Self-Care Sunday Series with Honeydipped
Happy Sunday, everyone!
I absolutely love this time of year.
My husband and I picked out my very first real Christmas tree, then went to Target for some gold and cream decorations. We ended up spending way too much money, but coming home, listening to Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate, and wrapping presents with the tree and mantle sparkling in the background was worth it.
Since we got the tree, I thought I was getting sick. I kept having trouble breathing, felt extremely stuffy, and basically lived off of Benadryl (which I hate doing, but… a girl’s gotta breathe without her throat closing up). I was doing Neti-pots, drinking ginger tea with turmeric and lemon three times a day, taking natural allergy relief herbs, juicing lots of veggies, diffusing respiratory essential oils… nothing was touching it. I was still wheezing.
After nine days of misery, we finally moved the tree right outside, and ever since then, I’ve felt fine. So it turns out I’m very allergic to pine (or the chemicals, pollen, mold, whatever’s on the tree). My dad is, too, and has the same symptoms. That’s why we never had a real tree growing up. I’m a little disappointed, and I feel a bit like a ruined Christmas for us. But I am happy to be breathing again. (:
My husband and I have been opening advent presents since December 1st, which is such a fun tradition. He mostly wanted snacks and candy in his, with a few surprises sprinkled in (some comfy pajamas, crossword puzzles, other things he loves).
My presents have all been self-care related, which is so perfect for me. He got me a coconut milk bath bomb, a new dry skin brush, some goat’s milk soap, new lipstick, an air plant terrarium ornament, new headbands and lots of other small things that I absolutely love. I’m excited to keep doing this throughout the years. I love picking out things that will make him happy, and seeing him open them!
Besides that, I’ve been working on writing articles about parasites for work, so if you ever want to know anything about hookworms, roundworms, flukes, and how to treat them… just ask. Haha!
This time of year is exciting, but can be stressful, too, with fulfilling your holiday obligations, shopping in busy stores, worrying about the perfect gifts… It’s important to remember to protect your energy.
Say no to obligations that feel overwhelming.
Take a nap.
Take a day off.
Don’t answer that text right away.
To avoid being completely drained, figure out what you can let go of, what you need to take care of your physical and mental well-being.
Because this time of year can be hectic, I thought we could all use some extra self-care tips from another blogger, to help us get through December.
I want to introduce you to Ashli Goudelock, who is one of the only people I’ve found with a self-care focused blog like mine. She’s got some great recipes for homemade lip scrubs and relaxing bath soaks. I’ll let her tell you about herself and her self-care journey!
My name is Ashli, owner of Honeydipped, a blog that shares natural living tips and recipes. I’m a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys and currently, we are all traveling the world with my husband as he works. We have lived in 5 countries throughout the last 3 years, and each new journey brings us closer together as we encounter the beauty and wonder of our world.
We are currently living in Milan, Italy and I’m truly enjoying the rich cultural experience here. Since many of my recipes are influenced by the places I’ve visited, I am eager each day to get out and get inspired by traditional Italian remedies I’ve researched so that I can provide a unique perspective to my readers.
My health and wellness journey started with my very first expat experience. I was a first-time mom and I’d recently moved to Turkey with my husband and son. Initially, I was extremely excited about traveling around and seeing all the things that Turkey had to offer. But unfortunately, I was met with challenges early on that gave me debilitating anxiety throughout the rest of our time there.
Turkey was quite the culture shock for a small town girl like me, so, after a few incidents, I was very uncomfortable going around without my husband. So much so, that I wouldn’t venture out to any store outside of our local area. Luckily for me, there was a grocery store right beside our apartment and a mall right down the street!
However, my growing baby and I inevitably began needing more products than what these 2 places could offer. Therefore, when I found myself in a bind, I began hand-making the products we needed from household grocery items.
In a short time, I grew to enjoy creating these products. I was concocting things like, diaper cream, healing balm, deodorant, and even experimenting with a homemade WD40 recipe! I quickly realized that not only did my remedies help me be able to comfortably provide my family’s basic needs, but they had also begun to relieve my anxiety. The more unique herbs, spices, oils, and vinegars I needed to make my beloved products, the more I wanted to venture out to find them.
