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Jul 09, 2019

GET THE SLEEP OF YOUR DREAMS WITH THESE THREE TOOLS

Have you ever scrolled on your phone late into the night and then felt frustrated when you couldn’t fall asleep?  Have you brushed your teeth while mapping out your schedule for the next day or washed your face while ruminating on something that happened earlier?  I have and my guess is you’ve been there too. 

Without enough sleep our body isn’t able to recover and replenish from the busy, connected lives we live today. Even though it is such a vital component of our wellness we don’t give it nearly as much attention as exercise or eating well.  Without enough shut eye we have a tendency to choose unhealthy foods, we don’t have as much energy to move our body and we aren’t as productive. It turns out sleep provides a foundation for wellness that can’t be ignored. 

Here are three beautiful rituals I’ve added to my bedtime routine thanks to my friends at Saje Wellness to help my body and mind unwind so I’m setting myself up to get the sleep of my dreams.  

1.Scent the Mood

About 30-60 minutes before bed I add a few drops of Saje Tranquility Oil to my Aroma Om Diffuser to set the mood. A beautiful mist of calm starts to fill my room with a gentle scents of lavender, chamomile and marjoram, telling my nervous system it is time to relax.

2. Roll-On Relaxation 

After I brush my teeth, wash my face and do my meditation, I do a Saje Breath using my Sleep Well Remedial Oil from Saje. To do a Saje Breath simply place a few drops of Sleep Well calming oil in the palm of your hands.  Rub your hands together to warm the oil, then cup them around your nose and mouth and take 2-3 low and slow breaths. Elongate the breath out to turn off the fight or flight response and into a relaxed state.

3. Surrender to the Sleep Mask 

When I’m ready to sleep I pop on my Saje Shut Eye Sleep Mask to help me slip into a dark, calm environment. This mask smells like heaven and has an incredibly soft liner so you don’t wake up with marks on your face.  The elastic attaches at the back with velcro so you can secure it comfortably and I find it reduces puffy eyes in the morning.

 

 

 

I hope this inspires you to really relish in the simplicity of self care so that you can get the shut eye your body truly deserves.  And for those moms out there with little ones and the girl with the crazy deadline coming up…I see you. I’ve been there and will probably have one of those nights again soon. Get through it, and when you can, start incorporating some of these tools to help you get back on track. 

Now I’d LOVE to hear what you do to wind down at night in the comments below! 

Xo

Erin

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Jun 18, 2019

FREE MIND, BODY, HEART SCAN

An 8-minute meditation to help you connect with your body’s innate wisdom and tap into it’s power.

Your body is on your team.  It is a brilliant and sophisticated system designed to support you in experiencing life to the fullest.  Our senses allow us to experience various dimensions of our human experience and we have the gift of feeling all kinds of emotions that enrich our lives.  In moments our experience can be challenging and even painful and we’ve found many ways to avoid the uncomfortable feelings.  We use food, our devices, tv, alcohol and other tactics to avoid the hard parts.  We create a divide between our mind and our body, speaking negatively about it and trying to control it rather than work with it.

Our body is sending us thousands of messages every moment, communicating it’s needs and yet we rarely tune in to hear what it is asking for.

Sleep | Water | Movement | A Hug | A Good Cry | Stillness | Nature | Work | Sex | A Quiet Night At Home | A Dance Floor | A Green Smoothie | Deep Conversation….

What if we started tuning into our body’s requests and innate wisdom more often?  I truly believe that this is the first step in truly becoming our happiest, healthiest, most confident self.  This one simple thing can help overcome anxiety, overeating, unhappiness, many illnesses and low self esteem amongst a host of other things.  In order to find our power we have to learn how to tap into our greatest energy source – our body.

This Mind-Body-Heart scan is an easy 8-minute meditation that will help you start to notice what is going on in your own body. You can do it as often as you need and we recommend using it as a tool when you’re feeling unsure, anxious, disconnected or in need of some TLC.

