When I was young, I was always asked to have a nap in the afternoon, especially on weekends. Does this sound like your childhood too?? Being able to sleep late at night has always been made to look so cool that’s why it’s always every child’s nightmare to hear about the word, “bedtime”. And lastly when we are feeling old enough but still a bit young, a curfew, so you get forced to stay awake within the four corners of your room with nerves within you that still want to party outside. We’re so eager to become an adult already, ain’t we?!
And then comes adulthood, where everyone who expects it to be so cool is faced with a ton of disappointment and left overwhelmed. What we have been fighting all those years of not being asked to sleep has been one of our wish list nowadays. How ironic!
Sleep is one of the most important part of our wellbeing, hence, should be included on the top 5 of your list of Self-Care. Here are the reasons why:
Brain Function: Sleep is very important for our brain to function. The more we lack sleep, the more our minds become cloudy and chaotic inside, not being able to make right decisions. Our brain would be slow in understanding things which could affect our way of living.
Immune system: When your body is able to get the rest it needs, your immune system is kept at its best and able to fight against various bacteria, viruses, and diseases. By avoiding sleep deprivation, you also avoid putting yourself at risk of common diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Regulate appetite: Having the means to buy food or a partner to eat with always isn’t the only reason why most people gain weight. There’s much more to it suck as poor sleeping habits. When you’re deprived from sleep, your body’s ability to regulate your appetite is affected as well. This may be the first time you hear about this, and if so, it’s my pleasure to be the person you’ve heard it first, “If you want to lose weight, make sure you have enough sleep. By simply keeping track of your sleep, you can be assured to keep your weight or lose weight without doing any other thing at all.”
Emotions in control: It’s never a good feeling to feel irritated at all times. Not only are you not able to function the way you want to but even affect the people around you as well. You tend to be short tempered, and if you’re a mom, it is guaranteed that your children would feel that heat from their hot headed mom. Try to avoid this by making time to sleep. There’s always tomorrow to continue with your long to-do list.
I’ve ended my 2nd paragraph with the phrase, “How ironic!” And the more this blog post comes to an end, the more I come to think about this couple of questions and mind-blowing common answers.
No eating – We panic, complain, felt like going to die which resorts to us doing all sorts of things just to make sure we’ll somehow have something to eat.
No sleeping – Felt cool and even brag to others how little sleep you had.
Why is this ironic? Because of our lack of knowledge on how important sleep is and not being able to prioritise to have which our body need more. Fun Fact: Our body can last 8-21 days without eating, or at most, 2 months guaranteed you have water to drink. Contrary to that, our body could only last 264 hours or 11 consecutive days before our body shuts off due to lack of sleep. One of the movies I’ve watched during Pandemic times that is surely related to this topic is the Netflix movie, AWAKE. I hope you find time to watch this and be an awakening to this bad sleeping habit.
We all have heard of eating healthy, keeping hydrated, exercising, and getting enough sleep if you are gearing towards living a healthy lifestyle, or what we love saying, living with the right habits.
By all means, those are all great and if done, will help you tremendously. If, and only if, you would want to go a step further though, there’s still tons of ways you can add to that! Take note that like all the other habits, these doesn’t necessarily need you to do much nor spend tons of money. What it needs is you doing it on a daily basis to see some effect.
Here are some next level daily habit ideas you can add to your daily ones:
DRY SKIN BRUSHING
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, sometimes referred to as the third kidney, therefore, it is vital for our skin to do detoxification as well. Skin brushing is one way to do it. I just checked on Shopee for less than SGD 10.
Here’s how to skin brush:
Skin brush with a dry brush before you shower or bathe.
Always brush towards your heart, with the flow of the lymphatic fluid.
Begin at the soles of your feet, then move up your legs, brushing in circular motions.
Brush your chest and shoulders towards your heart in long strokes, then start at the fingertips and brush towards your body. Use small, circular strokes in your armpits.
It is suggested you move in a circular motion counterclockwise on your stomach to respect the direction of digestion and encourage detoxification.
Follow with a shower or bath using an all-natural soap.
