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  • The Importance of Using Planners To Maintain Your Health and Wellness

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    Keeping up with how well you’re taking care of yourself, needs to be tracked and monitored. To understand the effectiveness of your mental and physical health, you need to measure the activity. Planners are the perfect way for doing that so that you can keep yourself both mentally and physically healthy.

    Help Clarify and Focus On Your Goals

    Wellness doesn’t remain the top priority when we get busy and feel like we’re fine without taking a time out. Using a planner reminds you of the reason why you started monitoring your health. Wellness planners allow you to track your rest habits, daily nutrition, and workouts as a way to maintain your health. In addition, it lets you focus on your goals so that you don’t float amid various objectives. The best part about using planners is that you can always go back and remind yourself of the essential goals and why you want to remain healthy.

    Breakdown Milestones

    Planners will help you easily break down your bigger goals and into tiny milestones making them more manageable. You will be motivated when you reach these milestones, as it will be simple for you to track the critical changes that take place in your body. The best part about using a planner is because you look at it every day you will keep your goals at the forefront of your mind, which helps you make better decisions regarding your health.

    Keep Tabs On Your Progress

    One of the fundamental reasons why people keep a wellness planner or journal is to track their progress. When you record your mental and physical health, you know whether you’re progressing or not. Seeing how far you’ve come with how many times a week you meditated, ate well, and got a good night’s rest will keep you motivated, as they are signs of progress. It allows you to check if your current routine is having the desired effect or not. You’ll know if you need to switch up things and make a new routine. When you keep track of or jot down everything in a planner, it will make your job much more comfortable.

    Plan Future Routines

    Have you ever gone to a gym without a plan? Then you are doing the wrong thing if you want to achieve some health goals. If you have a busy schedule, then most likely, you will be distracted from planning your future routine in advance. However, when you maintain a planner and jot down everything for your next training day, it will make your practice more efficient, and also you will be free to do some other activities.

    Record Important Health Factors

    Many health factors can be tracked easily by using a planner. There is plenty of information that others may mark as unnecessary, but in reality, it can significantly impact your results. You can record measures like your sleep, energy levels, what you eat, and your general mood each day. This makes planning is a single tool that helps you gather all the information which enables you to understand the needs of your body in a comprehensive way.

    Planners play a crucial role in one’s life and it’s the best route to go if you want to stay healthy, mind, body, and spirit.

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  • 7 Beauty Tips To Achieve and Maintain Glowing Winter Skin

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    Winter is the season that forces us to take extra care of our skin. It’s the time of the year when the cold weather sucks all the moisture from our skin, making it look dry and unhealthy. So in order to have glowing winter skin, we first have to have a good winter skincare routine. Below, I’m going to share some beauty suggestions that can help you get glowing skin this winter season.

    Make Sure You Spent Some Time Outside Each Day

    You might not believe this, but your skin can benefit a lot if you have a healthy outdoor routine. If you want some tips on dry skin care in winter, this tip will help you out a lot. Even if you hate being out in the cold, you should consider getting out of the house once a day. Working out each day is, in general, a great way to ensure you are physically healthy. If you don’t want to work out, you should go out on a walk or do some kind of activity. Just like in the summer, being out of the house will allow your skin to breathe and maintain it’s moisture levels.

    Use A Good Winter Moisturizer

    Being in the cold makes it easier for your skin to lose its natural oil which is not a good thing. One of the most important things you need in your winter skincare is to moisturize your skin as often as possible. It’s necessary to choose the correct winter face moisturizer – you have to pick one that perfectly suits your skin type and needs.

    Search for the most popular brand and select it only after making sure that it is suitable for you. Once you have that, make it a habit to apply the moisturizer at least twice a day. If you can, you should speak to a skincare expert to help you pick the best moisturizer for winter.

    Consume Plenty Of Water To Prevent Skin Dehydration

    The cold weather makes it difficult for us to choose water over other delicious beverage options like coffee, hot chocolate, etc. We also don’t feel as thirsty in winter, so we forget to drink enough water during the day. Though this might not affect other parts of your body, your skin tends to suffer the most because of this.

    Your body, on the other hand, loses water in more than one way, and it has no way to gain it back if you don’t drink water. Drinking a good amount of water is an excellent way to ensure glowing skin in the winter. So to provide the best winter care for your face, remind yourself to drink water.

    Try To Spend Less Time In The Shower Or Anywhere Too Hot

    Since we crave warmth so much in the cold season, we love to take long showers and use hot water on our skin. In reality, that’s one thing you should stop doing to avoid dull skin in winter.

