Hi friends, and welcome to the fourth installment of my ‘wellbeing habits lately’ series. By a happy accident, this has turned into a seasonal series. I didn’t set out to write it this way, but I think it’s fitting because personally, my wellbeing habits and needs do change along with the seasons. If you are new here, in this series, I share a few of my wellbeing habits, whether that’s a physical product or a new philosophy.
My winter wellbeing habits lately
Back in the fall, I had a surgery and diagnosis of endometriosis. As such, a lot of my wellbeing habits have revolved around that diagnosis, post-surgery healing, and familiarizing myself with how best to serve my body. I really believe, though, that these habits can be relevant for anyone trying to cultivate wellbeing this winter.
Epsom salt baths
I’ve been taking epsom salt baths 2-3 times per week, sometimes with lavender essential oil mixed in! Truly, I was never a bath person before but it has quickly become my safe space. The epsom salts calms me down, help my body detox, and reduce muscle pain. I truly recommend them!
Magnesium citrate – the high quality kind
I’ve cycled through a lot of supplements this year, but I’ve finally settled on what feels like a longterm routine, thanks to working with a clinical nutritionist. Some things I’ve learned are 1) quality matters, as the supplement industry is not regulated, and 2) magnesium is so important!!! This high quality magnesium citrate has been amazing for having regular bowel movements. It’s in a powder form and has a kind of wacky taste, but it is worth it. I take it religiously at night. It’s also great for anyone with headaches, migraines, or insomnia.
Chopping all my hair off
Okay, the psychology of hair is truly a thing. I’ve had long hair down to my butt for the last 15 years. I’ve said I was going to cut it off for aaaaages, but I never did. Finally, right before the holidays, I got it all chopped off.
I have long wanted to experiment with essential oils, but been so intimidated! I’m finally dipping my toe in, so to speak, and experimenting with some oils in my baths, on my temples, and more. I would like to learn more and maybe even invest in a small diffuser. My oils right now are mostly DoTerra as I know they have therapeutic grade!
Continuing the swap to nontoxic beauty products
At the beginning of 2018 I decided to switch to nontoxic beauty products. Well, a year later I am slowly but surely continuing the switch. I’m taking my time because it is very expensive to replace all your products in one go! Plus it’s kind of fun to stretch it out and test new products. Along the way I discovered the Detox Market, which does all the hard work of looking through ingredient lists for you. Every item on their site is nontoxic and cruelty free. I love perusing their site, and even made a stop into their NYC store where I picked up some treats:
- Nontoxic Mermaid sea salt hair mist – A very affordable option and smells amazing!
- Nontoxic HURRAW lip balm – LOVE this, it’s very affordable, and the black cherry flavor is da bomb
- W3LL People powder – I was looking for a new makeup powder for a long time and so far I love this one.
Therapy. Lots and lots of therapy.
While 2018 was a year of searching (for a diagnosis, among other things), 2019 is set out to be a year of healing. But it turns out healing can be nearly as tough as the search. I’m currently seeing:
- pelvic physical therapist – once a week for endometriosis, chronic pain, and digestive issues
- TMJ physical therapist – 1-2 times a week for for teeth grinding and some pain
- counselor – every other week to cope with general stress from this entire health experience!
This is my last year being able to use my Dad’s kickass health insurance so I am trying to take advantage of the position I’m at in life right now, and the opportunity to do all this healing at once.
You may notice that I haven’t listed anything travel related in this post (that’s a first, lol). I’m trying the tactic of focusing on my health routine at home. The more secure I feel in my wellbeing when everything around me is steady, the greater chances of this transferring to a more unpredictable environment (ie my upcoming trips to the UK and Nepal!). At least, here’s hoping!
What are your wellbeing habits this winter? Please share!
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