As we wind down October and dive headfirst into the holiday season we want to take a few minutes to talk about self-care.
For a lot of us in the world, this has been a trying year. There are always things that go wrong in the world, but this past year, 2018, has seemed to really want to test us. Our patience, our health, our everything.
We normally do a little bit on self-care leading up to the holidays because it’s easy to forget about yourself when you’re taking care of meal planning, gift buying and giving, hosting and hostessing, etc. For this year, given the circumstances, we’re starting our care plan early.
And, with a quick look around the internet, and especially on Aveda.ca, it would appear that we are not alone in our feeling the need to emphasize self-care and the importance of looking after not just your physical health, but your mental and emotional health too.
So, over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring some great ways to take the time you need – whatever that looks like for you – to make sure you’re greeting the holiday season in the best possible way.
And, while these ideas and tips are designed to help with your day-to-day wellness, if you find that you are feeling extra-overwhelmed at any point – to the extent that a nice cup of tea or home facial doesn’t really do the trick – we encourage you to look to a professional for their assistance and guidance. The world itself can feel overwhelming at times, and once you add the stresses of the holidays into the mix…well, as humans, we take on a lot. So be kind to yourself, friends. It’s so, so important.
Aveda helps us kick off the self-care season with their Moment of Care series, and there are some really great choices here. Today we want to highlight a couple that are easy to do but that can have big results for us.
First up is the Beautifying Moment of Care, and at-home scalp massage, featuring Aveda’s Beautifying Body Composition oil. Follow along on the website for a step-by-step guide to a soothing massage, and take a few minutes to focus only on the uplifting aroma that can help promote relaxation.
Follow that with a Comforting Tea Moment of Care, as a way to end a stressful day. Brewing tea can be an act of mindfulness and focus, as you take the time to concentrate only on what you’re doing. Take that to the next level with Aveda’s guide to enjoying that cup of tea mindfully too with these steps from the website:
- Hold the cup between your palms, close your eyes and take a deep breath of the peppermint and licorice root aroma.
- Pay attention to the warmth between your palms.
- Enjoy five minutes of silent “me” time while sipping your tea.
These are just two small acts of self-care that can make a big difference in the way we feel as we gear up for the holiday season. Start now for optimal effect! If you can squeeze one or two into your day now, that will become your new normal, and you’ll already be a pro when things get extra busy.
We’ll follow these up with others in the coming weeks to make sure we’ve got you covered. For now, take deep breaths, relax, and enjoy the week. We’ll see you back here on Friday, friends.