    As part of your new winter skincare routine, you should shower for no more than 15 minutes. Instead of using hot water to wash your hands and face, use lukewarm water as to not harm your skin. The secret to a glowing face in winter is to avoid exposing yourself to extremely hot temperatures. Also when you dry your skin, make sure to not dry it too much so you don’t take away all the moisture, and please make sure you apply body cream immediately afterward.

    Pay Attention To Your Diet

    Whether you wish to be physically healthy or want healthy skin, your diet can help you out a lot. Eating nutritious food is just as important as drinking a lot of liquids in the winter. Our eating habits tend to change a lot in the cold so we need to regulate it more smartly.

    In case your skin lacks nutrition, it can gain it from the food you eat. Eating proper food is one way to moisturize your skin and avoid dull skin in winter. This is why you should ensure that you eat healthy meals to keep your skin glowing.

    Picking The Right Winter Skincare Routine For You

    Just like everything else in life, it is essential to have a winter skincare routine to treat your skin properly in this season. There is a lot that can damage your skin, so you need to follow a special routine to prevent dull skin in winter.

    You need to wash your face at least 2 times a day to get rid of all the dirt and chemicals. Whenever you have free time, try applying face masks to hydrate and treat your skin. Use good quality winter skincare products that will nourish your skin. Use lotions and moisturizers after waking up and before going to bed. Including these small things in your winter routine will enable you to take care of your sensitive skin in the harsh weather. Remember products that may work well on others may not have the same effect on you. Please be sure to research ingredients and test products before applying them to your face and body. 

    Winter Isn’t The Time To Say No To Sunscreen

    Winter days are often cloudy and you might think now is the correct time to say goodbye to sunscreen. But no, even on dark winter days, you still have to protect your skin from dangerous sun rays. The main reason behind that is winter clouds are not enough to keep UV rays away from your skin.

    Since you can’t just sit at home to avoid the sun altogether, you should apply SPF 20 or higher sunscreen before leaving the house. Sunscreen is one of the winter skincare products that most people don’t think of as important. Make sure to carry it along with you and apply it throughout the day for a lasting effect.

    A lot of people hate the winter season because it’s easy to have dull skin in winter but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve given essential tricks and tips that will change how some feel about their winter skin. Overall, I hope these help you to create a better winter skincare routine and take care of yourself in a much better way. 

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  • Health and Wellness Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2021

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    At the start of every year, I always look forward to new book releases, specifically health and wellness books. These are the books that will carry us through the year and beyond as they deep dive into how we can keep our minds, bodies, and spirits healthy. 

    *This list is  only but a few of the health and wellness books that will be coming out in the first quarter of the year. As the year progresses I will adding even more titles to this list.

    That Sounds Fun – Annie F. Downs

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    We know there are certain things we must have to survive–food, shelter, and safety to name a few. But there are also aspects of life that truly allow us to be joyful and fulfilled. For popular podcaster and bestselling author Annie F. Downs, fun is close to the top of that list. Few would argue that having fun doesn’t enrich our lives, but so much gets in the way of prioritizing it. Tough days, busyness, and feelings that are hard to talk about keep us from the fun that’s out there waiting to be found.

    Cosmic Health – Jennifer Racioppi

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    There’s much more to astrology than weekly horoscopes, personality types, and predictions for the future. For astrologer and transformational coach Jennifer Racioppi and her clients, it is a guide to living in sync with the natural rhythms of the universe to achieve optimal health and astonishing success. Cosmic Health provides a groundbreaking cross-disciplinary approach to cultivating physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. By honoring your individuality, your role in the universe, nature, and the seasonality of life, you will be armed with the knowledge—and magic—you need to cultivate uncompromising health.

    A Rhythm of Prayer – Sarah Bessey

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    This book, curated by acclaimed author Sarah Bessey, celebrates and honors that prayerful tradition in a literary form. A companion for all who feel the immense joys and challenges of the journey of faith, this collection of prayers says it all aloud, giving readers permission to recognize the weight of all they carry. These writings also offer a broadened imagination of hope—of what can be restored and made new. Each prayer is an original piece of writing, with new essays by Sarah Bessey throughout.

    Set Boundaries, Find Peace – Nedra Glover Tawwab

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    Licensed counselor, sought-after relationship expert, and one of the most influential therapists on Instagram Nedra Glover Tawwab demystifies this complex topic for today’s world. In a relatable and inclusive tone, Set Boundaries, Find Peace presents simple-yet-powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. Rooted in the latest research and best practices used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), these techniques help us identify and express our needs clearly and without apology–and unravel a root problem behind codependency, power struggles, anxiety, depression, burnout, and more.

