Dry Brushing 101

Today’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 dry brush ($10-20)
This practice will benefit you:
  • Physically
Dry Brushing 101
Following our Ayurvedic theme, this week I want to introduce you to dry brushing (also called “skin brushing” or “body brushing”). This is a self-care practice that promotes the health of our skin (and so much more). Did you know that our skin is actually the largest organ in our body? Yes, that’s right, I’m here to inform you that your skin is an organ. More specifically, it’s an organ of elimination. (Approximately one-third of our body’s toxins are excreted through the skin!) This is big news, and one reason that we should really value the health of our skin. An easy way to do that is through dry brushing.

When purchasing a brush, you have several options. Rather than getting the gloves or the short-handled brush, I recommend you buy one of the brushes that has a long handle (this will make it easier to get to those hard-to-reach parts of your back). Once you’ve made that initial purchase…

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How To Use a Neti Pot in Five Easy Steps (video included!)

This week’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 neti pot (available through Walgreens, Whole Foods, or Amazon for $10-20)
  • Saline Solution (you can buy this prepackaged or you can easily make your own)
This practice will benefit you:
  • Physically
  • Energetically
How to use a neti pot in five easy steps

 

Last week I introduced you to the Ayurvedic practice of drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning. How did it go? This week’s self-care practice has two things in common with last week’s: it also comes from Ayurvedic medicine and it also involves water!

 

If you ever wake up with allergies, congestion, dry sinuses, nasal pressure, a sinus headache, or a cold/flu (and, let’s face it, we all sometimes do), this week’s self-care practice is for you. Here are my five easy steps to using a neti pot:
  • Step 1: Heat up some filtered or distilled water. When using a neti pot, it is extremely important to never use tap water. (Note: you can get in the habit of warming up a kettle of water in the morning and using some of it for your lemon water and the rest for your neti pot!)
  • Step 2: Put the saline solution into the neti pot. Walgreens sells…
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14 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

Today’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 mug (free, assuming you already have one)
  • 1 lemon ($0.50)

This practice will benefit you:

  • Physically

14 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning - zacharyavery.net
The first self-care practice that I want to talk about is having a warm cup of lemon water first thing in the morning. This is especially easy to do in the winter, when it’s cold out. I’m not saying you have to replace your morning cup of coffee/tea, but this is an idea that you could implement before that daily cup of joe. Try it for a week and see how it goes.

This health tip comes from ancient Ayurvedic medicine (that is, the traditional medicine of India). Modern research supports this self-care practice by informing us that lemons have powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties and are loaded with citric acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, B vitamins, bioflavonoids, pectin, limonene, enzymes, antioxidants, and fiber. As a result, we know that having a warm glass of lemon water on an empty…

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A One Year Journey Into Self-Care

Dear Friends, Family, and Clients,

I have been preaching the gospel of self-care for several years now. Through my newsletters, blogs, coaching, and even the retreat that I held last year, I have again and again stressed the importance of taking excellent care of ourselves.

With this in mind, I am launching a new writing series. For the next 52 weeks, I am going to post one blog per week that details and highlights one of my favorite self-care strategies. These practices will benefit you physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually.

I believe the secret to good self-care is to find habits, rituals, and routines that YOU love. Over the next year, I’m going to increase your arsenal of options by introducing you to everything from pranayama to acupressure to essential oils to “desire mapping” to crystals to prayer to yoga to chanting to affirmations to neti pots to meditation… and more.

So, for the next year, you can look forward to a new blog from me every Tuesday that contains an explanation of one time-proven method of how to take care of yourself. I will do my best to also include a YouTube video of me demonstrating the practice (as needed and when…

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Eight Life-Changing Questions

I recently read this Elephant Journal article where the author challenges you to begin regularly asking yourself these eight questions:

1. Where do I want to be in five years time?

2. How do I want to feel on the inside in five years time? Where do I want to be emotionally, physically, mentally?

3. What bad habits do I need to stop?

4. What mistakes have I made today?

5. Who do I envy or admire? What qualities do these people have? In what way can I learn from them? What is it about them that inspires me?

6. What stories have I told myself?

7. Who do I love and who loves me?

8. If no one judged me, who would I be?

I’ve been regularly asking myself these eight questions over the past few weeks and have been journaling my responses. I’ve gotten different answers each time I do this exercise. It’s been a very enlightening process and has helped me to cast vision, create goals, and work toward the ultimate aim of self-realization.

I hope these questions benefit you as much (if not more!) as they have me.

<3,

Z

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10 Quotes on Perseverance

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘Press On!’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“A jug fills drop by drop.” – Buddha

“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much…

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