How To Use Affirmations For Better Sleep

How To Use Affirmations For Better Sleep

One of the best ways to experience a deep, peaceful sleep is to use night affirmations. These types of affirmations are a fabulous way to help your mind slowly drift into a deep state of slumber. 

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What Are Night Affirmations? 

I love to explain affirmations as self-talk for self-love. These are words and phrases that will slowly help you think more positively about life and feel more confident about everything you’re doing. Most affirmations encourage your subconscious to transform your thought patterns, too.

While there are various options for affirmations, I love to use videos, meditations, or just practice saying them over and over again before I fall asleep.

How do you fall asleep with positive thoughts?

For many, the struggle to get a good night’s sleep is more about controlling their thoughts before bed. If you’re looking for a way to fall asleep with positive thoughts, then night affirmations for sleep will be your best option.

You can use these affirmations to have a peaceful meditation session before bed every night to ease your thoughts towards a relaxing mindset. They will provide you with the most positive thoughts ever so that you’re able to rest easier and deeper for maximum rejuvenation.

Do affirmations work while sleeping?

Affirmations most certainly work while sleeping by helping your subconscious mind relax and reconfigure itself for a deeper sleep. The key is to use these immediately before you lay in your bed at night.

The Best Affirmations for Sleep

Below are a few of the best affirmations that I use. Write them down and keep them close to your bed so that you can start the healthy habit of saying these to yourself every night before bed.

  • I am grateful for my body, my body is relaxed. I look forward to tomorrow.
  • My dreams are a place for positivity and hope only. I believe in myself.
  • I worked hard today, and deserve to rest. There is nothing more I can do tonight.
  • I forgive others that made mistakes today. We are all human.
  • I am open and willing to attract all that I desire, beginning here and now.
  • I am enough. I did enough. I can let go.
  • I am thankful for this day, grateful for this bed, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
  • I can accomplish any task I set my mind to, with comfort and ease.
  • My essential nature is perfect and faultless. It is to this nature that I return.
  • I breathe deeply and slowly.
  • The right circumstances and the right people are already here and will show up on time.
  • I release anything that didn’t go well today.

Putting positive thoughts and energy into your subconscious before bed will help train your mind to be more positive during your daily life. These affirmations for sleep shared above are the perfect options to get a good night’s sleep while training your mind to think more positively every day.

4 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

4 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but they can be very stressful. Instead of rushing to get gifts, decorate, bake, visit family, and do everything that the holiday season entails, use these tips to reduce stress during the holidays.

4 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Holidays


Your to-do list seems to grow every day from the middle of October to the beginning of January.  Instead of trying to do everything, decide what’s important to you and your family.

Have a discussion with your family, which can include your spouse, children, and extended family.  Express that you feel overwhelmed and want to reduce your stress this year so you can all focus on enjoying the holidays instead of rushing around.

Then decide which holiday traditions and events are significant to your family, and don’t do the rest. Even if it’s been a family tradition for years, if no one truly enjoys it, then it no longer serves its purpose.

Don’t be afraid to get rid of old traditions and replace them with new ones that are less stressful and more fun for everyone!

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Know When to Say No

You’ll be invited to several holiday parties, each one needing a dish, a fancy outfit, and possibly even a gift.  While it’s nice to see your friends and acquaintances during the holidays, it’s also okay to say no.  Decide which engagements are essential to you and decline the rest.

On the same note, don’t be afraid to tell your child’s room mom or coach that you can not commit to providing snacks or a craft for a party. If you still want to contribute, consider buying a premade snack so you can save time baking something.

Take Care of Yourself

It’s important to practice self-care all the time, but it should be a priority during the holidays. It’s a busy time, but don’t feel guilty about stopping by the gym on your regular schedule.

If you don’t already use the gym, consider taking a walk or exercising in another way. Not only will you boost your health, but you’ll get some valuable alone time to think and reduce everyday stress.

Likewise, it’s essential to continue to eat reasonably healthy every day. The trays of delicious appetizers will be tempting you, and the drink table will no doubt be filled with high-calorie drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic.  