    Every Body – Julia Rothman & Shaina Feinberg

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    Ever had a question about sex—whether out of curiosity, desire, or the sneaking suspicion you’re, somehow, different? Every Body will help you feel less alone. It’s a huge collection of anonymous stories, essays, artwork, and expert tell-alls on myriad subjects, all rolled into one. It’s the conversations most of us are too scared to start.

    The stories, essays, and interviews they’ve compiled touch on a wide array of topics, including first times, open relationships, body acceptance, accidental pregnancies, sex toys, pleasure, fear and trauma, sexual discovery, and more.

    I’m So Effing Tired – Amy Shah, MD

    Does it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you’re feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired? Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that it’s because of your age, or your workload, or, worse, that it’s just “normal.”

    If so, you’re not alone. Women of all ages are suffering from an epidemic of fatigue and burnout. But exhaustion doesn’t have to be your new normal. Inspired by her personal wellness journey, integrative medical doctor Amy Shah has created this program so that you can regain your energy and reclaim your life.

    What Doesn’t Kill You – Tessa Miller

    Tessa Miller was an ambitious twentysomething writer in New York City when, on a random fall day, her stomach began to seize up. At first, she toughed it out through searing pain, taking sick days from work, unable to leave the bathroom or her bed. But when it became undeniable that something was seriously wrong, Miller gave in to family pressure and went to the hospital―beginning a yearslong nightmare of procedures, misdiagnoses, and life-threatening infections. Once she was finally correctly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Miller faced another battle: accepting that she will never get better.

    Skin Care For Your Soul – Jude Chao

    The skincare journey. As much as we’d like it to, glowing, clear skin doesn’t happen overnight. But there is beauty in the process―not just the results. Author Jude Chao links skincare to self-care culture, giving readers a practical guide to developing their ideal skincare routine and using it to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. The Korean skincare routine invites us to look at our skincare not only as a way to reduce lines and wrinkles or clear up breakouts, but as a tool for developing our self-care habits.

    The Scandinavian Guide To Happiness – The Editors of Whalen Book Works

    There’s a reason Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and The Netherlands consistently rank as the top 5 happiest countries on earth! Find out the secrets to their happiness and fulfillment in The Scandinavian Guide to Happiness, which shares centuries of Nordic wisdom. These basic principles will help you see how to have a happy life without buying anything, changing yourself, or making any other crazy drastic changes! Topics include Simplicity, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Relationships, Nature-Inspired Living, and more. Full of inspiring, encouraging ideas—and charming illustrations!—this thoughtful Scandinavian guide is sure to put a happy glow on your life.

    Laziness Does Not Exist – Devon Price, Ph.D.

    Laziness Does Not Exist explores the psychological underpinnings of the “laziness lie,” including its origins from the Puritans and how it has continued to proliferate as digital work tools have blurred the boundaries between work and life.

    Dr. Price offers science-based reassurances that productivity does not determine a person’s worth and suggests that the solution to problems of overwork and stress lie in resisting the pressure to do more and instead learn to embrace doing enough. 

    Are there any health and wellness books being released this year that you’re looking forward to?

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  • New Year’s Self-Care Checklist {FREE Printable}

    This year is FINALLY coming to a close. With everything that happened, it felt like it’s been 2020 for 10 years. 2020 was supposed to be the year we lived our best lives. It was going to be the roaring ’20s 2.0. Instead, it was the year of Murphy’s Law, and everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Despite there being some positives, the year overall was mentally, emotionally, and physically draining.

    No one wants to go into the new year feeling frazzled. That’s why this self-care checklist is crucial to getting you (and me) back on the path of remembering to do the little things. Contrary to popular belief, self-care doesn’t have to cost a bundle. At its bare bones self-care is really about taking time out to do things that keep our lives flowing smoothly. This can look like a few moments of reflective meditation, making sure all your health appointments are scheduled, taking time out to phone a loved one.

    This checklist features 15 simple everyday activities that are meant to bring peace and calm to your body and environment. The best thing about this is (other than it being free) you two designs to choose from to print, or you can save the PDF on your device and digitally check off things there. The key is ensuring this list is going to be someplace where you will see it every day.

    There is no right or wrong way to use this self-care checklist. You can simply tick off a few at your leisure and come back to the others later, you can break them up over the course of January, or you can challenge yourself to complete one new thing for 15 consecutive days. The choice is truly yours.

    On this list you’ll find the following:

    Setting goals for the new year
    Starting a new book or journal
    Scheduling work and health appointments
    Cleaning up your computer files (Shameless Maya has a great video on this)
    Meditation, working out, and eating right
    Creating morning and evening routines
    Turning off social media
    Calling a friend
    Filling your home with your favorite scent

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    Also, if you haven’t done so already download my 12-month undated wellness calendar. It’s a FREE printable featuring Black women in the wellness space.