Great Self-Care Ideas everyone should know this coming Holidays

We all tend to go all out especially during this last month of the year. With everyone’s spirits on high mode, Christmas carols singing, decorations making everywhere pretty even without snow, who wouldn’t?! The last month of the year is truly special to each and every one, no matter what age you are in.

For children, it would be the gifts that excite them, for mid-aged ones, it would be the unending parties, and for parents and everyone who’s been working their ass whole-year, it’s the Christmas bonus! With all these, we all tend to get too carried away. Mostly, it’s either splurging way too much on our pockets, for others eating way too much and for others, it may be both.

Let this year be the start of maintaining that discipline. It’s time to stop getting over-excited and forget what you’ve worked hard over the past 11 months. Spend this Holiday season without regretting any actions we do during this last month of the year.

Here’s some tips to make sure you enjoy without getting overboard than what you should have:

Staying Healthy

I totally understand this dilemma. We’ve been associating food with any celebration we celebrate. This is when we tend to forget all that diet or specifically time that cheat-day we’ve been waiting for. With or without the Pandemic, we all still make sure to celebrate this Holidays particularly Christmas in a joyous way with food.

While calorie counting may not be the best move to do, wouldn’t it be easier to associate the colourful Holidays with your plate? By making sure you incorporate fruits, vegetables, and healthy ingredients in your Holiday meals, you’ll be sure that though the calories you intake maybe more than your usual but still in a controlled way instead of getting all out.

Being happy with food isn’t always about the quantity we get to eat but how much we savour and enjoy them in every bite. Eating doesn’t only mean loving the smell, texture and taste of it but knowing that once it enters your body, your body will really benefit from it.

And last but not the least, remembering that there’s always tomorrow to enjoy more eating will help you eat in the right proportion instead of over-eating in just one day.

Tracking our Spendings

Another important thing most of us gets carried away during this last month of the year is the way we spend. Don’t let splurging too much make its way and leave you making a deep hole in your pockets. While money is something I don’t promote in this blog as a driving force for people, I do acknowledge its importance in our life.

Having money is great and important but we shouldn’t let it rule over our lives to the point where our good intentions be turned the wrong way. This season of giving, make sure to give only up to the best of your ability. Spending way too much than you can afford just so you can give is being boastful already and not in anyway good.

It is always the thought that counts and simple, thoughtful, and consciously-thought gifts makes it more worth than giving extravagant ones that only symbolises monetary value but misses the real value of why you gave it.

Getting enough Rest

No matter what age you’re in, Self-Care is a must. As our society slowly comes back to life and get togethers that has been missed out the past years has come back as well, let’s remember to party in moderation.

I get it, you’ve missed each other’s company. And yes, talking face-to-face can never be replaced with day-to-day virtually talking to each other. Yet, planning to make sure your body also gets the rest it needs is a must.

Don’t let your body get overwhelmed and burnt-out just so you could show yourself in parties. Get togethers means enjoying the moment and not coming there half hearted because all you can think of is getting back home and dozing off.

Make sure to plan your gatherings and get that ample rest your body needs.

TAKEAWAY

Happiness from Within

With all these joyous celebrations, it is easy to forget the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. For others, it may simply be a long holiday, but for like us, Christians’s, it is the day that marks the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, our Saviour.

That alone should be celebrated without the need of any glitz and glamour that we have been used to. This should be enough to give us peace we needed in our life, and the happiness from within that our Great Saviour has been born.

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Tips On How To Develop A Self-Care Routine That Works

Self-Care has been one thing that has been widely known, yet most often overlooked. We get too busy with our everyday routine and get too overwhelmed with responsibilities that we forget about taking care of ourselves.

There’s no doubt that those things that kept you busy are all important. But have you ever wondered how much more you can give or put out if you also give yourself some time too?

This Self-Care Routine, we’re going to talk about giving yourself an hour to power up your day. Yes! It’s time to change that attitude of how you wake-up every morning.

This is tips are especially for if any of these describes you:

  • You constantly hit that snooze button
  • You consistently feel like you’re out of time
  • You feel like you have no time to do anything for yourself in the morning—who does when you’ve got kids!

I’d raise my hands and feet if you’ve asked me this question a year ago. Mind you, I don’t hit that snooze button, but instead literally have another alarm set 30 minutes from my original alarm just so I could have that extra zzzz. It was only then that I realised that this contributes as lot on why I feel so sluggish and off even if I had a full night of sleep. Shouldn’t I feel well rested by then?!

Who do you wake-up for in the morning? Make a list and if your name isn’t in it, think again.

You should be the main reason why you wake-up. Before anything or anyone else, the motivation should be yourself. Having something to look forward to every morning aside from that long list of to-do’s can help make your mornings feel much better.

Changing your mindset is such a game changer in this game. This Self-Care Routine wouldn’t only help you feel pumped up every morning but you’ll also see some major bonus changes in your health and mood at the same time.

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The Power of Morning Routine

This routine doesn’t only help you break your old routines but develop habits that you can adapt and do throughout your life. it starts with you devoting 20 minutes to your mind, 20 minutes to your body, and 20 minutes to your soul. This hour would be allotted only for you and it would surely bring your all the goodness in your well-being.

