Conquering Self-Care Like A Boss

Conquering Self-Care Like A Boss

Want to know a secret? Ok, maybe two secrets.

Society plays tricks with our brains. When you play along (which is easy to do), you end up thinking that being “busy” is what we’re supposed to be, that it’s a good thing. (Even a status symbol!) But guess what? We are human BEINGS, not human DOINGS.

In fact, according to the NY Times, you’re probably not even doing it on purpose. “At some point, the standard answer to “how are you” changed from “fine, thanks” to “busy!” And as a result, we’ve developed a mindset that pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion is normal. Until we crash and burn.

By not allowing ourselves to simply “be,” we can never truly know who we are. If you’re running around listening to everyone else and taking care of everyone else, but you ignore your own needs and your own voice, chances are you are running on empty — stuck in The Busy Trap — and not really accomplishing very much.  Worse, you are risking your own well-being.

I know this drill so well, because it was me. But I conquered my “chaotic, crazy-busy” whirlwind of a life with a simple  secret weapon: SELF-CARE.

People often wonder why self-care is so important, and mistakenly think they will come off as a slacker. But it couldn’t be farther from the truth, and is a vital step to taking charge of your own wellbeing.

First, for me, it starts with GRATITUDE and BREATHING! Literally, just taking a moment to breathe deeply, and think about 3 things I’m grateful for tricks my brain, and slows down life, allowing me to be present, and in control. Things are back in focus.

Next, I love playing the self-care game way more than the crazy-busy game. So depending on what’s going on, I may grab a cup of herbal tea and light some candles, or feel the need to soak for 20 minutes in a warm bath at the end of the day.  Or! I may even start my day with an energizing bath if I feel more fatigued than usual. Self-care is also time spent with friends, or walking in the park. It’s whatever nourishes you — mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Lately, I love flipping through magazines — there is something about the thick, beautiful Fall issues and the inspiration in them that is fun.  For sure, I’m a fan of anything that requires me to slow down, and take a digital detox.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a mom with several creative passions and businesses, someone who literally lives outside of their comfort zone every single day.  Like everyone, I have hard days. But the difference now is I don’t let any of it define me, or control me. And I want to make it easier for people everywhere to experience how good, fun and healthy self-care can be.

Let’s face it. Even on the best days, we all experience mental exhaustion because of the chaotic nature of what’s going on in the world. And now, more than ever, we need to arm ourselves with holistic tools to feed our bodies, our skin, our mind, in ways that help us completely re-charge and renew our spirit. Which brings me to what we are working on behind the scenes here. If you could use a jolt of positivity and good vibes in your life, read on!

Our theme for October is TRANQUILITY — and everything in this month’s self-care box is designed to lift your spirit, quiet your mind, and experience inner peace and soothing calmness. We think that being playful is important too, so we’ve got a surprise or two to bring a smile to your face.  Our custom soak this month is LIFT ME UP.  Ever feel so depleted you can’t even think straight? Well, we’ve done the thinking for you, and have infused the salts with a powerful blend of essential oils: ORANGE, CLOVE, CEDARWOOD, AND LEMON. It’s an amazing revitalizing soak that relieves mental exhaustion, improves mood, detoxifies, and soothes body and mind.  Just add to your bath water, soak for 20 minutes, and I promise you, you will feel like a new person!  This is one of my favorite soaks, and perfect as we head into the holiday season.

How do you stop the insanity and experience tranquility in your life? I’d love to hear from you!

P.S.  If you haven’t tried Salty Bath, and want your self-care to be fun and easy each month, our TRANQUILITY Box is a great time to join us and save 20% off your first delivery! Just use the coupon code 20OFFSTART at checkout. Quantities are limited, so be sure to order by 10/20! Our boxes make incredible gifts as well – so if you have a special someone in your life who could use some lavish pampering, you can take advantage of a one-time savings of 20% off when you use coupon code GIFT20. 

6 BATHROOMS TO BLOW YOUR MIND

6 BATHROOMS TO BLOW YOUR MIND

CREATING AN EMPOWERED BATHROOM SPACE

Bathrooms are often an overlooked space and a missed opportunity for creating magic in your life. But your bathroom can be a personal oasis of bliss and restoration. Let’s supercharge your creativity so you can have the bath of your dreams!

