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Self-care, don't care

Self-care is defined as the process of taking care of oneself with behaviors that promote health and active management of illness when it occurs. Self-care is different for everyone and can be one thing or a combination of things. If you don't practice it, you're missing out. If you hate on it, you have no idea. Regardless of what it means to you, self-care is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

In a perfect world my self-care routine includes waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and joining a virtual yoga class. When it's finished, I sit with a cup of tea and pull a tarot card and journal about it. Other days, it is a simple as putting a face mask on and doing my nails. Either of these things makes me feel happy and allows time to spend with just myself.


-Funny story inserted here- While taking a break from writing this today... after all, it is football Sunday and the Patriots were on at 1. I was scrolling Instagram and my friend Erica had posted on her story that she was doing a free yoga session tonight. I immediately signed up because I believe that timing is everything. Before I was a mom, I did yoga with my own mother weekly at random rec centers and yoga studios. I was wound tighter than a drum and it really helped me with my stress and anxiety. Then I had my son and life just got busy, I did not do yoga as much anymore. And within the last year, I have slowly been bringing it back into my routine.


At the end of this summer, I was contemplating my next chapter. Will my next 30 years be consumed with reading phone reports? Or will I ever get to be my own boss or work doing something I love again? I started thinking of all the things I love and know how to do, and that makes me feel good. I know beauty (hence the blog and products), wellness, and yoga. I ended up reaching out to my first-ever friend in life. Literally, the first friend. Our dads have been friends since they were 12 years old. We have known each other since we were born and as a child and adolescent she was often there and someone I always cherished. I was reaching out to her because I originally wanted to pick her brain about her career. It sounded like she had it all figured out but we ultimately started talking about yoga and she invited me to a virtual class with some friends she had connected with in Chicago over the years. I loved it and started taking them every Saturday morning. Over the last few weeks, I fell off so when I saw her post this morning I knew I had to take a class tonight. It made me so happy and it felt really great to get back into it. If you are ever curious you should check it out at https://www.sprinklecheer.com/. Let me know and I will take a class with you!

- Back to our regularly scheduled program- With Wild Brew Botanicals, our goal is to focus on self-care. We offer many products to make you feel great about yourself. Have you ever tried a smudging stick? Sage can be used as a smudging stick to remove bacteria from the air and repel insects. It helps to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Lemongrass bundles can be used to cleanse and purify the air. And it's as simple as lighting the end and blowing out the flame, allowing the smoke to trail behind you in a room.

Herbal teas are also a great way to help you slow down and enjoy a moment with yourself. Oftentimes these herbs have many other properties that are beneficial to your health. Lemongrass has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is a fever reducer especially when there is congestion due to a cough or cold. Lemongrass can be used as a pain reliever and improve overall digestion. Passion Flower has sedative and tranquilizing properties. It acts as a powerful nervine to treat anxiety, stress, tension, and insomnia. Can also be used as a natural pain reliever for toothaches, menstrual pains, and headaches. Licorice Root is one of the most valuable of all herbal medicines. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory used for asthma, respiratory issues, sore throats, and upset stomach. Licorice may increase the side effects of other medications so take with caution. Valerian Root is often used as a sedative and relaxant. It has a calming, rather than directly sedative, effect on the mind. Valerian can be used for pain, discomfort, or spasms linked to stress or tension.

Self-care does not have to be every second of every day. It can be just a half-hour once a week. Just know that self-care is important for your overall mental health. It is important that you take care and love yourself. It will change your outlook on your day and help you set your week up for success. If you haven't tried it, set a goal to start this week and if you need more ideas, just let us know! That's what we're here for! And don't feel silly about it, it's silly if you don't do it.


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