10 Skin Care Tips To Use Every Day

10 Skin Care Tips To Use Every Day

As you get older, skin care is so important. With just a few simple steps, you can take care of your skin at home every day! Skin care is so important for everyone as they age. I’ve learned that the hard way. Here are 10 skin care tips you can use every day!

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Here are 10 expert skin care tips:

Get plenty of rest.

If you’ve ever heard that rest can replenish your skin, it’s true! When you are overly tired, those wrinkles and lack of sleep lines will make their appearance. Losing sleep consistently can result in those wrinkles’ lines never going away! 

Eat healthy food.

Putting junk in your body will cause those funky toxins to come out of your pores—the cleaner foods you eat, the cleaner and clear your skin will be.

Girl, wash your face.

Washing your face is a huge part of taking care of your skin. Make sure that you develop a healthy skincare routine, so you can rest assured knowing that you are cleaning your skin without putting any harsh chemicals on it. I love washing my face with Tula Skin Care products!

Apply sunscreen when outdoors.

The feeling of the sun on our skin is simply amazing, but just like anything in life, too much of a good thing can turn into something not so good. If you plan on being outdoors quite a bit, make sure that you apply natural and safe sunscreen to keep your skin safe and unburnt. Not only does this sunscreen help protect from those rays, but it’s also gentle for your skin as well.

Drink a ton of water.

Staying hydrated is critical in keeping your skin healthy and happy. If you’ve ever been told that you’ve got a good “glow” about you, you can thank your water intake for that! Lay off the excess caffeine and say hello to the H2O.

Exfoliate your skin to give it a fresh look.

So many of us are guilty of not correctly exfoliating our skin that it’s not something that is commonly done. Scrub away that dry and old skin to let the new skin shine through. After a couple of exfoliations, you’ll be amazed at just how “fresh” your skin will look!

Don’t let stress bog you down.

Stress causes so many adverse reactions to your body, and affecting your skin is one of them! Processing stress can be a challenge, but try to find a way to alleviate your stress, so it doesn’t affect you or your skin. 

Say goodbye to alcohol, sweets, and smoking.

While you maybe don’t do all three of those items, all three do affect the look and feel of your skin. Alcohol can give your skin a unique color and bloat, and sweets and smoking can also cause physical changes. Think twice about putting those chemicals into your body!

Create an overnight skin care regimen.

Did you know it’s possible to take care of your skin, even while sleeping? This restorative cream can help tighten and take away wrinkles, which is why you are getting your beauty rest. 

Remember always to use products that are natural and good for your skin. Too many harsh chemicals on your skin can result in an adverse effect that won’t be a pleasant experience. Invest your time and money into companies that produce great products that are natural and easy on your body.

Skin care is an important job!

Don’t allow the outside influences of the world to cause an adverse reaction to your skin looks. Instead, try these suggested tips above and see if they help you and your skin.

After a few minor changes, you may find that you and your skin look several years younger and healthier! 

Here are some of my skin care favorites:

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How To Create The Best Sleep Environment

How To Create The Best Sleep Environment

Every night, you should have a routine before you go to sleep. And creating a sleep environment that keeps you comfortable is almost just as important.

Ultimately, your sleeping environment should work for you and include things that will help you sleep soundly. This also includes whenever and wherever you’re traveling.

I wanted to share my experience in creating a sleep environment that works. Even though this is what worked for me, things will be different for you. I just wanted to give you some information to consider if you’re trying to find different ways to sleep better.

Sleep Environment

4 Easy Tips For Creating The Best Sleeping Environment:

Choose The Best Mattress For Your Body

Before moving into my new apartment, I had a 13-year-old mattress that was not working for my body. It was saggy on the side I slept on and didn’t give my back the support it needed. 

When I went mattress shopping, I was somewhat focused on the budget. Still, I mainly wanted a mattress that wouldn’t make too much noise. I decided on a memory foam mattress, and I have been so happy since!

Sleeping well is one of the best things you can do for your health, so be sure you know what you want in a mattress. Test several of them out before deciding. Don’t choose one because it’s cheaper than the others.

Understand How You Sleep

As a side and stomach sleeper, I needed something to conform to my body while I slept. And I didn’t want to wake my husband up from tossing and turning every night. So, I knew that something like a memory foam mattress would be the best for us.

I also need to sleep with a slightly firmer pillow for my neck and shoulders. Since I have had neck and shoulder issues and migraines, I have tried out my fair share of pillows. Typically I sleep with 2-3 pillows, but that will be different for everyone. I know people with at least ten pillows on their bed, which works for them. (girl, you do you.)

