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    Could Bed Rotting Be The Answer To Your Self-Care Struggles?

    New Age, TikTok wellness trends will have you believe that everything your parents taught you about waking up early daily and making your bed is as irrelevant and outdated as a feature phone. Take for instance the latest fad: bed rotting (the tag has garnered more than 2 billion views on TikTok)!

    Ever had those weekend episodes where your eyes are wide awake (yay, new day!), but your body tells you that it doesn’t feel like leaving the bed. So, you end up eating, reading, catching on the latest season of Love Is Blind, taking calls, mindlessly browsing the rabbit hole that is the ‘net – all from comfort of your bed! Yep, you may have done this a couple of times already but thanks to GenZers redefining life as we’ve always known it via TikTok, the trend now has a phrase. What you call being consciously unproductive your grandmother may call pure laziness – but however you see it, let’s delve deeper into what ‘bed rotting’ a.k.a. ‘much-deserved rest’ entails – and how to do it right!

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    What You Do In Bed Matters

    Granting yourself a lazy day every once in a while is purely warranted and is no new concept. However, equally important is knowing when bed rotting is totally healthy and when it’s feeding into your existing mental health issues. “If, for instance, you’re already struggling with basic day-to-day functions and you’d rather sleep than face certain emotions head-on, sleeping or spending more time in bed could signal depression and other mood disorders,” explains counselling psychologist Selloane Molalogi-Makau, adding that if you’re constantly feeling lethargic and feel safer spending time in bed than anywhere else, perhaps it’s time to seek professional help.

    If, however, there is nothing alarming about your behaviour and you function just as well when you’re not cooped up in bed, Molalogi-Makau, suggests setting time limits to how much time you’re going to spend ‘bed rotting’ could be a good idea. For instance, are you going to use that time catching up on to-do list items that you didn’t get to in the week or are you immersed in a book whose storyline literally transports you to another world?

    “Just be careful not to indulge in anything that could upset you, stress you out or make you feel like your bed is safer than being out there in the world,” warns Molalogi-Makau.

    A February 2023 study by the University of Bath found that “long-term inactivity significantly increases blood sugar levels even if you reduce your food intake to avoid gaining weight.” While another pilot study published in the National Library of Medicine found that there was a correlation between “sleeping or lying in bed all day and an increased risk of stress and depression, systemic inflammation and other psychological and cardiovascular ailments.”

    READ MORE: Banesa Tseki On How Yoga Gave Her A New Lease On Life

    Bed Rotting Done Right?

    Durban-based psychologist Lindani Mnyaka believes that there’s nothing sinister with bed rotting – provided it’s done once in a blue moon, as opposed to regularly. He does, however, add that nothing adds meaning to our lives such as kicking that duvet cover and being up and about creating a life of meaning. He also highlights the importance of constantly checking in one’s mental health state, so as to avoid sinking into a mood disorder without being aware of it.

    Changing your sleep schedule drastically ultimately does more harm than good for your mental and physical health, says Mnyaka. Per a 2019 Harvard Health report, “too much sleep can lead to too little energy.” Why is that? “Because it appears that any significant deviation from normal sleep patterns can upset the body’s rhythms and increase daytime fatigue,” according to the report. That said, Mnyaka agrees with Molalogi-Makau re: setting a limit to how much time time you’re going to spend in bed, as well as mapping out exactly what you’ll be doing.

    Among some of the activities he suggests are reading, watching a series, colouring in, sewing in buttons (time to own a sewing kit!) or a catch-up video call with a loved one. “It’s also very important to mention that just because a health trend has attracted billions of views doesn’t necessarily make it a healthy solution. People really need to start scrutinising

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    A Problematic Title, Maybe?

    Perhaps worth asking is – why is resting referred to as rotting, when the former is actually a good thing (and especially when self-care/resting comes in many forms? What’s self-care to one person may not work for another individual and such is the case with many subjective practises. TikTokers are probably rolling their eyes this very minute and thinking – what’s in a name, anyway? If there’s anything that we should take away from the bed rotting trend, it’s that aimless and unplanned rest – especially in a culture that praises busyness over relaxation – is completely healthy and okay. We’re allowed to take care of ourselves, the best way we know how. More