It’s okay to enjoy some holiday treats, but try not to overdo it, especially if you’re eating as a side effect of anxiety. Eating unhealthy and drinking too much can make you feel tired and sluggish. Instead, limit your treats and choose them wisely (eat your favorites, only!)

Donate or Give

The holidays are an excellent opportunity to help those that are less fortunate. Consider starting a new tradition in your family to sponsor a child or family in need. You’ll spend quality time together choosing a gift, wrapping it, and delivering it.

If you can’t donate gifts, consider donating your time (just as long as the activity won’t add to your stress levels). You can shop for an elderly neighbor, clean a neighbor’s yard or house, or donate at a food bank.

You’ll feel better knowing that you helped someone, and feeling good about yourself can be a great stress reliever.

The holidays should be a fun time with friends and family. Use these tips to reduce stress during the holidays so you can enjoy yourself while still experiencing the magic of the season!

3 Tips To Manage Seasonal Changes

3 Tips To Manage Seasonal Changes

While many of you want to avoid the changing of the seasons, it’s something that you can’t ignore. Going from the warmth of summer to the cold of winter is a drastic shift, and some of us feel it more than others.

The changing of the seasons happens everywhere and to everyone. So, I’m here to tell you that there are easy ways to deal with it this year.

This post will give you some insight into how to deal with the changing of the seasons. Weather changes can affect your mood and emotions, making you feel down or depressed. While it’s perfectly normal to feel a little off during this time, always be sure to speak with your doctor regularly about how you are feeling.

But these feelings don’t have to control your life. You can do something about it with a bit of planning and effort.

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This post does not constitute medical advice. Please be sure to consult a medical professional to get a proper diagnosis.

Here’s how you can manage the changing of the season:

Instead of avoiding the changing seasons during fall and winter, you can use them as an opportunity to look at your life and make meaningful changes. Below are some examples and ideas to get started. 

Focus on Reflection & Self Improvement

One way to deal with the colder weather is to focus on reflection in your life. When it’s cold, you can sit in a cozy place in your home reading books or listening to audio programs that give you excellent knowledge and insight about yourself and others. 

You may want to think deeply about what is important to you or what you want to create in your life. 

Write about what is important to you and what changes you like to make in your life. You can also write down ideas on how to improve yourself or plan for the upcoming year.  Here are some journaling prompts for you to use all year round.

Create a Vision Board

As the weather gets colder and the leaves change color, this is a great time to help you transition from the spring and summer seasons. You can create a vision board of your goals for the upcoming year or have it remind you how you want to feel each day.

You can print out photos, words, ideas that inspire you and put them up in a place where you’ll see them every day. You can also create a vision board by collaging a posterboard with words and images that inspire you.

When you see your vision board every day, it will help you motivate yourself to live the life you want during the upcoming year.

Get Some Exercise

Even though fall is a busy time of year for most people, as the weather gets colder, it’s also the perfect time to take care of yourself. 

As you spend more time indoors and bundling up in layers this season, this is a good time for self-care and exercise. After all, we can’t forget that we are still animals who need physical activity and daylight. Being active outdoors during the fall and winter seasons can help make you feel better. 

Even though it may be cold, get outside for a brisk walk or do some exercises at home before starting your day. This will give you the energy to face the day head-on instead of feeling sluggish and lazy.

As you can see, there are many ways you can deal with the changing of the season. I hope that my list of ideas will get you heading in the right direction to live better, feel better, and survive these colder days of fall and winter. 

“Fall is just another New Year, a time for reflection, assessment of your goals and dreams. Just as you were born anew this last Spring into a new life cycle, fall is the season where you build upon the foundation created in spring.” – Edo Poptata 

Want to read more about navigating seasonal change? 4 Ways Seasonal Changes Affects Our Perceptions Of Life by Camille Parker is a great read!

