I have to admit that after all the convincing words (and even more convincing images) of a parade of well-being warriors and coaches (which I admit I follow and trust without doubt) I gave in into the whole coconut(s) craze. Not only do I put coconut oil on anything I cook, but it has become my all-time favourite moisturiser. I love the smell of coconut and the light soft feeling on my skin. It is also great for split hair ends post shower (but make sure you shower afterwards!) The only down effect – it makes me want to eat myself!
Are you ready to fall... fall in love with fall again? To fall in love with nature and the change of seasons, the change of one stage on to the next. This never ending cycle can be really a great way to move forward. Many view spring as the beginning of a new journey and awakening of the spirit from the letargic winter. But autumn could be no less inspirational, even more. The scholar year starts in the fall, we feel refreshed and energised from the long summer days. If you want to start clean this season, start by clearing the clutter of your house, desk, computer, closet...and welcome all that the new season has to offer. That way, when the new year comes you will feel more positive and ready to embrace the ongoing cycle of the good old new.
♥ Move your body – our bodies were designed to move, they thrive on change and can only suffer if we lock them 24/7 in an office or in front of the TV. There are so many different ways we can incorporate exercise. If really does not have to be the boring treadmill… I myself am a huge fan of hiking, dancing (often on my own), morning stretching, yoga, pilates or my all-time favourite - playing with my dog
♥ Eat more plants – now is the season of warm veg soups, stews and always a morning smoothie to keep me energies and full of vital energy
♥ Get your rest – I try to switch out technology at least a few hours before I go to bed and also not to look at my phone first thing in the morning. My favorite relaxing routines are lighting a candle, taking a bath or doing my tummy-breathing exercise
♥ Drink plenty of water and herbal teas; hot water with lemon and ginger first thing in the morning; also the perfect Ayurvedic tea made of turmeric and cinnamon
♥ Body brushing and flossing daily; I like to spoil myself with foot and body massages and all-natural facials
♥ Being present – no matter what I try to always be in my body, my sensations, emotions; acknowledge always how I feel and simply be with it
♥ Being myself, being kind and positive with myself and then with everyone else
♥ True beauty comes from the inside – look after my organs, my health, my vitality. If I have a rash or a breakout I know that my skin is trying to signal out that something inside my body is not working properly. I try to expose myself to as little toxins, chemicals and pollution as possible
♥ Nurturing my relationships – I truly appreciate the people who make me laugh, take my mind away when I have been stuck in my head space, the ones who are truly (sometimes even brutally) honest and just get me (it could be scary sometimes how well someone knows you, but it is a good thing)
♥ Envision the life you want, visualize, daydream
♥ Being grateful to myself and to others
♥ Being confident – knowing yourself and loving yourself would lead the way to confidence. The ‘mistakes’ are part of our evolution. There are only a few things that are fatal…everything else in life is a process, a cycle, a journey filled with BOTH good and bad experiences. The way we live it depends on us!
♥ Being creative – create anything that makes you happy! There are so many ways to channel your potential, individuality, vision. Sometimes, when the outer world does not let us be our true selves (and we seem unable to let go of the preconception that somehow we have to wear an all-pleasing mask), we seek ways to express our true personality. Having a journal, drawing, taking images are all great forms of art that can help you put your mind away, switch off the outer buzz and help you to get to know yourself better!