positive · Self-Love

Most beautiful flower

Imagine the most beautiful flower in the world 🌹.

Imagine it blooming 😍.

Imagine that this flower is one of a kind, there’s no one quite like it in the world 💫.

Do you see it in your mind? Is it beautiful? 🤗
Now imagine that thanks to this flower you can do anything you want. Because you’re the only one in the world that has it. It’s like an investment 📈. You have in your hands the most beautiful flower in the world 🌹!
And now imagine this beautiful, unique, precious flower losing its petals, losing its charm 🥀. That would be such a shame, right? The flower is not blooming and you’re losing on your investment 📉!
You NEED TO take care of this flower. You NEED TO water it 💦 to make it grow, you need to make sure it gets the sunlight 🌞. You need to do it all to see it bloom, to benefit from the flower later on as your investment.
It’s quite obvious right? Even a kid knows that you need to water a flower 🌹.
Everybody knows that you need to take care of something precious 🤩. So why won’t you? 🤷‍♀️ Because you know…the flower is you 😉.

Now read it again.


SELF LOVE: 5 Ways Young People Can Incorporate Self-Care At Work In 2022

➡️ 1. Simply Take A Five-Minute Break ⏰️
Set a timer on your phone and when the timer goes off, stop what you’re doing and move away from your desk and sit down somewhere quiet. Close your eyes and take in a couple of deep breaths 🙏.
➡️ 2. Go Outside 🌲🌳
Studies have shown that getting outside into nature is one of the best things you can do for your mental health 🧠. Exposure to nature lowers stress, improves your attention span, improves your mental health and even can help you increase your empathy.
➡️ 3. Take The Stairs, Walk Around, Simply Move Your Body 🏃‍♀️🤸‍♀️
This one can be harder to plan so make sure to look at your schedule at the beginning of each day and identify one or two opportunities to move your body. The more you do it, the more you’ll find new ways to move your body 💪.
➡️ 4. Notice Your Eating And Drinking 🌮🥤
Get out a journal and for three days write down everything you eat and drink as well as how you feel an hour after each meal. After those three days, you’ll start to notice where and when you eat too much, not enough, or foods that make you feel sleepy or hyped up.
➡️ 5. Acknowledge Your Accomplishments 🏆
Start collecting email messages 📩, notes, and performance reviews where someone is singing your praises. Every time someone sends you a message that makes you feel good about yourself and your work, save it. Each time you start to feel down about work or wonder, “What am I doing here?” open up that folder and re-read all of those notes as a reminder of how much you’ve accomplished 🤗.
And how do YOU practice self-care at work? 😚

Source: https://www.forbes.com


SELF LOVE: 2 Breathing excercises

➡️ Lion’s breath (Lion’s Pose or simhasana in Sanskrit)
Lion’s breath is an energizing yoga breathing practice that is said to relieve tension in your chest and face.
To do this:
🔸️Come into a comfortable seated position
🔸️Press your palms against your knees with your fingers spread wide
🔸️Inhale deeply through your nose and open your eyes wide
🔸️At the same time, open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue, bringing the tip down toward your chin
🔸️Contract the muscles at the front of your throat as you exhale out through your mouth by making a long “ha” sound
🔸️You can turn your gaze to look at the space between your eyebrows or the tip of your nose
🔸️Do this breath 2 to 3 times
➡️ Humming bee breath (bhramari)
The unique sensation of this yoga breathing practice helps to create instant calm and is especially soothing around your forehead. Some people use humming bee breath to relieve frustration, anxiety, and anger. Of course, you’ll want to practice it in a place where you are free to make a humming sound.
To do this:
🔸️ Choose a comfortable seated position
🔸️ Close your eyes and relax your face
🔸️ Place your first fingers on the tragus cartilage that partially covers your ear canal
🔸️ Inhale, and as you exhale gently press your fingers into the cartilage
🔸️ Keeping your mouth closed, make a loud humming sound

Continue for as long as is comfortable.