Healthy DIY Bath and Skincare Products

Healthy DIY Bath and Skincare Products

Let’s face it… healthy skincare products can be expensive. Instead of spending all of that money on commercial skincare, why not try to create some healthy DIY bath and skincare products at home?

DIY bath and skincare products are great because you can control what goes into the recipes, you can choose your favorite fragrances if you use them, and it can, of course, save you money.

This list of healthy DIY bath and skincare products to make at home includes everything from facial toner to sugar scrubs and bath bombs, all of which are perfect for a spa day at home.

DIY Bath and Skincare Products

Healthy DIY Bath and Skincare Products To Make At Home

Halos Honey Sugar Scrub

An easy citrus sugar scrub that only contains a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. The soap is made from honey, Halos, sugar, and coconut oil combined to create a healthy DIY sugar scrub.

Natural Facial Toner

With just a few natural ingredients and some essential oils, this facial toner is easy to make and less expensive than purchasing those fancy store-bought toners.

Lotion Bars with Essential Oils

This is a versatile recipe for lotion bars that you can take with you anywhere or store easily at home. Essential oils are used to create your favorite fragrance.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Soap

With all of the items found at your local craft store, this easy homemade sugar scrub soap makes the perfect DIY soap recipe.

Gingerbread Bath Salt

Perfect for giving as a holiday gift or using yourself, this affordable gingerbread bath salt recipe can be customized to include your favorite fragrance if you’re not hip on the scent of gingerbread.

Lime and Mint Sugar Scrub

A lime and mint fragranced sugar scrub that will help you achieve softer skin. It’s also an easy-to-make recipe that only takes a few ingredients.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

An easy and more affordable way to enjoy your favorite peppermint fragranced sugar scrub! This scrub will leave your skin feeling silky smooth!

DIY Bath Bombs with Shea Butter

Soothing, relaxing, and fun! This shea butter bath bomb recipe makes a fun and fizzy bath bomb that’s both luxurious and good for your skin.

Ultimate Skin Scrub

This DIY skin scrub is made with Frankincense essential oil to help nourish your skin and calm any soothing tension and worries.

Coffee Body Scrub

The caffeine found in coffee typically helps increase your blood flow and helps with skin toning, which is why this coffee body scrub is a must-try.

DIY Watermelon Scrub

Perfect for summer, this DIY watermelon scrub helps fight age spots and wrinkles. Plus, watermelon is loaded with Vitamin A and can help minimize the oil in your skin.

DIY Bath Bombs

These DIY bath bombs are made with just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand. It’s an easy recipe with no special ingredients that you are sure to love!

Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Perfect for spring, these Easter egg bath bombs are shaped like cute and colorful eggs. This is another recipe that uses ingredients found in your pantry!

Homemade Foaming Soap

A kid-friendly, safe germ destroyer! This homemade foaming soap contains essential oils and other healthy ingredients to help you stay clean.

All-Natural Bath Bombs

Super simple to put together, these all-natural bath bombs are great for throwing in the tub while it fizzes and helps your skin.

Rosebud Salve

A copycat recipe of Dr. Smith’s Rosebud Salve creates a more natural salve that is safe and highly effective.

Rose Cleansing Bomb

Smooth and silky, this rose cleansing bomb will make your skin feel clean while calming your emotions.

DIY Rose Bath Salt

A DIY rose bath salt that’s made with essential oils. It’s easy to whip up, and you can store it in an airtight glass jar for safekeeping.

Lavender Vanilla Lip Scrub

This scrub contains the relaxing scent of lavender and the sweet aroma of vanilla to create a wonderfully scented vanilla lip scrub that is perfect for pampering yourself!

Mickey Mouse Bath Bombs

Disney fans will love these cute little Mickey Mouse bath bombs! They are perfect for tossing in the tub and enjoying a nice warm relaxing bath.

Orange Bath Salts

These orange bath salts will give you a nice relaxing, citrus fragranced bath to help relax and carry the stress from the day away.

Hemp Body Butter Recipe

This hemp body butter recipe combines oil and butter to help soothe the skin and leave your skin soft and smooth.