I’ve been personally doing this for the past 3 weeks and though I haven’t seen real evidence on how it had helped with my digestion and liver, I am always left in awe on how disgustingly dirty my tongue is every time I scrape it. I might confess that it has been slowly turning into an addiction actually scraping my tongue.
So what are the benefits of doing this, you might ask? Tongue scraping every morning allows you to remove bacteria that can lead to poor digestion and liver stagnation.
I suggest tongue scraping before brushing your teeth. We got ours from Shopee as we needed new toothbrushes. I was quite skeptical on getting one so this toothbrush with a tongue scraper at the other end was a great way to try it out.
Doing it isn’t as complicated as you think. Simply use Use a tongue scraper or even a spoon, if you don’t have one, and reach as far back as possible, and pull forward, scraping off the white film, which is what you call the candida and streptococcus mutans.
EPSOM SALT BATHS
Salt bath has been one of the most used one from this list. There’s different salt baths sold nowadays as part of Self-Care kits. Soaking for 20 minutes in an Epsom salt bath is of the most wonderful way to detoxify the body and relax the soul.
Try making one yourself if you are not keen to buying one. I’m sure you can find almost all of the ingredients available in your kitchen.
a few drops of lavender or any essential oil you prefer
Use that while in a warm bath and enjoy a nice cup of tea afterwards…Ahhh..I’m feeling relaxed already just writing this.haha
Okay, let’s not complicate this too much. It’s basically a trampoline. This has been proven to be effective for lymphatic drainage. It is suggested to do rebounding for 15 minutes per day. Who would have thought, right?!
Anyways, I’ve been living in Singapore for more than a decade already and it’s very clear that we can’t have those backyard trampoline we see the Westerners can have due to space constraints. Well, no excuses here! Decathlon have these Fitness Trampoline fit for a single person with a front bar (I think for safety purposes) for S$120 while a Cardio Fitness Trampoline (without front bar) costs S$ 50. Great options so there won’t be any excuses to do Self-Care!
Not sure if this should still be included on the list but let’s just add it anyway. Committing to do at least 15 minutes of exercise a day just breaking a sweat can make a big difference already. Sweat releases toxins from the body, and regular exercise helps get the blood moving. This is essential for our body to have a healthy metabolism.
There’s a lot of ways to do exercising without exerting much effort. You can try brisk walking, jogging, rebounding, or cycling. Try going into YouTube and you’ll find tons of videos you can follow to break a sweat.
Another method to work up a sweat is by going in a sauna, a steam room, or a hot bath. It is essential to make sure to hydrate after sweating.
I first heard of oil pulling when I had the opportunity to interview Hema Dadhwal, an Instagram Influencer and Holistic Lifestyle Guru in one of my episodes of Women’s Self-Care Series. This has been part of her Self-Care habits. Truly, oil pulling has been one of the common detoxification practice for centuries. Coconut oil are the most commonly used kind of oil in doing this.
Here’s how to do oil pulling:
Put 1-2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth
Swish the oil for 5-20 minutes
Spit the oil in the trash can (to avoid it hardening and clogging up your sink)
Rinse your mouth with water and sea salt
Brush your teeth
Take Note: Oil pulling should be done on an empty stomach to ensure maximum benefits. The best times to do this are upon waking up or before going to bed.
If you are doing both oil pulling and tongue scraping, it is suggest you start with the oil pulling first.
Are you loving this article or you think it’s a bit too complicated for you? Try reading my previous article on Easy habits you can start for a better Lifestyle. Remember, we shouldn’t overwhelm ourselves doing anything. Life is too short not to do things with joy and happiness.
Let me know in the comments which new daily habits are you looking most likely to add to your current ones!
We all hear that life is better lived if you live a Healthy Lifestyle. But how does one live a Healthy Lifestyle? How much does it cost? How much time does it require to do?
Great news folks! Adapting to a healthy lifestyle isn’t as hard as you think it is. You don’t even need to exert extra time for it. What you’ll need though is a hefty mind set to change. Adapting to this easy to follow great habits needs consistency.
Don’t worry much though. That’s why it’s called a habit. You make it your auto-pilot instead of the not-so-healthy lifestyle you’ve been currently having.
