5 Essentials for the Ultimate Self-Care Sunday



No one is protected from stress. Even your toughest-looking friend probably screams into a pillow when no one is around. We are humans and aren't made to be Zen masters naturally, so managing your emotions & wellbeing is a skill you can learn.

Of course, you can always binge-watch Netflix and eat pizza, but there is a better way to cope with negative emotions.  As a substitute for a day in bed, I want to share with you my go-to self-care routine to replenish your energy. Here are five self-care practices to reboot your system:

 

1. Treat Yourself to a Delicious Meal

Whether you prefer cooking at home or dining out with friends, it is a must to indulge in a nice meal at least once a week. Do not think about diets and caloric intake -- it is okay to let go of restrictions every now and then.

Think about what foods remind you of family, special moments, happiness or any other positive emotions and warm your soul. Such a treat will help you kick off your Sunday and set the right mood for the rest of the day.

 

2. Get Out In Nature

If the weather is cooperative, stretch your body and reconnect with nature. In Japan, people practice "forest bathing" to improve health and stress-resistance.

It is proven that spending time in a forest can reduce stress, depression and hostility. If outdoor exercise is not your jam, consider other activities you could do out in nature like have a picnic or lay outside on the grass and watch the clouds. An ambient music playlist will help you unwind and appreciate the time spent outdoors.

 

3. Do a Spa Treatment at Home

Because professional spa procedures can cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, with the wide availability of professional products, you can pamper your skin without spending a fortune. Lucky for me, I've got everything you need for the ultimate at home spa indulgence.

My all natural, cruelty-free and vegan skincare includes body scrubs, body care and body oils which are perfect for cleansing, nourishing and refreshing your skin. After a Buddy Scrub spa, you will feel refreshed with some much needed me-time and ready to tackle whatever challenge life throws at you.

 

4. Journal to Reflect on Your Life

Have you ever caught yourself having negative emotions for no reason? In this case, take your time to self-reflect and reveal concealed problems that need your attention.

The secret of journaling is being honest with yourself. Dedicate 30 minutes to dissect your negative emotions and understand the cause. The awareness will help you address the issue and find the right tools to deal with it.

 

5. Stay Away from Electronic Devices and Go to Bed Early

Have you heard of blue light's negative effects on sleep? Blue light is ommited from devices like computer and phone screens and actually causes out body to produce more melatonin (the hormone that controls sleep). So, the more you look at devices before bed, the more melatonin is produced and keeps your brain alerted, making it hard to fall asleep.

If you struggle to sleep at night, try not to use electronic devices two hours before bed. Rather than wasting your time on social media, get a book you have always wanted to read. Reading will prepare your brain for healthy eight-hour sleep.

 

Ward Off Monday Blues with the Ultimate Self-Care Sunday

No one says that it is easy to be calm and grounded. Inner peace takes time to achieve. To ward off stress and negative emotions, dedicate time every week to nurture your mind and body. Perhaps 'self care sunday' can be your weekly reminder.

At first, it might feel weird and unnatural, but practice makes perfect. At some point, your self-care routine will become an integral part of your life. You will see how choosing mindfulness over passive entertainment gets easier every time.


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What does it mean to become Vegan?

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You may have been hearing more and more about the vegan movement over the past 12 months due to an increasing interest in this way of life. But what does it actually mean to be vegan?

The word vegan refers to people who consume no animal meat or by-products (such as eggs or dairy) and avoid any animal derived clothing, accessories, skincare and more. The word vegan was initially used in 1944 by Donald Watson who was a non-dairy vegetarian and settled on the first three letters and last two letters of vegetarian – ‘vegan’, to separate this way of life from vegetarianism.  

Below are some of the common food or products that Vegans avoid:

  • All animal meat – red meat, poultry, seafood, game meat etc
  • All animal by-products – dairy, eggs, lanolin (oil from sheep’s wool), honey, caviar, beeswax, whey protein powder
  • All animal skins – leather, fur, reptile skin, feathers, wool
  • Animal derived products – goose down jackets/bedding, sheep skin ugg boots, silk clothing/bedding, pearls, ivory, feathered accessories, goat’s milk skincare, makeup that contains animal product like carmine.
  • Animals for entertainment/experimentation – circus’ with animal acts, zoos, sea life parks, travelling animal acts, purchasing of exotic animals as pets, animal testing, factory farm pet breeding, rodeos, horse/dog racing.

This list is not extensive, however it gives you an overview of the ways in which animals are used and exploited for the human population and how adopting a vegan lifestyle can aid in reducing the harm, torture and pain that comes to these animals.

So why do people become vegan? People can decide to become vegan for several reasons, but there are three common themes for why people make this lifestyle switch.

