Self-Care For The Holidays

Feeling stressed out this Holiday season? STOP. Breathe... and give yourself some L-O-V-E with these easy and delicious self-care tips. 

We all know the holidays can be a stressful time. However, "the most wonderful time of the year" should be filled with peace, joy and indulgence. That's why it's important to take care of yourself during this season to relieve stress and anxiety. 

SELF-CARE TIP #1: Self-Massage 

Grab some peppermint oil and give yourself a delicious self-massage! Roll out all of those knots in your shoulders and neck and soothe your mind with some gentle temple massage. 

SELF-CARE TIP #2: Gratitude

Write down 10 things you are grateful for. No matter what stress you encounter, or challenges you face, the holidays are a time for gratitude. By focusing on all that you have to be grateful for, you will automatically be put in a state of peace and joy. You can't be stressed and grateful at the same time! This quick practice will only take you two minutes but will have incredible results. 

SELF-CARE TIP #3: DIY beauty 

Take five minutes to make an easy, all-natural beauty product that you can use to exfoliate dry, cracked lips that often haunt us during colder weather. It will also get your lips ready for all that mistletoe ;)

DIY cranberry sugar lip scrub

In a mason jar or small bowl, mix together the following ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cup sugar
  • splash of unsweetened 100% cranberry juice 

Rub together a small amount on your lips and wipe away with a tissue. You can also lick it away! It tastes great. This lip scrub can also be used on your body as an exfoliator to tighten and brighten your skin that often suffers during the winter. 

Remember to take good care of yourself during the holidays so that you can share your best self with others. Peace, love and joy to you and yours! 

Your Life Is the Perfect Movie

Eckhart Tolle quote

You know the feeling you get when you experience something so beautiful it feels like you're in a movie? Perhaps a moment in nature or a moment of romance. 

You know the feeling you get when someone pisses you off? It may not seem like it, but such a moment of aggravation is just as "movie-like" as the moment of beauty.

We often say, "It's just like the movies!" The truth is that the movies are like this. 

It is easy to get so caught up in the drama that is our life, without even thinking about certain recurring patterns that we may need to pay a bit more attention to. That's where it gets fun. 

The subconscious is highly intelligent. It has a very specific memory pattern that has been building upon itself since before you were even born, a little embryo inside your mother's womb.

Every moment, every encounter, every interaction, it remembers and records. Although we don't consciously "remember" our childhood, you better believe that our subconscious does.

That's why the subconscious is the perfect movie director. 

The subconscious is a casting director, holding auditions for parts in the movie that is our life. And it will find the perfect person, to play the perfect "part," in the perfect situation all in the hope that we may begin to awaken to its message.

Every situation in our lives that triggers a negative reaction is providing us with an opportunity to bring awareness to something we may be holding onto in our subconscious mind or body. 

I first became aware of this reality during my yoga training. It's something we dove into and worked on. It wasn't until about a week ago when I stumbled across the thought, jotted down in my notebook, that I realized how much cultivating this awareness has shifted my perspective.  

Now, when I am triggered by anything, I look inwards. I try and take a step back and watch the situation like I'd watch a movie. Since doing this, I noticed I am "triggered" a whole lot less.

It's not about trying to analyze every situation and "figure it all out." It's simply about developing an active awareness so we can continue to identify recurring patterns and themes, and perhaps look at those a bit more closely. 

Eventually, the subconscious will be made conscious and that's where true healing will occur. Start with being mindful of your triggers and reactions. 

Your life is the perfect movie. When you start to recognize that, life becomes a whole lot more fun, less stressful, and you take back the ability to control your reality.