Turkey was a year of personal growth. But, there’s no doubt that creating natural remedies pulled me out of my shell and gave me the confidence to explore and appreciate the Earth and all it has to offer. I am proud to say that in these last 3 years I’ve shaken my anxiety and I’m fully committed to exploring each of our places of travel searching for unique natural living tips and recipes to share.
One thing I believe that every person should be doing to improve his or her well-being is to practice self-care. I am a firm believer that the best way to take care of yourself is to pour time into creating self-serving habits.
Some of my favorite things to do are to take a long hot bath after a stressful day, read a book, take a nap, do yoga and have what I call self-dates– time alone to do whatever my soul desires! All of these things fall under the umbrella of self-care and they each nurture a different part of you to bring mental, physical, spiritual and emotional balance.
Like my mother, I am a woman of many mottos and I’m embarrassed to say, it’s a hard task to pick just one. However, as I contemplate the contexts of many of these personal quotes, I realize that they all contribute to the essence of my moral beliefs that a person should strive to “Live Life Organically.” The cleverly used word, “organically,” implies that I’m only speaking in terms of natural living. And I do believe that in that realm, this quote applies nicely.
However, in this instance, “organically” means to live life with the inherent desire to be an authentic and honest human being. There’s something quite beautiful in the honesty of human nature and how it ties into natural living. Knowing about and nurturing this connection has made me excited spread knowledge and help others make strides toward a more “organic” lifestyle.
My biggest accomplishment along my health/self-care journey is the up and coming launch of my blog, Honeydipped. For so long, I have wanted to share my home remedies, recipes, and tips with others in hopes to help them in their quest for a natural lifestyle. I am so thrilled to become an official part of the blogging community and I look forward to bringing awareness to the importance of organic living within the Honeydipped Community!
I practice self-care in many ways. Although I’m a mom of 2, balancing chores at home, school plays, play dates, basketball games and now blogging, I am always sure to take time out for myself…whether that means just sitting down on my couch after dinner and watching a new episode of Stranger Things, or soaking in a hot, steamy bath after a long day. Self-care practices always make me feel more grounded, focused and relaxed.
It’s funny to think of self-care every day since my time seems to be dominated by my responsibilities. But, if I could, my evening ritual would be taking time for a facial, foot scrub, or bath, doing a nightly yoga session to promote rest, then snuggling into my bed to read a novel until I fall asleep.
The things I like to do for self-care aren’t always super thoughtful or complicated. When performing acts of self- care, you should focus on doing the things that bring you joy and peace so that you can achieve an overall feeling of balance across all planes of existence (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).
Since my passion lies in creating natural products, most of my self-care routines involve my recipes. The majority of them are quick and easy and help relieve the body of any type of distress.
Stress is something that I battle with often so I like to be sure that all my personal-care recipes help alleviate stress on some level. Therefore, it’s not surprising that one of my favorite recipes is my Rosewater Foot Soak. All you need is 10 drops of rose oil, 1 cup of sea salt, and 1 cup of baking soda. I also like to throw in some organic, dried rose petals when I have them on hand. Soak your feet for 30 minutes and feel the stress melt away.
Another routine I enjoy is yoga. Yoga is a meditative practice that raises self-awareness and promotes body wellness. Each night before bed, I do a short 10-minute practice that I usually find on YouTube. My favorite yogi is Larissa from Brown Sugar Yoga, and she has some really effective yoga sequences to promote sleep.
Lastly, I think its especially important for a person with limited time to take 15-20 minutes to do NOTHING. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the whirlwind of our lives that we forget the importance of resting the mind and body simultaneously. This will create a harmony within yourself that will help you remain healthy in both areas!
Again most of my recipes and self-care practices are short and concise since I, like most people, have limited time. However, there is one thing that I enjoy doing that lasts a bit longer. Each week, when feasible, my husband watches the kids for a few hours while I go along on a self-date. This is where I go shopping, go to a movie, go exploring or go to dinner alone. Spending time alone is like a reboot for the brain. Not only does it improve function and productivity, but it also keeps you in tune with your inner yourself.
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