As you do it notice what your body is asking for and honour it. To download your free Mind, Body, Heart Scan, click HERE. 

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May 07, 2019

OUR FAVE NON-TOXIC PRODUCTS FOR YOUR BOD

Pic by French Girl Organics 

We believe self care should feel good, be great for your body and be gentle on the planet.  We’ve spent the last two years trying every product we could get our hands on to come up with a list of our fave items so you can save your time and money. Here’s our favourite non-toxic, cruelty-free and feel-fab body products for 2019 (hair, face and sun-safe lists coming soon!) so you can elevate your “you time” to the next level.

Woo More Play

Coconut Love Oil
$22.79

An all natural personal lubricant made from organic coconuts, beeswax, vanilla essence and natural ingredients.   Because you deserve great, healthy sex and your body deserves great, healthy ingredients.  We’re obsessed. You’re going to be obsessed. You’re welcome in advance…

BKIND Konjac Facial Sponge

Bamboo Charcoal
$9.99

BKIND’s Konjac facial sponge infused with bamboo charcoal cleans your face in a single step without soap, meaning your beauty routine just got a whole lot easier. This 100% natural and biodegradable sponge is made from Konjac root fibers. Its irregular texture makes it a perfect smooth sponge that exfoliates very gently and is perfect for the most sensitive skins. Because the Konjac sponge is a cleanser itself, you can now reduce the use of plastic bottles!

This Konjac sponge is perfect for oily and acne prone skins.

 

K’Pure Drenched Moisturizer

Whipped Face & Body Butter
$7.50/$23.00/$42.00

Meet the most luxurious face and body butter ever created by a mom of four! Whipped into a hydrating mousse; organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, mango butter and almond oil will melt on contact with skin and absorb beautifully, leaving skin silky smooth and never greasy. This moisturizer contains no water or fillers so you only get high quality ingredients.  We can’t get enough of the delicious extra rich vanilla scent in the cooler seasons and the Patchouli/Orange for warmer weather. Warning: you’re going to want to eat this one.

French Girl Nail & Cuticle Oil

$22.00

As a serial nail biter this beautiful oil is my new best friend. An enriching blend of dynamic extracts and essential oils help improve and maintain the health of nails and cuticles.  Argan and pomegranate oil provide essential fatty acids for deep hydration. Rosemary and rose geranium essential oils help stimulate nail growth. Hemp and tamanu oil contain powerful healing, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  Take care of the hands that take such good care of you. 

Everyone for Every Body Lotion

3-in-1 Coconut + Lemon Lotion
$11.99

This bright, uplifting lotion is gentle enough for your face, and moisturizing enough for everywhere else.  It’s my go-to for that all over post-shower rub down.  Sweet coconut and tangy lemon is my favourite but you can also find a number of other yummy scents that make hydrating that much more enjoyable.  The price is right. The ingredients are good for you and now all you need is a couple of minutes to show your body some love.

French Girl Lumiere

Caramel Shimmer Oil
$50

With summer around the corner we’re all about letting your beautiful bod shimmer with a good glow.  Meet French Girl Lumiere. Dripping in illuminating micas and infused with a light touch of Rosa Gallica and Sandalwood essential oils Caramel is seductive as a decadent dessert and leaves your skin perfectly moisturized with a rich, tawny glow.

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May 07, 2019

DETOX YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

Photo from @design_lovers_of_ig

If self love is an action we take to honour the unique individual that we are and the home that we live in – our body – it only makes sense to become more mindful about the products we are using for beauty, personal care and within our household. There are over 10,500 unique chemical ingredients used in our personal care products – some of them you can eat and some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system.