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    Founder and CEO of The Sleep Chapter on how to to achieve optimal rest


    by Camille Macawili
    39 mins ago

    We discuss restorative sleep to achieve optimal rest with Founder and CEO of The Sleep Chapter, Mansi Khandelwal.
    What do the first 30 minutes of your day look like, your morning routine?
    My morning routine is an anchor of my day. I’m up at 5:30am, a consistent time that helps regulate my body clock. I start my day with a glass of room-temperature water to kickstart my metabolism and rehydrate after sleep. These quiet moments in the morning are when I express gratitude for the gift of a new day and set clear intentions. This practice sets the tone for a positive and purposeful day. I treasure the first 30 minutes to myself, which is especially crucial as a mother of two. After that, I spend time with my kids, sharing breakfast and creating cherished moments before they head to school.
    Can you expand on the aim of The Sleep Chapter?
    The Sleep Chapter is all about rekindling the magic of restorative sleep all while capturing the feeling of deep comfort and relaxation. We initiated this journey during the challenging times of the pandemic when we saw many people struggling with sleep and anxiety. Our response was to delve into the science of snoozing and create a product that could genuinely help – our weighted blankets. But it wasn’t a hasty decision. We dedicated over a year and a half to perfecting these blankets. We aimed for a product that not only delivered results but also cared for the environment. Our commitment to sustainability led us to use organic fabrics and strive for ecofriendliness. So, when you wrap yourself in one of our weighted blankets, it’s not just about sleep; it’s about finding natural peace and comfort, like a cozy chapter in your life’s story. Craftsmanship and sustainability are the brand’s core values – was this the vision from the outset? Yes, it was. As you rightly mentioned, at The Sleep Chapter, our brand revolves around three core values: craftsmanship, sustainability, and unparalleled comfort. However, achieving the perfect balance between these three pillars was no small feat. From the onset, we were committed to ensuring the wellbeing of our customers and the planet. After dedicating 1.5 years of hard work, we believe we’ve successfully achieved this harmony. We take immense pride in the fact that The Sleep Chapter’s manufacturing plant operates at a remarkable 90% automation level, ensuring precision and efficiency in every product we create. From manufacturing to packaging, we’ve not only aimed for zero waste but also being plastic-free. Furthermore, our commitment to sustainability is evident in the fact that we recycle an impressive 70% of our water, demonstrating our dedication to minimizing our environmental footprint.

    Can you tell us about you latest weighted blankets and how they support achieving restorative rest?
    Our new collection of hand-knitted weighted blankets has a special story behind it. It’s a tribute to women’s empowerment. When the pandemic brought economic uncertainty and job loss, we found a group of women with remarkable weaving skills who were determined to support their families. Starting with just a few women, we witnessed this skill being generously passed down to others. Today, our community has grown to include 30 talented women who hand-knit our weighted blankets with care and love. Each blanket is a masterpiece, and what makes it even more special is the unique four-digit code that allows you to trace its entire journey, connecting you with the artisan who brought it to life. It’s an incredible way to appreciate the passion and expertise that goes into every piece.
    What are the benefits of a weighted blanket?
    The secret behind the magic of weighted blankets lies in the concept of “Deep Pressure Therapy”. It’s like a gentle, even pressure hugging your body, mimicking the comfort of a warm embrace. Similar to swaddling a baby in order to lull them into deep sleep. These blankets are known to significantly reduce cortisol levels during nighttime sleep, effectively addressing sleep dysfunction, pain, and stress. Lower cortisol levels translate to an overall improvement in physical and mental comfort, making a weighted blanket a gamechanger for sleep quality. The benefits are multi-fold: Stress Reduction: Consistent, gentle pressure helps calm your nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety, and creating a sense of security and comfort. Relaxation: Deep pressure stimulates the production of serotonin and melatonin, the feel-good hormones that regulate your sleep-wake cycle. This encourages relaxation and faster sleep onset. Improved Sleep Quality: Many users experience deeper, more restful sleep with fewer nighttime awakenings, leading to longer, uninterrupted slumber. Less Tossing and Turning: The added weight helps keep you in place, reducing restlessness and promoting a stable and comfortable sleep position. Enhanced Focus: Improved sleep quality boosts daytime focus and productivity. Waking up refreshed enables you to tackle daily tasks with clarity and energy. Stress Relief: Beyond sleep, a weighted blanket can serve as a valuable tool for managing stress and promoting relaxation, even during wakeful moments. It’s like having a trusty stress-relief companion.
    What else is essential for a good night’s sleep?
    A good night’s sleep hinges on various key elements: A Consistent Sleep Schedule: Going to bed and waking up at the same time daily helps regulate your body’s internal clock. A Comfortable Sleep Environment: A cozy mattress and pillows along with a cool, dark, and quiet room, create the ideal sleep setting. Relaxation: Engaging in calming activities before bedtime, such as reading, meditation, or a warm bath, prepares your body for sleep. Limiting Stimulants: Avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and heavy meals close to bedtime prevents sleep disruptions. Digital Detox: Reducing screen exposure before bed is crucial as the blue light emitted can interfere with your sleep-wake cycle. Physical Activity: Regular exercise can promote better sleep but avoid vigorous workouts close to bedtime. Manage Stress: Stress and anxiety can disrupt sleep. Practising relaxation techniques or stress management can be helpful. Diet: A light, healthy snack before bed can be beneficial, but steer clear of heavy or spicy foods that may cause discomfort. Limiting Alcohol: While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it can disrupt sleep quality, so consume it in moderation. Sunlight Exposure: Natural light exposure during the day helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Limiting Naps: Long or late-day naps can interfere with nighttime sleep, sokeep them short and early. Bedtime Routine: A consistent pre-sleep routine signals your body that it’s time to wind down. Avoid Clock-Watching: Constantly checking the clock can increase stress and make it harder to fall asleep. Sleep-Enhancing Tools: Techniques like weighted blankets, white noise machines, or sleep masks can assist in creating a conducive sleep environment.