Pumpkin Spice & Apple Pie Bath Salts

Simple and cute, these fall fragranced DIY pumpkin spice and apple pie bath salts are perfect for the fall season! Please put them in some cute packaging, and you have a great holiday gift!

DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

This cinnamon sugar scrub is put together with a few simple pantry items and creates a deliciously scented scrub you’ll love!

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

A DIY peppermint sugar scrub that also makes the perfect pampering gift to give friends and family.

DIY Dead Sea Minerals & Lavender Shower Gel

This healthy Dead Sea minerals and lavender shower gel will leave your skin feeling soft and help moisturize due to its rich and natural ingredients.

3 Ingredient Lotion Bars

A super easy recipe for DIY lotion bars, this recipe only contains 3 all-natural ingredients! These simple lotion bars will leave your skin feeling healthy and soft.

DIY Perfume

Blended with essential oils, this DIY perfume is made with non-toxic ingredients and is created to help with stress relief.

Stress Reducing Bath Bombs

We can all use a little stress relief at times, and that is exactly what these stress-reducing bath bombs will help you do! Created to help reduce stress and anxiety, these bath bombs will help you feel recharged and ready to take on the day.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

This lemon sugar scrub helps rejuvenate and renew your skin. Fresh lemons and natural ingredients are used to help create this sugar scrub recipe.

Aloe Vera Face Moisturizer

There are many benefits to aloe vera, and this aloe vera face moisturizer will help save you money and moisturize your skin naturally while giving your skin an extra boost.

Aloe Vera Body Wash

Just like the face moisturizer above, this body wash is created with aloe vera to help moisturize. This recipe is for a DIY aloe vera body wash that will help leave you refreshed and healthy.

Homemade Body Butter

A luxurious homemade body butter that helps hydrate dry skin. Made with only 3 ingredients, this DIY body butter recipe is the ultimate treatment.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

A simple and easy lemon fragranced sugar scrub that will help leave your skin fresh and glowing!

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

The ultimate recipe for soft, smooth skin, this vanilla and brown sugar scrub is the perfect way to nourish your body and give it a boost.

Whipped Lavender Body Butter

This whipped body butter recipe contains the relaxing scent of lavender to help wash away the day’s stress.

DIY Lavender Milk Bath

This easy DIY lavender milk bath is made from just a few ingredients and is perfect for a long hot bath to help relax and keep your skin healthy.

Activated Charcoal Scrub

The great thing about activated charcoal is that it is oxidized to make the charcoal pure and beneficial to the skin, making this activated charcoal scrub perfect for deep cleaning.

Skin Brightening Sugar Scrub

This skin-brightening sugar scrub is fine textured and great for both the body and the face. The lemon in the scrub will help make your skin bright and fresh.

Homemade Tallow Moisturizer

This homemade tallow moisturizer is made with tallow, which contains many healthy vitamins for your skin and helps promote skin health.

Pine Bath Salts

Just like tallow, there are a lot of benefits to pine. These pine bath salts are good for lifting your mood, relieving pain, and soothing nerves.

Lavender Soap Balls

This homemade lavender soap balls recipe is more of an advanced recipe, but this soap will soothe you after a long stressful day.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

This lemon sugar scrub is perfect for yourself or gift-giving. Because of the lemon, it’s a fresh-smelling scrub that will help refresh your skin.

DIY Coffee Bath Scrub

A rejuvenating scrub that is sure to give you a boost, this homemade coffee scrub includes coconut oil to moisturize your skin.

Pumpkin Spice Goat Milk

This pumpkin spice goat milk will give you the seasonal autumn scent and give your skin a healthy, nourishing boost.

DIY Whipped Sugar Scrub

With this whipped sugar scrub, you can have all the benefits of a luxurious bath without the costly price tag!

DIY Tropical Pina Colada Bath Salts

Let the paradise of the tropics come to you and melt away all of your stress and tension with this tropical pina colada bath salt recipe.