I started detoxing our home when I was pregnant with James in 2015 and I still haven’t found alternatives for everything. I take an “everything in moderation” approach to detoxing products in the same way that I eat food. I still use L’Oreal mascara and eat Oreos because they make me really happy.  I don’t think you need to part with products you absolutely love but if you can move towards cleaner products in some areas great! Here are some tips on becoming more mindful with the products you use…

Photo By: French Girl Organics

Tips for Detoxing Your Beauty Routine

    1. Only replace items as they run out. Shifting to cleaner products shouldn’t break the bank and I never want to promote waste (unless you’re having bad reactions to the products you are currently using!) so just pick-up an alternative when your current option starts to run out.

 

    1. Use the Think Dirty app or EWG’s Skin Deep online program to learn more about the products you are using.  Some of them might be great (it’s hard to tell just by reading the labels) and won’t need to be replaced. Think Dirty also provides recommendations from users so you can read the reviews to learn more about alternative options.

 

    1. In terms of products, most people I spoke to recommended switching out your deodorant first as we use it daily in a sensitive area that is right near our lymph nodes and our breasts. Traces of parabens (often used as a preservative) have been found in breast tissue.  My favourite is Agent Nateur in Holi Rose. 

 

    1. Next look at the items that you use everyday that could be absorbed by your skin – body lotion, sunscreen, foundation etc. and try to source alternative options. 

 

  1. Check out our list of skincare product favourites that I’ve fallen in love with since I started to dive into this world.  Body products we love HERE. Face, hair and sun-safe product suggestions coming soon. 

Do you have tips for people who want to be more mindful about the products that they are using?  Share them below and we’ll add them to the list, crediting you! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

xo

Erin

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May 07, 2019

HARMFUL INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Navigating product ingredients can be incredibly daunting especially when reading a label can feel like we are translating another language.  Below is a list of ingredients and practices to watch out for in your products along with the reason why. They’re like the aspartame and trans-fats of the product world…avoid whenever possible.  Read “The Clean Beauty Revolution” for more information on the cosmetics and household product industry so that your self care ritual is always helpful and never harmful. 

    1. PARABENS – Parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetics as they extend the shelf life of products but they are known hormone-distruptors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detected parabens in virtually all Americans. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, certain parabens (propyl-, butyl-, isopropyl-, and isobutyl-), may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders.
    1. SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE – Products with “fragrance” on the label can contain hundreds of chemicals that do not have to be listed out as they are considered proprietary.  Would you eat food containing hundreds of secret ingredients?

    2. PHTHALATES – Phthalates are a group of chemicals most commonly used to make plastic more flexible and harder to break. While great for manufacturers, they are believed to be an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) that can alter hormonal balance and potentially cause reproductive, developmental and other health issues.  They can be found in shampoo, perfume, nail polish, hairspray and sanitary pads and are often hidden under the label “fragrance”.

    3. RETINOIDS – Watch out for Retinyl palmitate or retinol in daytime skin products and particularly sunscreen. According to Nneka Leiba, M.P.H., is EWG’s director of healthy living science “Thirty percent of the sunscreens we see have retinyl palmitate,”.  Studies link retinol to photocarcinogenicty (a substance which causes cancer when illuminated).

    4. UREAS – DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, Ceteareth PEG and polyethylene are preservatives that have the potential to release formaldehyde in very small amounts and are a primary cause of contact dermatitis.

    5. VITAMIN A – Listed as retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol. In daytime products including moisturizer and lip products.
    6. SULFATES – Sulfates are a lathering agent common in soaps and shampoos that attract oil and water allowing you to easily wash away dirt.  They can irritate skin, causing dry itchiness so it’s best to avoid them or use products with minimal amounts.
    7. ANIMAL TESTING – This is kind of a no-brainer but if you don’t understand it please google product testing on  animals.  I’m not a vegetarian but it doesn’t sit right for me morally to test products we use for vanity or personal care on animals that suffer and often die because of it.  Figuring out whether companies test on animals can be tricky as there aren’t any main governing bodies but Leaping Bunny is a coalition of organizations fighting against animal cruelty and it has some great resources. They also have a certification program for companies helping to identify cruelty-free organizations.

