There’s no doubt that we’re stronger together. And sometimes, that starts with ourselves. Whether you take care of a family at home, personal friends over FaceTime, or colleagues over Zoom, we all need to take a step back for some “me-time.”
That doesn't mean we have to go it alone, of course.
Self-care is a team effort
We recently invited our community to a Meditation + Self-Care Session with the team on Facebook Live, led by our very own Katie Davis. Our team donned their favorite mask and enjoyed some relaxation time over Zoom. The turnout was lovely and it’s something we hope to host again.
More tips from the team
Self-care isn’t limited to meditation, of course. So we’ve rounded up self-care tips from select members of the team, given our love (and knowledge) of slow rituals.
My self-care as of late has been going outside. Running, biking, walking. Movement has been incredibly helpful for me in maintaining a happy heart space.
Another mindful practice has been clearing my space (or…keeping it clear I should say). I have been doing my best to keep my space organized and clear of clutter to help with a focused mindset. Scheduling out time with friends to connect has been another form of self care.
I have been practicing face yoga throughout the day. I tend to furrow my brow when in deep concentration or under stress and I have noticed that my facial muscles are sore at the end of the day. Face yoga is retraining my muscles to stay relaxed and is improving my complexion overall.
My biggest is a bath each week!! I add in 2 cups of epsom salts, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 5-10 drops of a relaxing essential oil blend (I love our Calm blend for baths) mixed with 1-2 TB of our Coconut Body Oil. I light a lavender candle and apply our Coconut Honey Mask to my clean, damp face. Then, I soak in bliss for 30-60 mins while listening to meditative music or reading a good book. Before I get out of the bath I wipe the mask off with a warm washcloth and rinse my body off, then will hop into a cozy pair of PJ's. <3
Trying to carve out quiet, alone time. It's super hard because I have my two small kids under 5, but it has to happen. My anxiety increases, I am not able to show up and process my reality, my capacity to handle stress shrinks. If I don't, and sometimes I'm not able to make it happen, I feel it in my bones.
Here are my thoughts on what I follow –
- Salt water gargling every night before going to bed
- Lemon based drinks like tea or juice everyday
- Salt water + Lemon hot shower
My go to lately has been sunbathing! I take little breaks throughout my workday to step outside and let the warmth of the sun rays hit my skin. It instantly lifts my mood, keeps me grounded and calm.
Recently, I've been trying to set a hard end-time to work, so that my day feels more structured and I can delineate “work hours” from “personal hours.” In my personal time, I have been doing at-home workouts, which have really been helping me “step away” mentally and connect more with my physical body. I also love to set aside time to cook or bake; it's so therapeutic, because it's another activity that allows me to be very present in the moment. And lastly, picking painting back up has been so stress-relieving in the sense that I get lost in the process of solely trusting my creative intuition. I try to limit the planning and embrace the imperfections. It helps me practice being okay with making “mistakes” (which I usually end up perceiving as happy accidents).
1) Moving your body in some way every day is important. Whether it be a walk, a dance party, workout video, bike ride, I find it so important to get my energy out in a physical way, every day.
2) Taking time for yourself is also important. My alone time is when I take a walk and either listen to music or a podcast. I love looking at the houses in my neighborhood and dreaming of what my house will be like one day.
I've definitely stepped up my self care ritual lately. Instead of the usual—bath, masking, gua-sha, red light therapy and more pampering activities, I've started taking more time on the weekends to lounge. I have been intentionally blocking out my calendar for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings to simply do nothing. To lay in the hammock outside with a cup of tea and a book. It's divine.
Dance Parties. Turn the music up and let loose! Yoga/stretching. I'm finding mindless tasks like organizing junk drawers and closets very relaxing as well.
Every morning and evening. I have a walk in the morning followed by stretching, then meditation. My evening routine is a bath with essential oils for mood and skin. I normally start with a dry rubbing session prior to the bath. Rub on a face mask of one of these three; Charcoal Cacao Mask, Illuminating Pearl Mask, or Coconut Honey Mask. I wash off after my bath, and follow with my Coconut body Oil or Palo Santo Body Butter.
Meditation, making beautiful nourishing food and lots of time in nature.
I've started to take 10 minutes everyday to let myself decompress. It's important to take time to breathe and unwind, so I've given myself 10 minutes of doing absolutely nothing. It gives me a chance to step away from everything and just relax. I try not to put too much pressure on myself, so this is a great way to relieve all of my anxiety. Just giving myself some self-love.
Carving out personal time to exercise daily and attend my favorite fitness classes: spin, HIIT and bootcamp class. It’s an instant mood lifter and is a reset for any stress from the day. Another favorite is dry brushing nightly before showering!
Fresh cut flowers (taking cuttings from backyard/during walks) and on the weekends, a Netflix party.
Using Palo Santo Mist as pillow spray before bed as a nightly wind down ritual.
Use Palo Santo Body & Hair Mist along with the Botanical Mist daily for a refresh throughout the day, a pick me up, and just to calm any anxiety.
Annmarie Gianni is a mother, health activist, entrepreneur, and founder of 3 successful businesses. Over ten years ago, she and her husband, Kevin, formed a team and Annmarie Skin Care was founded to provide a clean, skin care made with natural ingredients experience using natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. After a few years of focusing on creating a successful skin care business, Annmarie was able to step away and focus on raising her kids. Today, you’d find Annmarie volunteering her time at her kid’s school, helping out at community events, going on trail runs, and spending quality time with her family.
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