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Self-love is a necessity. As our lives become busy, and our days become fuller, many of us neglect our needs. We are putting others first along with feelings of exhaustion and tiredness. These have a knock-on effect on how we look after ourselves, so let’s talk about bringing back some balance and carving out a little time for you to indulge yourself—showing you as much love as you have been showing others. After all, as Eleanor Brownn was once quoted as saying:
Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
What does self-love mean?
This time can be as simple as grabbing a book, a delicious drink, and cozying up on a comfy chair. Or going for a leisurely walk and stopping off at a little coffee shop. Whatever you decide, you need to show yourself some love and affection; you should do. It should nourish your mind, body, and soul, and will leave you glowing. In return, your loved ones will receive even more love from you as you will be serving from a full cup.
Take a herbal bath
One of our favorite ways to relax and show some self-love is to take a long hot luxurious bath by candlelight while listening to some relaxing, soothing music. There is no rushing, no being disturbed, just time to breathe, and be. For a relaxing herbal bath, there is nothing quite like making your own bath mixture. Also, spend some time to care for your skin, by gently buffing it with natural lava pumice stone. We enjoy this dried chamomile and lavender bath mixture:
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Add tea and a face mask
Another way to achieve maximum relaxation results is to sip a warm cup of chamomile tea while soaking away your stresses and worries. Even better, why not add a homemade honey and lavender face mask to this scenario? Begin by removing any dead skin cells; facial cleansing rounds make a brilliant eco-friendly alternative to many facial scrubs and liquids. Follow this with the application of the facemask shown below. Honey has excellent antiseptic properties, as well as being a marvelous moisturizer.
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When you have finished bathing and feel wonderfully calm and pampered, try using an aloe vera body cream, it has many beautiful properties. Refresh your eyes if they feel tired by spending a few minutes alternating between splashing cold water over your closed eyes and placing a warm flannel on them. Do this several times, ending with a splash of cold water before gently patting your eyes dry. Then sit quietly with your feet up and a slice of cucumber over each closed eye for ten minutes, enjoying the peace of just being.
Self-love is not selfish
Whatever you chose to do, spending some quality time on yourself is never wasted time. Spending time showing yourself some self-care is also teaching your loved ones that they should care for themselves too. It also shows them that the person they love and adore feels the same way and that their love does mean something. So go on, take that time and show yourself some love!
For more information on how to make time for self-love, click here. And remember to keep an eye out for new self-love ideas and rituals at @surrender_to_happiness. Also, if you want to keep track of your self-love rituals, check out our article on ‘Introducing daily rituals into your life‘ and download the free printable ritual tracker.
If you are looking for more lifestyle and wellness tips and information, check out our blog. Finally, for something special, why not look at this book ‘The Witch’s Book Of Self-Care.’ And for an extra something special, take a look at our self-love crystal bath set.