One thing I have realised over the last year is that self-care is not selfish, self-care is a necessity. We live in a society where we are led to believe that by putting our personal wellbeing first, we are bad people.
Do you agree?
And I am not afraid to say it.
I often remind myself that the only opinion that matters to me is my own. I also often remind myself and others that a healthy outside starts from the inside.
Healthy mind will lead to healthy body and vice versa.
As a cosmetic formulator I often talk about skin health and the importance of ingredients. The market nowadays is overflowing with cosmetic products. The consumers have never had so much choice.
Big brands have unlimited resources to come up with new products as often as they want to. Corporations pay a lot of money to marketing and sales executives whose job is to convince you that their products are the best. The wording on the products labels is to cleverly written that it is within the law.
I had used commercialised products for years. My skin was never healthy and flawless, I often had breakouts.
Most skin care makers use synthetic ingredients. They are not naturally sourced. Synthetic ingredients give your skin the ‘soft touch’ feeling but they do not contribute to your skin health. Some may cause skin irritation and serious health conditions.
The term organic has become very popular over the last few years and there is huge demand for organic products.
Buying organic or using organic is very trendy in our modern life even though most people don’t know the meaning of organic.
What does organic mean?
Organic means that the substance or product has a basis in natural matter, and has not been altered, grown, or developed by adding chemicals or other additives to it.
Identifying organic can be difficult. Perfect example is the cosmetic industry. Even though cosmetics companies are legally required to list their ingredients on the packaging, not everyone is familiar with the industry’s terminology. If you are looking to buy good quality products that is also kind to your skin, shop from small businesses. Small businesses care about their customers and create their products and services with love.
There is high demand for organic food like I have never before. Food must only be organic and should not be specified as one. Major food manufacturers use the word ‘organic’ to increase the prices of their products. I wouldn’t trust products labelled as organic sold in big supermarkets. The best way to eat organic is to buy locally or to grow your own food.
Our busy lives have created ‘on the go’ lifestyle – eating on the go, having coffee on the go, etc. We tend to eat processed food full of trans fats and sugars. And because we are so busy, we never have the time to think about what we eat.
The system relies on our busyness to keep us in the vicious circles of bad food, stress and no exercise.
How to avoid this?
Proper planning prevents poor performance.
Preparing a shopping list, cooking in bulk and freezing portions will help you to eat healthy. I cook 5 days’ worth of meals every Saturday, I separate my veggies in small containers and freeze them. I defrost a container the night before and I make sure I have protein with every meal.
Smoothies will help you to get more fruit, veg, nuts and seeds in your diet.
Word of advice – control your portion size. Using a scale to weigh your food has a lot of health benefits- better blood sugar control, maintaining healthy waist size, increased satiety and save you money.
Good food is very important but so is regular exercise. I know so many people who pay a lot of money for gym membership and they never visit the gym. They are either too busy or too tired. If this is the case with you, why not exercising at home. Some local parks have gym equipment available to the public and it is free. Even a short 10 minute workout will be good for you.
Second hand gym equipment is available to purchase from different websites. Some of my equipment is second hand and it works just fine.
Don’t let excuses to get in the way of your wellbeing. Regular exercises will help you to sleep better, support your metabolism, boost your immune system and keep your stress levels under control. I always feel happier and more energised after a good sweaty workout.
Last but not least everything comes down to your mindset.
Negative thoughts will never give you positive life. The connection mind, body, spirit is the key to good health and happy life. There are number of ways that can help you to stay positive. Spending time in nature, yoga, meditation, eating healthy food and exercising regularly are only some of the ways that can help you to raise your vibrations.
We have been programmed to look for external help when it comes to our wellbeing. Our health is our responsibility.
Healing starts within. Every one of us is unique and can have healthier, happier and sovereign life. Find out what works for you and go from there. It might take awhile to find what healthy foods and workout routine you like. Be kind to yourself. Your body is your best teacher and you have to listen to it.
Everything I talked about so far is based on my knowledge, experience and research. Do what’s best for you and follow your instincts. Doing your own research takes time and energy but I promise you, it is worth it. Because knowledge is power and the greatest wealth is health.
Have a great day!
Author: Yana Kaneva