Hello Sweet Friends:
A new year is finally here. And while I know 2020 isn’t exactly a year we’d like to look back on, I still believe a little reflection can be a beautiful thing.
Taking time to look back and appreciate how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown is a fantastic form of self-care.
It’s a lovely practice and something I try to remember to do on occasion. Because otherwise it’s very easy to miss a lot of your beautiful growth.
With that in mind, I decided to reflect on my work here and took a peek at what inspired you the most this year.
I checked my Google Analytics to see which posts you gave the most love to this year! Together we’ve talked so much about health, self-love and care, mental well-being, food and so much more. I’ve enjoyed every second with you.
Let’s take a look back at everything we’ve learned together and talk about your 10 favourite posts in 2020.
Read to take a fun walk down memory lane with me? Let’s do this!
10. 5 EASY WAYS TO SOOTHE A SENSITIVE STOMACH
Everyone experiences tummy troubles every now and again. Some more than others. It’s (literally) a crappy experience. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to help support yourself through it.
And, I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling icky I want options! Because we deserve all the relief we can get, right?!
Want a peek behind the scenes? The original version of this post was one of my first blog posts (woah!). I wrote it all the way back in 2014! Eventually I felt inspired to give it a makeover. So I made some updates, fixed the layout, threw in some extra photos and… boom! Post makeover!
I’ve had a sensitive digestive system since I was a kid, so I was very excited to share my experiences and self-soothing advice with you. I’m so happy it’s helped and inspired you year after year (it made it to last year’s top 10 list too!) Thank you bunches!
If you need a little help in the sensitive stomach department, there’s tons waiting for you over here
9. HOW TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL OIL BATH MELTS
White chocolate and coconut oil bath melts… need I say more?
Tapping into relaxing and destressing forms of self-care is always important, but this year made it absolutely pertinent. We’ve had a lot to take in, take on, think about (worry about) and consider. Destressing has been an non-negotiable must.
It may sound simple, but an easy DIY project with a relaxing reward is a 2 for 1 self-care activity. Together in this article we talked about how to make chocolate and coconut oil bath melts, what they had to offer our skin health and how to enjoy them.
Feeling inspired to make some? You can get your hands on all the recipe right here.
8. HOW TO MAKE A RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME HOMEMADE DEEP CONDITIONER
It’s another 2 for 1 self-care activity baby! We had the chance to make something together and then indulge in some relaxation. And, in the end, you’ve got happy, shiny hair. Booyah
I love the joy that comes with self-soothing, DIY self-care moments. Especially when the DIY part is super easy! That’s why this recipe is 4 simple ingredients. Mix them together and, boom, you’re done and ready to moisturize and chill.
If you’re excited for a home spa day or simply want to give your hair some extra love, your Homemade Deep Conditioner recipe is waiting for you right here.
7. 10 POWERFUL LIFE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM GRAVES DISEASE
Your favourite blogger sharing flowers and smiles <3
I wrote this piece to celebrate my 7 year Graves Disease diagnosis anniversary back in 2019. But this isn’t only for autoimmune disease warriors. I wrote this for you! Yea, you! Even if you don’t have a chronic illness. This post is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired and ready to love yourself fiercely.
Together we talked about everything from prioritizing doctor’s visits, to mental health, to support systems and even booty shaking. Yes, that last one is very important!
You deserve to love yourself fiercely and thrive in your circumstances. Graves taught me that and I am so glad I get to share that messages with you.
6. THIS CHICKPEA FLOUR FLATBREAD RECIPE WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
Let’s make French street food baby! Socca is a chickpea flour flatbread that tastes amazing. And, super good news, all you need is chickpea flour, water and some herbs and spices. Yum!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe as much as I do. If you haven’t made it yet, it’s a must try! Get all the deliciousness right here
Fun fact, I like to enjoy it with hummus and bruschetta. Is it weird to dip your chickpeas in chickpeas?