If you sleep in the same bed with a partner, make sure you consider their sleeping habits so you both can be comfortable.

Control The Temperature Where You Sleep

Know what temperature you need the room to be while you sleep. This is another area where everyone’s preference will be different, and that’s okay.

I may be crazy, but I even sleep with a fan running in the middle of winter. Having air on my face helps my body stay cool since I tend to run a little hot when I sleep. It helps me regulate my body temperature while still being comfortable.

Know What You Need When You Travel

When I travel, I have a few things I bring with me. I always bring a travel pillow, a mini fan, and several different types of pajama bottoms. I want to have different options to utilize if needed to make my stay more comfortable. Disclaimer: I also stay in good hotels with great beds and pillows. 

If you’re backpacking, chances are you’re trying to save money, so hostels are usually your ideal place to stay. And I have friends who swear by them. However, you don’t know what kind of mattresses you will be sleeping on until you get there. This would honestly concern me because I typically stay in hotels.

If you’re traveling the country with an RV, Camper, or Trailer, things can be tailored to your needs. For example, there are mattresses that you can buy, like the short queen size RV mattress, which can fit anywhere without sacrificing comfort. Also, having your own RV, Camper, or Trailer means that you’re in charge of what you put there! It’s a great way to travel on the cheap, too!

How do you create the best sleeping environment for yourself? Do you have any tips that you swear by? Comment below and let me know!

8 Art Therapy Ideas For Anxiety

8 Art Therapy Ideas For Anxiety

Did you know that getting artsy is a fun and beneficial way to reduce anxiety and stress symptoms?

According to Healthline.com, “Art therapy refers to any use of art for a therapeutic purpose, including relief from anxiety and stress. The theory behind art therapy suggests drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpting can help you tune into and express painful or difficult feelings you have trouble putting into words.”

This blog post does not constitute medical advice. Please see your medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Creative expression has always been beneficial to humans, but art therapy is more helpful than most realize. It’s a studied and proven treatment that has been known to help hundreds of thousands of patients from all races, backgrounds, and ages soothe their symptoms.

I am a fan of art therapy in any format because it helps me, even though I use an app on my iPad. I always try to color if I’m stressed out, so I know this brings down my stress levels on a personal level. Since I do suffer from anxiety myself, I believe that sharing this information is important and it helps you regain your focus from whatever is going on at the moment.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy Ideas For Anxiety:

Draw Inside a Heart

Draw a heart on paper and fill the outline up with the emotions you’re feeling right now. You can color this in with pens, pencils, markers, crayons… you name it. Write words that you’re feeling and that you want to feel. It’s also a fun way to journal without actually writing in a notebook.

Paint Your Stress Away

Pick the colors that you associate with anxiety and paint away. It can be as simple as brush strokes or splattering the colors all over the canvas. This can be very therapeutic because you’re channeling energy from whatever is going on in your head and putting it onto a canvas. Be super creative with it and don’t think.

Put Together An Art or Creative Journal

I talk a lot about the fantastic effects journaling can have on our mental health on pretty much all of my posts, so it naturally had to make it to the list. If writing isn’t your jam, or you want to turn your journaling session into art therapy, you can also get creative and make an art journal to visually express your emotions (think collages, drawings, line art, etc.).

Create a Collage of Your Safe Place

Take a trip down memory lane and remember the times when you felt safe and happy. Then, go through old magazines, cut out images representing those memories and places, and create a collage of your safe place. You can also do this online if you’re familiar with creative apps.

Take Photographs of Things You Love or Find Beautiful

Going out to get fresh air is a beautiful thing for your mental health. This time, though, you’ll bring your camera along to take pictures of the things that you find beautiful (a tree, a butterfly, a leaf on the ground – whatever you pick!). Then, put together a collage of those photos or print them out and hang them on the wall to remind yourself of the beautiful things in your life.

Paint To Calming Music

Get a paintbrush and paint whatever you feel like to calming music. You can create your playlist, but you can also find beautiful collections of soothing music on Spotify.

Paint a Beautiful Landscape

It’s no secret that spending time in nature can be a wonderful thing to do for our mental health. Imagine your favorite place to be in (be it the beach, a cottage in the mountains, or a sunflower field), and trace it on a Canvas. While painting, you can imagine that every object you paint represents something more significant. For example, if you’re painting a cottage in the mountains, the mountain can represent happy times, and a cottage can be your safe place.

