How Journaling can help you to cope with mental stress

In light of the uncertainty caused by COVID19, you may find yourself worried and anxious about what the future may bring. But there are simple yet powerful habits we can develop to regain our personal power and turn a challenge into an opportunity. It doesn’t have to be complicated; you will start to see results in a few minutes a day. Science has shown that journaling has incredible health benefits, from promoting a worry-free mind to increasing levels of productivity and happiness. Here are three ways to use the journal to overcome stress and anxiety at this stage of the coronavirus.

What Is Good About It?

Have you ever felt stressed, or anxious? And have you ever been constantly thinking about a person or event to the point that you feel like you can’t get them out of your head? Well, this is why journal writing is good. It relaxes you, calms you down, and helps you understand your feelings about a person or event, which never hurts.

# 1 Have A Gratitude Journal

Gratitude is about connecting with a deep sense of appreciation for something or someone. Being aware of the beauty you already possess in life can be the secret to turning anxiety about the future into a happy present moment. As human beings, we are programmed to focus on negative events, what Psychology calls the effect of negativity. When we make a gratitude list, we are re-educating the mind to see beyond the dimension of perception and recognize the gifts that surround us. Journaling is an effective way to build a grateful heart and change your negative thinking. Try writing down three things you are grateful for every day in a journal and you will see the magic happen. If you are starting this practice, we recommend that you find a journal with simple instructions for each day, such as the My Life Journal.

# 2 Write Your Feelings

Writing down the ups and downs of everyday life can help you increase your awareness of your experiences and find  meaning in difficult times. When you take the time to stop and reflect on your interactions, life events, and all the  motions felt during those situations, you bring insight into various aspects of the subconscious that were repressed. A diary, a journal or whatever you call is is a is a tool that allows you to know yourself and, of course, clarify what can be done to solve the situation in which you find yourself.

# 3 Aren’t You Good with Words?

Try scribbling. Did you know that rhythmic movements made during drawing can lower cortisol, the “stress hormone”? it’s true, the art of journaling is incredibly powerful when it comes to relieving stress. If the words are not in your  comfort zone, we encourage you to draw spontaneously. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. The important thing is to take the time to be simple. And have fun!

Final Words

Do you dare to start writing your journal today? In a short time, you will no longer be able to live without it and it will become an inseparable companion in your life. We sincerely hope that this post will give you a better understanding of how journaling can be simple and effective, in the pursuit of peace and serenity, amid chaos and uncertainty.

Do you like Journaling? Share your thoughts

Love Always,

Joelle@stillsofhue

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Allyson’s Dairy Free Journey

Back in 2015, I was feeling at my lowest, I had been given a round of antibiotics that I had an allergic reaction to, after a visit to the hospital and an epi-pen later I was still in a constant state of discomfort. As a person who has always been interested in natural solutions, I decided I had enough of the mainstream way to feeling better, so I booked an appointment with a Naturopath. 

This appointment is where I learned about food intolerances and my intolerance of dairy. Now, when you think of a dairy intolerance it’s usually about stomach issues and bathroom visits, but my intolerance didn’t affect me in that way my issues were: mild itching of the skin, usually arms and legs, eczema flare-ups and overall tiredness that I just couldn’t shake. 

So, I embarked on a mission to find dairy free alternatives to my favourite indulgences. 

Now, this was hard!

Every good tasting thing on planet earth seemed to consist of some type of milk product, by-product, or was labelled with “possibly contain milk products”.  So, I will admit I struggled, but once I completely cut dairy out, I felt so much better. I was no longer tired after work, I had the energy I never had before, my skin had cleared up and my hair was growing like crazy

So, I began to dig deeper, I started looking into gut health, and gut flora. I realized that if your gut was in shambles, you would be too. Fixing my gut, taking probiotics and learning to recognize the signs my body gave me became the most important thing to me, and it paid off.

Now everything has its pros and cons, but I tend to do well with almond and soymilk alternatives. Personally, I hate coconut milk but that is an option as well. 

Here are some brands of alternative milk options you may enjoy:

Earths Own Almond milk (my favourite)

Silk (I personally enjoy their Vanilla almond milk coffee creamer) 

I will always be grateful that I took that initial trip to my Naturopath and that I learned the importance of gut health in my early 20’s. Being your body’s advocate is the most important thing you will ever do. If the mainstream path to health isn’t working for you, explore other options! You have absolutely nothing to lose

Until next time, 

Allyson @ Stillsofhue 

Diet and Acne

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2836431/

Food Intolerance Test

8 Tips for Beautiful and Healthy Skin in Winter

Skincare needs to be adjusted during the cold season: wind, frost, rain, and snow make our sensitive skin difficult to care for. So the question is : how do we properly care for our skin during winter? What does she need to keep a radiantly fresh and, above all, healthy complexion even in the cold season?