  • One reason is to prevent animal cruelty and the exploitation of animals for food consumption and other general living needs. Every year, 56 billion farm animals are culled for their meat and this doesn’t include seafood and the many millions more that are culled or abused for their eggs, milk, skin, fur, feathers and more. By switching to a vegan lifestyle, each person can save up to 198 animals from being bred for food or accessories each year, which equates to around 1.4 billion animals per year in America alone that aren't bred for human benefit.
  • Another reason for becoming vegan is the environmental impact. The impact that large scale animal agriculture and fishing is having on our climate, oceans and land is now being well documented. The land required to grow grains to feed the livestock industry is responsible for the destruction of many of our rain forests. Imagine what could be achieved with livestock land if the demand for meat was simply not there? The methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the livestock industry is also higher than all of the car and transport emissions put together. These emissions are impacting our atmosphere and leading to climate change issues. Instead of switching to water saving shower heads or riding to work, you could eat vegan for two nights a week and have a larger impact. By adopting a vegan lifestyle, a more sustainable approach to living and land use can be achieved.
  • A third reason for becoming vegan is for health reasons. There is well documented evidence of the benefits of adopting a plant based diet for overall well being. A plant based diet reduces the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular issues, and is linked to longevity in countries who eat a mostly plant based diet. A plant based diet involves eating vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and nuts without processed food or excessive oil.

Vegans may relate to one or more of the above reasons, or may have additional reasons for their lifestyle choice. However, the commonalities of vegans are the choices they make to avoid animal derived food & products and the exploitation of animals.

Don’t forget that I’m all natural, vegan and cruelty free so if you’re thinking of becoming vegan, then my skincare range is a great place to start! Click here to see my range of cleansers, body scrubs, moisturisers and more!

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Rose & Hibiscus and Jasmine & Chamomile Body Oils - I'm the sensual type

Buddy Scrub Body Oils

Your skincare regime wouldn’t be complete without the moisturising and illuminating power of my new flower infused Body Oils!

Compared to my other body care products, I'm the sensual type and my aim is to make your skin hydrated, soft and glowing. I'll gently cover your body with my natural oily goodness of grapeseed oil and avocado oil, which will absorb nicely into your skin. Then I'll further enrich your skin with my nourishing coconut oil, jojoba oil and vitamin e to restore hydration and give you a natural glow.

My Body Oils are perfect to use after a bath or shower as an alternative to creamy moisturisers and body lotions. The oils go on light and absorb nicely into your skin to avoid leaving any oily marks. Your skin will have glowing sheen throughout the day or be hydrated throughout the night, depending on when we catch up.  You can also use my Body Oils as a base to your foundation to assist makeup to glide on easily and create a natural glow.

My Rose & Hibiscus Body Oil is infused with dried rose petals and hibiscus flowers to give the oil a mild rose smell. Rose Geranium and Sweet Orange essential oils also combine to give your skin a subtle rose scent that isn’t overpowering.

My Jasmine & Chamomile Body Oil is infused with dried jasmine and chamomile flowers which gives a scent similar to jasmine and chamomile teas. Jasmine Absolute and Sweet Orange essential oil will add to the sweet floral scent as you apply me to your skin. Did I also mention that I look way too cute on your bathroom sink and may cause some jealousy for anyone else that sees me in there!

My plant based oils will help your skin to restore its natural oil content and won’t leave your skin feeling to oily. Using my Body Oils after my Body Wash or Body Scrubs will help to seal in moisture and avoid dry skin. My Body Oils also help to add a natural glow to fake or real tan and help your skin to glisten in the sunlight as you go about your day.

 

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My New Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion – I’m A Smooth Operator…

What better way to moisturise your skin after a refreshing shower or long day than with my new natural & vegan Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion. Now you can have the ultimate skin pampering session at home with my natural, plant based body wash, body scrubs and body lotion. I can see your skin smiling from here!

I'm a big softy that likes to cosy up with your body and leave your skin feeling hydrated, soft and moisturised. I'll cover your skin with a layer of nourishing botanical extracts and plant based oils, which will help to relieve dry skin. My tantalising scent will leave you smelling like fresh lavender buds and orange segments as your skin absorbs my nourishing properties.

With my new body lotion, you can rest assured that your skin is nourished with only natural, plant derived ingredients and not exposed to any parabens, synthetic fragrances, imitation preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, animal by products and other chemical irritants that can be found in common moisturisers and lotions.

My nourishing combination of plant based oils and botanical extracts will provide much needed moisture to keep your skin looking soft and smooth all year round, with a natural glow. My essential oils of sweet orange and lavender will leave your skin smelling ah-mazing and also makes for a natural perfume substitute. Keep me beside the basin so that I stay on your mind and you might find I can even double as a hand lotion. Now that’s handy (excuse the pun!).

Your skin will feel softer after our first interaction and you’ll be reaching for me more than you might care to admit! Give your skin the nourishing power of natural, botanical ingredients and see the difference for yourself.

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