Whether its choosing to put good food in the body or making time to exercise, prioritizing ones health is an important part of self care.
I fall out of balance with this A LOT when I am on the road for work. Traveling makes it challenging to stick to structured exercise and even though I keep healthy food on me for the most part, as an indulgent person I also say yes to many unhealthy foods. I love eating, especially the experience of it so it is hard for me to be as disciplined when I am in a new city or country with new foods to explore!
As I continue to work harder on creating a more balanced travel work life my home spa routine has become a saving grace.
These are things I do when I am in my home, at friends homes or in hotel rooms, little rituals that make me feel balanced, so I thought I would share!
- Essential Oil Face Steam
Lavender, ylang ylang, chamomile, lemongrass, cleary sage, rosewater, frankincense, geranium are a handful of beautiful nourishing essential oils that work to support skin health, stabilize and ground mood and emotion, promote calmness and a sense of relaxation. Choose one of these or a combination of a few of your favourites. If you don’t own a diffuser, pour boiled water in a large bowl. Drop 10-15 drops of the oil in the bowl, you may mix the kinds here. Place your face directly over the bowl, with enough space so you are not burning yourself with the steam. Drape a towel over your whole head and the bowl. If using a diffuserTake deep breaths here, allowing the steam to open your pores and breath in the smell of the chosen oil. Take a break if need be, drink some water and go back. Ensure to drink plenty of water afterwards and refrain from using any chemical or harsh skin products, a gentle jojoba or rosewater oil would be recommended.
- Chlorophyll Water
Chlorophyll contains properties that work as a vasodilator, referring to the widening of blood vessels. When this happens, more blood is able to flow, therefore more oxygen is transferred throughout the body. This benefits mental focus, alertness and brain energy. Chlorophyll also acts as a strong liver detoxifier and digestive support, it works to naturally aid and repair the intestinal tract. Fill a glass with water and add 1 tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll, mix well. You can have up to two servings (2 tablespoons) per day. Enjoy at anytime.
- Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salts have been used by many different cultures for centuries. One of the most beneficial ways to use them for the body would be in the way mentioned above, a bath. If you have never heard or tried an Epsom salt bath yourself, you are in a for a treat! They’re incredibly inexpensive and packed with benefits. They work to pull harmful toxins from the body while allowing magnesium and sulfates to enter. Magnesium and sulfates work together to provide the body with optimal building blocks for healthy joints, nerve and muscle functioning, they also reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and so much more. Pour 1 + 1/2 cups of Epsom salts into warm-hot bath. This process will take up to 40 minutes, ensure you have scheduled the time for yourself. For the first 20 minutes, the salts will work to rid the body of built up toxins and during the next 20 minutes the body will absorb the minerals from the bath water. Having some relaxing music and calming scents burning is recommended.
- Coconut Coffee Body Scrub
Drink coffee? Make it at home? Well then you probably have a handful of ground coffee waiting to be turned into a skin loving scrub. Take 1/2 cup coffee grounds, 1/2 cup coconut sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil, mix well together in a bowl. Place it in your bathroom and next time you are heading into the shower, scrub your body. This is a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells from the skin, as well as moisturize at the same time!!
- Dry Skin Brushing
Use a dry brush and start at your extremities then in small circluar motions make your way slowly up towards your heart. This stimulates your lymph nodes which helps move toxins out of the body, supports the immune system, removes dead skin to encourage the growth of new cells, and in my experience keeps the skin smooth and soft.
- Timed Breathing and Stretching
At anytime throughout the day, taking a timed 5-10 minutes to yourself to breathe and stretch is beneficial. Put your feet up the wall, or sit with your eyes closed or in with a sift gaze, place your phone on airplane mode with a timer set, light candles and incense if you have them. The environment doesn’t need to be silent to be able to take time for yourself. 5 minutes goes a long way and can be done anywhere! Hotel rooms, your bedroom, taxicabs and outdoor parks. Take a few long and slow deep breaths. Notice how you are feeling then clear your mind. If you need to stretch, dance, or lie in child’s pose then do this too! The purpose is just to have alone time to ground a bit.