    What does your evening routine consist of?
    My pre-bedtime routine is a carefully designed sequence of activities that helps me unwind and prepare my body and mind for a peaceful night’s sleep. It’s a blend of relaxation, self-care, and creating the perfect sleep environment. I start by disconnecting from screens at least an hour before bedtime, making sure there are no phones, tablets, or computers around. A warm and soothing bath is my go-to relaxation ritual. I find journaling to be an enriching practice that allows me to reflect on the day’s activities and process my thoughts and feelings before settling in for the night. My husband and I share about 30-40 minutes of reading together, which relaxes us and sets the stage for a restful night’s sleep. Lastly, I do a final check to ensure everything is in order and all doors are locked, so my mind can be at ease, allowing me to drift into a serene slumber.
    This is The Refinement Issue – how have you refined your life/what is refinement to you?
    Refinement, to me, is an ongoing process of self-improvement. It’s about learning new things, enhancing my skills, and becoming a kinder person to others. Life offers numerous opportunities for improvement, and that’s what refinement means to me – making those little things better and continuously striving to become a better version of myself each day.
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    Enjoy Your Downtime (Without Feeling Guilty) In 3 Easy Steps

    If you’re one of those people who leave the office only to grind away when you arrive home, postponing even the simple act of eating — we’re talking to you! We all have permission to relax and do absolutely nothing from time to time, a concept the Italians refer to as il dolce far niente.

    READ MORE: Here’s Why Burnout Among Women Is A Bigger Issue Than You’d Think

    On a serious note though, believing that taking time out will only leave you more anxious and is therefore a waste of time was linked to less happiness and more depression, anxiety and stress, per a study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Our constant focus on achieving more and more, without ever pausing to smell the roses is actually counterproductive, says Johannesburg clinical psychologist Sandra Papoutsis. “It actually keeps us on a never-ending treadmill of expectations that prevents us from experiencing the present moment,” says Papoutsis.

    READ MORE: Author Rešoketšwe Manenzhe On Pursuing Simplicity For Better Mental Clarity

    Unwinding seems like too much? Remember that not everything needs to have a goal, a bit of a difficult mindset to adopt if you’re a recovering workaholic. You can start by unplugging from email and social media in favour of spending time with those you love, especially when nothing’s (urgent) on the agenda. Or schedule solo time to catch up on reading, TV or organising your closet.

    3 Steps To Help You Enjoy Your Downtime According To An Expert

    Clinical psychologist Sandra Papoutsis recommends following these simple steps

    1. Switch Off

    “Give yourself permission to turn off! It’s pointless taking time out if you allow your thoughts to leave you feeling guilty. Remember that you’re in charge of your thoughts and only you can turn them off.”

    How To: Repeat self-affirming mantras, focus on what you can do now (not the future), take deep breaths, inhale a calming essential oil such as chamomile, clary sage or lavender.

    READ MORE: The Thing About Self-Care Is…

    2. Embrace Your Senses

    “Mindfully bring yourself into the moment; what can you hear, see, smell, taste and feel? This practice will distract you from those intrusive thoughts that drain your energy.”

    How To: Get into the habit of engaging with various scents (freshly brewed coffee, fragrances, flowers etc), savour the flavours of food and drinks, go in for those long affirming hugs or treat yourself to a massage.

    3. Recharge Mindfully

    “Choose activities that fulfil you and feed your senses; indulging the senses facilitates recharge. In essence, dedicate more time to being in the moment!”

