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5 Ways to Create an Oasis of Self Care for Your Mind and Body
By Sophia Smith
Every once in a while, we should just stop and make time to take care of ourselves. This will reflect well on our mood, behavior, and it will overall improve our quality of life. However, due to the hectic lives we are all leading, we may not always have the time. This is where we come and propose a few easy ways that can help you create your personal Zen oasis.
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Enrich your living space
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There is something to the whole feng shui theory, after all. How you choose to decorate your living space will greatly influence your mood and feelings throughout the day. One way you can do that is by bringing plants into your home. If you want to create an oasis of self-care, the best solution is to choose air-purifying plants, which have many benefits. Make sure that the plants are not dead, or drying because that is very bad feng shui. Jade plants, bonsai, and similar plants are good choices as well. They will fit perfectly in any environment and will help you feel relaxed, calm, and satisfied when doing anything in your home.
Create a spa corner
One great way to try self-care is to pamper yourself every once in a while, because your body should also be taken care of, not just your mind. If you are into beauty products, cosmetology, and makeup, you can create a spa corner in your home, and it can feel like your personal trip to the salon. Use your favorite products, and try the natural ingredients, which have many benefits. Try face masks, natural oily hair shampoo, serums, creams, and gentle rose petal baths. If you want to add something else to the atmosphere, light a few candles, put some relaxing music on, and grab your favorite drink. Try to do this at least once a month, and consider it your me-time.
Learn to enjoy the routine
Most people think that routines are bad. However, this is an inevitable part of our lives that we should learn to love and enjoy. Creating little routines that make up your day will help you be happy and relaxed. This can be drinking your first morning coffee on the terrace and watching the people and cars go by, dancing in your PJ's on your bed to loud music, or simply getting ready for work on your vanity table, and petting your dog on your way out. It's the little things like this that bring serenity to your life. Also, some routines are good self-care, like reading books, watching movies, or sleeping when you feel exhausted. So find what works best for you and do it while thinking about your mental and physical health.
Some of the things that best fit into the whole self-care plan are the ones you don't notice until somebody points them out. They can have a big impact on your mood, and with that on the atmosphere in your home are the smells you are surrounded by. Lavender, chamomile, and earthy scents are very relaxing, although the final choice ultimately depends on your preferences. You can choose incense sticks, candles, or air-fresheners… whatever you like, and once your home is clean and smells nice, there is no chance you will feel bad. The best thing about aromatherapy is that you can also use it to help your insomnia, anxiety, and even during those routines to make you feel even more relaxed and positive.
Self-care mostly refers to your mind, although, as we said, your body should follow. Aside from pampering yourself, you should dedicate some time to exercise, yoga, or meditation, whatever makes you feel best. Any physical activity will boost your mood and happiness. It can also help you sleep better, and it is a great way to deal with negative feelings and getting rid of all the negative energy in a productive way. If you lack motivation, or will, make sure you choose the right clothes, equipment, make an amazing playlist, and just have fun.
Creating a self-care oasis in your home, and taking the time to take care of your mind and body will do you good. You will notice very fast how your mood changes, how your happiness levels are rising, and how you learn to love life, and your daily rituals. The key is to find what best works for you and enjoy each and every one of those things you are doing.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including Sivana Spirit, Mother Earth Living, Bonvita Style, Savant Magazine, Carousel, Harness Magazine, Cause Artist, Naughty Nutrition, Your Zen Mama, Bliss Therapy, and Art of Healthy Living.
You can find out more about her writing by following her on Twitter @sophia_bri