Time for 2nd part of our 30 ways of practicing self-love and self-care! Last week we did first 6, now time for 6 more! 🤗
30 ways of practicing self-love/self-care:
🔸️ 7. Have some propper me-time. If you don’t live by yourself be open about it and simply ask your partner or roommate to leave you by youreslf because you need some time by yourself. I learned that last year to simply tell my husband that I need e.g. to watch some girly movie by myself, I leave him by himself in living room and go to bedroom to have some me-time 😉
🔸️ 8. Practice gratitude 🙏 – we have so many things to be grateful for! Your health, your close ones, roof over your head, your surrounding… notice what you really have! 😊 So many people lack it and dream of those things!
🔸️ 9. Be creative! 🤩 Put your emotions on paper and write a story or take some paints and try painting! 🎨 If you’re not a fan of those 2 activities you can try decoupaging, knitting, taking pictures, singing, playing some instruments… there are so many ways to be creative! 🤗 This is what got me through lockdown! Coloring is what makes me relaxed, gets my thoughts away and lets me calm down so I got this BrushMe set 😀 – you get a painting with a set of paints with numbers and all you need to do is to paint right color in the right spot and you can create an amazing picture like I did here! Have you tried one of those?
🔸️ 10. Spend as much time in nature as possible! 😍 Especially now, in the spring/summer! 🌞 Fresh air and nice views make us calmer and more energetic!
🔸️ 11. End all toxic relationships 😉. Anyone who makes you feel anything less than amazing doesn’t deserve to be a part of your life. If you get/havve a hater in social media – block him/her immediately. We don’t need that 🚫
🔸️ 12. Celebrate your wins no matter how big or small 😀. Pat yourself on the back and be proud of what you have achieved!
Another 6 ways of of practicing self-love and self-care coming next week!
Starting today for next 5 self-love posts that I share on Thursdays we’re gonna go through 30 ways of practicing self-love and self-care 😊. Start loving yourself! That’s first step to being happy!
1-6 ways of practicing self-love/self-care:
🔸️ 1. Write a love letter to yourself. Write down everything you like/love about yourself 😍
🔸️ 2. Learn when to stop and relax. We all live in crazy speed and that’s not healthy. Try to plan at least 1 day a week for regeneration when you have the time to think, to listen to music, to meditate or even to just lay down and do nothing 🤗.
🔸️ 3. Find time for your close ones. You can’t work all the time 😉. Take that 1 evening off and go out, meet with your friends, your family
🔸️ 4. Be active! Do you remember my post last week about happy hormones (if not, you should! It’s under a pink photo with a bubble gum 😉)? We’ve learned that working out and being physically active boosts production of endorphins 🤗
🔸️ 5. Learn to forgive yourself. IF you’ve made some mistake, even a big one, it’s already in the past, what is done is done. Try to draw conclusions and use it as experience of what not to do in the future 😘. But most importantly – don’t be angry with yourself!
🔸️6. Have good sleep 😴! It is highly important to function well! What can you do to sleep well? Don’t dring too much coffee or black tea, try not to stress that much and don’t work too much 😅
➡️ Watermelon Juice And Yogurt Face Mask For Glowing Skin 🤩
Yogurt is known do to wonders for our skin and hair. The combination of watermelon juice and yogurt can give you a supple and radiant skin. Regular use of this face mask will makes your skin look younger and healthier 😊.
Take a small bowl and add half cup of watermelon juice in it. Add one tablespoon of yogurt, and mix both the ingredients well. Apply the face mask on your face and neck, and let it stay for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. 🤗
➡️ Watermelon And Lemon Juice For Dry Skin 😊
If you have a dry skin, then bring this face mask to your rescue. Lemon will gently exfoliate your dry, dead skin cells, whereas honey and watermelon juice will moisturise and hydrate your rough skin 😁
Take 2 tablespoons of watermelon juice in a small bowl; add one tablespoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey in it. Mix all the ingredients very well. Apply this face mask on your face and neck. Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off with water 😊
➡️ Watermelon And Raw Milk For Brighter Skin
Milk is a great cleanser, especially raw milk, which makes your complexion fairer and brighter. It is also a great moisturiser that is known to heal dry skin cells. Milk is also known to treat sunburns and sunspots. Watermelon juice will rejuvenate your face and give you a fresh look 😎
Take one tablespoon of watermelon juice in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of raw milk, and mix them well. Apply the mask on your clean face and let it stay for 20 to 25 minutes. Wash it off with cold water 😊
This Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe makes a great-smelling, rejuvenating sugar scrub that you can either use yourself or package in a pretty jar or mason jar to make a thoughtful and homemade gift 🤗🎁
🔸️1/2 cup Sugar
🔸️ 1/4 cup Coconut Oil 🥥
🔸️1 Lemon 🍋
🔸️ Optional: A few drops of Lemon Essential Oil
➡️Pour sugar into bowl.