Source : Environmental Working Group (EWG) 

 

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May 07, 2019

IS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE HELPING OR HARMING YOU?

Did you know that the average American uses nine products daily containing over 126 unique ingredients?   That’s the average.  I counted up the products I use on my body on a shower day and was easily able to think of fifteen not including household products like dish detergent, laundry detergent and hand wash.  Yikes.

I honestly wouldn’t have thought twice about this until I had one of those moments when you learn something that you can’t unlearn and it changes the way you think about everything.

(If you prefer the whole ignorance is bliss approach to life you should stop reading here.) 

I was super pregnant one summer lathering sunscreen on my big, round belly when one of my besties who was also preggers asked if I’d heard about an app called Think Dirty. I had not, and I wasn’t in the state of mind to hear about some pregnancy sex app.  “It’s this app that tells you how safe your beauty, personal care and household products are and I’m kind of obsessed,” she said.

Hmmm, now that’s the kind of thing that can turn a mama bear on.  

At this point I’d had hundreds of conversations with women about our complicated relationship with beauty but I hadn’t specifically looked at beauty products themselves. It felt like a piece of the self love puzzle I’d missed.  If I was truly trying to honour and take care of my body it felt counterintuitive to be covering it with toxic ingredients. Over the last four years I’ve learned so much more and I’d like to start this conversation by sharing a few important pieces of information with you.

The Shady Side of the Beauty Industry

  • In the USA the Food and Drug Association (FDA) governs the cosmetics industry, however they actually have no systematic review of safety, instead allowing the industry to self regulate through its Cosmetic Review panel.  
  • In the 36 years that the panel has operated it has only rejected the use of 11 ingredients in the products we apply to our bodies and use within our homes every day. To put this in perspective, the European Union and Health Canada have  hotlists containing hundreds of ingredients that are deemed unsafe for use.
  • These chemicals are often the primary components of the products we use (like flour is in bread) and are designed to penetrate the skin.
  • Scientists have found many common cosmetic ingredients in human tissues, including phthalates in urine, preservatives called parabens in breast tumor tissue and persistent fragrance components in human fat.

via Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Okay So What Am I Supposed To Do With This Information? I don’t want to live in a bubble.

Don’t panic. We already have enough to be stressed out about so I don’t want to add another thing to your plate. Detoxing your product routine is kind of like learning to eat cleaner or exercise.  It’s best done in baby steps and over time if you want it to be sustainable. Like everything, do it from a place of empowerment rather than fear.

You can read this article for some tips on how to be more mindful about the products you use on your body.

Over the last three and a half years, I’ve tried countless products swapping out my old chemical-ridden options for cleaner versions.  There are still certain items I’m having a hard time replacing like my shampoo and conditioner (suggestions please!) but I also feel pretty excited about some amazing new options I’ve found along the way.  I can’t wait to share these little gems with you so that if you decide you want detox your product selection you don’t have to spend the same amount of time and money I did.

Excited to walk alongside you on this next step in the beauty revolution!

Xo

Erin

Please note: Keep in mind that the beauty and household product industry is highly unregulated all around.  That means we don’t have clear guidelines as to what constitutes as “clean” or “natural” and many companies are using these terms to market their products. Like other products, clean products also don’t have to undergo safety testing so they could still pose risks. The moral of the story is you have to do your research to truly understand what’s in your products. Lucky for you I’ve done some of the groundwork.

PPS. Here is a list of ingredients to avoid in beauty products.

If you want to do your own digging check out the resources below for more details on the products you are currently using.

Environmental Working Group
Leaping Bunnies
Think Dirty App

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Mar 01, 2019

Welcome to the Raw Beauty Talks Podcast

Ready to feel your absolute best? We’re taking you behind the highlight reel of the world’s biggest influencers and wellness experts to uncover what beauty, health and wellness really look like in today’s world.  Host and Health Coach, Erin Treloar brings you inspiring stories of individuals who have overcome adversity and practical tools from professionals to help you navigate the highs and lows of life.  Hit ‘Subscribe’ and follow along on Instagram at @RawBeautyTalks, then check back on Tuesday, March 12th for our first episodes!