WHAT’S YOUR BATHROOM VIBE? Here’s some inspo to get you going.

THE BOHEMIAN:  Are you a Bohemian Babe? Who says bathrooms have to be sleek and white, anyway? Bohemian Chic baths are a bold treat for the senses, often mixing color, texture, pattern and vintage accessories for the most awesome personal retreat, and amped up vibes.

Boho-licious! via Pinterest

THE DRAMA QUEEN: Modern mavens love dramatic artsy and sexy bathrooms – the sculptural tub with the view, the oversized art mixed with modern and earthy textures and details interwoven throughout come together for a glam take and a sexy retreat that will soothe any overworked fashionista or mogul.

Modern, Sexy, Dramatic via Pinterest

THE SERENE SOUL:  Like a nod to a fave resort trip, serene souls love a good spa vibe as an everyday luxury at home. Serene baths tend to have a sleeker, more minimalist feel, but the key to creating this look is all in the details: clean lines, optimal light, the combination of white layers and wood tones, flowers, candles, and amenities such as a deep soaking tub, heated towels and a steam shower.

The Serene Spa Retreat via Pinterest

THE JUNGLE JANE: Are you a nature lover with a green thumb? There’s a trend now to incorporate plants in the bathroom, and we love it. This bathroom may be small on space, but it is popping in fresh greenery that brings such amazing energy to this space. We love the eclectic mix of furniture, fixtures and accessories that make this a room you may never want to leave! There’s never a bad day when you can come home to a bathroom like this — alive and restful, totally blissful for reviving the body, mind and spirit.

Earthy, Jungle Vibes via Pinterest

THE MOODY MINIMALIST:  The minimalist vibe of this look (a man-treat, perhaps?) revolves around a moody, dark palette — with the forest as the focal point, one can imagine you are floating in the landscape. Old-school touches like the boom-box, art and decorative amber bottles make it personal yet not too serious.

Masculine and Moody via Pinterest

THE URBAN-RUSTIC SANCTUARY:  City meets country in this spa-like master bath. The claw-foot tub creates a focal point and the warm woods provide just the right amount of rustic vibes. Mirrors magically bounce the light around, creating openness, and the chandelier adds a bit of glam. Turkish towels, plants and artwork are the luxe details that also make it personal and warm.

Urban, Rustic Retreat

Regardless of your bathroom size, these baths are loaded with ideas. Cruise around on Pinterest too. If you love the Jungle Jane look, all you need to do is start with a few plants, and some decorative elements. For Bohemian types, perhaps you would love to try a bold color or a vintage accessory and some candles.  The possibilities are endless, and you can always start small and go from there. Either way, pumping up the bliss factor in your own bathroom will def bring you more joy and good vibes!

Which spaces speak to you? Are you ready to create your spa retreat at home?

The 6 Dimensions of Wellness

The 6 Dimensions of Wellness

Fall in love with taking care of yourself.

Everyday wellness. One thing we can all probably agree on is that everyone wants to be well. After all, being well means that life is in full color, and anything is possible, right?

The challenge is how to achieve your optimal well SELF.  At times, this concept can seem overwhelming because we let ourselves, perhaps unintentionally, get overwhelmed. It can become a vicious cycle leaving you depleted, questioning your own self-worth, lapsing into bad habits and definitely not feeling your best.  Do you struggle with how to break this cycle? Or wonder, how can it be done easily and quickly so you can happily get on with your life? Before we can answer these questions, let’s look at what wellness actually means.

The definition of wellness, long used by the National Wellness Institute, is consistent with the following tenets which encompass a shared agreement among health and wellness leaders around the world:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential;
  • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment;
  • Wellness is positive and affirming.

Therefore, NWI states: Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.

The 6 Dimensions of Wellness, NWI

In fact, Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, is credited for developing the interdependent holistic model, The Six Dimensions of Wellness, and when applied “a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living.”

