I swear it was just January. I’m not sure where the entire month has gone, but it has flown by very quickly. Like most people, I always look at the new year with excitement for beginning new things and anticipation for all things. I’m a big planner (much to the groaning of my family), so you could look at either of my planners on my desk, the calendar on my phone, and the calendars on my computers and know that I keep track of everything. So, I’m really not sure how January seems to have gone by in a blink.
The new year began with a rocky start. In fact, it was a very rough day, but I got through it – as we do – by putting one foot in front of the other. I’d promised myself this year that not only would I continue to try to find balance with my work and personal life (yes, I’m a workaholic) but I was also going to do a lot of self-care. I’ve been eating organic for years, even before it became the popular thing to do. I had no choice. My body simply couldn’t handle food that wasn’t organic.
Then, a few years ago, I read something about shampoo/conditioner and how it needed to be paraben free, sulfate free, etc, etc. I immediately jumped on that, because I might not be ingesting it, but it’s going on my hair, which means its sinking into my scalp. It was such a drastic change from what I’d always used that my hair freaked out. And then I freaked out. It wasn’t pretty. There was a time of about six months when I hated my hair because it wouldn’t curl like it used to. It simply wouldn’t do anything. I read so many things, tried so many natural products for curly hair that I probably couldn’t bought a new car and paid cash for it. (I’m exaggerating. A little.) Then – FINALLY – I managed to find something that actually worked! So much trial and error.
Fast forward a couple of years, and here I am realizing that I should be using other natural products. I love Bath & Body, and while I can’t wear most scented lotions perfume because it gives me migraines, there are some of the lighter/natural scents I love. I don’t know why I’ve not been using soap made of natural ingredients, but that’s changing. I’ve also recently bought all natural deodorant. And I’m liking it, a lot! My skincare routine has also changed, and my skin is loving every minute of it! The Truly Mary Jane CBD Glow Serum is amazing! I’m so happy so many companies are going natural/organic for so many choices.
Not everything I’ve tried has turned out good. Since I have an issue with stress and get massages every other week to help, I looked into natural remedies I could do for my poor back and shoulders. Of course there are the essential oils, the baths, etc. Then, I read about Kava tea. It’s supposed to be taken at night to ease tense muscles and help you relax to get a good night’s sleep. The first night it worked amazing. The ache in my shoulders lessened enough that I could freely move my neck. And I slept good. I should point out that I don’t normally have issues sleeping. I was drinking this more for the muscle tension.
So, I downed another cup on the second night. That night I had dreams that bordered on nightmares. I never remember my dreams, so to be woken countless times by them in one night was disturbing. Worse, the next morning I could barely drag myself out of bed. I couldn’t focus to write, I didn’t want to eat. I didn’t want to do anything. I decided not to drink the tea that third night, and it’s a good thing, because, while I slept better, I still couldn’t get motivated to do anything the next day. It wasn’t until two full days after that last cup that I began to feel like myself again. I lost two days of work, which made my stress double, which means I’m not drinking that tea anymore.
So goes my first month into 2020 of my self-care. Do you have any products you love and want to share? I’m always open to finding new things!