So here’s how you do it:
UPON WAKING, DRINK LEMON WATER. There’s tons of benefits you can get from doing this. You most probably will be drinking water when you wake up, so just squeeze some lemon and you’re good to go!
BEFORE EATING, DO DEEP BREATHING FOR 3 MINUTES. This helps flood your body with oxygen, which will inculcate the habit of mindful eating. Amazing right?!
EXERCISE 3-5 TIMES A WEEK. There’s always time to do this. Too busy with work? Use the stairs instead of the escalator on your way to work. Too busy with housework? Do some squats while waiting for the dinner to simmer. As I’ve told you, it’s the mindset that we need to twerk here. We always have time. It’s how we use it that makes a difference.
LAUGH UNTIL YOU ALMOST PEE YOUR PANTS. Have you noticed how you somehow lost that silly and giggly part of you as you grow old? Blame it to ever growing responsibilities that seemed to never end that’s put on our shoulders. Despite that fact, ensuring the child in us still remains, us laughing our hearts out, not only makes us feel younger but also makes life lived happier. There’s so much to be grateful and happy in life, so why not celebrate, right?!
FIND TIME TO DO SELF-CARE. You might be wondering how there isn’t any on the list yet that would cost you a leg or arm, then this comes up ,and you’re like, AHA! This surely would be expensive…try again! There’s much more Self-Care that you can do that won’t cost you anything at all. Meditate, go for a nature walk, stretch.
GO TO SLEEP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY NIGHT. Sleeping at the same time almost guarantees you to wake up at the same time as well. You do this in preparation for your next day. As our body clock recognises this cycle, it builds strong desire for sleep throughout wakefulness which makes you sleep better the following night. As this cycle continues, our body is able to have that full rest it needs which makes our body more alert and healthy.
STOP EATING 2 HOURS BEFORE BED. If we eat until before we sleep, we are making our body do overtime instead of it going for a rest just like we do. This results for us feel heavy and tired even upon waking up.
SET DAILY AFFIRMATIONS. Our mind is more powerful than we think it is. When our mindset is in its great disposition, you’re able to create better output in whatever you are doing. Your mood is better, you feel happier, and you are better to be with. Feeding your mind early in the morning helps make this happen. What’s great with this is that it doesn’t take much of your time to say or read an affirmation or two, so why not?!
Energy is endless. Too often we are depleting our energy because we are allowing people to take it away. Set healthy boundaries and feed your body with healthy food, water, and nutrients it so desperately needs and don’t forget to feed your mind too!
If you’re a mom, you might want to read this as it is made specifically for YOU!
When it comes to transitioning your life for the better, you’d be surprised how an eye-opener it is as something as simple as a one word, “VEGAN” can have different meaning and specifications.
In my journey as an advocate for Self-Care in MommyWithAGoal, I’ve met a handful of great women who are vegan. Not a new thing right? While I might not be committing to being one anytime soon, it got me curious.
And guess what, there’s a whole Vegan world apparently! What’s amazing is that what my narrow mind knows about vegan such as someone who’ll only have salad all day, everyday, isn’t that at all. Just the thought of having salad every dinner makes me think twice already. Get me?! That’s how narrow-minded I was.
Let’s start with the misconception of vegan being the same as vegetarian. If this made you frown and read again what you just read just so you could understand clearly what I just said, then clearly, you’re at the same level as I am in knowing these things. haha! Not to worry though, we’ve got the internet to get more info.😆 To save you some research time, here’s the summary:
Vegans avoid consuming:
fish and shellfish
rennet, gelatin, and other types of animal protein
rennet, gelatin, and other types of animal protein
stock or fats that derive from animal slaughter
However, do consume byproducts such as:
dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
Interesting right?? As simple as that, you’ve already gained more knowledge in a few seconds of reading! haha.. As this article focuses on being vegan, here’s what I found out on my research. There’s different kinds of Vegan! What I love about this is that realising that I can be a vegan too! Read along to know more if you can be too…
Kinds of Vegan
Dietary Vegan – No meat, dairy, or eggs; however, not focused on animal-free clothing or products
Ethical Vegan – No meat, diary, or eggs and avoids animal-based products like leather.
Green Vegan – Similar as an Ethical Vegan, but with a different reason: to reduce carbon footprint.