Source: https://www.healthline.com


SELF LOVE: Homemade Rose Petal Face Mask

Homemade Rose Petal Face Mask For Glowing Skin (no, that’s not the mask on my face on the photo 😅)
You’ll need:
🔸️a few rose petals, washed 🥀
🔸️2 tbsp of milk 🥛
🔸️2 tbsp of oats powder
🔸️1 tbsp of honey (optional) 🍯
➡️ Step 1: Add rose petals to the milk and make a paste (Yes! the color would be purple and not pink if you do it right).
➡️ Step 2: Add the powdered oats to this mixture.
➡️ Step 3: If you are using honey, then add it at this moment.
Your homemade face mask is ready ☺️.
➡️ Step 4: Apply it on your face and neck and keep it for 20 minutes. Wait till it dries off completely, then wash it off with warm water in a circular motion.
➡️ Step 5: Soak a cotton ball in cold water and dab it on your face lightly and feel your skin.
🔸️Benefits of Rose petals:
✅️ Rose petals are rich in Vitamin C that acts as a sun block.
✅️ Hydrates skin without affecting it any adverse way.
✅️ Helps in removing dark circles.
✅️ Has anti-bacterial properties that fight pimples and prevent them from coming back.
✅️ Lightens scars and acne spots.
🔸️Benefits of Raw Milk:
✅️ Since raw milk is rich is omega 3 fatty acids, it hydrates skin like anything!
✅️ Helps in reducing skin allergies and redness.
✅️ Reduces sunburn.
✅️ Lightens skin tone.
🔸️ Benefits of Honey:
✅️ Honey is an anti-oxidant.
✅️ Has anti-inflammatory, hydrating and moisturizing properties.
✅️ Also reduces skin irritation.
✅️ Keeps skin soft and supple all day long.
🔸️Benefits of Oats:
✅️ Oats act as an excellent exfoliator.
When applied on skin, oats absorbs excess oil, dirt, germs, bacteria thus help us in having a clean, oil free, acne-free face.
✅️ Oats have ant-inflammatory properties that heals itchy skin rashes.

Source: https://makeupandbeauty.com


SELF LOVE: Face Mask for Spring

Winter is finally behind us and it’s time for Spring showers and sunshine 🤩. If the cold winter months have left you skin feeling dry and dull, you’re not alone.
Papaya Skin-Brightening Face Mask 🤩
This is a very simple face mask meant to bring a natural glow back to your complexion. You’ll get rid of those dead, dry skin cells thanks to the natural exfoliator in the Papaya, leaving your skin bright and beautiful 🥰. Not only does honey help bind this all together, it will also soothe your skin.
What You Need:
🔸️ ½ cup of mashed papaya
🔸️ 1 teaspoon of honey 🍯
🔸️ 1 whipped egg white 🥚
Make the Mask:
➡️ Separate your egg white and whisk it until it has a soft whipped texture.
➡️ Cut and mash your papaya. If you have food processor, this step is super simple! If not, just cut up the papaya and mash it by hand with a potato masher or sturdy fork.
➡️ Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
Use the Mask:
Make sure your face is clean. You don’t need to scrub, just a good rinse with warm water and pat it dry with a towel. Then carefully apply the mask with your fingers, making sure to avoid the area around your eyes 😊. 
Sit back and relax and let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes. Practice a little mindfulness or meditation while you let the mask sit 🧘‍♀️. When the time is up, wash the mask off with warm water and scrub your face well to really exfoliate. 
That’s it! Your skin will have a bright glow almost instantly! 🤗

Source: https://shopgaragecollectivelaguna.com/


SELF LOVE: Women’s world

„Woman’s day lasts 36h.
Or actually it would last that much if we’d add all activities that a woman does during a day 😬. Woman can perfectly do couple tasks at once – working 💻, cooking 🥘, doing homework 📝, cleaning 🧹, shopping 🛍. And if she won’t manage to do something she resigns from her needs in favour of her closes ones – her hobby, rest, sleep, self-care 😔.

What would a Polish woman spend 1000 PLN if she’d be given those as a gift? 🤩 For house renovation 😳. 72% of women say “My house reflects me”. That’s not true! It reflects everybody that lives there.

Girls, women you need to start thinking about yourself! 😘 Be selfish sometimes! You deserve to have a rest 🛀, to have some sleep 😴, you deserve to develop your passions 🎨. You can also do… nothing 😉!

My healthy egoism reflects me 🙃.
My belief in myself reflects me 🤩.
My self-confidence reflects me 💪.
My peace, the way how I treat others, my sensitivity, my wisdom reflect me 😊.
My smile reflects me. And my experiences.”

