Danielle's Favorite Things: Self-Care Gift Ideas!

Danielle's Favorite Things:  Self-Care Gift Ideas!

Self-Care is the buzz word lately and it’s something I speak quite frequently on this website.  Women, Black Women in particular are queens of multi-tasking; taking care of so many people, handling business, juggling careers, mothering children, etc. We rarely take time to take care of ourselves; it seems there are never enough hours in the day.   Many women who handle and juggle so many things also rarely do things for themselves to recharge and refresh. Why not gift the woman in your life that rarely takes time for herself something that allows her to focus on herself?  These are a few ideas with some of my favorite things for the woman who needs a little TLC every now and then!

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#SelfCareSunday: A Playlist

#SelfCareSunday: A Playlist

Music has always been a calming force in my life. No other medium other than writing brings me a sense of calm.  When my spirit is down or when I need to de-stress and decompress, I play music.  When I’m angry and upset, I play music.  When I have a broken heart, I play music. When the world doesn’t make sense, I play music.  Music and writing are my therapists.  Music speaks the words I cannot say, and writing allows me to pour out the songs I cannot sing. 

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#SelfCare Sunday: Get Some R&R (Rest & Rejuvination)

#SelfCare Sunday: Get Some R&R (Rest & Rejuvination)

We are a society that is built on staying busy and productive.  We are often told to get as much done during a day as possible and we are masters at multi-tasking. We are a society obsessed with busyness...  Sometimes the best thing you can do for your well-being is to slow down and be still.  When was the last time you were just still?  When do you allow yourself to rest your mind, body and spirit?    Resting recharges the body, giving you the energy you need to complete your daily tasks. How productive can you be when you are exhausted or when your mind is cluttered?   Our bodies and minds need rest to be able to think clearly.   Rest doesn’t always mean sleep either.  It is anything that allows you to replenish and rejuvenate.

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#SelfCareSunday: Activated Charcoal-The Ultimate Detox

#SelfCareSunday: Activated Charcoal-The Ultimate Detox

Charcoal…I’m sure you think of the little squares you use when you are getting ready to barbeque but Activated charcoal is different.  Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals.  Activated charcoal is derived from coconut shells, wood or peat.   Activated Charcoal is used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them.    Think of it like a magnet, binding to toxins and flushing them out.  In addition to being a safe treatment for the removal of toxins in the system, activated charcoal can also be deodorizing and disinfecting.  Activated Charcoal is considered to be the ultimate detoxifier.

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#WellnessWednesday: Oil Diffusing

#WellnessWednesday: Oil Diffusing

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being.   The aroma of essential oils is widely believed to improve brain function and when absorbed through the skin and bloodstream, they can promote whole body healing.  It’s a form of alternative medicine that works for pain relief, mood enhancement and increased memory.  Our sense of smell is a powerful thing.  Essential oils can purify the air, dispel odors, relax the mind and body, enhance your immune system, clear your mind and bring oxygen to the brain, improving memory and health.  An easy way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is by using a diffuser. 

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#SelfCareSunday: The Benefits of Bentonite Clay

#SelfCareSunday: The Benefits of Bentonite Clay

I discovered Bentonite Clay when I was researching ways to restore my hair after heat damage but I learned that Bentonite clay has amazing benefits for your body.   Bentonite Clay is composed of ash made from volcanos.  It is a healing clay that cleanses and detoxes the body. It is also used to defend against illnesses as well.  Bentonite Clay helps to get rid of the toxins in your body and increase immunity and reduce inflammation.  The Clay has minerals that when ingested are absorbed into the body.

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#WellnessWednesday: 10 Self-Care Practices for Busy Moms

#WellnessWednesday: 10 Self-Care Practices for Busy Moms

Motherhood… it is the most rewarding job I have but it is also a job that will take every inch of my energy some days.  We pour so much into our children and families it’s no wonder we are exhausted.  Over the years, I’ve learned that taking time to “recharge” is mandatory.   As mothers, we have to be very careful not to run on empty for too long because it can affect everyone in our household. Remember the old saying, “if momma ain’t happy…ain’t nobody happy?”  There’s truth in that.  Our loved ones depend on us for so much. We are the counselors, nurses, psychologists, the chefs, the drivers, the housekeepers, the CEO’s of our homes and so much more. We are the glue that hold our families together.  That’s a pretty busy job that requires us to constantly pour into the lives of others.  When do you take time to refill your cup?  I’ve learned over the years that I can only be the best mom I can be when my cup is full. When I’m full emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, I can pour the best of myself into the ones I love. When I’m running on empty, everyone around me suffers. 

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