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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6 Steps to Perfecting Your Work/Life Balance


It can often be difficult finding the right balance between your work and personal life these days, and it’s a common challenge that many can face at some point in their careers. Overcoming it can be confronting, confusing and downright hard to do, but it is possible. Often it can feel like if you focus on one area, such as your job, other areas of your life will suffer, like your family and friendships. But cultivating a healthy balance between all the necessary puzzle pieces to your life is not only necessary, it’s relatively easy to do – you just need to know how! So, here are 6 steps to perfecting your work/life balance.


Work out your priorities

Set aside some time to sit down and think about all the different tasks you do in every aspect of your life, from work to home and all the pieces in between. Write down all these things, then label each one as high, medium or low priority. This will help you see just how much you actually have on your plate, and having it set out clearly in front of you can help you notice where you might be spending time on things that aren’t as important as others. Prioritise the things you do that make you feel good, like catching up with friends and exercising and things that make you feel productive, while trying to cut back on things that don’t seem to add much value, like scrolling endlessly through social media and binge-watching Netflix for hours on end.


Establish your boundaries

Boundaries are so important, because without them, any priorities you’ve set will likely not last very long. So make sure you know your boundaries, and be comfortable sticking to them. Healthy boundaries include being able to mentally and emotionally check out of work once your day is done, leaving it all at your desk so you can enjoy your personal life without having your mind split between the two, avoiding personal phone calls and texts while you’re at work (emergencies aside, of course), and not checking work emails while you’re with friends.


Learn when to disconnect

Everyone is now constantly connected to one another, and whether it’s for work or relaxation it can still be hugely detrimental to your emotional and mental wellbeing. Learning how and when to disconnect completely from your smartphone can really help you feel more balanced and happier. You might not have an ‘off’ button, but technology does. So you should use it! Start putting all technology aside for at least 30 minutes each day, and use the time to hit your reset button. Do things that you used to enjoy, but can’t seem to find time to do anymore. Whether it’s meditating, reading a book, going for a walk, taking a long, relaxing shower or just sitting down and spending time with a loved one, unplugging can be the best thing to do for your health.

 

Get help if you need it

You have a support system around you, whether you know it or not. So utilise it! Recognise if and when you’re struggling, and ask for help when you need it. This is imperative to maintaining a work/life balance because without support, juggling everything can be much more difficult. Feeling so much pressure can cause you to suffer from stress, which will end up impacting all of the different aspects of your life. And sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that it’s weak to ask for help – but it’s not. Those who support you will always be happy to help you when they can. So don’t ever be afraid to ask! Get some help from a colleague at work, ask your partner or family members for assistance at home, and vent to a friend if it all just gets too much.

 

Get selfish with self-care

You are so important. Taking care of yourself should always be your first priority, so don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and put your self-care first – especially if those around you try to persuade you to push yourself beyond the point of wellbeing. There is no shame in saying ‘no’, and in order to have a better work/life balance, that is a word you should get comfortable saying. Some of the best and most effective self-care activities are gratitude journaling, meditating, exercising, cooking nutritious food, getting more sleep and anything else that essentially helps you relax and makes you happy. My top self care tip is of course taking a warm bath and scrubbing up with one of my all natural body scrubs!

Stop trying to be perfect
Sometimes we struggle finding that work/life balance because we’re trying to perfect each and every task we do. But perfection is not sustainable! Aiming to be perfect at everything we do can exhaust even the most resilient person, so learn how to accept things as they are. As long as you try your best at everything you do, it’s okay if it’s not completely perfect.

 

While it might seem difficult to imagine a well-balanced life, it is very achievable as long as you keep realistic expectations and avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. But by implementing these steps in your life, you’ll be able to achieve that perfect work/life balance and make your way to better health.

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How To Have A Happy, Healthy Easter

 

Easter is a wonderful time filled with family, friends, celebrations, and chocolate. So. Much. Chocolate. If you tend to eat yourself into an Easter egg-induced food coma each year, here are a few ways you can curb that habit and still have a happy Easter!
 
Begin with breakfast
Easter only comes around once a year, and it can be so tempting to get carried away and start the day with some of the chocolate you’ve been given. But this is the quickest way to feeling sluggish and guilty over the entire weekend. Starting your day with a healthy, filling breakfast like oatmeal, avocado toast, fruit and nuts is perfect for filling you up and giving you plenty of energy for the long holiday weekend.
 
Choose chocolate-covered fruit
Rather than over-indulging in pure chocolate, opt for some chocolate-covered fruit instead. Cut up slices of yummy fruit like apples, bananas, and strawberries, and dip them into some warm, melted chocolate. I recommend dark 70% chocolate which is usually also vegan! This way, you can enjoy the chocolate rush without feeling too guilty afterwards.
 
Swap to dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is well-known for being a much healthier alternative to other styles of chocolate, as above it’s also usually vegan. It’s filled with a range of essential antioxidants that can protect the body against disease-causing free radicals, assist in improving blood sugar levels and blood pressure, boost cognitive function and it tastes great!

Exercise
Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean your exercise routine should be too. Staying active over the long weekend is the best way to maintain motivation and avoid the temptation to sit down and eat up all of the chocolate that you have in your cupboard. As Easter is a great time to see family, get them involved by enjoying a nice, long walk around your neighbourhood, to the park or even taking a drive somewhere more scenic and walking there instead.
 