Raw Vegan – A strictly plant-based diet with food that hasn’t been cooked over 105-115F (40-14C).
Plant-based Vegan – No meat, diary, eggs, or processed foods.
VB6 – A strict vegan diet before 6pm, eats whatever they want (within moderation) after 6pm.
Paris Vegan – Eats vegan daily, but vegetarian when dining out or with friends/family.
Weekday/weekend vegan – Chooses specific days, such as weekdays or weekends, to avoid meat, dairy or eggs.
Virtually Vegan – No meat, and avoids dairy & eggs as much as possible.
Travel Vegan – Eats vegan diet daily, but experiments with local cuisine when traveling.
So there you have it! I hope this gives you a bit to think about your diet and how you consume food in general.
I’d like to end this article with a thought I just happened to have while writing this:
We consume food as it is a necessity, but what we forget to realise is the food our body needs isn’t based on the quantity for our body to function to its capacity but by the quality of food we intake. May this be an eye-opener for you, and me, to make wise food choices as we munch our way to living better and healthy.
Jeannine Paulsen Lirio-Javier, MommyWithAGoal
Learn more on how you can make wise food choices by not being fooled by “Healthy Disguised” food options you can find around.
Lastly, know that transitioning a lifestyle is a journey. It’s not like how Thanos does in the Marvel movie wherein in a snap, everything will change as you wish it would. It is important to enjoy the journey and have patience while doing it. Take it easy on yourself and until you reach your goal of being a Vegan.
It is also a big help you have a great support group which can guide and motivate you along the way.
This special time of giving has come yet-again! This Pandemic might not end as what all of us have hoped for but that doesn’t mean it stops us to celebrate and do what we always have been doing our entire lives, Christmas gifting!
Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? If you’re still trying to figure out what to give, consider these “Consciously-made” products to make your gift extra special.
You won’t only make the recipient of your gift happy but in a way, you’ve either helped Mother-Earth, be an eye-opener to the importance of Self-Care, encouraged them to start a habit, or aided a local seller who have been having a hard time with their business this Pandemic.
So let’s get merry, start that Christmas shopping and make the most out of your every hard-worked dollar!
Encourage the recipient of your gift to live Healthy without them even noticing as these sumptuous gifts are more enjoyable than you think it is!
What better way to promote healthy eating by giving healthy sweets instead. This store also offers ready made “Recipes-in-a-Jar” filled with healthy ingredients of course! Another great thing about this store is they promote zero-waste so you’ll have a peace of mind that your gift was helped Mother-Earth in a way as well.Choose from their well-thought Christmas Hampers that your family and friends would surely enjoy!
Visit them on their outlets at Great World City, Cluny Court, and their latest one at NorthShore Plaza. Visit their website: thesourcebulkfoods.com.sg to order online or visit their Instagram @thesourcesg to be updated on great deals!
Make sure your friends and loved ones health is taken care of by gifting them supplements to support any nutrient deficiency they lack from the food they eat. There’s nothing more thoughtful than thinking ahead for their health. Why not make sure their gut is well taken care of by gifting them StaZen Probio-I, it is packed with 8 different strains combined with prebiotics designed for Asian consumers.
Who says you need to spend a staycation at a luxury hotel just to sleep in lush sheets?
Promote better sleep for your friends and loved ones with these luxurious sheets that make every sleep a better one. Their 100% Bamboo Lyocell Beddings is temperature-regulating perfectly made to make sleeping better especially in tropical countries like Singapore. And before I forget to mention, their clean manufacturing process makes our sheets perfect for allergy sufferers too. Ideal for babies, especially since baby’s skin are more sensitive.
You can order from their website: Hyggeb.com to get your own luxurious sheets. Follow them on their Instagram @hyggebstore for great deals!
Hygiene is one integral part of Personal Self-Care. When it comes to products you use for your body, by mindful to choose those that is made of natural ingredients matters. Gift your friends, loved ones, and even yourself with this natural deodorant. By starting from as simple as a product that you use daily, the habit of choosing natural products for your body will come a long way.
