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7 Wellness Essentials for a Happier, Healthier You

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When was the last time you checked in on yourself? The everyday hustle often leaves little to no time for us to take care of ourselves. However, the pandemic has compelled us to shift our focus inward, recognising the growing importance of well-being in our lives. Thus arises the need for self-care to cultivate what matters most to us: our health.

The Importance of Wellness

For centuries, scholars, enlightened masters, and modern science researchers have highlighted the importance of wellness in our daily lives. It’s no surprise, then, that the wellness industry has grown to become a USD 4.5 trillion economy that’s expanding at a rapid pace. But do we really understand what it means to be well? 

According to USA-based non-profit organisation National Wellness Institute, wellness is described as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence”. It is an act of making positive conscious choices that are holistic in nature, thus enhancing one’s health and happiness. And this can only be done if you invest your time and energy in yourself as much as you do in your work, relationships, and other external environments. 

The Need for Self-Care

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, states that about 40% of what determines happiness is under your control. Thus, self-care and happiness are like hand in glove, where self-care means to take care of yourself by yourself. While the term itself is a broad concept, studies show that the meaning of self-care is to each their own. But the underlying principle remains the same, which is to mindfully nurture and nourish one’s mind-body-spirit and emotions as a whole.

Studies have shown that engaging in a self-care routine can significantly reduce anxiety and depression, lower stress levels, improve concentration, minimise frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy levels, and so much more. From a physical health perspective, self-care has been clinically proven to reduce heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Spiritually, it may help us to connect with our inner voice or our higher self in order to live up to our purpose. Investing in wellness can be your first step towards living a holistic and stress-free life, so here are sevenessentials to get you started.

1. Essential Oils

Be it a tiring day at work or physical discomfort, essential oils simply do the drill as they have a lot of skin and health benefits. These oils are extracted from flowers or plants and then compressed into bottles. They can be used to aid sleep, calm the nervous system, boost immunity levels, and create a soothing atmosphere. Many prefer essential oils such as rose oil, tea tree oil, and lavender oil as they foster self-love, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep quality. The best way to use these oils is by pouring a few drops into a diffuser or your bath water. Alternatively, you can mix it into a carrier oil (such as coconut, jojoba, or almond oil) to directly apply on certain points on your body, like your wrists or behind the ears. 

2. Crystals

The use of crystals and gemstones in healing dates all the way back to the ancient Sumerians and ancient Chinese medicine. Since crystals come from within the earth, they possess high amounts of earthly vibrations to cleanse, heal, balance, and protect the energy within and around us. Crystals are known to have natural healing tendencies that focus on specific aspects (emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being) of our lives.

The crystal healing energy can be tapped in various forms such as wearing crystal bracelets, placing crystal clusters in specific corners of your home, and making crystal grids during meditation. Citrine (Success Stone), Amethyst, Clear Quartz (Master Healer), Rose Quartz (Love Stone), and Black Tourmaline (Negativity Killer) are recommended for beginners who wish to attract positivity, love, abundance, balance, and good health into their lives. You can even hold these crystals in your hand and set intentions or meditate with them to enhance your overall well-being and manifest your deepest desires. 

3. Bath Salts 

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing spa day, and what’s better than creating a spa-like atmosphere at home? Bath salts are very relaxing, de-stressing, and charging – not only do they improve blood circulation and mood levels, but they also contain essential minerals to detoxify and cleanse the body energetically. Just add two to three spoonfuls of salt flakes in the bathtub and let them absorb all the worry and weariness off your body.

4. Gemstone Water Bottles 

Besides taking your hydration game up a notch, the gemstones in a gemstone water bottle can energetically charge your water, too. These pretty bottles are infused with crystals – think: Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, or Fluorite – that carry positive vibrations, thus creating harmony within your system and leaving you with a perfect glow on a gloomy day.  

5. Dried Sage and Incense Sticks

Sages are made from organic herbal leaves bundled into a stick. When you burn incense sticks or a dried sage, they are bound to purify the air, cleanse your crystals, and dispel insects and negative energies. They’re often used during meditations, reciting prayers, or simply as an effective space-clearing technique. Both dried sage and incense sticks also work excellently while setting intentions or affirmations such as: “I am healthy and protected”, “My soul is pure”, and “I am letting go of everything that doesn’t serve me”. 

