Springtime for me is a perfect opportunity to revise some of my habits and make adjustments to my life doesn’t feel as hectic. I don’t know why, but ever since I was a child, I feel that I want all of my projects to be done by the end of a school semester so I have a relaxing and careless summer. The same thing happens at the end of the year too! The thing is though that life never takes winter or summer vacation and regardless how much you manage to accomplish, there still will be projects to work on. Being a living example of Workaholism 101, I finally decided that I need to take drastic steps and stop trying to achieve too many things at a time. No, I didn’t start meditating (maybe, just not yet), but I did make some subtle tweaks to my daily habits that allowed me to feel a bit more relaxed and anxiety-free. Today, I’m collaborating with Resveralife (follow them on Insta @resveralife) to share with you my tested and tried five wellness tips that brought a new level of joy and calmness to my crazy life.
#1: Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness means different things to different people. For me, the most palpable stay of conscious awareness happens when I’m working out. Technically, you are not allowed to bring a phone to the class so if you signed up for a yoga or barre session so you are basically forced to forget about the technology and focus on the moves.
That’s actually one of the reasons why I started working out so often lately: being a student, a blogger, a girlfriend, and a having social media presence, the only way I have the time to just let my thoughts run is when I don’t overwhelm my brain with information. Even though I’m sweating and moving around throughout the class, this physical activity does not prohibit me from organizing my thoughts while working out. In a way, my thoughts are somehow being sorted on their own while I’m receiving my shot of endorphins that comes with a sweat session!
My current workout routine consists of two strength sessions with my trainer, one barre and one yoga class where I let my thoughts go and one cardio day where I immerse myself in the world of Netflix shows that I barely have a chance to see otherwise.
Considering the amount of physical exhaustion from each workout, I feel that yoga is the class that helps me the best when it comes to exploring mindfulness. Even though I’m always 5 minutes late to any other class I try to come earlier too so I could stretch in a way that works for my body before getting into group exercises. I also make sure to bring my colorful and adorable mandala yoga mat by Resveralife as it brings me so much joy to look at, especially if compared to boring all black mats available at my studio. I don’t know about you, but I feel it’s much for hygienic to bring my own yoga mat to the class as I just can’t trust that the studio staff cleans each mat as meticulously as I am after every workout. It might sound like a hassle to bring your own mat, but it’s not a problem at all for me as my yoga mat comes with an adjustable handle so you could just put in on your shoulder as a handbag—it’s so easy!
#2: Drink Your Antioxidants
I was always into drinking tea, but it’s only recently when I started considering this habit as one of the self-care rituals. Drinking more tea for me means drinking less coffee—and I’m one of those people who would substitute all water intake with soy lattes, so even a few cups of tea a day is actually a major progress for me.
Usually, I’m a peppermint tea drinker as this type of herbal tea is easy to find in the majority of New York City coffee shops. But when I feel like having a special moment for myself, I usually drink Hidden Hibiscus Tea by Resveralife. In case you never tried it, hibiscus tea has a beautiful ruby red color to it and is known for its refreshing, relaxation promoting and antioxidant properties. To make the blend even more delicious, this USDA organic tea also contains cinnamon, organic orange peel, and organic lemon myrtle. So, you are not only getting to calm yourself down by sipping this tea, but also receive an essential dose of Vitamins A and C that are so important for your health (and the look of your skin!).
Usually, I drink my tea at night as a way to symbolize that it’s time to put my phone down and concentrate on getting ready for bed. You might not see it in my videos, but usually, when I report on the next mask in my #365MasksChallenge on Insta Stories, I usually sip this delicious tea!
#3: Commit to Body Love
If you are reading my blog, you probably don’t need an explanation of why taking care of your body is important. For me, taking a moment (okay, maybe a half an hour) to take a bath and use some of my favorite body treatments s a ritual that could turn a bad or an “okay” day into the best day of my life. For starters, having my over-exercised body soaked in warm water helps to loosen up my muscles. While body exfoliation and hydration helps works like a fresh manicure—I feel that, in a way, my life is getting more organized. Meaning, if I know how to handle my dry skin, I will totally know how to handle any work-related situation!
I recently wrote an entire post on my favorite bath products so if you are looking for a bath bomb or bath salt recommendations, definitely check it out. Here, I’d like to concentrate on organic body scrub and butter by Resveralife that brought my self-care game to the completely different level.