 These are some of the things that have helped me during these cold months. Read what to look for in winter skincare. Our detailed guide informs you about the right skincare in the cold season.

1.Do Not Use Too Many Products

In winter we only want the best for our skin. However, this often leads us to use way more products than are necessary. This can overload our skin, and result in pimples and irritated skin. To prevent this from happening, you should trust the care products you have used so far over the winter and use them regularly.

2.Apply Care in The Correct Order

Yes, order matters. When you find that your skin suddenly becomes drier during the winter months, you should pay attention to the order of your care products. The moisturizer and light serums come first, then a rich facial oil can be applied. This helps to keep the moisture in the skin layers.

3.A Regular Exfoliation

With dry skin, we often shy away from exfoliating for fear that it could harm it even more. However, the opposite is true. Because a gentle peeling removes dead skin on the top layer so that your complexion underneath comes though and  appears healthy and fresh. It also helps to open clogged pores and prevent inflammation and skin irritation.

4.Drink A Lot of Water

It is not only important to drink enough in summer – two litres of water a day applies to the whole year! The more we drink, the better our skin is hydrated and less likely to dry out. You should therefore ensure that you drink enough fluids even in winter.

Tip: You can also drink unsweetened tea instead of water. Getting enough water is hard. Trust me I know but we should try to keep hydrated.

5.Use Alcohol-Free Skincare Products

Many care products contain alcohol or other chemical ingredients due to their antibacterial effect. However, the expert emphasizes: “It is advisable to use a facial cleanser without alcohol because it can irritate our skin and also dries it out – especially in the cold season.

6.Protect Yourself from The Sun Even in Winter

The key is to give your skin fresh air. So, don’t become a couch potato! But when it’s cold, the sun is underestimated. “Winter skin is significantly more sensitive than tanned summer skin,” explains the dermatologist, “the reason for this is that the weak winter sun leads to a reduction in the melanin concentration in our skin, that is, to weaker pigmentation. This pigmentation that we perceive as a tan, protects the cells from harmful UV radiation in summer. If it is lower, the skin is naturally less protected at the same time.

7.Take It Easy on Heating and Hot Water

You might think that in winter, it’s the cold that hurts our skin the most, but in reality, it’s everything we do to warm up that dries it out, like turning on the heat or taking too hot baths. What’s more, it’s not very green. So, for the planet and our skin, we limit the baths and we prefer lukewarm showers and we do not heat our apartment above 19 degrees. If we can, we also equip ourselves with an air humidifier. In winter, the air lacks moisture and the skin need it to stay hydrated. An air humidifier is therefore a very good solution, not to mention that it frees the nasal passages and allows you to sleep better. To save some money, a bowl of water placed near a radiator or vent may be sufficient but Be Safe!

8.Get At Least 8 Hours of Sleep Per Night

Sleep is very important for the skin because the skin regenerates which gives it a smooth and supple appearance. What’s more, when sleeping, blood flow increases, which helps to have a glowing complexion in the morning. Whereas when we don’t get enough sleep, our complexion is gray, dark circles and puffiness make us look tired and the skin is drier. 

Final Words

Dry skin, torn lips, rough hands: certain beauty problems are not uncommon in the winter months. Because cold temperatures and heating air in the rooms remove moisture from the skin and let it dry out. With small adjustments to our daily care routine, you can ward off unwanted skin problems and keep your complexion healthy and radiant throughout the winter season.

What skin care tips would you add to this list?

Until next time 🙂

-Joelle@stillsofhue

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Our Trip to the Iridologist

Allyson and I both had an appointment with the Iridologist. It’s something that we were thinking about doing and talking about for a while not so when the opportunity presented itself we decided to go fo it.

Iridology is an alternative medicine technique that studies the iris of the eye to gather information about the patient’s overall health. Trained professionals look for different signs in the patterns and colors of the eye to “see” what is happening inside of you body. You can click here to read more about Iridology.

Listen to our conversation about our trip to the Iridologist. We had 2 different experiences but both found the appointment interesting and very helpful

-Joelle@stillsofhue

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