Graves Disease has taught me so much about healing and self-love. In order to heal I had to be honest about my needs, listen to my body and sometimes seek help from the people I love. I also had to become comfortable with the idea of being selfish. Learning to be selfish was incredibly difficult for me. The word itself conjures up a negative image.
But I have come to realize that being selfish is not only healthy, it is necessary, and I think that you should try it too.
I love to end the day with a relaxing bath and a good book. It’s a wonderful way to warm up, wind down, and spend some time alone with your thoughts. Baths have always been my go to relaxation ritual; something that nourished my mind and my spirit. However, there was a time when baths were also a completely unhealthy ritual. Before my health-esteem journey I bathed in a disgusting overload of bubble baths, soaps, oils, fragrances and more. Imagine how horrified I was when I discovered all of the unhealthy chemicals that I had been soaking in for hours at a time.
According to the EWG, on average, women use approximately 12 products per day, containing around 168 unique ingredients. Some of these ingredients might not be the best options for your health. In fact, 1 out of every 24 women are exposed to potential reproductive and developmental toxins through our personal care products. Definitely not something I want to add to my relaxing bath routine.
I was initially perplexed. How could I turn my favourite self-care ritual into something that also nourished my body? That’s when I discovered that I could create my own bath products, and have complete control over what I’d be soaking in for hours.
Here are 3 of my favourite relaxing bath recipes.
What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemon water!
Lemon water is how I start every morning. It’s a daily ritual rich in hydration, vitamin c, and let’s be honest, delicious lemon flavour. I drink a tall glass of room temperature water with the juice of half a lemon first thing every day.
You may be wondering why this simple task is a daily must for me. Here are a few reasons why I highly recommend you try it.
Everyone faces some forms of difficulty in their lives. Whether it be a physical or mental illness, a personal loss, financial strain, or something that can’t even be explained, we all have our own battles. No matter where we are in our journey, or what we’re facing, an awesome self care plan is the best way to make sure that we’re able to weather the storms.
A self care plan has been has been a key factor in my ability to thrive with Graves Disease. And you deserve to thrive in your circumstances too. Not quite sure where to start? Here are the key components of an awesome self care plan.
Welcome to Ms. Health-Esteem! A little health haven for anyone who might need one. I’m creating this world as a place to share my own health journey and experiences and encourage others to find their health-esteem along the way. Health-Esteem is not a one day accomplishment. Finding it and maintaining it are a lifelong journey; a journey of joy, self-discovery, self-love and incredible accomplishments. Let me tell you a little bit about my journey.