➡️Squeeze lemon juice and add to sugar.
➡️Mix in coconut oil (add more if you like a wet consistency).
➡️Zest lemon and add to mixture (reserve a little to garnish top of scrub in jar).
➡️Add your sugars to the jar.
➡️Add a printable label to the front and maybe a ribbon to gift.
There’s black tea, green tea…but did you know there’s blue tea too? 😀
Blue Tea is made by seeping dried butterfly-pea flowers in water and can be enjoyed both hot and cold. It is also said to have weight loss benefits 😉
Blue tea, or butterfly pea flower tea, is a caffeine-free herbal concoction, made by seeping dried or fresh leaves of the Clitoria ternatea plant.
Blue tea contains catechins, which are said to be instrumental in burning belly fat and aiding weight loss 😀. Drinking butterfly-pea flowers seeped in warm water is said to be an effective way to rev up the metabolism, which in turn, makes the body burn more calories.
Here are some other benefits of blue tea that you may want to know, before trying it out:
➡️1. The tea is rich in antioxidants, which makes it a great beverage to include in your detox diet.
➡️2. The earthy flavour of butterfly-pea flower tea is said to be a mood enhancer. The tea is said to have stress busting effects that may also help reduce symptoms of anxiety 😀. It is also known to refresh the brain and helps keep you energised and happy throughout the day 🤩
➡️3. Blue tea is said to help in losing water weight as it is a natural diuretic drink.
➡️4. Blue tea is also said to have a role in regulating blood sugar levels.
Blue Tea For Hair, Skin & Beauty
➡️1. This tea is well-known for its anti-ageing benefits, due to its high antioxidant content 🧖♀️. This makes the skin look younger and healthier from within.
➡️2. The flavonoids present in blue tea may also stimulate collagen production.
➡️3. Stress-relieving properties of blue tea are also helpful in overall maintainenace of skin and beauty.
➡️4. Blue pea flower is excellent for the hair too, as it contains anthocyanin – a compound known to increase blood circulation in the head and therefore maintain a healthy scalp. It also helps in strengthening the hair follicles from within.
Why is self-care so important? 🤔
First of all when you take care of yourself, when you are rested and calm you look at world differently!
I got to a point couple months ago when I was so tired and so burnt out that nothing was bringing me joy, I was tired, stressed and annoyed all the time 🙄 When one small thing went wrong I’d instantly explode like a bomb.
And then I finally learned to rest, to take care of myself, to have some me-time and I felt so much better! Not only I felt rested, calmer and was doing everyday duties or working on my projects with a smile on my face 😊 but also I wasn’t so tense and e.g. I wouldn’t explode when something unexpected happened or when something went wrong 😊 I was happy and excited to work again! I was nice to people around me again 🤗
Second of all, you can’t feed others from an empty bowl! So you can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself first! 😉 You NEED to be joyful, calm and rested to be able to help others and to be happy about it 😊
DIY Hydrating Floral Honey Face Mask For Sensitive Skin 🧖♀️
🔸️3 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
🔸️2 Tablespoons Raw Local Honey 🍯
🔸️1 tsp Rose Petals 🌹
🔸️1 tsp Helichrysum Flowers
➡️In a small bowl combine sunflower oil and raw local honey 🍯
➡️Microwave oil and honey together for 10-15 seconds just to gently warm the oil and honey.
➡️Next, finely crush the rose petals and helichrysum flowers using a mortar and pestle until they are finely broken down 😊. If you would prefer a finer powder for your mask you can opt to use a spice or coffee grinder to grind the flower petals.