This holistic model explains:

  • How a person contributes to their environment and community, and how to build better living spaces and social networks;
  • The enrichment of life through work, and its interconnectedness to living and playing;
  • The development of belief systems, values, and creating a world-view;
  • The benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality as well as personal responsibility, self-care and when to seek medical attention;
  • Self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction;
  • Creative and stimulating mental activities, and sharing your gifts with others.

I found this model to be helpful as a way for me to look at and understand my own wellness journey. But even more profound, it’s even more clarifying for me in terms of our mission for Salty Bath. At the core of this mission is a passion to help people have what they need to practice self-care and live to their full-potential. It developed out of my own life experiences and learning first-hand how to break the cycle of feeling depleted and overwhelmed. I needed to stop getting in my own way — but I also wanted something that didn’t eat up a lot of time and money.

Self-care became my secret weapon for winning at life… and through that journey came a discovery of not only my optimal wellness, but a much deeper connection with myself and a “successful existence” — something I had never experienced before. The word existence is key here and it’s dimensional. This process, as we can see, is all about the choices we make toward a holistic awareness around healthy living. It’s so much more than diet and exercise, and financial success or well-being. But you open yourself up to experience more abundance and joy in every aspect of your life when you are operating with this type of awareness and connectedness – that is for sure.

So here is something to think about. By being more intentional, you get out of any rut you find yourself in.  You can actually harness your own energy in a more positive way as it relates to any aspect of your life.

This was a profound discovery for me, and it happened with the simple act of Intentional Bathing.  My showers were transactional and based on good hygiene. But my baths were intentional mindful moments with myself.  Often, I went into the tub feeling stressed, anxious, tired, tense and sore. So I started concocting a transition ritual for myself, one that took me out of my head and into stillness.  It was a full sensory experience: the hot water with mineral salts (touch); essential oils (smell), candles and healing crystals (sight); meditative music (sound/hearing); and warm tea (taste). I also put my hands over my heart and felt my own heartbeat. I focused on the beats as I breathed deeply and slowly. After these 20 minute sessions with myself, I was a different person from the one who entered the tub. I was calmer. The stress and tension were gone. My body had softened, and I was relaxed without pain. My energy was more grounded, and my head was clear. I imagine it’s the closest thing to feeling like a marshmallow!

Being connected to myself this way enabled me to be of much better service to everyone around me, but it also made me realize that it just takes the smallest of actions to effect change for the better. One that has a rippling effect, sending higher, positive vibrations out into the world. It inspired to me to figure out how to help more people this way.

With holistic wellness as our brand’s North Star, the role the Salty Bath self-care experience can play in a person’s life is brought more sharply into focus as we aim to help anyone achieve optimal well-being. By creating a ritual that regularly allows you to deeply connect to yourself and the world around you, you are taking charge of your own everyday wellness. 

Let’s break that down, in terms of the behind-the-scenes work we do, and the impact we can make together to change the world, one Salty Bath experience at a time.

The big idea is actually a simple one: 

Love for our planet and our bodies goes hand in hand.

At Salty Bath, we are very particular about the quality of everything we do, and at the center of it all is quality of care. In fact, we work with an innovative and leading lab in Oregon, known for formulating the finest natural & organic skincare since 1983; setting and maintaining the utmost quality formulations as well as best practices in sustainability and responsible manufacturing throughout the personal care industry. As our production partner, our Salty Bath and (soon to launch) TAMBRA: Sea + Botanicals products are the highest quality combined with product stability and efficacy, meaning:

  • No Animal Testing
  • FDA Registered
  • GMP compliant
  • In-House Quality Control Systems
  • In-House Shelf Life Testing
  • Kosher Certified Materials
  • Vegan Formulas
  • Sustainable Raw Materials
  • Sustainable Practices
  • Recycled packaging, shipping, and marketing materials
  • Biodegradable Products
  • Women Owned and Operated
  • Powered with 100% Renewable Wind Energy

Our Salty Bath Wellness Community is built around a shared sensibility, or manifesto:

  • Be kind to our planet.
  • Be kind to our bodies.
  • Use products that are non-toxic with only sustainably sourced, high integrity ingredients; manufactured in small-batches with love and care.
  • Value the time we take for our own well-being because it benefits all beings.

