Its that time: September skies and the dip of the weather. October and its orange and warm tones start creeping in. When you live in LA and it really gets going in the midst of October. But always comes down to “pumpkin spice everything” when Fall hits. There’s something about the warm, toasty flavors that evoke fall, the change of seasons, the whisper of magic in the air…or is that just me?
I remember back when bookstores where the place to get lost in. There was something extraordinary about getting wrapped up in cozy knitwear and heading to the bookstore for a warm cup of coffee and looking for a good read. It was an autumnal rite of camaraderie or time to yourself. It was a warm cup of pumpkin spices wafting its spell.
In fact I still feel this way and it has affected in the way I choose to spend my Autumnal days (pumpkin patch anyone?) I think it’s beautiful to live amidst the seasons and bring in it’s abundance of flavors. Enjoy!!
My natural state tends to be an optimistic one. I thrive off joy and helping others whenever I can. But I also thrive off self-reflection and recuperation. It’s a balance of the two, learning to be mindful of what I want & need.
But sometimes I do have bad days, those days that make me want to curl up hide or simply leave me frustrated. Or sometimes the news can be overwhelming, sad, and scary.
We can’t stop the bad days or the bad news from happening. I wish we could, but I believe in hope and recovery. Our selves come first, and here I am sharing some ways that can help you through those rough & tumble times, Remember to be kind to yourself and one another.
7 Self Care Ideas For When You Have A Bad Day
Shake it off: Move. When I have a bad day my mood goes low, I don’t feel (read: want to) do much of anything that requires energy. While its fine to allow yourself to feel & ride the waves of emotion there comes a time you want to move out of stagnancy or simply, feel better. So I move. I take myself (sometimes some headphones) and walk along my neighborhood. I challenge myself to notice what’s around me: the movement of wildlife, new flowers, the sky at that very moment. This helps me to stop focusing on why my day was bad or stop any negative thoughts from being so loud. Instead of fixating on something, I get some physical activity and time with myself.
There are studies that show walking or light exercise certainly help improve your mood + mental health
It helps stimulate your mental acuity + report better moods
An Australian study reported walking can boost physical + emotional health
When it comes to skincare, I prefer to lean toward a botanical + natural route. Becoming conscious of what I apply on my skin is something I am taking slightly more seriously with each year. My prior skincare routine as limited to avoiding the sun at all costs, charcoal soap, and the occasional cleanser. My skin is quite sensitive & changes with the seasons so I wanted to embark further into the realm of clean + plant based skincare that is vegan, ethical as possible, multi-purposeful.
Apoterra Skincare is beautifully designed skincare line that evokes apothecaries of eras past that is literally a greenhouse compounded into various crafted skincare products. Everything from aloe, rose, to tulsi is incorporated into their repetoire of products.
Apoterra, means “derived from the earth”
Apo = derived from
Terra = earth
Are you a wallflower? Have you been more drawn to your personal inner world, you prefer to observe and listen to what the rest of spectators may miss. Do others consider you “shy” or perhaps, reserved?
I remember being labelled as a wallflower as a child. It was in my nature to be naturally introspective. I was the girl who preferred books and quiet corners, who;se heart raced a bit when I felt I had to make conversation (which didn’t come naturally to me).
I think most wallflowers are given that label. Like daydreamers or perceived peculiar
The Wallflower Box is a subscription box for those whose inner nature find joy through reflection and insight. Perhaps you consider yourself an introvert, a highly sensitive person, or simply put: a wallflower.