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My Sunday self care routine has become increasingly important to me, as it’s my time for myself. I no longer have children knocking on the door which is in some ways lovely, but also a bit sad too. I have waited a long time for peace and quiet, so I’m determined to make the most of it. Self care is so important, women spend so much of time looking after others, that we often push our needs to one side. I feel the need to make the time for myself weekly or even daily; sometimes work and life can be overwhelming, and this helps me relax, and connect back to myself. Self care isn’t selfish or narcissistic, as long as you’re not posting selfies every 5 minutes while you’re doing it; it’s just a practise, like doing yoga, or having a massage.
I always start with skin brushing, Dry skin brushing makes skin feel really smooth, but it also has many different health benefits including;
- Exfoliates skin
- Improves skin’s texture
- Stimulates lymphatic system
- Improves circulation
- Reduces cellulite
- Uncloggs pores
I have tried a few different body brushes but I like this brush pictured below from the The Body Shop as it’s easy to handle and the bristles are not too hard, and I use a long handle body brush for my back. Sometimes if my skin feels particularly sensitive, I use raw silk gloves, and they do the job well too. I do 10 brushes in long strokes on each body part, brushing towards the heart, and I use circular movements around my hips and buttocks. I only dry skin brush once a week, mainly due to lack of time, but you can do it every day.
Next, I do some oil pulling. Oil pulling is an old Ayurvedic practise that is supposed to pull out toxins from the body. Our oral health can be linked to disease, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, dementia and chronic inflammation, so this is a great practise to get into. I use 1 – 2 tablespoons of raw organic, cold pressed coconut oil with 1 drop of Doterra peppermint essential oil, and swish the oil around my mouth for 10 – 20 minutes. Apparently you don’t receive the full benefits until after 10 minutes, but it’s like everything, I found oil pulling quite hard in the beginning and could only manage it for around 5 minutes, so 20 minutes is something to build up to. But even if you only manage a few minutes you will love the feel of your mouth afterwards, and your teeth feel really clean too. After I’ve finished swirling the oil around my mouth, dispose of it correctly; I spit mine out in the garden. It is possible to block your drains putting oil down the sink, and you will be quite shocked at the gunk that comes out of your mouth – but better out than in!
Oil Pulling Benefits
- Whitens teeth
- Boosts the immune system
- Good for gum health and dental hygiene
- Improves bad breath
I have always used shower gel, but recently, I switched back over to using soap, as it has no plastic packaging materials. As we are all becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of plastic not only for our environment, but also for our hormones too; (check out my Facebook group for a talk on this.) I have been trying to use products either in glass bottles, or products with no packaging like this soap. This orange oil soap contains no SLS, or parabens and is hand made in Spain. It contains olive oil and orange essential oil, which is known for it’s antiseptic, and calming properties, and great for relieving anxiety and nervousness. This orange soap smells incredible too, and is priced at £3.95, so a real bargain, as it lasts very well.
For my face, I also alway use TriBalm (full review here.) This cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser is all natural products and cruelty free, and does 3 jobs in one. I love the fact it is in stick form, as it’s very easy to use with no waste and it leaves my skin feeling clean and moisturised. It also has no fragrance which suits me well, as my skin is sensitive and prone to redness.
While I am in the bath relaxing, I listen to spiritual talks, mainly on Manifesting. Manifesting is something I have done for a long time, it is a practise that believes “You are what you think about,” I believe I have manifested many things into my life, if not everything, so I find these talks very interesting. My favourite coaches are Ester and Jerry Hicks and Sarah Morgan. Ester Hicks is hysterically funny, and so interesting, and Sarah’s energy and enthusiasm for life is really infectious. As I listen I manifest all the things I would like to happen in my life; it’s a really enjoyable and uplifting practise.
After a lovely soak in the bath, I come out and use Doterra Fractionated Coconut Oil on damp skin. Thiis is extremely moisturising and I add a drop of essential oil to it, like lavender to increase relaxation or sometimes if I have been weight training, I use deep blue. I also use 1 drop of Serenity or lavender oil, in my fractionated coconut oil and rub it on the soles of my feet. This increases relaxation and promotes good sleep.
I like to get to bed early on a Sunday and I diffuse Serenity or lavender oil in my oil diffuser in my room before bed. This also really helps me unwind ready for a restful night’s sleep. I then listen to a guided meditation either by Anna Wise; recommended by Laura on the meditation post, or I like this one by Shazzie too. I always have my beloved Salt lamps on, to create an ambient atmosphere.
I find this is really lovely routine for a Sunday evening, and it helps me set up for the week ahead. If I follow this routine, I also find I have a good nights sleep. I really look forward to Sunday evenings, and I highly recommend making some space for yourself somewhere in your week.
If you have a routine you like to follow, or any products you would like to share; please do so in the comments below.