When I moved to my new apartment in North Carolina, I had the goal of creating a relaxing, re-energizing space just for me.Read More
I was recently hanging out with some friends when the topic of conversation turned to meditation. I shared that I generally try to meditate for a few minutes on a daily basis to ease my anxiety and chill me out. It’s a major part of my self-care routine.
They looked at me with bewilderment. They had experienced various struggles with their attempts at meditation and thought that it simply wasn’t for them. They found it difficult to quiet their thoughts, to be still, to think of absolutely nothing.Read More
October is here, and it’s really starting to feel like fall in New York! Time for sweaters, apple cider donuts, and scary movies!
One of my most popular posts listed 50 Ways to Treat Yourself For Free. What about those wonderful moments where you find that extra $5 sitting in your Venmo account? Consider splurging for a little pampering.
Here’s a list of 25 inexpensive products on Amazon to treat yourself to!
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Popping on a face mask is one of my favorite ways to pamper myself, so I try to buy packs of face masks to save money. This 12 pack has a nice variety, ranging from cucumber to charcoal.
If you love wearing nail polish but find your nails are looking a little dry and brittle, try this Sally Hansen polish that includes argan oil! You’ll hydrate your nails while still rocking some color. I like the iridescent vibes of Reflection Pool, the shade above, and there are plenty of other shade options to choose from.
A cold eye mask can really put me in spa mode. I use one to reduce under-eye puffiness. These can also provide some relief to sufferers of migraine headaches!
Give yourself the gift of self-care by indulging in this 6-pack of bath bombs! The essential oils will turn your bath time into aromatherapy, and shea and cocoa butters will leave your skin feeling soft.
Step up your coloring game with this sarcastic and affordable option. You’ll chill out and get a laugh while you color this book.
Drinking seltzer or iced coffee from a straw feels like a tiny act of self-care, but plastic straws are terrible for the environment. Try this set of reusable straws that includes both straight and bent ones with cleaning brushes.
Hang up your polaroid photos in style with these photo clips that double as string lights! Your cute decorations will also make you feel warm and fuzzy whenever you look at them.
Charcoal beauty products are certainly having a moment, but my favorite way to use charcoal is in a scrub like this one. Use it in the shower for smoother skin. You’ll feel SO clean after rinsing.
There’s no better feeling than writing in a fresh journal. These sturdy little notebooks are small enough to bring anywhere, and the cover designs are so cute!
I do my best to avoid sunburn, but the sun does sneak up on my fair skin every so often. Aloe vera is my go-to relief aid for sunburn. This gel will cool you down and hydrate your skin.
If you have dry feet, cracked heels, or calluses, you should probably give these moisturizing socks a try. This at-home spa treatment will soften those tootsies right up, and you can add your own foot lotion to the socks as well!
How cute is this cotton swab holder?? This tiny decoration will bring you joy whenever you reach for a fresh q-tip.
Enjoy a relaxing cup of loose-leaf tea in bed with this handy mug. You’ll reduce waste by ditching tea bags, and the lid will help your tea really steep by keeping in the steam.
Take time to know yourself with this inspiring interactive journal. It could help you bust through that creative block and self-reflect.
Celebrate your astrological sign with this adorable keychain. Seeing it on your key ring will remind you to check your daily horoscope!
Objects that make you say “awww” are in their own self-care category. These tiny owl pots will be the perfect home for your next succulents, cactuses, or tiny bonsais.
Essential oils are a huge part of self-care for me. This gift set comes with Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Frankincense, and Rosemary, so you’ll have plenty of scents to choose from and combine!
At the end of most days, I tend to feel a little wired. The ping of my Pixel 2, emails on emails on emails, and the latest Drag Race meme all tend to keep my mind buzzing regardless of my body aching for horizontal relief.
To achieve that shuteye, I include a few different practices into my nighttime routine to calm my mind. One of the most effective relaxation remedies I do regularly is sip on a cup of herbal tea. The steam, boiling water, and kettle hiss make brewing a tranquil ritual itself, and the resulting beverage can really help you unwind.
Various types of teas have sleepy and relaxing effects. I suggest testing out a few of the teas below on different nights and seeing how each one impacts your sleep.
Valerian has been used to treat various ailments for centuries, and recent studies show that this herb can help improve sleep quality and make you fall asleep faster. It also reduces anxiety in some, making this a solid option for me.
The taste of Valerian alone is pretty earthy, so combine it with an additional tea flavor or squeeze some lemon in it if it’s not to your liking.
Your kitty may already be obsessed with this herb, but did you know that catnip is safe for human consumption as well? The leaves, flowers, and roots of catnip have been used extensively to treat different medical problems. Cats can display a variety of reactions to catnip, but the plant tends to make humans feel calm.
If you’re considering trying a cup of minty catnip tea to aid your sleep, be sure to brew the leaves or flowers only. The roots of catnip can have stimulating effects.
Try this pouch of Dried Catnip Leaf by Wild Foods that both you and your cat can enjoy!
Dried chamomile flowers brewing in hot water may aid a multitude of medical problems, including insomnia. A specific flavonoid called apigenin acts on the benzodiazepine receptors in your brain, causing you to feel woozy and ready to hit the pillow shortly after consuming a cup.
You can also use chamomile essential oil for aromatherapy. Try Roman Chamomile Essential Oil Ultra-Premium 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade By Avíanō Botanicals
Decaffeinated Green Tea
I’m sure you already know that green tea has a multitude of health benefits, but regular green tea might keep you awake because of the caffeine. Thank goodness for decaf!
Green tea, even the decaffeinated variation, contains l-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation. Stick to sipping a decaf cup of this old favorite for improved sleep and other benefits.
Sleepy Time Variations
Not sure which tea to try first? Consider trying a mix of herbs in a tea intended for sleep, often called sleepy-time tea. Many brands offer pre-made mixes intended for resting. Here are a few options:
What’s your favorite tea to drink before going to bed? Share in the comments and I’ll consider adding your suggestions to this article!