Order now from their website: Freshwithsol.com and use Promo Code <MWAGxFWS10> to get 10% Discount. Follow them as well in Instagram @freshwithsol for latest update on their products.
Another well-thought gifting-idea are these eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner from Jomostudiosg. Their products did not undergo animal testing, is non-toxic, and sulphate and paraben free! You can even re-use their packaging to grow plants!
Great Self-Care comes from constant practice of great habits. It is important to note that this doesn’t happen overnight. What great with this though is that you only need to start practicing one great habit and see benefits in different aspects in your life.
Do you know that you get better results and less stressed whenever you plan ahead? As a SAHM, I bet stereotypes would think I’m not doing anything but in reality my schedule gets too chaotic that my brain won’t be working properly if I don’t jot down my thoughts to free some space in my mind to work.
The simple and clean design of this planner helps makes me set my mindset that when I do planning, I mean business.Yes! Business to accomplish whatever errands I have whether it be for my business, MommyWithAGoal, chores, my daughters schedule, quality time with the hubs, or where to go for our family weekend.
Start making your 2022 an inspiring year for personal progress! Gift this and I’m sure they’ll love it too! Remember to use Promo Code < MWAG10> for a 10% discount when you order from their website: Self-madesunday.com. You won’t want to miss following their Instagram @selfmadesundayplanner for more inspiration.
There really isn’t a guidebook for parenting, much more for being a mother. Great advice from moms like Michelle Hon, who acknowledge the feeling of being overwhelmed instead of ignoring this feeling completely is what would really help moms in general (first-timer or not).
Getting advice from a practical perspective can truly help bring out that relax and confident mom in you. Let that feeling of loneliness, fear, and despair slowly be changed by life-proven solutions that you can try adapting to your family and let the magic work.
Grab a copy from her website: thechillmom.com and follow Michelle on her Instagram @thechillmom to learn more not only about parenting but business as a mom as well.
Do you have a family member or friend who just have given birth? Or it may simply be someone you know who have been having a hard time finding their child’s sleeping pattern? This book would surely help! Sleep is one Self-Care that most people miss to acknowledge its importance not knowing it affects a lot of things in their life including their moods and concentration thinking.
Grab a book yourself for Christmas or as a gift and you surely won’t regret it! And if ever you feel that the books isn’t enough, reach out to Zoe Chu for some advice. You can catch up on her blog as well, Sleepsupernanny.com
There’s nothing more merry to celebrating the Holidays but by feeling inner happiness. Curated by Happiness Coach Shireena Shroff Manchharam, be inspired to live, think and be happier with these 31 cards you could reflect day by day.
Be intentional living your life. By being mindful, you’re set to find happiness in no time. What’s great is, without exerting much effort, this happiness can be reflected in many ways in your life as well. Your mood will become better, relationships smoother, and feel relaxed, cared of, and simply happy.
This is the aspect of Self-Care is the one that most of us know more about. It is more what the society has been feeding us and not that it is not important, but doing things in excess of what is needed can be harmful as well.
Products and material things that help us look and feel good is essential. It helps us build up the confidence in ourselves. Keeping the right mindset in-check and not to let the privilege of being able to buy valuable quality products must preserve personal happiness more than a show-off to others.
Sunglasses has been part of ones fashion statement since forever. With the Pandemic still requiring us to wear masks whenever we go out, the best way to show our style is with the best sunnies we can get!
Lenicceyewear assures you maximise eye protection and comfort. Finding customised and quality eyewear with that perfect fit is the luxury you should be going for! This makes a perfect gift for you and your loved ones.
Check-out their website: Lenicc.com to make a customised sunglasses of your own! You can also follow them on their Instagram @lenicceyewear for more update on their eyewear.
Another great Natural, Organic, Vegan and Cruelty-Free gifting idea this Christmas is sustainably handcraft skin-care products. You’d be surprised and in awe of the line of products that they’ve come up from pet care to cleaning range, they got you covered!
You can check-out their shop at Level 3, Takashimaya or website: Cocoveda.sg. Follow them on their Instagram: @cocovedaglobal for more update on their product line.
I hope this article help you do your Christmas Shopping responsibly this year! It’s not always about the how much you have to splurge but being conscious about the products you buy, counts as well!