5. WHY THE QUARANTINE FATPHOBIA NEEDS TO STOP
This amazing guest post by Maryann Auger is such an important read.
We’ve had a lot to feel stressed about this past year. But our weight didn’t have to be one of them (regardless of what all of Facebook would have you believe.)
The fear of gaining weight during this time of social distancing has been running rampant.
But it’s not funny. It’s not helpful. And it’s not good for anyone’s mental health.
Fatphobia hurts everyone. And the world truly doesn’t need any more hurt.
So I invited Maryann Auger, a non-diet, weight inclusive certified personal trainer, online coach, fitness instructor and nutrition coach to speak with us. She helped us take a positive turn. If you haven’t read it yet (or want to re-read), you can dive in right here
4. HOW TO MAKE A RELAXING COCONUT MILK BATH
Luxurious and relaxing, a coconut milk bath leaves your skin feeling silky smooth!
Oh, and it only takes 3 ingredients to make (4 if you add essential oils, but that isn’t a big thing, right?)
I made this goodness after someone on Instagram requested it. And man oh man am I pleased with my creation. I’m glad you guys enjoyed it too.
If you haven’t tried a coconut milk bath yet, get the recipe right here. You’re going to love this one.
3. HOW TO MAKE A MARVELOUS CHOCOLATE COFFEE DIY FACE MASK
I have a sneaking suspicion that many readers stumbled upon this post while looking for DIY non-medical Face Mask sewing instructions… When I shared this recipe in July of 2019, Face Mask generally only referred to skin care outside of medical settings. But my, oh my how things have changed.
And, while I unfortunately have no sewing skills or advice to share in the non-medical face mask department, I hope so much that my skin care face mask recipe offered some relaxation and down time to those who needed it (and haven’t we all needed it?!)
This blend of cacao, coffee and yogurt smells amazing and feels so good. And since coffee and cacao are so kind to your skin (we dive into why in the post), you’ll be getting your glow on too. Treat yourself to one over here
2. HOW TO REDUCE STRESS – 6 FANTASTIC TIPS FROM PSYCHIATRISTS
Stress happens! And you deserve to have some fantastic stress management activities ready and waiting for when you need them. Who better to help than psychiatrists and other mental health professionals?
I loved that there was a focus on self-love and care throughout the professional advice. As well as the importance of asking for help and creating support systems. Because I think we all need to be reminded that it’s ok not to be ok and we all need help sometimes.
I also talk about my own experiences in therapy in this one. Spoiler alert, it was so helpful!
There’s no health without mental health sweet friend. If you need a some help managing stress this post is for you
1. 3 REMARKABLE SELF-LOVE TIPS FROM BTS LOVE YOURSELF
I don’t think I can take any credit for the continued popularity of this article (it was number 1 last year too!) BTS’ magic made this happen.
When I originally wrote this post in 2019 I did it as a fan of BTS and an advocate for self-love. I think it’s wonderful that BTS uses their platform to talk about the importance of prioritizing self-love. And there are so many beautiful gems in their speech to the UN.
My favourite take away – you can have ambitions and still love yourself as you are. You’re allowed to strive, to dream, to grow. As long as you don’t withhold self-love until you achieve those things. Loving yourself is not the same as becoming complacent. Self-improvement is still allowed. It just works better with a ton of love and kindness behind it.
You definitely don’t want to miss out on all the self-love inspiration in this one. Check it out and get inspired right over here
Happy 2021 – I’m sending you all my love 🙂
It was such a treat to revisit the blog posts that inspired you the most in 2020! Together we’ve learned so much about self-love, self-care, mental health, food and more. I can’t wait to see what we get to learn together this year.
What mshealthesteem.com post inspired you in 2020? What subjects would you like to explore together here in 2021? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Health and love,
Thought of the day: Remember to stop and reflect on your progress every now and again. You’ve come so far! Celebrate it <3
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