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EPSOM SALT FOOTBATH

Self-care is taking care of your entire self – also the things you might tend to forget about sometimes; your feet! I can recommend taking an epsom salt footbath once in a while 💕✨

Why not use the weekend taking a relaxing footbath? We often remember to take care of our face, body, hair, nails etc. but we very often tend to forget to take good care of the feet that carry us around all day. So hereby a little reminder to you – and to myself – to take good care of your feet.

A little easy recipe for a delicious footbath is to use epsom salt in it! You can also add in some good oils, fx apricot or sweet almond oil, or some calming herbs like lavender, chamomile or calendula.

Why Epsom salt?

Epsom salt is a magnesiumsulfat, which has a calming effect on your nervous system, and it makes your muscles relax. Epsom salt is also softening and moisturising for your skin, and it can help reduce swelling.

Just remember to sit for at least 15-20 minutes with your footbath, as that is what it takes before your body has absorbed the magnesium from the water.

You can take while having your feet in the bath to just sit and fully relax, drink a cup of tea, read a good book or watch a good movie.

Are you good at taking care of your feet? Or perhaps this was a reminder for you to take extra good care of them this weekend 💕✨

Health

THE BENEFITS OF MAGNESIUM

You’ve probably heard about magnesium before, but do you know how important it is for your body to function properly? In this blogpost I will share about the benefits of magnesium & how you can take it 🌿🌿

Magnesium is a supplement you need to know about, especially if you suffer from migraines, headaches, muscle cramps or have problems with your sleep . As you might know, I work in a health store, and I have so many customers who swear by magnesium – especially for muscle cramps.

But no wonder why, magnesium is such an important mineral for your body! Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. About 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in your bones, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissues and fluids, including your blood. Every cell in your body contains it and needs it to function properly.

Magnesium is actually involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, such as: energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements and nervous system regulation.

Benefits of Magnesium

As magnesium helps calm your nervous system and relax your body, it can be very beneficial to help with headaches, migraines or muscle cramps of any kinds.

If you feel like you’re about to get a headache, you can fx try to take a magnesium supplement (and of course, drink plenty of water!). Many people also find that it helps with reducing muscle cramps or that it’s good to take after exercising.

Because it helps to calm down your nervous system, many people also find that it helps to improve their sleep, as their body relaxes more.

Different ways to take magnesium

  • You can take a magnesium supplement, either in capsules or in powder form where you mix it with water and drink it
  • You can use an magnesium oil or spray to put on your body or feet
  • You can take an epsom salt footbath
  • You can of course also get magnesium through your diet. Foods that are high in magnesium are fx dark chocolate, nuts, seeds, avocados, legumes and whole grains. Magnesium is found in almost all foods, but especially foods that are high in fibre

Read also: The Benefits of Flaxseeds

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5 FREE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR OWN WELL-BEING

I’m all about self-care and doing things for your own well-being. But sometimes we can think that we need to buy this expensive face mask, go to a spa or spend money in order to take care of our self. That is so far from the truth. Here are 5 free things you can do for your own well-being 💕✨

“Remember to fill your cup, because you can’t pour from an empty cup”

Let’s just dive straight into it; 5 free things you can do for your own well-being

  1. Give yourself a Face Massage
    Giving yourself a face massage, or a body or foot massage is completely free. All you need is yourself. Use some oil for your face, and then put on some relaxing music, or do it while you watch a good movie. If you have a skin roller or a gua sha, you can use these tools as well to give yourself a lovely lymphatic drainage massage (search for this on youtube and you’ll find lots of demonstrations on this)
  2. Take a Foot Bath
    Use whatever bath salt, epsom salt or himalaya salt you have. Blend in a few drops of oils, and then just sit and completely relax and enjoy. Read a book, watch a good movie, or give yourself a face massage in the meanwhile.
  3. Go for a Walk in Nature
    This is so good for you. Yet something we can often forget to do in the midst of everyday life and to-do lists. But get outside. Breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy the beauty of nature. The sound of birds singing. Just being present and grounding.

