5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy (Part II)
Many people say they don't have the time to take good care of themselves. But honestly, it really doesn't take more time out of your life. Just a little effort can put you first on your priority list. Make it a priority to be present with things that nurture you throughout your day.
Here are 5 easy ways to stay healthy:
- Dry Brushing. I love this. Using a dry body brush that you can get at any health food store – and even some drug stores – is invigorating as well as cleansing. Dry brushing is a wonderful way to increase your circulation, get rid of dead skin, assist the lymphatic system to release toxins and aid in reducing cellulite. Bonus: it feels good too!
- Skin Treats. I treat my skin with great respect. I use a face sponge when cleansing my face so I gently exfoliate; I only use organic products for everything – that includes my skin, what I eat and what I clean with. I nourish my skin with rosehip oil (face too), and I use Young Living essential oils for practically everything.
- Diffuse. Diffuse. Diffuse. I make sure I have essential oils in a diffuser, both at home and at work. The fragrance makes me happy. My favorites are citrus, peppermint and Frankincense.
- Crystal Therapy. I keep crystals around me at all times. I feel they help me stay grounded and protected. I usually use clear quartz, rose quartz, tourmaline, tiger's eye and pyrite, as I find they are the most useful for clearing energy and finding my way back to me. I keep them in my purse, my car, by my bed, at work, on my altar where I meditate, everywhere!
- Tea Ceremony. I saved the best for last. If I want a treat, I make a cup of tea first. By making it a ceremony I am slowing down enough to actually enjoy my experience. Waiting for the water to boil brings a sense of calm. I choose not to multi-task during this time. I am present and grounded in what I am doing. To complement the tea, I enjoy a very dark 70-80 percent organic chocolate or a homemade treat. When my tea is ready I sit and take a small bite, sip my tea and breathe. This has made such a difference in my life. I allow it to be an experience instead of something I mindlessly do while taking care of other things; it tastes better this way too.
Come up with your own list and create rituals that honor and respect your body. Get creative and try new things. Share some of your choices below. I would love to hear what you do to take care of you.
Check out Part I for more easy ways to stay healthy!