Whipped Lavender Lotion

Using shea butter, this whipped lavender lotion will help relax and moisturize you. The coconut oil added to the lotion will also naturally protect your skin from the sun.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

A straightforward peppermint sugar scrub that can be made in less than 10 minutes and with only three ingredients.

DIY Brown Sugar Scrub

This sweet-smelling brown sugar scrub will make your skin smooth and moisturized, another easy-to-make scrub that only takes three ingredients.

DIY Whipped Body Butter

With this whipped body butter, a little goes a long way as it moisturizes your skin much better than lotion would!

Headache Bath Bombs

These bath bombs naturally offer headache relief. Made with soothing lavender and essential oils; it’s an easy headache bath bomb recipe that can be made.

Peppermint Bath Salts

An easy homemade peppermint bath salt recipe that you can use for yourself or as a gift for friends and family.

Matcha Honey Facial Scrub

This matcha honey facial scrub is a gentle facial scrub made with three all-natural ingredients and has a ton of benefits for your skin.

Tattoo Balm

An all-natural tattoo balm recipe that is infused with soothing calendula to help soothe a partially healed tattoo.

Pressed Flower Bath Melts

Another great all-natural DIY recipe, these pressed flower bath melts are flower-scented and are made for moisturizing.

Simple Bar Soap

A simple recipe for a soap bar, this DIY is perfect for those just getting started with soap making.

Coconut Body Butter

Shea butter and coconut are combined to create a super moisturizing body butter that you are sure to love.

Honey Cinnamon Lip Balm

An easy recipe for a healthy alternative to the store-bought lip balms, this honey cinnamon balm is easy to whip up.

Whipped Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

This moisturizing whipped coconut oil scrub is easy to make and doesn’t take a lot of time to put together. It will also leave your skin smelling and feeling wonderful!

Make It Yourself Soap

An easy step-by-step guide to creating your own soap, incorporating essentials oils and exfoliants.

DIY Rose Water

Rosewater not only has a pleasant scent, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can be incorporated into your regular skincare and help soothe your body. Learn how to make your own with this DIY rose water recipe.

Lavender Bath Bombs

These lavender bath bombs can be easily made and then placed into your bath water to help give you a relaxing and soothing bath.

DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub

A great way to keep your lips soft, this peppermint vanilla lip scrub not only works amazing but smells delicious.

Homemade Mocha Lip Scrub

This mocha lip scrub can help keep your lips hydrated and moisturized to avoid chapped lips.

What are some other DIY bath and skincare products you love to make?

Why You Should Have A Self-Care Journal

Why You Should Have A Self-Care Journal

We all used some sort of journal when we were younger. It was a great outlet where we could document our feelings and daily life. But, as an adult, having a self-care journal can be very beneficial.

I believe that journaling is a simple way to help you on your personal growth journey and I hope that I inspire you to grab a journal to get you writing every week. It will help you live a more carefree and balanced lifestyle.

Also, I do need to mention that Promptly Journals was gracious enough to reach out to me and offer to send me a free Self-Love Journal in exchange for promotion on the blog. And, I couldn’t be happier to share it with you.

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If you’re looking to start somewhere, this Self-Love Journal by Promptly Journals is a great option!

Promptly Journals has beautifully designed, detailed journals with questions and prompts about self-love and self-care to get you thinking about where you’re really at every single day.

Spending just a few minutes with this journal every day or every week will revive you and will lead you to find more confidence in yourself, your relationships, and the way you live your life. 

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Encourages a Social Media Pause

Many studies have shown that people go onto Facebook to scroll and leave feeling sad. We’re all guilty of it too, which is the worst part. To combat that, writing things down will get you off your phone. It will also be an alternative option for your attention so you can actually detox from social media. This process can help you see how you truly feel about yourself and your life.

Having an outlet that’s not determined by what other people think or feel helps you get in tune with the real person you are. This pause from social media to write about your thoughts will help you reflect and get back in touch with yourself.