4. Do Yoga at Home
You can find so many online yoga videos online which you can use as a guide, or if you are already familiar with yoga, then just put on some relaxing music, roll out a mat and go with the flow. Move in a way that feels good for your body. Stretch it. Breathe. Feel whatever your body needs.

5. Meditate
Meditation is wonderful. It’s completely free, and you can do it everywhere. Just close your eyes. And breathe. Let go of any thoughts that might come up, just notice them and let them pass. Be present.

Question for you: What is your favourite way to take care of your own well-being? 💕✨

Health

WHY GOOD SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR HEALTH

Good Sleep is essential for your health 😴✨ It’s during sleep that your internal organs rest & recover, your tissues repair themselves, your muscles grow and your brain processes the things that have happened during the day.

Sleep is essential for our health and well-being, and for our bodies to function probably. Yet, this is something that many don’t take seriously, we stay up late working, we watch TV from blue light screens until late and we drink caffeine in the afternoon.

Not sleeping well over a longer period of time can have many negative effects on your health, such as:
* weight gain
* increases risk of chronic disease
* increased risk of accidents & injuries
*decline in cognitive function
* increased anxiety

Whereas, on the opposite, the benefits of a good night’s sleep includes:
* increased energy
* strengthened immune system
* heightened alertness, focus & creativity
* improved mood by reducing anxiety & irritability & mental exhaustion
* increased libido (sex-drive)

If you are currently reading this and thinking that your sleep isn’t good, or that you’re not getting enough of it, then here are a few tips that might help to improve your sleep.

Tips for Better Sleep

  • Avoid caffeine too late in the day
    Avoid drinking coffee, or energy drinks, too late during the day. The caffeine gives you energy, and can make it harder for you to fall asleep at night
  • Sleep in a cool room
    A cooler temperature room can make it easier for you to fall asleep, so alongside with the next advice, letting in fresh air before going to sleep can help you sleep better.
  • Let fresh air into your bedroom everyday

  • Avoid blue light in the evening
    When the sun goes down and it starts to get darker your body will start producing melatonin (the sleep hormone) that helps you get tired and sleep. But, the problem today is that we don’t really follow the natural rhythms anymore. When the sun goes down, we just go into full lid up living rooms and stare at TV, computer or phone screens that has blue light, which ‘wakes’ our bodies up. Limit screen time later in the day, or wear blue light blocking glasses in the evening. You can also set your phone to ‘night shift’, where it will minimise the blue light in the evening
  • Be active during the day
    Just like it’s a good tip to follow the natural rhythms of the light to get a better sleep, during the day is where you should be active, whereas during evening and night is where you should be resting. You will also feel that you’re able to sleep better if you’ve used your body during the day, because it gets tired after fx having been on a long walk or having exercised
  • Get sunshine during the day
    Along with the ‘avoid blue light in the evening’, comes the tip of exposing yourself to the natural light during the day. So many of us live inside, and don’t really get exposed to the natural light during the day anymore. Make it a priority to get some sunshine and light exposure, preferably early in the day.
  • Slow down in the evening
    Your body needs some time to slow down and get into a resting mood to know that it’s soon time to sleep. Create an evening ritual for yourself where you wind down at least 1/2-1 hour before going to sleep. Fx turn of screens 1/2 before going to bed, and dim the lights, and read a good book, or give yourself a little facial massage
  • Go to bed early
    Everybody is different, but most people need around 7-8 hours sleep to feel well-rested and ready for a new day. But following the natural rhytms of the day is important as well. Try to be in bed at around 10pm, and wake up at the same time during both week days and the weekend
  • Take a Magnesium supplement, or epsom salt foot bath
    Magnesium helps the body to relax. Magnesium activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the system responsible for getting you calm and relaxed. You can take a magnesium supplement, or you can also choose to make a bath or foot bath with epsom salt, or use a magnesium oil to massage on your body in the evening

Question for you: Do you have trouble sleeping? Or do you have a night-time routine that you swear by? 😴✨

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7 COZY WINTER SELF-CARE PRACTICES

Winter is just around the corner, it actually snowed a little bit in Denmark the other day! That calls for lots of cozy times and self-care practices, to help with the mood and make the cold and dark Winter times a bit more enjoyable.

