10 Self-Care Tips That Practically Won’t Cost You Anything

Nowadays, self-care is not only important, but it is also practical. When we say self-care, we don’t just mean using skin white toner or tea-tree-oil shampoo. Self-care goes beyond grooming and hygiene, as helpful as these things are.

A lot of people who let themselves go and neglected to care for themselves have suffered some form of anxiety and depression. This has led to folks not functioning well in the workplace and in society.

One has to learn how to take care of himself or herself to live a fuller life. Invest in yourself, too. You are as important as your other concerns.

10 Very Practical Self-Care Tips that Almost Costs Nothing

If you want to bring order to your life, start with your home. A messy and cluttered space adds to one’s stress and anxiety. Cleaning and organizing your space frees you from these unnecessary triggers. In this case, cleaning is no longer a chore but a therapy.

One of the things that add toxicity to life today is online exposure. Do yourself a favor and turn off those notifications. If you can’t completely disconnect, then keep your time online to a minimum and don’t argue with people in the comments section.

Journaling is a great way of unloading unwanted baggage off your shoulders. It allows you to go on a deeper and more intimate journey of self-discovery.

Taking naps allows your body to slow down for a few minutes and do a quick reboot especially when you’re exhausted and still have a long way to go. Taking a nap between 4:00 PM is also proven to give you a mental recharge and minimize weight gain.

We all tend to get caught up in the notion that we need to always be on the move to be productive. Thus, we run ourselves to the ground grinding and hustling. We fail to recognize that taking time off and doing absolutely nothing is also a crucial part of one’s productivity. It’s good for your health and well-being.

Dance is a great way to exercise without going to the gym or any classes. Sure, there are paid group classes or one-on-one sessions but if you don’t see yourself pursuing dance as a passion and just need an outlet to let loose, turn the volume up and just dance like no one’s looking.

A hobby is designed to distract you from your routine to re-energize you. If you have a few hobbies that you were into growing up, revisit them. If you don’t, try getting into one. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It just has to be something you’re interested in that you can pursue.

One of the simplest yet highly-therapeutic ways of enjoying life is to list down all the things you are thankful for in a small notepad. At the end of the day, go over that list and see just how blessed you still are.

Setting boundaries for people is a great way of reminding them that you are your own person and you are not at their beck and call. Stop trying to please everyone by being a “yes” man.

Life, as it is, is such a wonderful thing to not enjoy. Take time to live by laughing and playing. It is okay to have fun. In fact, it is important to have fun. It keeps you sane and energized.

It’s always a good thing to take care of others but in the process, do not neglect to take care of yourself. Remember, you can’t give what you don’t have.

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo

Keeping Your Hair Healthy: What to Do to Keep Your Hair Looking Good All the Time

 Your hair is your crowning glory. You can style your strands any way you want – curled, sleek straight, brightly colored – and it will immediately transform how you look.However, your hair also needs some TLC. Find out how to get soft, lustrous, and healthy hair below:

Know More About Hair Oils

There are different types of oils that can help improve your hair’s health. Some of them can even address certain hair-related problems such as itchy scalp and dandruff.

A hair oil that has recently been experiencing a rise in popularity is derived from a plant called moringa. Moringa is a native of Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia.It is also being touted as a superfood, but moringa oil for hair(in particular) provides many benefits. Aside from providing shine, it can strengthen your hair strands and condition your scalp. Therefore, it can prevent hair breakage and split ends as well as dandruff. This is because moringa oil is jam-packed with nutrients that also keeps your hair healthy like antioxidants and vitamin E.

Use only a few drops of moringa or anyother essential oiland do not apply on the roots to give your hair shine without making it too greasy. You can apply it to your scalp and the length of your hair as a moisturizing treatment for about 30 minutes (or more) before you shower.

Avoid Washing Your Hair Everyday

Washing your hair every day will lead to dryness and breakage. When a strand of hair makes contact with water, it swells from the inside and pushes the cuticle up. Over time, the repeated swelling and pushing leads to frizziness and breakage.Showering also strips your hair of natural oils. This will not only cause breakage, but it will force your scalp to overcompensate with the lost moisture and produce more oil, leaving your head greasy and dull.

That is why experts do not recommend washing your hair every day. Instead, wash your hair only when you need to. Make the most of dry shampoo that absorbs oil and odor to keep you looking fresh in between showers.

Read Your Shampoo Label

On days when you do wash your hair, make sure that you are using the right products. If you have damaged hair, naturally you would want to get shampoo and conditioner that has proteins that strengthen strands.

Girls with curly or wavy hair should avoid products that have silicone because they can weigh your hair down. However, everyone else can benefit from avoiding hair products that have this ingredient. Heavier silicone can accumulate along the hair cuticle over time and leave a film. You may need to use a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup.

Do not underestimate the importance of conditioners. They tame frizz and make your hair softer and shinier.Allow the conditioner to work its magic by leaving it on for at least five minutes. Rinse your hair with cool water.

Avoid Heat

Applying heat to style your hair will cause dryness and breakage. If you have to use a curling or flat iron, make sure to spray heat protectant.To use, grab small sections of the hair and mist each one. Comb your hair to better distribute the product. Make sure that the product is applied evenly all over to prevent damage.

All these reminders, however, should not stop you from experimenting. No matter what you do, you can cut your hair short or even shave it off, your strands will grow back anyway so have fun with it.

 

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo

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