That’s a part of new campaign for women made by @tvnstyle_official and I loved it so much that I just had to share it! 😘

Health · Self-Love

SELF LOVE: Magical herbs

Lets continue our series of self-care and working on being/staying calm.
You know what works when you’re trying to calm down? A blanket, candle and a nice cup of tea. So today I got 5 magical herbs for you that work great on reducing stress:
🌱 Saint John’s wort: It contains many chemicals that act on messengers in the brain that regulate mood.
People most commonly use St. John’s wort for depression and mood disorders (but consult it with doctor as it often gets in reaction with others drugs!!!)
🌱 Aloe vera for cuts and burns: It is used to treat burns and alleviate the symptoms of over-exposure to the sun by pouring the tea on the affected area. Aloe can also help treat skin conditions such as rashes or insect bites.
🌱 Chamomile for sleeplessness and to reduce anxiety
🌱 Echinacea for colds and sore throat and to boost immune system
🌱 Ginger for nausea and motion sickness.
So how do you feel today? Do you need some tea? 😊


SELF LOVE: Dealing with emotions

We’re all focused now on helping others, on taking care of refugees, our dear friends Ukrainians.
But remember to take care of YOU too! ❤ Like in a plane – put your mask first before helping others.
So today focus on you 💛.
What to do when you feel…:
🔸️ ANGRY – ask yourself why you feel this way, what’s the reason of your anger, go for a walk, focus on breathing, listen to some calm music
🔸️ SAD – write down what you feel, all your anxieties, let it all out, cry if you feel like crying, then treat yourself – make yourself (or order in) some nice meal, buy yourself something nice
🔸️ ASHAMED – develop self-compassion, practice self-love talk, talk to your friend
🔸️ ANXIOUS – turn off your phone, stretch your body, go for a walk, listen to some chill music, try yoga and/or practicing mindfullness
🔸️ DRAINED – rest, take a hot shower/bath, do some home spa, have some tea, go to bed early
How do you feel today?


SELF LOVE: Seven Types of Self-Care Activities for Coping with Stress

Self-care has to become a habit so that when we’re dealing with stress, we know what to do.
➡️ Sensory
When you feel stressed and need a calm mind, try focusing on the sensations around you—sights, smells, sounds, tastes, touch.
🔸️Breathe in fresh air
🔸️Snuggle under a cozy blanket
🔸️Take a hot shower / bath
🔸️ Get a massage
🔸️ Pay attention to your breathing
➡️ Pleasure
A great way to take care of yourself when you’re coping with stress is to engage in a pleasurable activity
🔸️Take yourself out to eat
🔸️Be a tourist in your own city
🔸️Watch a movie
🔸️ Do a craft project
➡️ Mental
You can also give yourself a boost by doing a task that you’ve been avoiding or challenging your brain in a novel way. This can also boost self-confidence.
🔸️ Clean out a junk drawer or a closet
🔸️ Try a new activity
🔸️ Immerse yourself in a crossword puzzle
🔸️ Do a word search
➡️ Spiritual
Getting in touch with your values is a sure way to cope with stress and foster a calm mind.
🔸️ Pray
🔸️ Read poetry or inspiring quotes
🔸️ Light a candle
🔸️ Meditate
➡️ Emotional
Dealing with our emotions can be challenging when we’re coping with stress. We tend to label emotions as “good” or “bad,” but this isn’t helpful. Instead:
🔸️ Accept your feelings. They’re all OK. Really
🔸️ Write your feelings down.
🔸️ Cry when you need to
➡️ Physical
Coping with stress by engaging the body is great because you can bypass a lot of unhelpful mental chatter.
🔸️ Try yoga
🔸️ Go for a walk or a run
🔸️ Take a nap
🔸️ Stretch
➡️ Social
Connecting with others is an important part of self-care.
🔸️ Go on a lunch date with a good friend
🔸️ Calling a friend on the phone
🔸️ Participating in a book club
🔸️ Joining a support group
Which one is your favourite way to take care of yourself?

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com



Today I’ve got 10 amazing apps to practice self-love/self-care for you!
🔸️Gratitude (@gratefulness.me) is a great app for building gratitude and affirmations.

🔸️My Affirmations is a beautifuly done app for affirmations only BUT you get to say them out loud 🎙.

🔸️CBT Thought Diary is an app that works basically like a diary where you can keep on track with your thoughts, emotions and moods.

🔸️ThinkUp (@thinkupapp) is very similar to My Affirmations but with wider choice of affirmations to choose from.

🔸️21 Days Challenge (@21daysapp) is an app for building new healthy habits!

🔸️Focusly (@focuslyapp) is a great app for meditation, fighting stress and calming yourself e.g. before sleep.

🔸️Fabulous (@thefabstory) is another app good for building new habits but also about learning about time management and meditation, a bit of everything actually!

 🔸️ Headspace – another app with mini meditation sessions, plenty exercises for mindfullness, sleep and focus.

🔸️ 5 min journal – this app will help you get started with journaling.

🔸️ Space app will help you learn healthy balance between being online and offline
Do you know any of those? Which one is your favourite? 😊