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self-care recipes MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Tuesday Feb 05, 2019 by Devin Dilday

5 DIY Ways to Practice Self-Care This Valentine’s Day

Personal Growth
Recipes

Valentine’s Day is a season of love— but it’s not just for couples. This year, we’re turning this holiday into the perfect excuse for a little self-love. Wondering how to treat yourself without dropping a ton of cash? 

From face masks to zen sprays, make your home into a Pinterest-worthy self-love oasis with five of our favorite DIY recipes that will have you feeling fine—no heart-shaped candy or sappy cards required.  

 

“You Guac My World” Hydrating Face Mask 

avocado face mask

With winter weather attacking every ounce of hydration in our skin, this tasty, three-ingredient DIY face mask is a miracle worker. Just try not to eat it! 

Ingredients
- ½ avocado 
- 1 tbsp of organic honey
- Handful of oats 

Directions
- Mash up avocado in a small bowl and add in honey and oats until combined. 
- Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and enjoy the effects of ultra-nourishing avocado oils!

 


“Oooh La La” Lavender Body Scrub

lavender body scrub

Relax your body—and mind—with this healing body scrub. Packed with antioxidants and our post-workout savior Epsom salt, this combination can help to heal all your aches and pains. 

Ingredients
- 1 tsp (about two bags worth) of green tea
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil 
- 3 tsp of Epsom salt

Directions
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass jar. Mix until achieving a pasty consistency, adding more salt or olive oil if the scrub is too stiff or runny. 
- Apply to damp skin, avoiding the face. 
- Leave on for five minutes. Rinse and get ready to embrace your super smooth skin!  

 


“Curly Q Cutie” Hair Mask

curly hair mask

With an office that has a few resident curly-haired beauties, we’ve tried our fair share of DIY Friday night hair masks. With easily accessible ingredients, it’s easy to whip up this hydrating hair wonder. 

Ingredients 
(Double recipe for longer hair)
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey

Directions
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, blending until smooth. 
- From roots to tips, apply the mask evenly through damp hair.
- Cover hair with shower cap or towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Rinse hair until water runs clear then apply conditioner.
- Comb out tangles and enjoy your luscious locks! 

 


“Smell the Roses” Bath Soak

bath soak rose

No self-care ritual is complete without a good bath. Scrub out your tub because it’s time to unwind with one of our favorite recipes. Plus, you can put last year’s dried roses to good use.

Ingredients
- Small cotton or organza bags 
- Roughly ½ cup organic oats (to fill the bag)
- Handful of dried rose petals
- 3-5 drops of rose essential oil
- 3-5 drops of lavender (or your favorite) essential oil

Directions
- Place oats and rose petals in bag. Add essential oils.
- Tie bag closed and let soak in warm bath. Now, bask in the beautiful scents! 

 


“Soothe Your Soul” Spray

calming spray

Whether it’s in our gym bag or spritzed on our pillow, homemade “zen” spray is a must-have, self-love essential. One feel-good mist and you’ll be embracing positive vibes all day long. 

Ingredients
- Small glass or recycled plastic spray bottle 
- 6 oz aloe vera witch hazel water
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5-7 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-7 drops of peppermint essential oil

Directions
- Add all ingredients to bottle. 
- Shake, spray, and enjoy the instant dose of hydrating calm. 


Whatever your self-care routine may be, remember there’s nothing wrong with loving yourself this Valentine’s Day—and every day! 
 

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
Written by
Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.