Let Your Anxiety or Stress Express Itself

Grab a plain piece of paper and your favorite drawing or painting utensils. Close your eyes and notice how anxiety feels in your body and where. Open your eyes and start drawing a continuous fiddle without lifting the utensil from the paper. Stop when it feels proper to after you’re done, free-write about the process for 5-10 minutes and what you felt while drawing your anxiety.

And that’s a list of some of my favorite art therapy activities. Remember that it’s vital to combine art therapy with psychotherapy for the best results. A professional can not only make your journey to healing anxiety a lot smoother, but they can also guide you to help you make the most out of your art therapy sessions in a way that works best for YOU.

Have you ever given art therapy a go? What are other art therapy ideas that have helped you soothe anxiety? I’d love to know, so feel free to share them in the comment section below!

An important note on Art Therapy

Art therapy is not a substitute for any therapy. Instead, it’s sometimes recommended to treat anxiety as part of a larger plan. If you suffer from anxiety, I encourage you to seek a therapist combined with your art therapy of choice.

Not only will a professional make your journey towards healing anxiety easier, but they can also guide and advise you on how to make art therapy work best for your symptoms.

This blog post does not constitute medical advice. Please see your medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

How to Practice Self Reiki At Home

How to Practice Self Reiki At Home

If you have ever stumbled across a spiritual community, you may have heard about Reiki and self Reiki. This energy healing therapy is used to provide improved physical and mental wellbeing and it’s been so helpful in my everyday life.

While on my growth journey, I wanted to become certified in the practice of Reiki and went through two certification programs in October 2016 and April 2017 respectively. These certifications helped me find ways to cope with my anxiety and teach me how to calm myself down with just a few hand positions.

The process of Reiki involves meditation, hands-on healing, mindfulness, and the use of mantras and symbols. While you can visit a Reiki master, there are some ways to practice self Reiki right at home!

I’m going to explain how to practice self Reiki at home so that you can enjoy its transformational process without leaving your house.

How to Practice Self Reiki At Home

Find your Posture

You’ll want to find your best posture. This should be a position that makes you feel centered, comfortable and balanced. Some people like to sit cross-legged on the floor with their hips above their knees when practicing Reiki at home. You’ll want a posture that is restful but allows you to engage.

Show up With Compassion

Honor your intentions in your everyday life. Many situations occur in your daily life that could cause intense emotions. Always show up with compassion and stay true to your intentions to be mindful and peaceful whenever an emotionally weighted situation happens.

self reiki

Practice Meditation

Meditation looks different for every person, but it’s a vital component of practicing Reiki. Pay attention to what’s happening inside your body, especially any tension and aches within your muscles. Continue breathing and slowly unclench the shoulders, relax your jaw, and be one with your inner being until you feel completely relaxed.

Know the Hand Positions

The Cleveland Clinic has a great article on Reiki Self Treatment and gives you ample instructions on what each hand position is and how to do it. The hand positions are very important as they are targeted areas on which you should be focusing throughout your self-reiki session.

Repeat Reiki Mantras

As I stated earlier, mantras and symbols are a significant part of Reiki, and these principles can help you approach life better (even when you’re not practicing Reiki).

You’ll want to repeat the mantras that resonate the best with your inner being during mediation or any time life gets a little overwhelming.

Here are the five Reiki mantras:

  • Today only
  • Do not anger
  • Do not worry
  • Be grateful
  • Show compassion to yourself and others

Call Upon Your Guides

This is an optional step during the self Reiki process, but if you have spiritual guides, then put your hands together and call upon them to help you during this time. Welcome their guidance and their energetic blessings. You can thank them for showing you love and light.

Again, this is an optional part of self Reiki at home for those with a spiritual guide.

Self reiki

Give Thanks

Lastly, be sure to give thanks to yourself and your guides for practicing self Reiki at home. Be thankful to yourself for having put forth the time to practice Reiki so that you can bring forth your best self with anything you attempt in life. Reiki will help you become more aware of your inner needs and desires to live a fulfilling life.  

These are just some of the steps for maximum peace, mindfulness, and relaxation in life. Reiki will help transform your mind and body so that you’re better able to take on anything with a compassionate and calm state of mind.

If you want to learn more about Reiki, Parita Shah has a great article on how she practices Self-Healing regularly.

Tips To Create The Best Self Care Checklist

Tips To Create The Best Self Care Checklist

When you feel great mentally and physically, it’s easy to handle the stressors of everyday life. When you start to feel depleted, exhausted, and overwhelmed, that’s when it gets complicated. It’s time to create a self-care checklist that helps you stay on track every day.

