I drink water and herbal tea (yes, it's an expensive habit) to the tune of 64 ounces / 2 litres daily. Strangely, I pee less than ever, though I attribute this to feeling less anxious about needing to pee - something my anxiety condition glommed onto at some point. More to the point, I understand how people wake up, drink a glass of water and actually feel their cells soak up liquid to improve mobility and diminish pain. Sure, I can't say that's what I'm feeling literally, but I definitely notice a huge difference after that first glass of water. I also feel altered, for the better, by water consumption after yoga.
If you want to do something life-altering and stupidly easy while contending that you've achieved a new year's resolution, get on board with this one.
In that spirit, I recently decided to implement an effortless new lifestyle change: body scrubbing.
|Merben Sisal Body Brush (can be purchased at Ziggy's and elsewhere online)|
In fact, the practice of body scrub is known to:
- improve circulation (something that all peeps can benefit from - especially the pain-havers)
- decrease stagnation in the upper layers of the epidermis
- soothe sore muscles
- feel good and scratchy
- exfoliate skin to improve its natural colour and texture
- increase energy - cuz egad, that scrubbing is lively!
If you decide to try this, apparently you should massage in small circular motions from the limbs towards the heart. Don't go crazy with the pressure. A little goes a long way. And if you're wet brushing, do ensure that the gizmo can dry out between showers. Mine is very robust and, though my house isn't damp, it's not drying. I'm frankly as creeped out by dry brushing, germs notwithstanding, cuz, um, dead skin flakes on the floor?!?!?
Needless to say, don't use exfoliating scrubs with microbeads because they're trashing our ecosystem.
Technically I started this practice a couple of weeks ago, but I'm cashing in on the resolution angle because, why not?
So there you have it: 2 entirely fuss-free ways to make a self-improvement promise that you can keep and therefore brag about. You're welcome.
Today's questions: Do you body scrub and, if yes, how has it improved the quality of your life? (I'm looking for motivation!) Do you drink a ton of water or do you avoid it tenaciously because, you know, you have better things to do and you prefer the taste of booze? Can you provide another example of a resolution that's easily and effortlessly incorporated into one's life? Let's talk!