Each month Her. Wellbeing. will provide you with a ‘Monthly Top 3’ List. This will include items, products, services, practices or entertainment that are tried and tested and sure to boost your wellbeing!
Whether you believe in Valentine’s Day or not, the month of February is a great reminder that acknowledging and celebrating love, both for others BUT especially for ourselves, needs to be prioritised for our overall wellbeing (and this should happen all year round).
And so, this month I have really been consciously nurturing the care and love I show towards myself with greater intention. In doing so, the following three things have become staples to my self-love focus this month;
1. Taking intentional time to quite my mind and soothe my soul
One thing I am guilty of daily is constantly feeling the urge to be doing. It is definitely something that I intend to work on this year- to create space to just be still in my day. Something that has really helped to do this is committing to taking 15 minutes three times a week to make time for stillness and soothe my mind and skin at the same time.
I’ve discovered a gorgeous, luxe product that I’ve added to my self-care toolkit to help with this pampering- SelfAmour’s Rose Quartz Eye Mask. It had me at rose quartz- my absolute favourite crystal- symbolic of unconditional self-love. In reiki, rose quartz is used to release stress, increase circulation and improve skin health. Regular use of the mask helps to release toxins, improve blood circulation, reduce puffiness and dark circles, promote fluid drainage, and relieve sinus pressure.
What I love about this product is that in order to actually use it, I have no choice but to take 15 minutes to lie down, rest, and be still with my own thoughts without the distraction of anything else around me. When I’ve used other traditional face masks before, I’ve been guilty of phone scrolling while I wait for them to work their magic. But SelfAmour’s mask covers the eyes completely, giving you no choice but to close your eyes and quite your mind whilst using it, which has been incredible for my mental energy levels too.
This beautiful mask is hand made using rose quartz crystals that have been cut into small beads and woven together. The weight of it alone on my face is absolutely magical and so grounding. It reminds me of having a weighted blanket for your eyes! I’m prone to eye twitches when I am tired, and there have been a couple of occasions when I’ve been able to relieve this completely by lying down and placing the eye mask on. There was also a day where I had a tension headache, and after taking some time out to lie down with the mask on, I felt so much better afterwards. The weight of the beads and their cooling effect really did make such a difference. I keep it in the fridge when I am not using it and the initial chilled weight is invigorating and has really helped with de-puffing my eyes.
This eye mask is such a wonderful investment in your own self-care. The fact that it will last forever and you re-use it over and over again in the comfort of your own home (either on its own or with your usual beauty products) is amazing. I like to have a hot shower and wash my face, then get the mask out of the fridge and lie down with it on for 15 minutes and follow up with my usual facial oil to finish off. I always feel so energised and my eyes and surrounding skin always look noticeably de-puffed and fresher.
This mask would make the ultimate gift of love for yourself. As a busy mum, I have to say this has been one of the easiest acts of self-love I have implemented into my week and been able to sustain. I love the quote used on the little storage pouch for the mask, “She invested in herself and everything changed”. It just rang so true when I received it, and is a beautiful reminder every time I open up my fridge and see that sweet message on the little pink pouch that my mask is stored in. You can check out SelfAmour’s beautiful range on their website and Instagram @selfamour.au
2. Wearing fun, happy clothes that I feel good about
I feel my best when I am wearing clothes that I feel good in and can feel good about. With the warmer weather I’ve been living in tank tops, and by far my favourite top is a sweet baby pink tank top from Happiest Girl in The World.
This tank has been in high rotation over summer, because it really does just make me happy! It’s comfy, it’s cool, it’s pink, and so versatile that I wear it both at home when I’m chilling out in comfy clothes and when I’m out and about and a bit more put together. And its messaging (HGITW- for happiest girl in the world) is a cute reminder every time I catch my reflection that our own happiness really can be a choice that we consciously make every day.
Happiest Girl in the World creates beautiful, sustainable, comfortable and ethically made sleepwear and loungewear from bamboo and organic cotton (but obviously, it can totally be worn out with a cute skirt or cut off denim shorts too! 😉). Their range is 100% Australian designed and made in Brisbane from sustainably sourced bamboo and organic cotton fabrics. Everything down to their tags and buttons are sourced ethically and locally to minimise their carbon footprint and do the right thing by the planet. They even use a local supplier to produce their limited-edition prints!
I love their tanks and T-shirts in particular and can feel good wearing them knowing I’m taking care of the planet, supporting small local businesses, as well as my own health in choosing to wear natural, breathable fabrics.
Head on over to Happiest Girl in the World to check out their cute pieces. They really do just make you feel happier!
3. Fuelling my body with simple goodness
Coming into the new year, one of my goals was to try and fit more nourishment into my meals. Generally, I eat really well and have a healthy outlook on balance within my diet, but I wanted to increase my fruit intake as this is something that goes under the radar a little for me.
Over Summer I have started putting my trusty Nutribullet to even more good use by making fruit smoothies of a morning, about three times a week. I’m not sure about anyone else, but I generally tend to buy a lot of fruit at the beginning of the week with the best intentions of eating it, and by the time I go to have it, it’s already over-ripe and not very appealing. But, smoothies are solving this issue. I have started cutting up whatever fruit we have left over at the end of the week and freezing it in portions with a handful of baby spinach for extra nutrients.
Then, I have a variety of icy fruit on hand and ready to blend in the morning rush. It’s so delicious, refreshing, and I feel good knowing I’m packing extra nutrients in that would have gone to waste otherwise. I don’t add anything except water, and am mindful of portion sizing so I am not overloading on the natural sugars in fruit. What I love is the variety I’m getting that I just wouldn’t normally fit in if I were eating the actual pieces of fruit themselves. I leave all the skins on to get the optimal benefits of fibre and added nutrients. It’s so simple, but so good! My favourite combination to date has been;
- Small handful of green grapes
- Half a pear
- ½ small banana
- ½ cup watermelon
- 1 cup baby spinach
- About 1 cup water
I’ve had the Nurtibullet for years and love that it makes healthy eating so simple. I also make fresh soups in Winter by blending cooked pumpkin, carrot, potato and garlic and a little stock. It also makes great fresh pasta sauces by blending tomatoes, garlic, carrots and onions. It’s a great tool for making fresh baby food, and for those who have fussy eaters, a great way to puree cooked vegetables for hiding in base sauces etc. It’s super quick, blends everything so smoothly (even with skins on) and is so easy to clean up. If you haven’t invested in one, I’d highly recommend checking them out, they really do make eating more nutrients so easy.