So recently I came out to y’all about some of my health problems, and that I plan to bring increased wellness content to le blog! Yay! I’m really excited about this – I hope you are, too! A combo of wellness and travel content was actually my goal when I originally created this website, but well, as you can see travel took over. As I’m working on getting healthy and bringing some balance into my life, I’ll also be bringing some balance to this blog. Which brings me to…
My new series! I’ll be regularly sharing my latest wellbeing habits: The tried and true, and the especially new. Now, I’m not sure if I’m going to do this monthly, or every few months. We’ll see! Hopefully it can inspire and help you, and I’d love if you’d share your own tips as well. Would anyone want me to make this into a low-stress linkup? Let me know.
Without further ado…
here are my wellbeing habits lately.
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Making paper to do lists
There’s something about crossing off a real life paper to-do list that just makes my brain feel so much better than looking at my phone.
Peppermint tea, alllllll day long
It’s helping my stomach feel better, and keeping me warm past caffeine-appropriate hours. I love [amazon_textlink asin=’B00J17X1A4′ text=’this tea ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarahbence-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’90015807-1a6b-11e8-89e4-1d9daec16b25′] from Trader Joe’s, which is organic and caffeine free… and most importantly, super yummy.
My [amazon_textlink asin=’B00OQVZDJM’ text=’kindle paperwhite’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarahbence-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9ace4235-0873-11e8-bdb6-d9a3ac146d0d’] has completely transformed my reading habits. I’m also finding that reading more means less time mindlessly scrolling. I wrote a big post on how to read more on the go this month!
I invested in some supplements which have made a huge difference for me – so much so that I will be writing a whole separate post on supplements, my thoughts, and why they can be especially important when you’re traveling. In the mean time, here are my recent faves:
- [amazon_textlink asin=’B00NLR1PX0′ text=’Collagen’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarahbence-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’55ced3c8-086f-11e8-bc0e-3d7532936f48′]: Good for hair, skin, and nails, but I’ve found its biggest benefit is reducing soreness after exercise. It’s had a HUGE impact for me.
- [amazon_textlink asin=’B00DS5BGDY’ text=’Vitamin B12′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarahbence-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’bea9effb-086f-11e8-ab33-353a580efdd9′]: Good for energy, especially for vegans and vegetarians because B12 is only present in animal products. I have a B12 deficiency which is why I take it (even tho I’m not veggie).
- [amazon_textlink asin=’B004R5ZJQ4′ text=’Vitamin D’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarahbence-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’de77b7f8-086f-11e8-bfab-7932059e9e5d’]: Good for mood and energy. Most people are deficient, esp. in Northern Hemisphere.
- [amazon_textlink asin=’B000NPYY04′ text=’Fish Oil’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarahbence-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’339d3eca-0871-11e8-bb33-d73633f01bf2′]: Good for brain, heart, and cholesterol health.
- [amazon_textlink asin=’B010ONJV8O’ text=’L-Lysine’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarahbence-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3dcb731c-0871-11e8-80db-b1f14f5ade59′]: Prevents skin breakouts among other benefits.
Note: I am not a Doctor. Everyone’s bodies are different so we each have unique combinations of vitamins and supplements we need. I’ll go into more detail in my travel supplements post 🙂
I’m definitely finding that throwing pots 2-3 times weekly is making me feel more grounded, calm, and accomplished. I may even do a giveaway of some of my bowls and mugs next month!! Who’s up for that?
Switching to clean beauty products
My doctor recommended to review my beauty products for “endocrine disruptors.” There are plenty of things that are “natural” that are bad for you, and plenty of things made in a lab that are good for you. However it looks like there has been a lot of research in recent years and now even doctors, like mine, are recognizing and recommending moving away from endocrine disruptors in beauty products.
If you want to switch to clean beauty products without getting stuck in the vortex of homeopathic malarkey on the internet, I recommend the app Think Dirty. It ranks beauty products on three categories: carcinogens, reproductive/endocrine disruptors, and allergens. All reviews are science-based and unbiased. For me, it’s the perfect combo of clean/natural beauty with real science.
My bathroom shelf before and after…
I’m still using a lot of the old products because I think it’s better for your skin (and also wallet) to do a gradual transition. I recently added in Marie Veronique Organics Oil Cleanser, my first experience with an oil cleanser. So far I love it, but I’ll update after using it for longer! And look at that 0 score!!! Damn girl!
What have you all been doing for your wellbeing lately? Send me your tips for March!
Shop the products I mentioned…
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