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Feb 19, 2019

7 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF CARE: FOR YOUR SOUL

Looking after yourself should be a top priority for everyone, however often it is overlooked until a physical ailment or a wave of emotion comes along that forces us to take notice.

Our body is a messenger and when our body speaks to us in the form of emotions and physical symptoms, it is a clear sign that we have been ignoring our need for self-care.

If you are running on empty, if you are suffering from physical symptoms, if you are feeling drained or overly sensitive, this is your body calling on you for self-care and self-love.

If you’re not sure where to start or your feeling overwhelemed with the idea, here are 7 very simple ways to practice self-care for your SOUL!

1. Meditate. Meditation has endless benefits, but we get it, sometimes life just gets in the way and making space for you time with a pillow seems almost impossible! But trust us – it’s so important to make space for you and your present self. Be open with yourself and make time. Meditation is available to you any time, any place. When you are walking, standing in line at the grocery store, first thing in the morning, or as you are about to fall asleep. Give it a try, and if you find yourself needing a little extra guidance, you can join us on our weekly Monday meditation course virtually with the amazing Michele Kambolis. You can learn more about her and the 12-week course here.

 

2. Disconnect in order to reconnect. In today’s day and age, technology has taken on new forms. It’s constant and everywhere and most of us don’t even know how to function and perform our day-to-day activities without reaching for our phones, laptops, or TV screens. Not to mention the social media rabbit hole if comparison that comes with it. So take time to turn it all off. Create moments in the day, or days in the week, or even weeks at a time where you set a rule for yourself to turn off social media, and all forms of technology. It’s okay to unplug for a minute, in fact, it’s so important for your well-being + soul. This is going to allow you to free up time for you to work on creating a life you love rather than pining over someone else’s.

3. On that same note, we recommend a complete social media detox. What does this mean exactly? ‘Unfollow’ anyone who doesn’t give you feelings of inspiration, joy, laughter or love. Life is too short to surround yourself with anything or anyone who isn’t upping your vibe; look out for yourself and be picky with your social media tribe.

4. Do something that sets your soul on fire! Whatever that looks like to you – let your inner child free. This will be different for each of us, but could look like an afternoon of painting, baking, writing, dancing, listening to music, playing music or colouring – it just needs to light you up and allow you to be free!

5. Diffuse some essential oils or light your favourite scented candle.

6. Get social! Friendships are so important in protecting and maintaining mental health. Not only are good friends fun to be with, but they’ll also help you see things in perspective and keep you grounded. So make time for those who mean the most to you. Set a coffee date with your soul sister, go the movies, plan a date day/night, or even set a time to go out on the town! Socializing with those who light you up can be so valuable and beneficial to your soul!

7.  Create a cozy space! Creating an environment that feels calm, zen and like YOU can have such a positive outcome on your overall well-being. Does you room currently look the way you want it to? Do you have a space that is fully representative of you? If not, try sprucing it up by adding your favourite throw pillows, a nice cozy blanket or a couple candles to add your signature flare to the area. By building a space that feels warm and inviting, you establish an inviting retreat for when those not-so-fun moments arise.

 

Making time for self-care doesn’t always come naturally for us all, but in order to show up as our best selves, it’s extremely important. We hope that some of these ideas have inspired you to start putting yourself at the top of your priority list. By practicing self-care, you will notice that you will start to know yourself better as a result, and in return you’ll be kinder to yourself and those around you.

Make sure to share all your self-care practices with us by using the hashtag #RawBeautyTalks

– Team Raw Beauty. xoxo

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Feb 14, 2019

OUR TOP 5 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE FOR YOUR BODY

Self Care for Your Body

When we think of self-care, we often think of massages and pedicures. Although these can be great, and are very necessary at times, there are more elements that are important when it comes to getting the proper self-care and lovin’ we all so badly need (AND DESERVE!!).

