Saturday, October 23, 2010

How to take time out for yourself....

I believe that everybody needs to take time out for matter your age, and especially women....because it tends to be women who feel guilt, like they have to have done something deserving of taking time off......BUT i believe taking time out, even in small way is important!!!

whether it be reading a book/magazine, taking a bubble bath, watching a movie...having a nap or going for a walk...whatever it is that you enjoy, you need to do it more often!

yesterday was one of those days for me...where i had a day off work and i took some time out for ME :)

so i went to the Westfields shopping centre...had my eyebrows waxed, had sushi for lunch followed by a 'brekkie to go' boost juice..then went to the cinema to watch 'Life as we know it' (which i LOVED by the way)..... got me thinking, what are my tips for taking time out for yourself...what are some of the things i do???

now mind you i have no children...yes im married but i dont have a lot of responsibility in my life so i def have more time to myself than say someone with children!!

but some things i love to do; a hair treatment/face mask

about once a week...i love to treat my hair with Kerasatase mask...this stuff is beautiful and makes my hair so soft...when i was a brunette my hair was healthy and soft...since going red and obviously having to strip the dark brown out, my hair is a lot i do like to try and look after it!!

so i wash my hair and then apply the conditioning mask to my hair...i heat up a damp towell in the microwave and wrap my hair in it and leave it in for at least 30mins...
the reason for the heated towell is that it helps the treatment to absorb faster into the hair follicle!

while my hair is cooking, i like to also treat my skin....

so having my hair all wrapped up in a towell is perfect cause it means my face is clear and ready for some luscious treatment :) an exfolliating get rid of all the dead skin off the surface of your face

2. i then like to put on some sort of heavy duty of my fav's is avocado. i get a real avocado (as in one you buy from the vegie section of the supermarket...not some packet mix thing)...i mash some up on a plate and literally rub it into my face and even a bit on my neck! its the best thing will look like princess fiona off Shrek....but if you leave it on for a while (at least 30mins...sometimes i leave it on for an hour or 2 while im cleaning the house or something) eventually goes hard on your skin and it draws out all the impurities in your skin!! i LOVE this stuff....

another one i love is by Estee Lauder...and its called Triple Creme
its a hydrating simply wash your skin, then apply this cream on your face and neck and leave it on for at least 10 mins....once again i leave it on for a lot longer....this one is great for dehydrated/dry really softens and plumps up the skin!!

2.Have a milk bath

and yes i did say MILK.....

i couldnt believe it when the lady from the La Mer counter at bondi told me her skin secrets...and she has the most amazing skin ever!!! and is in her 40's!!

she told me to one night run a hot bath and tip in half a box of full cream powdered milk (must use full cream) relax in it like you would a normal bath and rub the water into your skin.....there are peptides in the milk that help to lock in moisture into your skin! its every now and then i have milk baths and it so relaxing....another tip she told me is to get coffee granules and rub them into any cellulite on legs/buttocks etc....cause coffee is known to have properties that break down fat particles!!! havnt tried that yet, but she swears by it!!
so have your milk bath and when you get out dont shower straight away....let the milk settle into your skin either over night or for an hour or so...the longer the better....then shower off!! its ok, cause its powdered wont stink as much as you would if you poured a whole milk carton over yourself :)

3. Read a magazine

I normally do this laying on the bed or whilst im in the milk bath :)
i love reading a good fahion/beauty fav is the cosmopoliton hair and beauty mag, but it only comes out once a yr...i also love shop till you drop, OK magazine....well pretty much any mag with fashion and beauty....i just dont like those mags that you know all the stories are made NW i think its called...they annoy me...i mite flick thru to look at the pics...but apart from that there isnt much good in them!!

4.Watch a movie

either hire one out or go to the cinema with friends or even by yourself.....there is nothing wrong with sitting in a cimea by yourself :) of course its better with friends....but im quite comfy in who i am to sit alone :) lol

a good comedy or drama can be such a relaxing way to spend an hour or too....and can also connect with your heart in someway...i have often come away from a movie having learnt something new about life and people!!!

5. Do whtever your hobby is....
now we all have some sort of hobby....and if you cant think of one then i encourage you to get a pen and paper out and spend some time thinking about what it is you enjoy...what makes your heart race....what makes you passionate...think about the things you really enjoy....its good to know what your passionate about!! i have lots...but one of my main ones would def be makeup.... i LOVE makeup...i love the art of it, the colours, the dramatic side of it and also the glamourous side!! whatever it is that you would call your more of it...spend some time quite regularly doing it!!! its good to be passionate about things in life!!

so there are just a couple of my own personal tips....i have lots and lots and lots cause i do find this topic very important. too many women do everything for everyone else and then wonder why they are burnt out...and yes i understand we cant just be selfish and just think about ourselves ALL the time...but its also selfish to NEVER think of ourselves....because then you wont be the real you, you will be the burnt out/highly strung version of you, and your family/friends around you will suffer!!


LOVE HollieD
ps...if you have any great tips on taking time out...please post them below...i want to know your secrets too!!!

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