6. Tibetan Singing Bowls

Recent studies have proven that singing bowls positively affect our mood levels and been found to decrease blood pressure and heart rate as compared to the silence before a sound-healing session. These bowls are ancient to Buddhist culture and every singing bowl resonates at a certain frequency that, when played, vibrates and produces a rich deep tone. It’s a very relaxing and powerful tool for healing and de-stressing.  

7. Copper Bottle 

Copper is known to have antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, making it a must-have in your home. You must store water in a copper vessel or bottle for eight or more hours as the copper releases some of its ions, which help incell regeneration and the formation of haemoglobin. Since the human body cannot create trace amounts of copper, it’s vital to include it in our daily diet or water intake for its amazing health benefits. 

Self-care is essential, especially during these trying times, so start taking charge of your health and happiness today. Illuminations Wellbeing Center provides a range of wellness essentials to always prioritise your best self.

Disclaimer: It is advisable to consult your doctor before investing in some of these healing products.


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Empowering Self: Unveiling Three Essential Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Empowerment Through Confidence

Self-doubt is a common struggle that many people face. It can hold us back from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. But what exactly is self-doubt, and how can we overcome it? We will explore the concept of self-doubt and unveil three essential strategies to help you overcome it and empower yourself.

Understanding Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is the lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the inner voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to achieve our goals. It can manifest in different ways, such as fear of failure, imposter syndrome, or constantly seeking validation from others.

Self-doubt can be triggered by past experiences, societal pressures, or our own inner critic. It can hold us back from taking risks, trying new things, or pursuing our passions. However, it is important to remember that self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience and can be overcome with the right strategies.

The Power of Inner Strength

Inner strength is the ability to trust in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the foundation of self-confidence and resilience. When we have inner strength, we are better equipped to face challenges and overcome self-doubt.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

Our mindset plays a crucial role in how we perceive ourselves and our abilities. A positive mindset involves having a growth mindset, which means believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and learning. It also involves reframing negative thoughts into positive ones and focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Cultivating a positive mindset takes practice, but it can greatly impact how we view ourselves and our potential.

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is often overlooked, but it is essential for building inner strength and maintaining a positive mindset. Self-care involves taking care of our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It can include activities such as exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies. When we prioritise self-care, we are better equipped to handle self-doubt and build our inner strength.


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Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Now that we have a better understanding of self-doubt and its impact, let’s explore three essential strategies to help you overcome self-doubt and empower yourself.

Practice Self-Awareness

Building inner strength takes time and effort, but it is a crucial step in overcoming self-doubt. Here are three strategies to help you cultivate inner strength and empower yourself.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is a crucial first step in overcoming self-doubt because it allows us to identify when self-doubt is present and how it affects us. To practice self-awareness, try journaling or mindfulness exercises. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and how they contribute to self-doubt. Once you are aware of your self-doubt triggers, you can work on reframing negative thoughts and building your inner strength.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is important for building confidence and overcoming self-doubt. When we set unrealistic goals, we set ourselves up for failure, which can reinforce self-doubt. Instead, set achievable goals that align with your strengths and values. This will help you build momentum and confidence, which can help you overcome self-doubt in the long run.

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences

The people we surround ourselves with can greatly impact our self-doubt. If you are constantly surrounded by negative influences, it can be challenging to build inner strength and maintain a positive mindset. Instead, surround yourself with positive influences, such as supportive friends and family, mentors, or positive role models. These individuals can provide encouragement and help you stay motivated on your journey to overcoming self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a common feeling that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. However, with the right strategies, we can overcome self-doubt and empower ourselves to achieve our goals. By cultivating inner strength, maintaining a positive mindset, and practising, we can build the confidence and resilience needed to overcome self-doubt. Remember, self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience, and with determination and perseverance, we can overcome it and reach our full potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I expect to see results when applying these strategies to overcome self-doubt?

Results in overcoming self-doubt vary, but with consistent application of strategies, individuals often experience positive shifts in mindset and confidence within a few weeks. Patience and commitment are key to cultivating lasting self-empowerment.

Can these strategies be applied to different aspects of life, such as work or personal relationships?

The self-empowerment strategies provided are versatile and can be seamlessly applied to various life aspects, fostering confidence, resilience, and positive transformations in both professional and personal realms.

Are there additional resources or practices that complement these essential strategies for a more comprehensive self-empowerment journey?

Supplement your self-empowerment journey with additional resources like self-help books, workshops, and mindfulness practices. Incorporating holistic approaches enhances the effectiveness of the essential strategies, providing a well-rounded path to sustained self-empowerment.


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