Some of the most important self-care activities are those that tend to be the more mundane needs of the body: getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water, eating healthy food, and getting some exercise.

It’s important to do self-nurturing things like spending time alone, reading a good book, or savoring a gorgeous sunset. But we mustn’t forget to take care of our physical bodies and their basic needs. Trust us when we say, if we do not listen to these basic needs, we end up getting sick, feeling anxious, and not being able to show up as our best selves – and that’s no fun at all.

So with all that being said, we invite you to broaden your definition of self-care, and to think of it not as an indulgence, but as a necessary form of scheduled maintenance. And to help you on this journey, we have listed 5 ways that we practice self-care for our bodies below!

1. Nourish your body from the inside + out. This is so key when it comes to self-care and feeling like the best version of you. Make sure to balance out your blood sugar levels by eating a combination of carbs, protein
 and fats every two to three hours to prevent your blood sugar levels from dropping too low. If and when they do, you’ll see yourself searching for the fastest energy you can find, which usually means you’ll reach for something high in sugar and refined carbs. On that same note, don’t forget to stay hydrated! We know this can be tough, especially since we are all so busy and that next jolt of java seems to be the number one priority, BUT the habit of hydrating still needs to be at the top of your list if you’re really serious about embracing self-care into your life. Invest in a water bottle you love (we are keen to a classic Swell) or add in some extra natural flavour to your water jug like lemon & mint or fresh berries!

 

2. Get that Vitamin D, hunny! Ok, okay don’t get us wrong here – we don’t mean to literally go outside and lay out in the sun with the baby oil (ps- can you believe we used to all do this!?) – what we mean here is to make sure you’re getting your recommended daily dose of vitamin D by getting outside! We know how hard it can be during the winter months, especially for those of us with desk jobs. So if you’re not able to get outside as much as you would like, make sure you’re at least supplementing with vitamins.

3. Move your body. We know this is such a no-brainer, but exercise does SO much for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Whether it’s a walk around the block, a yoga class, a hike with a gal pal, or a full on spin class – get your body moving and get those endorphins flowing. You won’t regret it, and neither will your body AND your mind. In addition to exercising, make moving a part of your day. Get a standing desk at work, take the stairs whenever possible, or have a 10-minute dance jam with your kids when you get home. These little moments of movement can nourish your body.

4. Make space to pamper your body. This is one that we know a lot of people struggle with – they feel guilty around it and usually can’t justify it. Well, we are here to tell you, that’s it’s perfectly A-OK to indulge in things that make you feel good. So yes, book your pedi/mani appointment, get your hair done and please, get a massage – not just on your birthday, but whenever the heck you feel like it.

5. Take an afternoon nap – just because. You won’t regret it.

We hope you can add some of these self-care routines for your bodies into your day-to-day. Make sure to keep us posted on how you’re doing and tag us in all your practices using the hashtag #RawBeautyTalks

-Team Raw Beauty. xo

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Feb 07, 2019

9 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE FOR YOUR MIND

Photo By: Saje Wellness

Self care & self-love. These four words have been the topic of conversation in our sphere for quite some time now. When you hear the term “self-care” what’s your first thought?

Do you think of self-care as me-time or pampering?  Perhaps a nice-to-have, but not really essential?

Do you think that it’s something that you’ll get to eventually, after everything else on your to-do list is done?

Is “self-care” & “self-love” just a trendy buzz word? Or are they essential elements that need to be talked about more and added into our everyday lives?

This is up to personal opinion, however, if you ask us, self-care it VITAL, yes we said VITAL, if you want to show up as the best version of you in this world.

Ask yourself this, how are you supposed to show up for others, whether that’s your kids, your spouse, work, family, friends, your pet or whoever else, if you aren’t showing up for you?

No matter who you place first before you, it’s important to prioritize taking care of yourself because your physical and mental health are both one of the most important assets you have!

