that are good for you and the Earth! That’s why we have put a huge effort in keeping our world green! This includes our products being responsibly packaged, using 25% post recycled plastic and sustainable ingredients, and being certified cruelty and vegan free. For every product purchased Raw Sugar Living also donates one bar of soap to a family in need.

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5 Ways ‘Pamper Me Time’ Can Improve Your Life and Well Being Today:

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Here are some reasons why you should pamper yourself:

1. Uplifts Your Mood

When we are well rested and have spent time with ourselves, the serotonin (also known as happiness hormones) are activated and immediately improves your mood. Having some pamper time also means your physical looks are enhanced and / or polished. Feeling good from the inside to the out is so uplifting. When is your next pamper day scheduled?

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2. Improves Productivity

Did you know regular pamper sessions can improve your productivity? That’s right, because you’re so relaxed from getting pampered, your mind and body also relaxes. You literally get a mental break from the craziness in your life. This overall helps you re-focus and reconnect with daily tasks, making you feel ready to take on the world.

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3. Reduces Stress

When we stress less our memory, focus and overall brain functions improve. Thanks to having time to pamper yourself, can enjoy these benefits.

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4. Stay Youthful

Researchers have said that regular pampering sessions can help to slow the aging process. Why? Because you are taking the time to upkeep your appearance and with all the other wonderful benefits of getting pampered can bring. Not just for your outside but for your whole well being.

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5. Improves Relationships

The old saying goes you can’t really love someone until you love yourself. Loving yourself, your body and giving yourself ‘me time’ improves your relationship with yourself, in turn, this will help you with your other relationships as they all mirrors of your own self. Get some #Rawlovin Sugar to reap the rewards.

5 stress-reducing activities every busy person needs

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Don’t you just LOVE feeling stressed? Said literally no one ever. Unfortunately, like traffic jams in LA, stress is kinda an unavoidable part of life. It’s part of the human condition to feel a bit anxious when we feel overwhelmed – or when we bite off a little more than we can chew.

While a bit of stress from time to time can be a positive thing to motivate you, too much is hardly beneficial. It can have a negative impact on our emotional, physical and mental wellbeing – and leave you feeling anxious and exhausted. 

That’s why, particularly as a busy person, you need to understand what techniques and activities will help you alleviate stress and shoot tension right in the foot. 

Here are 5 helpful stress-busting activities every busy person needs to try. 

1. Meditation

It may seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many people miss out on the benefits of meditation. The mental silence of meditation works very effectively to counter stress (especially of a work-related nature). If you find yourself struggling to get ‘in the zone’, then practicing some easy breathing exercises will work a treat too. Take repetitive deep breaths when you’re feeling particularly overwhelmed – it will reduce cortisol levels, which are related directly to stress and anxiety. 

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2. Hit the beach (or the pool)

Water – nature’s ultimate healer. A Swedish study on stress management found that the simple act of floating in water prompts the body’s relaxation response, which in turn decreases the levels of the stress hormone. And it really works. Approximate 80% of people who participated on the study said being in water helped them feel calmer a d less anxious. 

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3. Snack on something healthy 

When we’re feeling stressed, we tend to turn to comfort foods to give us a momentary satisfaction. Ice cream. Chocolate. French fries. You name it – if we’re feeling overwhelmed, we’re eating it. We overeat and binge on foods that just end up making us feel worse – not better. The key is convenience. Always keep some healthy snacks handy – so when you’re feeling under pressure, you can reach for the peanuts, dark chocolate, or carrot sticks and hummus instead. This will leave you feeling more positive and energetic – while also not feeling deprived.

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4. Light up a scent 

Aromatherapy has been proven to be a very effective stress reducer. Scents such as lavender have a particularly positive effect on our senses, and leave us feeling soothed. Make it a habit to light up a calming aroma before bed – it will help you sleep and keep your head clear.

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5. Yoga asanas 

Relieve the tension that builds up in your back with some simple yoga asanas. If you’re time poor, it can be as easy as doing a quick spinal twist in your pajamas. Simply sit on your bed with your legs crossed  and place your right hand down behind you, while your left hand sits on your right knee. Sit up as straight as you can and begin to twist around to your right hand. Repeat the same on the opposite side.

The BEST ways to relax your mind over the holidays

Silly season. Party season. Feasting with family and friends season. Whatever you call the holidays – there’s no denying it’s a big time of the year. From the endless parties to the relentless gift shopping, the holidays take up a lot of energy. During such a busy period, it can be easy to just forget to… rest.

But, with intentional and mindful activities planned during the holiday season – it can be the most effective time you have to rejuvenate, re-energize and recuperate.

Here are 5 great ways to relax and recharge… as the champagne pours somewhere off in the distance.

A little solitude goes a long way.

If you’re an introvert, you’ll need your dedicated “me” time. To avoid running on empty, start your day with a morning ritual that involves no other people… just you. This way, you’ll be able to mentally prepare yourself for the socializing and stimulation the day will bring.

Balance out the big social gathering with more intimate ones.

In a sea of big, boisterous parties – it can be difficult to have meaningful conversations and bond with people you care about. Plan smaller, more intimate events with your partner, your two best friends, your mother, or your favorite colleague. These sort of parties leave you feeling energized rather than drained.

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Make time to move your body.

It’s so easy to forget exercise over the holidays. But with its incredible ability to reduces stress, exercise is one of the most important things to keep up as part of your holiday routine. And, it doesn’t have to be a killer gym workout or hours on the treadmill – a nice hike, a spot of backyard yoga, or just a long walk will do the trick.

Get outside among nature.

Your body will not enjoy being cooped up inside all winter long. Spending time outside will help clear your mind, assist with prioritizing, and give your body a good dose of Vitamin D – which is super useful for dealing with stress.

Put work on pause… completely and entirely.

It can be tough to switch off. It really can. But if you have a job that allows you to take some time off, then actually take that time OFF. That means no work emails. No research. No talking to clients. Just chill and enjoy yourself so that you can go into the New Year well rested and ready to take on the world!

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