I’m not going call any names, but for many years I’ve been using a body scrub that turned out not only being good for the health of my skin but also harmful to the environment. You probably heard about recent controversy about microbeads that are harmful to the environment? Well, for years I’ve been polluting the world simply because I was clueless about the issue. These days, my favorite body scrub is Resveralife Botanical Body Exfoliant that contains a blend of bamboo extract powder and walnut shell powder which are organic and all natural ingredients that do not pollute the environment or negatively affect my skin. The scrub feels so luxurious and smells heavenly—I feel that my skin thanks me every time I’m using me!
I enjoy pairing it with Resveralife Botanical Body Butter which is also an organic product that contains Shea Butter, sunflower seed oil, and organic chamomile and Aloe Vera that are responsible for hydrating and soothing the skin. The body butter has a rich, creamy consistency that nevertheless immediately absorbs into the skin. The cream smells delicious, but it’s not overwhelmingly fragranced. Since it’s on a heavier side, I love using it after I took a bath and exfoliated my skin—it works so deeply that I don’t need to moisturize my skin after a shower the next morning!
#4: Know Your Limits
Another important lifestyle change that I’ve been working on lately is learning where to say “no” and stop. This notion is very handy in business, but especially when it comes to working out. I used to go to the gym five times a week no matter what. Having a cold? Not an excuse to skip on cardio! Having a muscle pulled? It’s a great opportunity to take a yoga class! While some people might argue that such consistency demonstrates a great workout discipline, for me it was actually a problem as I used to work myself out and get sick as a result.
This year, I’m learning to be less dedicated to working out when my body tells me so. In other words, if I can’t reach the top drawer due to the severe soreness in my shoulders, I’ll skip on a class and do a few stretches at home instead. I also have an entirely new muscle soreness relieve strategy that I can’t wait to share with you.
When it comes to muscle pain, the first thing I do is to take a warm bath with Epsom Salt. That’s the technique many professional athletes are using as it helps to relax muscles and loosen stiff joints. After a bath, I’ll put on a simple T-shirt with no bra and lay down on my Resveralife Acupuncture Mat for 10-15 minutes. I’m not sure if you’ve heard about those before but basically, it’s a thick pad with a lot of tiny plastic “needles” that go into your skin and help to sooth the pain. I’ve been using similar products for years, ever since my grandmother (who always had back issues) introduced me to one. The pain relief mat is very handy if you have a severe backache, but you could also use it for less painful situations when you just feel sore.
Usually, these steps are enough in most cases of muscle soreness, but if they are not, I would apply a heating patch overnight on the muscle and take anti-inflammatory pills. I know, taking a break from hitting the gym sounds like such an easy decision to make, but for me, it was a life changer. I remember taking boxing classes twice a week and feeling miserable for the rest of the week, and now I’m learning how to distinguish between working out enough and killing myself at the gym. Such approach improved not only my overall performance but the quality of life in general.
#5: Breath In
When I met my boyfriend Ben, I noticed that the saying “Stop and Smells the Roses” was his absolute favorite. He is working at the office and doesn’t have much time to be outdoors. So, every time he has a moment to reconnect with nature or just appreciate what’s around him, he treats it like a special occasion. Being a self-diagnosed workaholic, I try following his wellness approach as much as I could, but I often end up being stuck on my never-ending to-do list…
Lately, I figured that little things like surrounding yourself with beautiful things is might be my favorite twist on appreciating all little moments that constitute life. It all started with re-decorating my bedroom with beautiful art pieces and linens. I then moved towards our living room that I upgraded with a beautiful floral artwork, and finally my office where the re-decoration project is still in process. Since I spend most of my day at home, it became incredibly important for me to get rid of negative energy from things that I don’t love or make a use out of. So, I did a major purge as I’m trying to take a more minimalistic approach towards living.
I also introduced a new idea—having a signature scent—to my apartment. Instead of burning a different candle every day, I finally found just one permanent scent—so when you come home, you know it by how it smells! Ben and I agreed that Resveralife Pure Harmony Ultra Marine Diffuser is a perfect home scent as it’s not too girly, not too masculine—but just a perfect neutral aroma that works for our home. We keep it in the living room so this elegant and not overwhelming scent slowly reaches all the parts of our apartment.
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There you have it: an in-depth review of all new wellness strategies that I’ve been using lately. While some of them are brand new and others have been tested for months and months, I feel that each of these tricks help me to live a more mindful and fulfilled life. On that note, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on some of the wellness strategies that you use and love. Please share these in the comments!