Do you believe in magic? I believe in magic... the magic of the universe, the magic found in the little things that surround us every day, the magic of love, the magic of circling and sisterhood, and family and community.
I also believe in creating magic and ritual for, and with, my children, be it through holiday rituals, charging our gemstones in the moonlight, essential oils, salt baths and discussing the rhythm of the seasons...finding joy in nature and creativity.
To share a little of this magic; here is my easy DIY Salt Scrub Recipe!
You can use this in your shower or in the bath when you are taking time for you and your self-care. Make sure to take your time, breathe deep and soak in the goodness of the salts to help draw out impurities and relax your muscles and while brightening your senses with your favourite essential oils.
WHAT YOU NEED:
2 cups unrefined sea salt, Epsom salt or pink Himalayan salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil or fractionated coconut oil
If there is one small thing that each one of us can do to enrich our lives, it's to practice mindfulness. "Be all there"… Mindfulness refers to a state of being fully present in the present moment, with acceptance and without judgement. Sometimes this is easier said than done…we are often juggling a number of different commitments; it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or distracted.
“Practising mindfulness briefly throughout the day is going to have an effect on your neural development — it’s going to have an effect on your capacity to self-regulate.” (Catherine Phillips, Edmonton psychiatrist) Self-Regulation is our ability to gain (or regain) a sense of control over our behaviour and emotion in our lives.
So, whenever you feel yourself floating away and running on auto pilot, or killing time by being glued to your device…stop; take a deep breath, take in your surroundings and, check in with yourself. How is your body feeling? Are you tense? Unclench your jaw, dro...
Just like keeping our bodies fit helps us stay strong and fight off disease, keeping our minds fit helps us stave off mental illness and keeps us feeling good. Regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status, mental illness can take a toll on anyone’s life. In fact, The Scientific American reports that mental illness is even more common than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Fortunately, adopting a lifestyle that’s centred on self-care can go a long way to help keep your brain healthy. Here are some tips to get you started.
Stop Overworking Yourself
Job burnout is a common cause of mental distress, resulting in depression, anxiety, and even physical exhaustion. It occurs when we take on too much at work and put excessive pressure on ourselves. Pay attention to the following signs of burnout so you can take action to protect your mental health: