wellness wednesday

9 Self-Care Gifts for the Friend Who Needs Some TLC

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for some people. The holidays bring lots of love and cheer, but that doesn’t stop anxiety and depression from making an appearance. Aside from the family and life related things that make us want to curl-up under a rock, the cold and gloomy weather makes it harder to deal with daily struggles. Nope, money can’t buy happiness–but it sure can buy things that help put a smile on our faces.

9 Self-Care Gifts -- The Palmetto Peaches

The Palmetto Peaches are huge fans of self-care, and all things #TreatYoself related. So this list wasn’t hard to create. (I basically copy and pasted my Christmas list.)

9 Self-Care Gifts for the Friend Who Needs TLC

Affirmation cards.

Thoughts become things, and affirmations can help shift a negative mindset to a positive one. If you want to get crafty, here are 5 affirmations you can use to create your own cards!

I always focus on the positive.

Nothing in life is worth the price of worry.

I believe in myself and my abilities.

Today, I wake up with strength in my heart, and clarity in my mind.

I radiate beauty, charm and grace.

Sage wand.

Bye negative energy, byeeee. Sage is used for relaxation and cleansing. Perfect to help burn all the bad vibes from 2017, and start the New Year.

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Book of quotes.

Words from a Wanderer, by Alex Elle, is a book of notes she wrote to herself. The notes I write to myself aren’t half as inspiring (or coherent), so I love reading this when I need a pep talk.

Inspirational coffee/tea mug.

They’re great to remind your friend how dope she/he is, and are cute for the Gram and Snap.

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Tea.

I’m not a tea-drinker, but my friend/former co-worker lives by it. With different flavors like apple mango sangria (um, hi) and chocolate earl grey, there’s something for the tea lover in your life. Check out more of Chelsea’s tea flavors here.

Candles.

While the smell of Christmas makes me feel better, others prefer lavender and vanilla. The new candles will partner well with other self-care gift ideas like affirmation cards. Just saying.

Audiobooks.

Sometimes all wee need is a good talkin’ to, preferably from folks like Oprah Winfrey and Shonda Rhimes.

Sweatshirt.

..to wear while they comfortably listen to audiobooks and drink hot tea, duh.

A good ol’ fashioned 2-hour phone call or a hug.

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What self-care gifts are on your list to give or receive? 

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

7 Healthy Changes to Make Today

Healthy living doesn’t have to be be hard.

Well at least that’s what I’m repeating to myself until I am 100% living it. There are plenty of healthy changes you can easily implement. In my ongoing journey to live a healthier lifestyle, I’ve failed at making huge changes right away. Setting a goal to go to the gym five days out the week was a little ambitious right out the gate. However, I discovered that little changes can make a huge impact. Here are seven healthy changes you can make today to live a healthier lifestyle:

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P.S. I’m leaving out drink more water because just do it people.

7 Healthy Changes to Make Today

1.Don’t skip breakfast.

They call it the most important meal of the day for a reason! By eating breakfast, you’ll start off your day right, and you’ll also be less likely to have cravings later in the day. Enjoy a nutritious, light breakfast every morning.

2. Spend more time walking.

I love a good princess parking spot. But a simple way to get in some more steps is to park further away from your destination. According to the American Heart Association: Walking at least 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Break it down into three 10 minute increments if you need to.

3. Make time for self-care and prioritize your mental health.

I’ve written about self-care and mental health a few times. I plan to continue to do so because both are very crucial. Mental health is just as important as physical health.Seek help if you feel like you need it. I stress the importance of self-care because our mental health and overall happiness depend on it. Whatever self-care looks like to you make sure you make time for it

4.  Listen to your body

Look I’m not an expert, but listen to your own body. What works well for your favorite celeb or blogger may not be for you. Just because your best friend dropped 20 pounds when she became vegan doesn’t mean that you should now become vegan. Your healthy living should be determined by what you need and works best for you.

5. More LOLs

Seriously (haha) laugh more. Laughter reduces stress. It also burns calories and helps prevent heart disease. So just do it. Laugh more.

6. Don’t go grocery shopping hungry.

I have two rules I have to follow when I walk into Publix so that I won’t end up with a cart full of brownies and breads. I have to make a list and I have to have a full stomach. When you’re in the grocery store and your stomach is empty, you’ll likely make impulse buys of unhealthy foods. Think about it when you’re hungry every things sounds good and I’d be willing to bet it’s not veggies that have you salivating.

7. Discover the fountain of youth

Okay not a real fountain of youth, but if you incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet the effects would be as if you discovered a fountain of youth.  Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and water – all the good stuff. So indulge in seasonal produce; sneak a serving or two in your breakfast; get your juice on smoothie on; or experiment with meatless Mondays. Get those fruits and veggies in!

 

What are some little things you do that make a big impact? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Fallin’ into Health and Fitness

While the first day of fall was last month, fall is finally beginning to creep into Atlanta. I do, however, mean creep. The mornings are cool, but by lunchtime it’s back 80°. Leaves are starting to change and fall. Pumpkins are popping up everywhere and football rules the weekends.

The shorter days and longer nights are on the way. Typically fall is the time of year I exercise less. I tend to hibernate all fall and winter, perfectly comfortable spending my time on the couch. Whether watching football or TGIT. However, when I think about it fall is really the perfect excuse to slow down and take extra time to really look after yourself. Below are four tips to fit in health and fitness this fall. 

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Fallin’ into Health and Fitness

Savor seasonal produce.  

Nourish your body this season with seasonal foods. Shopping for seasonal produce will also save you some precious coins. Apples, cabbage, cranberries,  eggplant, kale, pears, persimmons (hey, Charleston folks), pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Basically think fall colors when you’re cruising by the produce: deep greens, dark yellow and oranges.  Fall is the perfect time to crank out some hearty and healthy soups and stews. Remember the crock-pot is your friend.

Work out at home.

I get it the days feel shorter and maybe fitting a workout into your routine feels a little harder. I try to tell myself that even 15 or 20 minutes is enough time to get in a quick workout. I use walking my dog around my complex as my warm up and am not above a living room workout. I bought a set of resistance bands I could set up on my door for full body workouts turning my living room into my own personal home gym. However, figure out what works best for you:  fitness DVDs, Youtube videos, Nike Training Club, or the Tone It Up program.

Protect ya neck!

Well literally, but also just layer up. I started sniffling last night and realized I probably should have thrown on another layer to walk my pup. The change in season brings about a change in climate. I know some people are already feeling the change in weather and in some places it’s basically 90° everyday. No matter where you live, be prepared when the temperatures do start to dip and keep this in mind as you plan outdoor activities.

Indulge

As much as I support eating healthy and finding times to fit in fitness. I think you should also make time for yourself and indulge. Whatever that looks like to you. Spend time relaxing at home, wrap up in your favorite blanket, wear your favorite hoodie and enjoy some early nights in. Binge watch Stranger Things and drink a spiked cider. Go and get the PSL with the whole milk and extra syrup. Now I’m not saying drink three a day, but bat an eye at the mention of calories and savor that latte.  

Do you plan on fitting in more health and fitness into your fall? Leave a comment below and tell me how. 

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay: A Pep-Talk

I used to tell myself that I shouldn’t cry because there were people going through so much more than I was. I thought crying (outside of the sappy-movie-watching type of cry) meant I was mentally weak.

All of this is false.

I’m not a person that battles with anxiety or depression, but sometimes I just bad have a bad day or bad days. Plural. Life is hard. Adulting is hard.  One of the things I dislike the most is when people try to tell me how I should be feeling. What problems could you really have? Suck it up. It can’t really be that bad.

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Well you know what? Sometimes it can be that bad. Stress and sadness can affect anyone.  So here’s a pep-talk for anyone else struggling with anything.

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: A Pep-Talk

You’re allowed to have bad days.

There will be days when you just feel stuck. 

Sometimes you need to have a good cry.

Break all the way down if you have to. Because life can get really hard. Don’t let anyone tell you what you’re feeling doesn’t matter or that you shouldn’t be feeling it. It’s okay not to be okay. It’s probably worse to pretend that everything is okay.

Call a friend. Turn your phone on silent. Watch a ton of Netflix movies and continue to tell it you’re still watching. Order that pizza with double the meats and get the bread sticks too. Talk to your dog. Crawl under the covers and wallow for a bit. Drink some tequila and dance it out like Meredith Grey.

You’re human and it’s okay not to be okay. Here’s the thing: have your bad day (or two) but don’t dwell in it.  Start putting yourself together. Figure out the root of the problem. Make a plan. Talk to someone. Refocus. This is not the end and you are still here. Heal.

Bonus: Let Kid President give you some words of encouragement.

How do you deal with your bad days? Leave a comment below. 

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

It’s the Pits: Natural Deodorant Review

It's the Pits: Natural Deodorant Review - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comMost antiperspirants or deodorants contain the chemical compound aluminium. This chemical is known to clog your sweat ducts. It has also been speculated that aluminum can imitate estrogen, as well as contribute to the increase of cancer cells. However, to be clear:

 “Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does not have any evidence or research data that ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer.”

