As health-esteemies I know many of us are focused on feeding our bodies with love. One peek at my insta and recipes here on the blog make it clear that I’m pretty dedicated to feeding my body with absolute kindness. It’s part of how I ensure that I’m able to thrive with Graves Disease… but how much focus do we place on what we put ON our bodies? Looking for some Natural Beauty Tips to health up your skin care routine? I’ve got you covered gorgeous!
Who doesn’t love nice, homemade face mask? Soft, clean, vibrant skin is something we all desire and face masks are a fun way to work towards that. It’s also a great way to treat yourself and relax. With a couple of simple ingredients you can throw something marvelous together with ease! You just need to get your hands on the right clay.
Your skin does so much for you, so why not love it back with a little dry brushing? This relaxing act of self-love is one of my favourite ways to care for my skin. Want healthy, soft, glowing skin? Then dry brush away!
Last week I received a marvelous treat – The ChronicAlly Box, a must have subscription box for spoonies and health and beauty buffs alike. It felt like a little Christmas just for me. I was delighted, surprised and spoiled! So excited in fact that I really want you to have the opportunity to experience that goodness too.
The ChronicAlly box is the first ever monthly subscription box dedicated to spoonies (chronic illness warriors). It’s a health and beauty pick me up full of spoons, created by a chronic illness warrior, for chronic illness warriors.
It’s also the gift that keeps on giving because a portion of all sales are donated to chronic illness causes (proceeds from last month supported the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Dysautonomia International). I love that this monthly subscription box is a bringer of joy. It brings joy to your door while also providing joy to those who rely on the organizations that receive ChronicAlly’s support.
But what if you don’t have a chronic illness? Is this box still something you can enjoy? Heck yes! Because non-spoonies need spoons too.
Here’s what you can expect if you treat yourself to a ChronicAlly Box:
I have a treat for you! Today I’m calling on my favourite Essential Oils Educator, fellow Graves Warrior, and Health-Esteem sister Misty Totzke to share her experiences and wisdom regarding essential oil uses for emotional balance. Negative emotions can be good for you (learn more here) and it is incredibly important that we sit with our emotions, listen to what they are telling us and move forward… but while heavy emotional states are great learning opportunities, we cannot live there. And essential oils are one tool that we can tap into when we’re ready to move forward.
Without further ado, I’ll let lovely Misty take the wheel and share her goodness! Let’s learn all about essential oil uses and how they can help with our emotional balance. Thanks Misty!
How many hours a day do you spend staring at a screen? If you’re anything like me your eyes are often locked onto a computer, TV or cell phone (especially with the recent introduction of Pokemon Go – where have you been all my life!) It’s the digital age; even if you limit screen time at home, it’s nearly impossible to escape hours in front of a computer at work. All that time can take its toll… the digital age may have simplified many aspects of our lives and connected us like never before, but all of that awesomeness may come at an unfortunate cost: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
Computer Vision Syndrome affects millions of people every year. Creating frustrating symptoms like: dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, neck and back pain, and headaches. Worse still, if left unchecked CVS can lead to long term vision issues and even eye disorders! But no need to despair – you don’t have to renounce your relationship with technology entirely…
Here’s an Infographic that will help you to protect your eyes from Computer Vision Syndrome:
What’s your self love prescription? What do you do to take the best possible care of yourself, to comfort yourself, to create and maintain a loving relationship with the incredible being that you are? It doesn’t have to be complicated – there are so many ways to ensure that self love is second nature.
Unfortunately, dedicating time and creating rituals that truly nurture our souls isn’t always easy. Think about it – we are taught not to put ourselves first; being selfish is looked down upon and the idea of falling wholeheartedly in love with yourself is bizarre. But it shouldn’t be. We are all so dedicated to our jobs, our studies, our spouses, our friends, and our families… and while it is wonderful to be as present as we can be for others we need to learn to be just as present for ourselves. When we don’t make ourselves a priority and continue to push and give of ourselves without rest we wind up exhausted, unhappy and unwell.
I vote that we make taking the time to nurture and care for ourselves so incredibly normal that it’s second nature! You are worthy of your love and should be at the top of your priority list. So why not create a daily self love prescription that you can, well, fall in love with?
Need help getting started? Here are 20 Acts of Self Love to incorporate into your routine:
I used to horde a massive supply of perfumes, makeup, body scrubs and other junky products. When I started my journey on the road to health-esteem I purged my beauty supplies and set out to find ways to develop a healthy beauty routine. Luckily there are lots of awesome options out there! If you peek around you can find wonderful clays, essential oils, amazing deodorants… but sometimes you’ll still need to get creative.
Here are some of my favourite Natural DIY Healthy Beauty Hacks:
I think that we’re all obsessed with the pursuit of happy life. It’s something that the world has trained us to endeavour to find. Forever in pursuit, not quite satisfied with the now.
But how to we work on truly creating that healthy, happy life that we desire?
With that in mind here are some simple ways to add some joy to everyday.
A lot of lovely things come naturally to me: I can easily create delicious, healthy recipes, I’m fairly skilled in guitar and music in general, I have a knack for numbers… but one unfortunate thing that always came easily is plaque and cavities. My entire life I’ve dreaded each visit to the dentist, knowing there was likely something unpleasant to discuss. I have TMJ dysfunction (that’s thankfully under control), I wore braces for 6 years and I’ve received more x-rays, needles and time in the dentist’s chair than I’m happy to recount. When I discovered that many autoimmune disease have a negative effect on dental health I knew I had to spice up my dental health care game in order to avoid any unpleasantry. I take my dental hygiene very seriously! Which is why I was stoked to discover coconut oil pulling.