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Lends Perception

As you write in your self-care journal, you’ll start to have a new perspective about your life. You will no longer feel left out or not enough, as you may feel when you see all of the pictures on social media. The self-care journal will guide you towards writing your feelings and thoughts out while getting you out of your head.

Learning how to change your perspective (aka change your mind about how you feel and view your life) goes a long way in improving your confidence and overall happiness in life.

Releases Emotions

Sometimes, we have feelings that we need to get out of but don’t want to vent them to another person.

Having a self-care journal allows you to get your emotions out and release them without harming others. Our emotions are tricky and no matter how much of a carefree life we live, sometimes things can upset us and that’s totally normal.

This self-care journal will help you release emotions that you don’t necessarily want or need to share with your friends or family. It’s a perfect outlet for those sensitive topics, but remember to contact a medical professional for help and guidance if you need to talk things out further.

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Encourages Self Acceptance

One of the best ways to live a more carefree life and be confident is to become self-aware and more accepting of who you are. A self-care journal lets you release all of your thoughts and emotions in a safe place to help you do just that.

This means that it can also help you come to terms with the real person you are without external judgment as you work to be confident with the person you are meant to be.

There are many self-care journal options for people looking to increase confidence, self-love, and self-awareness. The key is to find one that resonates with you and helps guide you forward in your self-care journey!

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5 Intentional Habits For A Happier Life

5 Intentional Habits For A Happier Life

Building a life that you love is as simple as living life intentionally. Start implementing these habits into your daily life today!

Not only will adding some intentional habits to your life help you build a life that you love, but it will also encourage you to spend time wisely. I’m not going to lie to you and say that adding intentional habits to your life is going to be easy. This process will take time and you’ll need to be forgiving of yourself during the process.

Once you start to implement some of the intentional habits I’m featuring below, you’ll see that each habit can become a natural part of your daily life. If you want to start by identifying certain intentions prior to setting those habits, click here.

The commitment to build a life you love by practicing self-awareness and implementing intentional habits will make you feel more fulfilled, happier, and stable during the most chaotic moments of life.

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Here are a few of my favorite intentional habits:

Stay Away from Screens

Commit to shut off all screens such as your smartphone and television at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Consider reading a book or taking a warm bath to detox from the constant bombardment of news, social updates, and other screen-time activities. This will help slow your mind down, reduce overthinking, and allow you to drift into a deep state of sleep easier.

Cook from Scratch

Start practicing meal planning by following meal prep professionals online. Find blogs that showcase the ins and outs of meal planning so that you start cooking from scratch. This intentional habit will help you live healthier, and improve your overall happiness in life. What you put into your body can help or harm your overall mental well-being.

Take a Daily Walk

Getting outside for a daily walk will significantly improve your state of mind by helping you relax and reduce the stress associated with the demands of your current lifestyle. Just one thirty-minute walk outside can help lower blood pressure, relax your mind, and encourage good joint health. This intentional habit should be implemented daily as a means to be happier in life.

Meditate or Deep-Breathing

Another intentional habit to implement to live a happier life is adding meditation or deep-breathing techniques into your daily life. Committing to practicing new habits that calm your mind, body, and soul will provide you with a moment of relaxation when you’re unable to walk away from the task that’s stressing you out.

Practice Self-Care

One of the simplest ways to place a priority on self-care is to be more aware of how you’re feeling and what commitments you can make to take care of your mind, body, and soul. Self-care practices will be something you do every day as part of your daily routine. True self-care isn’t something you do once a week to detox, rather a daily activity or practice that helps soothe your mind, body, and soul before you’re overwhelmed with the challenges of your day.

The key to successfully implementing each of these intentional habits to be happier is being more self-aware. You’ll need to pay close attention to what your body is telling you. This could be noticing that you’re clenching your draw, tensing your body, or talking fast. Whenever you notice your body tensing up from anxiety or stress, pause and practice some intentional habits to help ease the burden of stress and anxiety on your mind, body, and soul. 

These habits are easy enough to implement as a means to be more aware, present, and committed to living a happier life.