We are often fed with misconceptions that self care is a spa day out, or a weekend getaway. I mean these are some great indulgences but they’re not totally self care.
We are often left chasing these perfect self care experiences and truth is, they don’t actually restore us at all. For me personally, booking a spa weekend is stressful. How many of us stress out trying to find the perfect place, going through the booking process, booking your massages (sometimes feeling worse from it) and then the travelling back home to actually rest from the weekend… things like that don’t restore me. If it works for you, then thats brilliant.
Well if those self care experiences are not self care, what exactly is self care? How on earth do you practice it?
Self care is intentionally and deliberatively taking care of your wellbeing through restorative activities. Self care shouldn’t be a temporary activity that you do once just to tick a box.
Self care is simple. It can be as simple as saying some kind words to the person in the mirror. You. Telling yourself you are beautiful just the way you are inside and out.
Here are my top three self care restorative practices in addition to being kind to myself and eating a lot of fruit and vegetables lately…
1. Practicing stillness and silence. 2. Adding in some movement with music 3. Time in nature
Please visit @ dollhauslondon on instagram to view some shared practices of self care from others.
Being a curly girl, I absolutely HAVE to ensure my hair is NEVER dry…
So, the day before I am due to wash my hair, I like to give it a little TLC! After all, it sure deserves it during this cold weather plus IT’S FRIDAAYYYYYYYY- AND the weekend before new year! Oh how excited I am for 2018, but that my dears will be another blog.
If you follow me on instagram you will have seen my hair TLC routine. Below are the oils and their details which hopefully will help you decide whether you decide to give it a go too. (I really recommend it for curly hair, I’m a 3A hair type, and it works amazingly for me!)
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Whenever it is used on hair, it can help improve the health of your scalp, fight infections, all whilst supporting hair growth and adding volume, moisture and shine. Coconut oil can be used on skin and has been used by all the women in my family for years! Make sure to get the extra virgin coconut oil for greatest benefits. COCONUT OIL IS LIFE.
Castor oil is a must for me. Being a Londoner, my hair faces London’s pollution on a daily basis which can prevent my hair follicles from reciveing the nutirition it needs. Castor oil strengthens the roots, thickens hair, enhances hair colour and boosts hair growth- YES your hair will grow longer quicker the more you incorporate it into your life. It can also repair any split ends and control dandruff. The best kind in my opinion is jamaican castor oil, but for now I am using the one by ORS which has been incredible.
Peppermint oil is just so refreshing. I like to add a few drops of this into the mixture as it improves hair growth and helps with any scalp issues like dryness and itchiness. Peppermint oil also makes you feel like your scalp is breathing. This is because the menthol in peppermint oil is a vasodilator, and vasodilators improve blood flow. There are different strengths of peppermint oil, but doTerra do an excellent pure and strong peppermint essential oil.
Now take all the above and mix all together nicely and work through your scalp massaging in sections to ensure you cover your whole head. Then take the rest and work through your hair all the way from head to ends! Comb through and wrap up with an old light scarf (preferably silk or satin) and sleep! Wash the next day.
Tip 1: Try a little castor oil on your lashes to help growth!
Tip 2: Use one drop of peppermint oil on lips for a natural lip plumper and enhancer!
“I AM”, two most powerful words, for what comes after can shape your very existence.
I Am a WOMAN; I Am a SURVIVOR; I Am an ADVOCATE; I Am an AMBASSADOR; I Am a WARRIOR; I Am CHANGE; I Am a SOUL; I Am a LOVE; I Am a DREAMER; I Am Saira...
My mission in life is to understand others so that in that process, I too can understand myself.
Saira is the Founder of Dollhaus London, a platform for empowering women from all walks of life through understanding experiences, asking difficult questions and exploring our power and strength. Saira is also a certified Hypnotherapist and Positive Psychology Practitioner and focuses on supporting clients to use their inner resources to overcome challenges, understand and recognise areas of growth, and focus instead on working towards resilience and a greater sense of wellbeing. In her spare time, Saira is the Co Founder of Project DESI, which aims to digitally empower members of the BAME community through social inclusion.