Control your portions
If you’ve received a large amount of chocolate over Easter, that doesn’t mean you need to eat it all over the Easter weekend. Chocolate lasts in the fridge or cupboard, so aim to portion the amounts that you are eating each day. By eating a small amount and spacing out your portions, you can actually enjoy the taste over time without feeling guilty and full afterwards.
 
Make your own treats
There are plenty of recipes out there for chocolate treats that are healthy, yet sinfully delicious. Making these treats instead  of eating chocolate can ensure you’re staying on the side of good health while still having a happy holiday. Some yummy ideas are: vegan chocolate brownies, cupcakes, carrot cake, dark chocolate dipped popcorn or cacao raw energy balls.
 
Have regular (healthy) snacks
Between all the food that goes around, remember to snack regularly - every 3 to 4 hours. This way, your blood sugar won’t be dipping and diving all over the place, and the steady intake of food will leave you much less liable to going crazy with hunger later on and eating all your Easter chocolate. Some healthy snack options are vegetable sticks with hummus, some cut-up apple with peanut butter on top, a handful of nuts or a nice smoothie with your favourite fruit, greens and coconut water (with a handful of chia seeds tossed in for good measure).

Ask for gifts other than chocolate
Just because it's Easter weekend, doesn't mean you have to have chocolate. Request that your family or friends gift you with alternatives to chocolate; such as a pampering face mask, coffee mug, flowers or anything else that you would like.
 
Stay hydrated
As you run around all weekend attending different family celebrations and Easter egg hunts, it’s important that you stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water has endless benefits, like increasing your energy levels, reducing the risk of mistaking thirst for hunger and preventing headaches, just to name a few.
 
Pamper yourself
And at the end of the holiday, if you still feel like you’ve overindulged and are in need of a little extra TLC, then pamper yourself! There’s no faster way to feeling great then taking some time out to give yourself a facial, do a mani/pedi, have a warm bath, and treat your skin to some added bliss with one of my all-natural, vegan body scrubs - a must-have for an afternoon of relaxation!

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Living Luxe On A Budget: 6 Inexpensive Beauty Tips That Will Make You Feel Priceless

 

It’s lovely to be luxe, but it can be pricey as well. When you have to tighten the purse strings, often your favourite luxury beauty products are the first to go. But don’t be alarmed! I’m all about you looking and feeling good, without it costing an arm and a leg. Here are some of my beauty tips that you can do at home and still feel like you’re living the luxe life!


Fake lashes instead of lash extensions
Lash extensions, as gorgeous as they may be, can really make a dent in your savings. So instead of getting your extensions tended to every few weeks, buy yourself a couple of pairs of false lashes instead. They might be a little bit tricky to apply at first, but they’re generally so much cheaper than extensions, and will look just as beautiful. Fake eyelashes shouldn’t be kept in overnight, so you do have to apply them daily (or whenever you want to make your eyes pop that bit more). This also gives your eyes and lashes a much-needed break every night, which will keep them in gorgeous, healthy condition!

DIY hair dye
Dropping a hundred dollars every few months on hair colour upkeep might seem affordable but the dollars add up. If you’re really looking to save some coin then dying your hair at home can be a great way to do this. While at-home hair dye used to be seen as inferior to salon quality products, nowadays there are plenty of brands on the market that make reliable, safe hair colours that are super easy to apply in your own bathroom. Another great benefit is that a lot of these products now focus on using more natural ingredients, as opposed to the harsh chemicals and toxins you might be used to.

At-home hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is such a beneficial treatment for a huge number of issues like muscle pain, joint stiffness, circulation problems, range of motion issues, immunity problems, and more. It works by using hot and cold water to both soothe and quieten the body, and rejuvenate and stimulate, depending on the particular problems being treated. It’s a common treatment at day spas, but you can do it at home for free every morning! Simply jump into the shower and enjoy a warm, steamy soak under the spray. Then just before you jump out, turn the water to cold and stand under it for 15 seconds (or as long as you can handle!). Switch alternatively between hot and cold water for at least two minutes to make your skin feel revitalised and glowing, and help you feel ready to take on the day.

Get day spa exfoliation on a budget
Day spas are known for their luxurious facials, body scrubs, massages and more. Save some serious dollars by getting the luxe treatment at home for under $25 with my Luxe Edition Body Scrubs. There are four body scrubs in the range that feature premium, skin loving ingredients to get to work on exfoliating and hydrating dry skin. The range includes Pink Himalayan Salt, Mocha Mint, Sea Minerals and sparkling, gemstone infused Moondust.


Hair extensions & wigs
With social media these days, it seems like we’ve seen nearly every possible hair colour and hair styles seem to be forever changing. You can get the look of luscious locks with clip in hair extensions. There are so many colours and variations available that you can change your look within minutes and save on hairdresser fees. Want to try out a new look completely? Why not look at purchasing a wig. Wigs are becoming so sophisticated these days that it’s hard to even tell that someone is wearing one. Go blonde, pixie cut, or even bright blue with the wig options currently on the market and again save yourself from expensive hairdresser visits.

Teeth whitening
More and more people are getting veneers and professional teeth whitening, however the price tag is luxe with a capital L. Professional teeth whitening can cost around $500 for an hour and veneers can be over $2000 per tooth. You can work on your pearly whites and get the luxe look on a budget with at home teeth whitening kits. These kits provide everything you need to perform at home teeth whitening and achieve a whiter smile at a much more affordable cost.
 
Looking luxe doesn’t always have to involve a lot of money and there are plenty of ways to get the luxe look without spending big.
 
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