Does it work?!

Let me tell you that while I’m not one of those night owl, but my energy is mostly at its peek towards the end of the day. I’m just that usual mom who drags herself to the kitchen to prepare breakfast for the family and would usually go back to bed any chance I could to add another 5 minutes to my sleep.

So having an hour set to do this, I honestly felt very skeptical to try myself. It’s surprising though how I didn’t mind much of that extra sleep I’m missing but instead was looking forward to waking-up again the next morning.

These days, I feel more productive, my stress levels decrease, and my outlook is more positive when I start my day with this morning routine.

How does it work?

Choose Three Activities

Your start by choosing three activities from the list below for your mind, body, and soul. Feel free to add to this list any activity that you fancy and think would add to this positive change in your morning routine.

Set Your Time

I like to start this process the night before as you know your mornings are also affected by how your night before that is. This means letting go of those movie nights or an hour scrolling your social media which you always intend to do to relax you but not knowingly adds up to your restless body. Imagine all those nights you choose to sleep as soon as you go to bed instead of grabbing your phone or remote control.

Let’s get realistic though and not blame anything/anyone for your lack of rest. Accountability is a must! This means, whatever happens to your day is because of you, and only you. Setting your mind to do something you want would help make this transition to a better you more bearable on the first days of this new routine.

Don’t be afraid to alter the activities as needed. Take baby steps if you need to and just focus on one area (mind, body, or soul) for 20 minutes each day. Remember that your intention in doing this is not only to change your routine but also to enjoy yourself doing it. Stressing yourself into doing things you don’t want wouldn’t make it a sustainable one.

Use a Timer

Do each activity for 20 minutes. Make sure to time yourself. Know that you don’t have to do this in any particular order. Just choose the thing that excites you the most first. I like to wake up, go for a run while praying the rosary (15 mins) then after listen to inspiring podcasts. I will then have a cup of coffee while either reading our journalling.

Below is a list of activities you can choose from:

Mind

Body

Soul

  • Playing an instrument
  • Listening to a podcast
  • Reading a non-fiction book
  • Watching a TED talk
  • Baking or cooking
  • Starting a DIY project

Your Challenge

This routine has helped me tremendously to better care for myself and I think it will really benefit you too! I now challenge you to grab the guidebook! See for yourself how you get excited about wake up, be able to squeeze in exercise without hating it, and makes you feel more motivated and inspired in your days. Give it a go and let me know how much it had helped you!

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Astounding Benefits You need to know about Supplements

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In the past 2 or so years since Covid-19 emerged, we all have pretty much been well informed of what virus is all about. As much as we know about the virus, we all tried our best to be well informed about how to take care of ourselves as well. That being said, not only how it looked in the outside but primarily by making our immune system at its best shape.

Supplements have been well known even before the Pandemic and most people are used to taking this already as part of their daily routine. Being picky eaters at some point ever meal can take a toll on the nutrients our body really needs. That’s one reason supplements are a need.

Supplements help augment the dietary needs your body lack to get from the food you eat so you can get the needed requirement that your body needs. If we aren’t eating much food of a kind of nutrient that our body needs, these supplements make sure that you get them!

There’s much more to supplements than that!

Here’s are more of the benefits you can get from it:

Maintain their general health. When your body gets all the nutrients it needs, you can very much say and also have that peace of mind knowing that your body’s general wellbeing is maintained and in good shape. Just like a well maintained vehicle, you can be assured that you’ve provided your body with the best support your immune system it needs and be assured that it won’t let you down easily if ever virus or bad bacteria came lurking around.

Support mental and sports-related performance. Our body’s performance depends on what we feed it. In relation with my example earlier with a vehicle, now, it’s the gas that makes sure that your vehicle can bring you to places you want to be. Without this, or if you put on it poorly, what do you expect your brain and body to perform? Feed your brain and body with the right nutrients through the food you eat and right supplements you need for you to perform at tip-top of your game, may it be mentally or physically.

Promotes healthy aging. Aging is one thing all of us can’t run from. You can all the beautification you want to maintain your youthful looks, but that age of yours will still have a +1 yearly. There’s nothing wrong with that. Actually, it’s a beautiful thing for us to happen as it means we lived a long life.

Making sure we age with grace is a different story though and that’s what we need to focus more. As bones stiffen and our organs act differently, we also need to make sure we cater to those specific needs. Getting the right supplement for that is a must.

Supports healthy gut. Unbeknownst to most, supplements that promotes the health of the gut microbiome exists and is also important.

StaZen Probio-I helps combine friendly bacteria, along with an appropriate food source for good bacteria to provide you with a healthy gut. What’s more great with this is that it’s made from an innovative broad spectrum, synergistic formula made of 8 different strains combined with prebiotics designed for Asian consumers.