Why we made the switch

Ace: This isn’t my first time taking the natural deodorant route. In 2011, I started using natural remedies to help with sweating, but it didn’t last long. (Summers in the south get very, very hot.) The reason I’m making the switch the second time around is because of the aluminum hype. My mother died of cancer, so I’m trying to cut out anything that could contribute to me getting the disease. My body developed quicker than most people I know, so I’ve been wearing deodorant for as long as I can remember. It was time to let it go…again.

Donni: I mentioned in my winter natural beauty remedies that I’ve been turning to natural alternatives instead of commercial products that are filled with unnecessary ingredients. Slowly, but surely I’ve been taking inventory of the products I purchase and looking for a healthier or more natural alternative. Deodorant was next on my list. And although, there aren’t any definitive studies linking aluminium to breast cancer, I’d prefer just opting out of using it all together. There are so many natural alternatives like tea tree oil that help kill the bacteria which cause that sweaty odor, rather than trying to stop the sweating altogether like aluminum does.

Natural Deodorant Review

Brands We Tried

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Ace: My natural deodorant came from Mrs. K’s Skincare. I went with Mrs. K because I recently ordered her activated charcoal toothpaste.

It was still “cold” out when I started using it, just to prepare my armpits for the summer weather. Everything started out great, with the exception of being nervous that I stunk. One day my pits started to feel raw. Then I noticed they were SUPER dark. Being the genius I am, I thought it was just my pits detoxing. Didn’t even think about it being an allergic reaction until Donni told me the same thing happened to her. I contacted Mrs. K and she said it could be the baking soda. (One without baking soda should arrive any day now.) The “natural remedy” I tried six years ago was baking soda. My armpits burned then, but I thought it was my razor or shaving cream.

Donni:  I researched a lot of different brands and eventually went with Schmidt’s in Ylang-Ylang and Calendula.

I “detoxed” my pits for about a week and a half – only using apple cider vinegar twice a day and following up with coconut oil. The first week of using the deodorant, I still used the apple cider vinegar and all was well. I was super worried about being the stinky girl at work, but the Schmidt’s was awesome.  I didn’t have any issues with odor and it honestly felt like I was wearing my normal Secret. Then I stopped using the apple cider vinegar and I had an allergic reaction to the baking soda in the Schmidt’s. I mean it was an awful rash. My armpits were on fire and they turned black. I was slathering aloe on them every few hours for relief. Cue me writing a very angry letter to Schmidt’s about how their product caused me to have firepits instead of armpits. They are currently sending me a replacement product without baking soda. However, I’m moving on to another brand: Primal Pit Paste.

We’ll be back with some thoughts once we’ve tried products without baking soda.

Have you ever had a bad reaction to a natural product? Leave your story below!

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Let the Bubbles Melt Your Troubles: Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy

There are few things in life as luxurious as dipping your toes in clear hot water, allowing bubbles to lap over your legs and completely relax your muscles all while taking a deep breath in and then slowly releasing it.The stress of the day just melts away to nothing. It is the stuff that dreams are made of, but you can enjoy this type of deep relaxation and lavishness every day if you own a hot tub. We’re all about self-care and love offering new self-care ideas to our readers. Hot tubs have distinct relaxation benefits, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the other advantages of hot water therapy.Let the Bubbles Melt Your Troubles: Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Here are nine benefits to soaking in a hot tub:

Hot Tubs and Hot Water Therapy

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1)Stress Relief

Sitting still and allowing the jets and water to massage your body gently will help reduces stress and anxiety. The heat paired with the pulsating water positively affect the body and cause a release of endorphins. Endorphins are the hormones which cause a positive reaction in the body – they are known for creating a feeling of euphoria. The endorphins and the added relaxation coupled together are an ideal form of stress relief.

2) Improved Movement

For those who struggle with arthritis and chronic pain, a hot tub is a relaxing way to start feeling relief. Hot water therapy coupled with cool water therapy is proven to help reduce arthritis and chronic pain and improve joint flexibility. According to WebMD, “heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat alters the sensation of pain.”

3) Catch those Zzzzs

When your mind is racing, and your muscles are sore, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. A hot tub is a great option because soaking in a hot tub is proven to relax the body and the heat from a hot tub can induce sleepiness. When you end your day with a dip in a hot tub, you are likely to improve your quality of sleep, which makes for better nights and then even better mornings. Just be sure you do not catch any shut eye while you are still soaking in the hot tub.

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4) Lower Blood Sugar

The hot water from a hot tub can help lower blood sugar, which can be particularly useful for those battling diabetes. The water causes blood vessels to dilate, and it increases blood flow and helps with circulation. While there are many proven benefits to hot water therapy for those with high blood sugar, but be sure to consult with your doctor before using a hot tub in your diabetes management.

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