But, as amazing as our products are, it’s really about the role we can help play in helping people achieve the healthy living standard set in place by the National Wellness Institute.  Being aware of this multi-dimensional interconnectedness is ultimately what can help you in your own wellness journey, and whatever that means for you.  Salty Bath is a place to start — a tool in your wellness toolkit that is simple, safe, incredibly enjoyable, and taking little time. Yet, it’s transformational, with important and vital benefits to your health: body, mind and spirit.

If you are ready to take simple steps to taking control of your everyday wellness, check out our site, and sign up to receive our monthly self-care packages.  Each box comes with a complete bath ritual designed to help you quiet your mind, relax your body, and renew your spirit.  Being still and tuning in often leads to discoveries about your true self. We’d love to have you in our wellness community! And for taking that important first step, use discount code 20OFFSTART at checkout, and receive 20% off your first delivery. 

A Salty Sneaky Peek: The September Soak

A Salty Sneaky Peek: The September Soak

What’s in September’s Box? Our Healing Pink Citrus bath ritual is the star of the show.

This month’s all-natural bath is all about healing and restoring your well-being to a more positive, balanced and happy state. First, Pink Himalayan Salt is mined from ancient sea salt deposits in the Himalayan Mountains. Next, we blend it with Dead Sea salt which is rich in vitamins and minerals – particularly magnesium, calcium, bromide, sulfur, sodium and zinc. Then, we add in Magnesium Sulfate (i.e. Epsom Salt) for greater therapeutic benefits. This TRIPLE SALT formula is fantastic for:

  • detoxifying 
  • increasing circulation
  • balancing skin’s moisture 
  • reducing stress, relaxing the body 
  • soothing sore muscles, easing joint pain, and combating fluid retention.

be you. do you. for you.

Once we have the salt blend complete, we infuse them with essential oils so that you can receive the holistic effects of bergamot, sweet orange, and grapefruit. The scent of citrus helps restore feelings of happiness and well-being that stress and the daily rigor of life can take away, and the combination works to expel negative feelings, regulate your body and restore a youthful glow to your complexion. After a warm 20-minute soak, you are calmer, more relaxed and awakened to greater feelings of tranquility! Total bliss.

Our monthly boxes are filled with more than our small-batch, hand-crafted bath salts. Each one is packed with everything you need to help you create positive, happy energy all around your home. You’ll discover and experience high-vibe goodies such as healing crystals, soy candles, sage sticks, incense, botanicals such as lavender and eucalyptus, organic body care and of course… essential oils, even mindful jewelry… and more! To find out all the practical ways to use these Feng Shui/ positive energy tools, check out this article.

If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. – Nikola Tesla

If you haven’t tried Salty Bath, our AUTUMN AWAKENING September Box is a great time to join us and save 20% off your first delivery! Just use the coupon code 20OFFSTART at checkout. Quantities are limited, so be sure to order by 9/20! Orders ship out on 9/24.

3 TIPS FOR CREATING A SPA DAY (OR NIGHT) AT HOME

3 TIPS FOR CREATING A SPA DAY (OR NIGHT) AT HOME

Who doesn’t love going to a spa? It’s relaxing, rejuvenating and helps us recharge from our typically busy and responsibility-filled lives. Everything about a spa visit is designed to help you unplug from the real world – time spent enjoying pampering treatments such as a massage or a facial, and even long hot soaks or other therapeutic sessions to help you decompress. Unfortunately, a spa isn’t always the most affordable luxury. For many of us, we only get to go a handful of times in our lives, even though most of us could really use it on the regular! While the price it costs to go to the spa isn’t going to change any time soon, the good news is that you can recreate your own version of a spa day at home. With a little bit of time set aside and a few essential spa products of your own, you can be well on your way to some much needed, low cost relaxation.

Do a mask: Facial masks are one of the best skincare products to have on hand for times when you need an excuse to relax and recharge. You can even do a mask while you multitask around your house, but if you can, we recommend trying to really give yourself a break- even if it’s only twenty minutes. If you have sensitive skin try a calming mask with ingredients like cucumber and aloe. If you want to get a little exfoliating action going then an enzyme mask is right up your alley.

In our July Salty Bath box, we are introducing an incredible Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Mask. This berry-filled formulation will hyper-oxygenate your skin cells with its antioxidant load of berries. Blueberries bring to your skin an arsenal of anti-aging benefits. Cranberries add to the blend with active bioflavonoids as well as much needed vitamins. A gentle exfoliation utilizing fresh fruit pulp, and a deeper cell renewal and collagen production with Glycolic and Alpha Lipoic acids, make this an amazing restorative treatment that you can do right at home.

Take a bath: Baths are so relaxing, and often referred to as “nature’s medicine. Newsweek magazine even featured an article with the latest research on “why taking a hot bath may be as good for your health as exercise.” Our custom-formulated, small-batch bath soaks cannot be found anywhere else and are loaded with magnesium + nutrient-rich ingredients that help the muscles to relax, balances your pH level, reduces stress, and much more. Our salts are sourced straight from the Dead Sea where we blend them with magnesium sulfate and therapeutic grade essential oils for the ultimate soak experience. Put on a face mask, play some of your favorite tunes, add in our bath salts, dim the lights, light the candle (also part of your self-care box we send you), arrange crystals (we provide these too!) or flowers around the tub for more powerful energy and soak in your very own, custom made relaxation space. Having a warm cup of herbal tea or a glass of vino also adds a touch of indulgence that makes the experience even more spa-like.

DIY this easy foot treatment: Everyone who’s tried a foot soak knows just how relaxing it can be after a long day spent on your feet. Make a relaxing foot bath by diluting 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of sea salt, and 1 cup of Epsom salt in water as hot as you can tolerate. You can also add essential oils such as lavender to level up its soothing power, and peppermint oil to make it super refreshing. Apple cider vinegar is a favorite holistic remedy for all kinds of issues and has many benefits to heal and nourish your skin and body.

I like to time my spa-at-home experience to night.  That way, my commitments for the day are done, and I can wash away all the energy I collected, slip into something cozy afterwards, and really unwind.  Or even better, drift off to a great night’s sleep!

Want to learn more about our Salty Bath monthly deliveries that bring the spa to your doorstep? Visit us at www.SaltyBath.com. Each month brings a new theme and a box packed with all-natural bath, body and mindful products to help you relax, restore, and renew! Our July box, themed TRANSFORMATION, ships around July 24th. Sign up before July 19th to receive yours. 

 

LETTING GO TO ALLOW TRANSFORMATION IN

LETTING GO TO ALLOW TRANSFORMATION IN

A simple reminder to carve out time for yourself. We all need time to unplug and get in touch with our feelings.  Otherwise, life loses its magical deliciousness which can only truly be felt when we are being present.

FINDING YOUR SPARK

This month, as we celebrate our independence and freedom as a country, let’s also allow ourselves the freedom to just be. That means letting go, tuning in, and reflecting about where you are in your life. Are you where you need or want to be? Are you thriving or simply surviving? Taking quiet moments, away from technology, the pressures of everyday life, and countless tugs for your time and attention can be one of the most incredible gifts you give to yourself.  By letting go, we often can make way for transformation. It allows us to let in an awakening of the senses, a decluttering of the mind, a sense of calm and confidence is restored and from there, we own our power.

So here’s to the freedom to TRANSFORM and live your most joyful, centered, abundant life! (hint: this is also our theme for JULY!)

We are curating an experience for our July TRANSFORMATION Box that will leverage the healing power of essential oils to influence your mindset, mood and feelings, helping you to get in touch with your true self. As you deeply relax and experience these therapeutic, aromatherapy benefits you will feel a greater connection to yourself and the world around you…and that’s where the magic happens. As with all our boxes, we provide a complete self-care ritual to pamper, nourish and relax you….so all you need to do is enjoy… and let go!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE! 

P.S.  Ready to jump in and experience total bliss? Visit Salty Bath to check out our subscription offerings featuring state-of-the-art, all-natural and organic bath and body products.  We also include artisanal goods from makers around the globe that complement our holistic whole body philosophy.