Many of us are so busy, that we forget take care of ourselves, or we think we just don’t have time. Before I had kids, I had been teaching yoga for 12 years, and I had basically devoted all of my time to teaching and taking care of myself. My life was devoted to my own growth on my terms. Now, things are so different. My life is devoted to my children and my work, and I barely have time to fix my hair before I leave the house. However, I have found that I actually have time for things that are important enough to me, it just depends on my priorities. Apparently, doing my hair is not on top of the list, but these ten things that I will share with you are, and they actually make my life better.
1. Oil Pulling
I do this every morning while I’m making my kids breakfast. I use organic coconut oil, swish it around in my mouth for about 10 minutes and spit it out in the trash so that I don’t clog our drains. It draws out the toxins from your system, makes your teeth whiter, and your whole mouth healthy. It feels like you just had a professional teeth cleaning, and its chemical free. After I finish, I brush my teeth and scrape my tongue. A recent visit to my dentist confirmed the benefits of this practice. She was blown away by the health of my teeth and gums.
Follow this link to read all about it….http://wellnessmama.com/7866/oil-pulling-for-oral-health/
Dry brushing is excellent for stimulating blood flow, the lymphatic system and the natural cleansing properties of the skin. It flakes off dry skin that helps to rejuvenate the pores, and stimulates the production of healthy oils. It also wakes you up and makes you feel radiant.
I use an “earth therapeutics dry brush” that you can get on Amazon.com. Before I get in the shower, I brush my whole body. Using long, upward strokes, I start with one foot, and move up the leg, and then I do the other foot and leg. Then I brush my hips, belly, chest and back. Then, I do both hands and arms, and my neck. Be sure to hit all the joints where the lymph nodes live; they will love this.
3. Rosewater and Oil on my Face.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It breathes and assimilates the stuff that we put on top of it. Basically, you don’t want to put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your body, because eventually, it ends up there. When I came to this realization, I started spending silly amounts of money on natural and organic face care products. Then, one day, I read the ingredients of a facial serum that I loved, and realized that it was just oil!!! Cleansers dry out my skin anyway, so I decided to just start using the oil to cleanse and moisturize. It works for both. It’s amazing because you save money, save your skin and body from nasty chemicals, save the earth from all that packaging, and your skin regains its natural and healthy glow.
Here’s how I do it: I just rinse my face with water, then spray rosewater, and then apply my homemade oil recipe. Here is recipe that I use, but you can play around with different oils depending on the type of skin that you have.
Marni’s Magical Multi-Purpose Oil
2 parts Apricot Seed Oil
1 part Rose Hip Oil (this has vitamin C which is amazing for your skin)
2 drops geranium oil
1 drop lavender oil
*you can buy rosewater at whole foods, or online. Find one that has only roses and water.
4. Water water water
I drink water all day long. When I don’t drink enough, I can see the wrinkles on my face showing up, and when I drink enough, there are none. I also notice that if I don’t drink enough water, my body feels tighter, and I have less energy.
I practice yoga regularly. I’ve been practicing for 17 years now, and it has become something that I always do. It is a priority, and part of who I am. When I have more time, I practice for an hour or two, but when I have less time, I’ll just use that time to do whatever will shift or focus my energy quickly; depending on what I need. Being a busy working mom has actually helped me to become so much more focused and efficient when I practice yoga.
Nothing can benefit us the way that quiet focused time alone does. Meditation rewires the brain, helps us deal with stress better, and enhances our lives in every way. In the warmer months, I do walking meditations in the woods by my house, and in the colder months, I sit. I sometimes sit for just 5 minutes, and other times for 20. Whatever I have time for, I make it happen, because I can tell he difference when I don’t do it. I am much nicer and happier when I meditate.
I have some amazing friends who I believe are actually superheros in disguise. We all need a few close friends who inspire us to our potential, and totally love us for all of our crazy weirdness. My superhero friends are people I can call when I’m struggling with something, and we can both take it really seriously and laugh at it at the same time. They also all believe in faeries, and for me that’s important.
I write a lot. I always have 3 journals; one for inspiration for the classes that I teach, one for what I want to manifest in my life, and one for all the dark crazy stuff that just needs an outlet sometimes. Writing helps me to organize my inner self, connect to what matters to me, and stay inspired by my life. I either read something inspiring, or write in a journal every night before I go to bed.
I don’t take my self too seriously, except when I do ;). Rather than beat myself up, I have learned to laugh at all the ways in which I am imperfect. Life is so much more fun that way. Laughing with others creates connection and brings lightness to a heavy situation.
I’m noticing that I basically turn into a comedian any time I have to sit in doctor’s office. I hate going to the doctor, and used to avoid it all costs, but now, as I get older, and my body speaks louder, I end up there more than I like. So, I’ve turned it into an opportunity to try to make the nurses and doctors laugh. Its a fun challenge. When they have to cut me open or look at some naked part of my body, its kind of like we’re friends already, and its less weird and more funny.
10. Get Outside
Get some sun. Walk barefoot in the grass or mud. Breathe fresh air. Listen to the trees. Hug the trees. Go camping. Watch birds. Notice things.