It’s the Little Things: Lessons in Slow Living

Today is about the little things. I tell myself this as I push through with the few hours of sleep I had the night before, that precious time having been assaulted by one of my worst migraines yet.

This blog post isn’t about chronic illnesses but I can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that it was very much my illness that helped me to see how important those little things are.

When you live in a constant cycle of sickness you really start to noticing and greatly appreciate the importance of little accomplishments and moments of pleasure in life.

Life is made up of little moments, moments that can so easily go unnoticed or unappreciated.

We look to the lives of others and often envy the excitement and the adventures that they have in their life, thinking that our dull and routine based existence is incomparable.

We are seduced by the idea of living outrageously and freely and since few of us actually have the ability to live our life like that we tend to try to live through the lives of others.

If we spend so much time wishing away the quiet days and the weeks that often run into the other, we risk missing those moments in life that can bring just as much joy.

A large part of slow living is the act of seeing those things around you and not being so caught up in the whirlwind of thoughts and dreams that we miss the beauty that has already blossomed in your life.

Like I mentioned in my post on lessons in solitude: finding joy through silence  here, there is a certain kind of beauty when it comes to silence and solitude and enjoying your own company.

It is the little and seemingly unimportant things in life that make it worth living. Too much excitement and adventure will eventually catch up to you but living your life aware of those precious moments found in stillness will help to nourish you daily.

So pause. Pause your body, pause your mind, pause the need to keep moving, and look around you. Stop looking for perfect or amazing and see the ordinary things that you’ve been over looking all along.

Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. we risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary ~ Brene Brown

Licorice and Peppermint Face Mask

 

It has taken me a long time to really get back into skincare after losing my passion for it in the midst of health issues and the hustle and bustle of life.

I stopped making time for one of my favorite things because it felt unproductive when I could be doing more important things than just lounging around with a green face mask on.

Finding the realization that not everything we do in life needs to be productive and time managed is incredibly important. Whether you have ten minutes or an hour, setting aside time to do the things that you love is never a waste.

With that being said, I wanted to share this herbal face mask with all of you.

There are only three ingredients in it which make it a breeze to throw together and all of the ingredients are relatively easy to find if, like me, you buy everything online.

Peppermint is antibacterial, anti inflammatory, and very healing which is great if your suffering from any break outs or unsightly redness.

Licorice root is one of my favorite herbs for reducing redness and for skin lightening, it is also very good for those with sensitive skin.

Matcha is an amazing purifier for the skin since it is very concentrated. It is also anti inflammatory and helps to reduce redness while still being gentle for those with sensitive skin.

You can see that I went with a theme here since this mask’s main characteristic is its ability to reduce redness while being anti inflammatory and gentle.

I usually use equal parts matcha to peppermint leaves with just a pinch of licorice root. You will want to grind all of the ingredients together to get a loose powder.

For your own convenience, buying licorice root that is already ground is a must in order to avoid a long grinding process that will usually result in splinters.

Make as much as you want then combine a teaspoon of the mask in enough water to create a loose paste and store the rest of the mask in a container.

This face mask is a bit cold and tingly so if your sensitive to that you might want to add more matcha than peppermint leafs.

Leave the mask on for fifteen minutes or until dry.

Let me know in the comments if any of you try out this mask and if you would like to see my last blog post where I talked about my thoughts on creating balance, click here.

 

 

 

Four Ways to turn a Bad Day into a Wellness Day

Today didn’t start off very well, I never really sleep peacefully which means my mornings always feel a bit forced and sluggish and I just kind of woke up to a bad day which happens to all of us sometimes.

You can either choose to continue in a bad mood for the rest of the day or you can do your best to turn it around into something that you can be proud and thoroughly enjoy.

I wanted to share four things that I often do when I’m having a bad day to try to cheer myself up and incorporate a little wellness into an otherwise unenjoyable day.

Take A Bath:

I love a good bath any day of the week but when it comes to days that just seem to be going down hill, taking the time to enjoy a long bath is a wonderful way to bring stillness to a frazzled mind.

Add some of your favorite salts and oils, grab your bath entertainment, and sit back and let the bad vibes soak off.

Talk To A Friend:

One of the best ways to shake off a bad mood is to call up or text a close friend, friends are there to support you and bring joy to your life so don’t try to block them out just because of a bad mood.

Have them tell you a story or perhaps just a summary of how their day is going whether it be good or bad, misery loves company after all.

Make Something:

This can mean whatever you want it to mean, whether you enjoy cooking or crafting. The point is to just make something that brings you joy during the process as well as when its finished.

I personally love to bake on days that aren’t going so well, not only do you have something to be proud of once your finished but you also have something delicious to enjoy.

Take A Nap:

I saved the best for last because this tip is by far my most successful way of beating the blues on a bad day.

There are some days that I just don’t have the time or the privacy to really go into a full wellness day so setting aside twenty to thirty minutes for a quick cat nap almost always does the trick.

It’s important to remember that there really aren’t any good and bad days, everything that happens in our life can either have a negative or positive impact depending on our reaction and mindset.

Your life is only as good as you make it so decide to have a good day and good things will follow.

So those are my four tips for turning around a bad day, I hope you found them helpful and if any of you have any specific things you like to do to cheer yourself up on a bad day leave a comment bellow, I would love to hear them.

If you are interested in reading my last blog post on minimalism click here http://www.tangerineandme.com/quantity-quality-living-excess/

 

 

Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil Facial Steam

I was very excited about writing this blog post since its going to be the first wellness post on this blog. Before I created this newer blog I originally wrote about natural beauty and I’m so glad that I can incorporate a bit of that into this blog too.

Recently I have been dealing with a variety of skin issues such as clusters of cystic acne and a few small, scaly rashes on my chin and neck. I have terrible allergies which might be the cause of the rashes but I used to have a skin infection that caused me to get cysts on my knees and face.

The doctors never found the cause of the infection but the fact that it has returned and has been spreading over my face led me to take matters into my own hands.

Anything that required me to touch my face was just too painful so any special face washes or scrubs were out of the question which led me to doing a facial steam.

Facial steams are amazing for any kind of break outs since it doesn’t require you to be aggressive with your skin in any way and it gives your skin a deep clean that just washing your face can’t achieve.

Peppermint is anti-inflammatory as well as soothing for skin issues and tea tree oil is very well known for its anti-bacterial qualities. Together these two herbal treatments make a simple but powerful skin treatment for any kind of break out or ailment you might have.

To make the facial steam heat up several cups of water until a steady flow of steam is visible then add one peppermint tea bag or a few drops of peppermint oil,  as well as a few drops of tea tree oil into the water.

Gently wash your face with water then cover your head with a towel and sit with your face comfortable close to the water for five to eight minutes then splash cool water onto your face to remove any sweat or oils and pat dry.

You should see a noticeable difference in the clearness of your skin, some of the pimples will turn into scabs and others might rise to the surface to be gently cleaned.

Even if this facial steam isn’t a magical cure for the skin issues you might have it’s still worth the effort to give yourself a little pamper since any kind of facial steam has a way of relaxing even the most anxious of people.