As we come towards the end of January, it can be easy to place less importance on the resolutions and goals that you felt were super important at the beginning of the year.
You may already have a solid idea of what it is you want to achieve this year. However, you may also not yet be so aware of where 2017 will take you. Whichever of these situations sounds more true to your own experience, the key to moving forwards is to enable your own positivity.
Positive thinking is a concept that can bring an abundance of happiness into your life, and isn’t something that you should ignore! Often you may feel as though your happiness comes to you naturally, and on other occasions it can be harder to find the source of these positive feelings. This is why knowing how to create a positive mindset for yourself in any situation is beneficial for every aspect of your life.
Making time for conscious positivity every day is one of the best ways to ensure that it doesn’t leave your life. For example, spend a short period of time practicing meditation and focusing on all of the great things in your life that you are grateful for. These can be small things, or brief interactions with people that left you feeling good. They can also be larger ideas and tangible things that you are proud of.
Repeating positive affirmations to yourself during the day is also a great way to encourage a continuos positive mindset. Using positive affirmations can seriously help to re-route negative thought patterns and help you to avoid dwelling on past problems, thereby allowing positivity to persist.
Self-care can take many forms. It is an amazing way to keep a smile on your face and peace in your mind. Small acts of self-care may involve making an effort every morning to have a routine that readies you for the day, taking time to be by yourself in nature, or having periods away from technology and the general noise of modern day life.
Incorporating all of the aforementioned concepts into your life will help you to create the happiness you want for yourself. There is no limit to how this positivity can grow and impact you and those around you!
If you have seen my new wellness for women membership site – Truly Julie – then you will know that I am on a mission to inspire and motivate women to become healthier and happier – and I would love it if you would join me on this journey as we keep moving through 2017!
Many products that claim to be great for our skin are actually riddled with chemicals and toxins. Opting for all-natural products is the best way to let our skin breathe the way it needs to. By combining chemical-free skin care products with certain self-care routines, you can get great skin without exposing your body to any unnecessary toxins.
If, like the majority of people, you don’t have time for extensive beauty regimes in the morning, then applying a face mask ten minutes before you get in the shower is a great time-saver. Let the mask work its magic while you wake and then rinse off as you have your shower. Check out my post on The Best Natural Skin Masks for a selection of home-made face mask recipes.
Keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day is key to maintaining a fresh, youthful appearance. Organic hydrosols are the best choice for doing so and you can purchase them easily online. Spraying hydrosols onto your face at regualar intervals throughout the day will nourish your skin with beneficial herbal elements and micro-molecules of essential oil.
As we know, what we put into our bodies directly influences our outward appearance. This is why it’s essential to consume natural produce that is preferably organic. By not giving toxins the chance to infiltrate your system through your food choices, you reduce the risk of blemishes and other inflammations. Similarly, many plant-based foods are known to combat inflammation in the body which is great news for your skin. Making sure you drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day will also help you to remain hydrated. Additionally, aloe vera juice, herbal teas and lemon water are known to be great for the appearance of your skin.
Although it’s not always something you can control, getting enough sleep will also influence the health of your skin. If you are not getting seven hours or more every night then the exhaustion will soon start to be apparent in your appearance. Make sure you are getting to bed early enough each night to get the right amount of sleep. If you have trouble sleeping then you can address this by examining your diet or also by taking supplements like melatonin.
Preventing damage to your skin will obviously help to stop problems before they occur. Staying safe in the sun is an incredibly important part of this! Be sure to choose a chemical free sunscreen and to reapply throughout the day when exposure to the sun is constant. You should also treat your body with a natural after-sun lotion at the end of a long day outside.
When you purchase face masks and skin products from the supermarket, it isn’t uncommon that they will have a long list of ingredients, some of which you may not be familiar with. Unfortunately, not all of these things are going to be as good for your skin as the manufacturer would have you believe. Avoiding toxic chemicals is very important when it comes to the health of your skin. Making skin masks yourself at home is the best way to know what you are using on your body and it’s also not at all difficult.
Lemons are full of vitamin C which is great for your skin. Try mixing two tablespoons of lemon juice with a teaspoon of unrefined organic sugar. Then using your hand, rub the mixture into your face. This is amazing for exfoliating the skin and once you wash it off a few minutes later, you’ll notice that your face is brighter and smoother.
The caffeine that is present in raw cacao is great for your face as it tightens the skin, not to mention the mass of antioxidants that are present in raw cacao. It is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet and is revered for its cancer combating properties and ability to tackle signs of premature aging. To get the best results from this miracle ingredient, mix two tablespoons of raw cacao powder with one mashed banana, two tablespoons of ground raw oats and two tablespoons of organic honey. Make sure you mix it together well and then apply evenly to your face. Wait for 20 – 30 minutes before washing off.
Avocado is absolutely bursting with Omega fatty acids which work wonders at moisturizing your skin. Not only that, but avocados are full of many all important vitamins and minerals too. If you have dry skin then the best way to treat it is to combine the flesh of an avocado with a dash of olive oil and leave on the face for 15 – 20 minutes. Be sure to use an organic olive oil or an Extra Virgin variety.
Spirulina is famous for its antibacterial properties which means great things for your pores. It is a member of the algae family and comparably has more antioxidants than blueberries! This is good news for your face if you are trying to reduce the impact of sun damage or are attempting to alleviate blemishes or fine wrinkles.
For a face mask that will leave you looking rejuvenated, add just ½ a teaspoon of spirulina with a mashed banana. You can also add a squirt of lemon juice in for good measure but it’s not essential. After 15 – 20 minutes on the face, rinse away and dry.