Living in a tropical country like Singapore, it’s great to know that this company specifically made sure that we get 8 strains have been professionally selected for its ability to adapt in Asian climate known for high temperature and humidity. How thoughtfully made, right?Here’s more to know about it:

It also contains Bacillus coagulan strain that helps in lactic acid formation making this product shelf-stable. It is encapsulated in gastro resistant caps to ensure it is protected from the acidic nature of the gastric juices and reaches the intestines where it is actually needed.

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  • 100% Natural ingredients – derived from original source without adding any artificial elements.
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  • Supplements which are backed by sciences and clinical research.

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Here’s some supplements that may pose risks to you if taken wrongly:

  • Vitamin K. It can reduce the effectiveness of blood thinners.
  • Gingko. It can increase blood thinning.
  • St. John’s wort. It can make some drugs, such as antidepressants and birth control, less effective.
  • Herbal supplements comfrey and kava. It can damage your liver.
  • Beta-carotene and Vitamin A. It can increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers.

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Know that supplements is only to help add the nutrition you get from the food you eat. Read from my other article where to get the Best Natural Bulk Goods in Singapore.

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Great Tips On How To Declutter

It’s that time of the year again where most do their “Spring Cleaning”. You might be raising your eyebrows reading this article somewhere wherein you’re bundled up and can hear some wood burning from your fireplace but if you live in a tropical country like me, then you’ll understand that Spring Season doesn’t really come around, hence, you just pick anytime you want to declutter.

Enough explanation….focus on the goal! DECLUTTER!

We all have our own affection especially emotional attachment with some of our material things. Most of us won’t admit but this surely have grown into a bad habit. This is what the Dklutter Community aims all of us to realise.

From being a runway model, founding a popular Facebook group, Singapore Expat Women, to starting a Lifestyle magazine, The Living 360 magazine, being the brainchild of a chic homeware brand that houses the highest quality products, Maison By Amanda Dyer, and let’s not forget she’s also a mom of 3, Amanda seems to have her hands too full already.

NOT!

Having lived most of her life overseas, she surely can relate with most of us on owning stuff. What’s great is what this experience have taught her especially with the difficulty with a lot of stuff in tow whenever she needed to move. That’s why she founded Dklutter!

Hear more on how Self-Care and some decluttering tips for Amanda herself!

MWAG: Tell us more about yourself, the company and how you’ve gotten into this idea of decluttering.

Amanda: When you have lived in so many cities like I have, you eventually develop a decluttering mindset. From a young age, I have been on the move – from New York to Tokyo to Germany to Singapore and now Australia. It’s human nature to ‘collect’ things along the way and eventually you sit on a pile of things that all have some kind of sentimental meaning and become difficult to part with.

For me the light bulb moment came when I lived in Tokyo for many years. I completely resonated with the Japanese culture and minimalistic mindset. Less is more. I loved the way they arranged their spaces and maximised the (often) very small apartments and living spaces.

I’ve always wanted to help people think this way and live a life that was more organised. One day I woke up and decided to do it for real. 

Say hello to Dklutter – a project years in the making!

MWAG: What does Self-Care mean to you?

Amanda: To me, self care can be defined as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness. This can be related to health, relationships and definitely in creating ‘happy spaces’. 

I believe that if you care about your surroundings where you spend ample time, you will undoubtedly become happier.

MWAG: How does Dklutter differ from decluttering movements such as the well known KonMari method? 

Amanda: Marie Kondo definitely brought a lot of attention to the decluttering movement. We are not trying to compete with the KonMari method but in fact compliment it in many ways.

For us, the message is simple – Commit to the process (mentally), then reverse engineer everything from there. This is a mindset shift and definitely a long game. 

MWAG: Do you consider decluttering just a fad?

Amanda: No. It’s a lifestyle – just ask generations of Japanese people (as a start).

MWAG: What do you find the hardest part of decluttering in your clients?

Amanda: Without doubt the hardest thing is making sure that they are mentally committed to the process firstly and then maintaining it all. A few of our clients took a few months to fully click into the mindset and when they did – the magic happened!

MWAG: Any tips for someone who wants to start decluttering but has always seemed to find an excuse of doing so.

Yes, start with one room and commit to that. It’s addictive and slowly you will start applying the passion to other rooms. I’ve seen this on countless occasion.

I also encourage my clients and friends to group their everyday items into groups. One group should be items you literally use on a daily basis and the other should be items you haven’t used in 6 months and then a third group for items you haven’t touched in a year. It’s a great exercise and I often get calls from them super surprised by how many items they have in the second and third groups.

From here, the process starts.

MWAG: For those who have started decluttering, how can they make this a sustainable lifestyle and make a clutter-free life have a positive effect on their Self-Care.

Amanda: Typically, those who start will get addicted to the lifestyle and tend to stick with it. For many it’s about getting started in the first place.

They need to really think about each item before buying it. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What will I really be using this for?
  • Will I really use it?
  • Where will it be stored?
  • Is this a need or a want?
  • Can I live without it?

After some time, this will become second nature.

Getting ready to do your own decluttering? Gather more tips from this article too!

I hope you learned something from this article. For daily inspiring Self-Care tips, you can follow me here. I’d also love to see you on our Mindfulness Course and be with your journey to a better you. You can sign-up down below.