 

Here are 7 Cozy Winter Self-Care Practices

1. Drybrush your Skin

During Winter your skin tends to get a lot more dry. Something that can help with this is dry brushing your skin (preferably every day, or just before you take a shower). Dry brushing helps mildly exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.

 

2. Use a Moisturising Body Butter

In coherence with dry brushing, what your skin would really love during the Winter is to get massaged into a really moisturising body butter after having taken a shower. I have a delicious and very easy recipe for a body butter right here, and you can also find a simple guide to it under ‘highlights’ on my Instagram.

 

3. Take a Footbath

Is there anything better than snuggling under a blanket, with a cup of tea, and a warm footbath while watching a good movie? I absolutely that I love this. Winter is the perfect time to give your feet some love, especially now that they are locked inside big boots for many months. I like to make a footbath with some epsomsalt and lemon juice.

5. Light a Candle

Winter time calls for candles. Am I right? It just creates such a cozy and comforting vibe to see candles lit inside your home.

 

6. Time for Tea

I can basically drink tea all year long, but Winter time especially calls for those warm drinks. Whether that be herbal teas, hot cacaos or a delicious smelling chai lattes. Pour yourself a warm drink, grab a blanket, light the candles and engage in a lovely book, your favourite movie or have a great talk with your best friends.

7. Yin Yoga

I might be a bit biased here, but Cathrine (my boss) has really showed me the wonders of Yin Yoga. Yin yoga is a very slow and deep yoga practice. You stay in each pose for 3-5 minutes, and you thereby get really deep into the stretches. It feels amazing, and it is so relaxing and it really calms you down. Yin yoga also calls for warm clothes and you usually finish off with a blanket over you in Savasana. You can either take a physical yin yoga class, or you can do it at home by fx using Yogavivo.

 

What are your favourite things to do during the Winter, to make life a little bit more enjoyable? Share them in the comments, and let’s inspire each other!

 

Read also: My Daily Self-Care Routine 

Read also: Make Your Own Skincare Products 

Inspiration

INTERESTING THINGS

 

Så blev det onsdag og tid til endnu en omgang at ting og sager som jeg har fundet interessante på det sidste. Jeg håber at du kan finde noget inspiration!

  1. Denne lille Sustain Daily artikel, om hvordan ens små handlinger også gør en forskel, er så fin og inspirerende
  2. Gurkemeje latte er jeg bare elle vild med for tiden!
  3. Min kærestes forældre åbnede deres helt eget rom destilleri i Roskilde i lørdags, og jeg filmede en lille film af åbningsdagen, som du kan se lige her
  4. Epsom salt er det nyeste af mine sundheds/helse køb, og du kan læse om nogle af alle de ting du kan bruge det til lige her
  5. Denne youtube video giver mig lyst til at pakke en rygsæk og rejse til Norge og vandre rundt, der er jo SÅ smukt!

 

English: 

Then it became Wednesday and time for another round of things I have found interesting over the past couple of weeks. I hope that you can find some inspiration! 

  1. This little Sustain Daily article about how your small actions also makes a difference is so lovely and inspirering
  2. I’m loving turmeric latte at the moment!
  3. My boyfriend’s parents opened their very own rum distillery in Roskilde (Denmark) this Saturday, and I filmed a little video on the opening day, which you can see right here 
  4. Epsom salt is one of my latest health buys, and you can read an article about all the things it can be used for, right here
  5. This youtube video makes me want to pack a bag and travel to Norway and hike, it is SO beautiful!