➡️Add the crushed flowers to the honey and oil mixture and mix well.
➡️Spread an even layer of the mask over your face and neck and allow it to sit for as long as you would like, ideally leaving it on for a minimum of 20 minutes 🤩
➡️Remove the mask with warm water, gently moving your hands in small circles over the skin to gently exfoliate.
➡️Pat dry and enjoy your extra soft skin
How can cucumbers benefit your skin? 🥒
🔆1. Reduces swelling and puffiness
🔆2. Aids acne-prone skin
🔆3. Helps combat premature aging
🔆4. Soothes irritation
🔆5. Provides a base for hydration
🔸️1. Basic cucumber face mask 🧖♀️
This recipe may be a good option if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to refresh or rejuvenate your skin 🤗
➡️Blend or puree half an unpeeled cucumber 🥒 in a blender or food processor until it’s the consistency of a watery paste.
➡️Separate the juice from any solid bits by pouring the mixture through a strainer.
➡️Apply the cucumber juice to your freshly washed face. Let the mask sit on your skin for 15 minutes.
➡️Wash the mask off with cool or lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a soft cloth 😊
🔸️ 2. Cucumber, oatmeal, and honey face mask 🧖♀️
This recipe may be a good option for acne-prone skin. Together with cucumber’s astringent properties, oatmeal can help exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, while honey can work to balance the bacteria on your skin 🤗
➡️Blend or puree half an unpeeled cucumber in a blender or food processor until it’s the consistency of a watery paste.
➡️Separate the juice from any solid bits by pouring the mixture through a strainer.
➡️Add 1 tablespoon of oatmeal to the mixture. Stir the oatmeal and cucumber juice until smooth.
➡️Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the mixture and stir until well blended.
➡️Apply the mixture over your face and neck, and massage gently with your fingertips. Let the mask sit on your skin for 15 minutes.
➡️Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft cloth.
Are you a fan of green smoothies? 🤔 They used to repel me, I didn’t even want to try spinach in a smoothie. And I was so wrong… 🙄 green smoothies are my favourite now! 😍
What we eat can truly transform our bodies and our lives in powerful ways. Blending spinach into a fruit smoothie is a great way to boost your immune system, as well as naturally energize you 🤗
Most smoothies are made with just fruit and liquid, which is high in sugar and can cause inflammation. A green smoothie, on the other hand, is made with fruit, plant-based liquid and leafy greens 😁
This recipe is full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— and tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. And it will boost your energy!
➡️Blend 1 cup of spinach (or another leafy greens of your choice) in a blender. Adding leafy greens to your smoothie boosts the phytonutrients and fiber, which then slows down the absorption of sugars into your body.
➡️Next, add 1 cup of liquid and blend well (until all leafy chunks are gone).Toss in fruit, such as frozen mango, pineapple and bananas in the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve smoothie immediately for maximum nourishment.
Another green smoothie I loooove is from @kingaparuzel recipe : 1 apple 🍏, 2 handfuls of spinach 🍃, 2 stalks of celery, 1cm of fresh ginger, 1/2 of lemon (without the zest), 1 tsp of maple syrup. Mmmm so good 😋
This Mask Is Great For:
🔸️ Toning tired skin
🔸️Aloe vera gel
🔸️Indian lilac (optional)
➡️For this recipe, you need to grind a handful of basil and a handful of lilac before mixing. If you can buy the leaves pre-ground, that would be great. The easiest way to do it yourself is to use a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have those tools, place the leaves on the palm of your hand, and press and rub with your thumb using twisting motions. This helps to release the essential oils inside the leaves.
➡️Place the ground leaves in a mixing bowl and a 1 tablespoon of water.
➡️Stir until the water is gone.
➡️Pour in 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel.
➡️Mix until the gel covers all the leaf matter.
How To Apply:
➡️Start by washing your face and neck with warm water and an oil-free cleanser to remove makeup and open pores.
➡️Spread the aloe vera gel, leaves and all, onto the skin of your face, neck, and décolleté.
➡️Let the mask dry for fifteen minutes. Keep an eye on your surroundings as the leaves may have a tendency to fall your face as the aloe dries.
➡️Rinse your face, first with lukewarm water, and then with cool water to tighten pores.
➡️Dry your skin with a soft towel 😀