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While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. It is easy to neglect yourself when taking care of others. Sometimes we are so incredibly occupied taking care of other folks that we just ignore ourselves. Like everyone else, we have our own special needs, and we have to guarantee that these are addressed. Taking care of yourself or self-nurturing is an essential ingredient to self-respect and your own inner and outer beauty. It’s so easy sometimes to talk about these things, and difficult to implement them on a regular basis, and not let them fall by the wayside. As women, mothers, farmers, nurses, teachers, spouses, and a plethora of other professional care-giving titles…we’ve learned to be great caretakers…of others! Learning to care for oneself is an ongoing experience. It starts today and continues throughout our lives. Here are some ways you can get that much needed “me time”.

Body Care

Start with your body, make sure you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Eating a balanced diet does not just mean high protein and less carbohydrates. It also means making the right choices and smarter decisions with the food you eat and drink. Exercise regularly. If you are not physically fit, then you may not have enough energy to build up reserves to deal with everyday life and be happy. Find a fitness program that fits you. That includes a daily walk around your property, in a park or around your neighborhood, going to a gym, swimming, biking, playing sports and so forth.

Skincare

Having healthy-looking skin is critical to feeling good about your appearance. Your skin is the largest organ on the body, so its beauty is not only important – but its health is too. If you have problems with your skin, then do whatever it takes to find resolve. And for some reason, skincare is usually overlooked by many women farmers who work under the sun everyday. You should change your routine to include a soak in that fragrant bubble bath you love so much every week, or mix up that sugar scrub recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Because when it comes right down to it, you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

Hair Care

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. A change of hairstyle can spell a huge difference on how she looks and how she feels about herself. Like our skin, our hair is often a neglected part of our bodies that we either forget about, not even bothering to do anything with it. Your hair can be either a pleasant addition to your overall appearance or it can be a distraction from your overall appearance. By taking care of your hair (regular maintenance and styling) your hair will look healthier and shinier creating a simple yet flawless look. And by all means go ahead, take that much-deserved occasional trip to the salon.

Leisure Time

Spending some of your free time in such activities that help you relax and reset is one way to stay happy and feel better. In day-to-day life there is (and should be) room for fun stuff. So learn how to balance the work with restful/recreational activities. Spend time with your family, play with children, go for hangouts with friends, or you plan for a fantastic vacation. Find a time when you can get away and recharge. Take up a hobby that you abandoned a long time ago, but would still enjoy doing.

Yes, women who take care of other people have the best jobs – doing for others is an unselfish and truly rewarding way to live. But again, you cannot keep doing all the wonderful things you do for others if you fail to recognize the importance of taking care of you. Implement a little me time in your daily life, it’ll help you to reset and make your life more balanced.

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6 Tips To Cure Your Dry, Itchy Scalp This Winter

The cold winter air often wreaks havoc on our skin, and your scalp is no exception. Regardless of your hair type, you may find that your scalp becomes dry, itchy, and flaky as the seasons change. Over time, dry scalp can lead to soreness and even hair loss.

Dry scalp is different from dandruff and other scalp conditions. Dry scalp is caused by a loss of moisture, and it’s characterized by white, loose, powdery flakes. Dandruff, on the other hand, results in more yellowish flakes that cling to the scalp.

Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves with dry scalp in the winter, when the air strips our skin of moisture every time we step outside. That’s OK – you just need to switch up your hair routine with the seasons.

Here’s how to bring back the healthy scalp you know and love.

1. Wash your hair less often. Shampooing your hair strips it of its natural oils, especially if you use a shampoo with sulfates. If you need to wash your hair daily, switch to a sulfate-free shampoo, a co-wash, or gentle cleanser. If possible, it’s great to wash your hair 2-3 times a week rather than daily. This allows your scalp to produce a balanced amount of oil.

2. Regular hair masks. Masks aren’t just for your face! Hair masks are excellent for minimizing flakes and dryness. Look for a mask that delivers intense hydration, and make sure to massage it into your scalp as well as your hair. You can also apply heat for more penetrating moisture.

3. Drink more water. Moisturize your skin from the inside out by drinking more water. The more hydrated that you are, the more hydrated that your skin will be, which is especially important in winter.

4. Condition properly. Always condition your hair after you shampoo – no exceptions! Also, don’t skimp on the conditioner. Your scalp needs conditioner, too, not just your hair. Massage the conditioner generously into your skin before rinsing.

5. Use oils wisely. Oil treatments can do wonders for a dry scalp, but over-using oils will do more harm than good. Try massaging olive oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil into your scalp before you shampoo. This prevents the shampoo from totally stripping your scalp of moisture, while also not leaving too much oil on the skin.

6. Relieve itchiness. When you’re experiencing extreme dryness, it’s hard to resist the urge to scratch. Reduce itchiness and inflammation with natural ingredients like tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, chamomile, and peppermint. Apple cider vinegar is another excellent option – it removes build-up and relieves itchiness while balancing your scalp’s pH and moisture level.


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