This self-care checklist will ensure you’re continuously operating at your best self so that you can handle stressors of everyday life without a breakdown. Self-care is something that must be practiced every day. This must be part of your daily schedule to be mentally and physically well.

Since self-care doesn’t look the same for every person, these tips will help you learn how to craft a self-care routine that allows you to fill your cup every day. You’ll feel more confident, happier, and healthier when you use my tips to develop a daily regime geared towards your individual needs.

Tips To Create The Best Self Care Checklist

What Approach Will Work For You?

You can read all of the self-care tips and options out there but what truly matters is what approach will work for you. What types of activities help you relax? Make a list of everything you think of when you put yourself in a relaxed state of mind. These activities are something that helps your mind naturally pause and relax to the point that nothing in the external world is impacting this moment.

Will Money Be Needed for Self Care?

Another factor to consider when creating the best self-care checklist is financial needs. If heading to the gym is part of your regimen, you’ll need to make sure you’re able to budget for this expense. Your list should never create hardships or stress in other areas of life. Please make a list of things you need to do for self-care that can easily be implemented into your life financially so you’re able to budget for them.

Self care checklist

How Much Time Do I Have For Self Care?

Another part of creating the best self-care checklist is determining how much time you can safely devote to self-care every day. You may have shorter practices such as meditation or yoga during the week, but include more prolonged activities to charge your batteries during the weekends fully. Consider the time involved in each item to ensure you’re able to commit to this list.

What’s Worked in the Past?

Lastly, you’ll want to review your previous attempts at a self-care checklist. Make notes of activities or routines that worked in the past. Chances are, if a routine or habit worked before, it could work again! Self-care will serve its purpose to relax your mind and body only if you mold the list into something that works for you.

Keep This in Mind When Creating your Self Care Checklist

 We live in a society where being busy is the new status quo but being ‘busy’ isn’t the same as being productive. That’s why I wanted to shed some light on how easy it is to create the best self-care checklist today. Take a moment and evaluate what you need, what you can do, and what you’ll stick to for new intentional habits with self-care and then? Add these activities into your daily schedule.

How To Say Yes To Yourself Every Day

How To Say Yes To Yourself Every Day

Feeling comfortable enough to make yourself a priority isn’t easy. This change in attitude from focusing on others to concentrating on yourself is a difficult transition, but it’s entirely possible if you put in the work. Today I’m going to show you some ways you can start saying yes to yourself every day.

These ideas will help you feel more confident, fulfilled and enjoy a more carefree lifestyle. Well, that’s how I hope you’ll feel after you read this! Also, here are some tips to intentionally start living a happier life.

Why Are You Afraid Of Saying Yes?

You’ll want to determine the root cause of your inability to say yes. It could stem from a people-pleasing attitude or just that you think saying no is a negative thing. Let me tell you what, my friends, saying yes to yourself is a positive choice!

Make some journal entries that help you get to the bottom of the reasons why you’re afraid to say yes to yourself. Once you explain this, you can start working towards putting yourself first regardless of what life throws at you!

Ways to Say Yes to Yourself Every Day

Practice Saying No

Make a list of things or people you will start saying no to. This is going to be a firm, unapologetic NO to that person or task that you’d typically say YES to. You want to practice saying no so that you’re better able to say YES to yourself.

The list you make will help you stay focused on saying no to things or people that you’ve included on this list. Keep the list near you at all times until you’re completely confident with setting healthy boundaries with others.

say yes to yourself

Schedule Self Care Time

I don’t mean scheduling a nightly bath or curling up to read a book each night. I am talking about scheduling time for yourself every single day. This must be a part of your daily routine to start saying yes to yourself every day.

Make it a priority that you have thirty minutes every day to partake in an activity that makes you happy or some other downtime activity like meditation so that you always keep your energy full. The best way to say yes to yourself every day is to schedule time for those yes moments!

say yes to yourself

Be Clear With Priorities

Much like scheduling self-care time and practicing saying no, you’re going to have to be clear with your priorities. This means taking some time to determine what your daily, weekly, and monthly goals are. Where do you see yourself fin a few weeks, months, or years?

You’ll want to know your priorities and be very confident about them before you can start consistently saying yes to yourself every day. Make sure your closest friends and family know where you stand, so they don’t feel offended, somewhat impressed by your mission to make yourself a priority!

These are just some of my best tips to help you say yes to yourself every day! I hope that this article has inspired you to start setting clear priorities in your life and get you feeling confident about prioritizing yourself!