Now, when you think of self-care habits, what comes to mind first for you?

For us, we are not just talking about taking a bubble bath with some roses or watching a movie with a tub of ice cream in hand when you’re feeling down. Instead we are talking about smaller, more subtle self-care habits and practices that you can incorporate into your daily life that can make a huge, positive impact on your life and how you feel.

The ways that self-care can be incorporated into your day-to-day can be broken up into three different categories – MIND + BODY + SOUL. Here are some of our favourite ways you can add self- care for your MIND into your every day routine:

MIND

1. Try to start talking to yourself, like you would someone you love. This may sound a little strange, but this is a game changer! Self-doubt can be one of the most crippling things, when it comes to mental health – so give it a try. Start using words like “can” instead of “can’t” and tell yourself how beautiful you are from the inside out every single day.

2. Create a gratitude journal. This could be kept by your bed to create a morning routine of starting your day by writing down 5-10 things you are grateful for. These could be big things or little things. Everything from food in the fridge to a good friend is worth noting and incredibly uplifting to see on paper. Creating a ritual around giving thanks encourages us to look for the good in our lives. The more we look for it, the more we start to see.

We love journaling in a classic Indigo journal or the 52 Lists for Happiness journal (shown below) to help inspire happiness and balance!

3. Read your favourite book. Reading is so good for the mind + soul. It can take us places to escape, and it can also be extremely informative and healing – depending on what you’re reading. Filling your mind with knowledge and power is never something to be ashamed of, and in fact, should be encouraged.

4. Create a dream or vision board. There are so many benefits to vision boarding, but one of the most positive things about it is it allows you to get really clear. Clear on anything and everything in your life. This has been such a game changer for us and for many of our clients, friends and family members.

 

5. Make time to get really quiet. This could look like whatever you choose, really – but find time for silence with you, yourself and I. Whether that’s taking a bath alone, doing a puzzle, gardening, knitting, watching the sunrise or simply taking an hour out of your day to listen to your own thoughts, give it a try. Find time to get quiet.

6. Get organized! We have been obsessed with Marie Kondo lately, and her methods have been life-changing. Physical clutter can cause serious mental clutter, so try picking a small space like your desk or a drawer to tackle and then go from there.  Tackle an organization project (no matter how small) and feel accomplished and happier!

7. Make a plan. This may sound pretty simple, but having a plan for something in the future can really help feel positive about things that have yet to come. This could be a bucket list, a vacation, a class you want to enrol in, a list of books you want to read or movies you want to see. Making a plan about anything that you’re passionate about gives your mind something to focus on and look forward to.

8. Get up early and make sure you’re getting lot’s of zzzzz’s. It’ goes without saying that the body needs rest in order to show up as the best version of you, but that’s not always as easy as it may seem. Life gets in the way and can stop us from being able to get that full 8-hours of rest we really need. We actually have a whole other blog on the importance of sleep, and you can FIND IT RIGHT OVER HERE!

9. Learn how to say no. It can be tough, but setting limits on your time can help you deal with feelings of anxiety, stress and irritability from taking on too much. Yet, the reality is we can’t show up as our best selves when we’re running on empty. It’s lose/lose. Look at your calendar: is there anything you’ve committed to that you’re actually not looking forward to? I’ll invite you to cancel or reschedule one thing that you already know
is not going to fill you up. By saying no, we say yes to ourselves and open the door to other fulfilling activities.

Making time for self-care doesn’t always come naturally for us all, but in order to show up as our best selves, it’s extremely important. We hope that some of these ideas have inspired you to start putting yourself at the top of your priority list. By practicing self-care, you will notice that you will start to know yourself better as a result, and in return you’ll be kinder to yourself and those around you.

Make sure to share all your self-care practices with us by using the hashtag #RawBeautyTalks

– Team Raw Beauty. xoxo

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THE PRACTICE: 21 WAYS TO BUILD SELF LOVE

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