    How To: Sit in nature, take a scented bath, listen to music, or analyse the lyrics to your favourite song. More

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    The Thing About Self-Care Is…

    Self-care – most crave it; most want its much-discussed benefits yet in between the demands of everyday life, we find ourselves often striking it off our to-do lists.

    As aptly put by, “…self-care practices are intentional steps to take care of yourself. Self-care practices put deposits into your wellness ‘bank account’. Consistent deposits give you more internal resources to draw upon during stressful times.”

    Countless research has been published on how practising regular self-care leaves us energetic and emotionally sound, with some room to extend a helping hand to others. As the New Age hashtag goes, #SelfishIsTheNewSelfLove. Being busy should not stand in the way of you indulging in one or two self-care routines daily. Remember: There aren’t enough hours in a day as it is, and you may never have free “me-time” waiting for you to claim it.

    Below, three women share heartwarming anecdotes of how they learnt (the hard way) that pouring from an empty cup wasn’t sustainable — and that if anything, it leads to physical and mental exhaustion. 

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    Lally Dladla

    “It took a hysterectomy for me to realise that I was kind, giving and generous to everyone but myself!”

    In 2020 I started having dizzy spells, heavy monthly periods and recurring nosebleeds but paid them no heed. Over and above the pandemic-induced anxiety, I didn’t need the additional stress of a body desperately crying out for attention. A visit to my gynae in 2021 revealed that I had a rare condition that required an urgent hysterectomy. Postponing indefinitely would lead to my health being compromised. One thing anyone who knows me will vouch for is that I live for my sons, my miracle babies.

    Leading up to the op, I’d quell my anxiety by reminding myself that postponing wouldn’t only cut my life short, but also rob my sons of the opportunity to grow old with me. So, I forged ahead – fear in tow. Exhausted and drowning in my thoughts one morning post-op, it suddenly dawned on me that I either didn’t love myself or had no idea what self-love looked like. In hindsight, being diagnosed with anaemia, low blood pressure, the hysterectomy and getting Covid – all in one year – were a wake-up call. I started wondering what treating myself kindly, healthwise, would look like.

    A good place to start, I decided, would be to implement the lifestyle changes I’d been long meaning to make. I now follow a vegetarian diet, I’ve parted ways with booze and take long walks in the morning – I can’t run yet due to the hysterectomy. These changes, though small, have done wonders for my energy levels. I consider them a secret pact between my body and soul. Now six months into my Put-Lally-First journey, self-love is constantly reminding the nurturer in me to take a chill pill because I’m prioritising myself.

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    Matata Diamonde

    “Scheduling play time has been really big for me; it makes me feel like I’m prioritising myself.”

    I come from a family that has always been big on self-development. My mother, a Fourth Way healer (a behavioural and spiritual type of well-being practice) introduced me to alternative forms of healing quite early on. Growing up in India, I did a lot of meditation and started transactional analysis at a young age. I vividly remember being ill as a child and starting to practice Reiki (an energy-correcting practice that promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch) because meds were just not helping my condition.

    I also struggled a bit as a child so, I was in therapy by age 14. It was around this same age that I started attracting friends who needed the kind of support that was way beyond what my teenage brain could offer. And I stuck around because I’d made their well-being my responsibility. I’d assigned myself, though totally unintentionally, the role of “rescuer” in my relationships.

    As a result, being taken advantage of became a recurring theme in my life as I got older, one that started popping up in work, romantic and familial relationships. After my father’s passing, I spent a big part of my inheritance in a romantic relationship where I was treated really badly. I still feel a lot of shame for being in the situation, but this incident was the big wake-up call that made me closely examine my “rescuer” default. I’d started noticing that I had a lot of pent-up anger, resentment and that I almost didn’t wish people well in those situations where I felt taken advantage of. These new traits were totally out of character for me.

    Time and lots of reflection have taught me that I kept attracting situations where I felt “used and depleted” because, at my core, I wanted to be needed, validated and not feel abandoned. With a few adjustments to my beliefs, I’m slowly realising that I’m resourceful enough to meet these needs myself. For instance, my morning routine is sacred. I now give myself an hour of consistent quiet time. When I don’t, I find that everything gets heightened – I become cranky, my workload feels unmanageable and my interactions with people aren’t as fulfilling. At some point, I tried out pole dancing and signed up with a vocal coach. Seeking out new ways to better understand myself has been revolutionary on my self-care journey.

    READ MORE: Struggle Sleeping? Here’s How To Create A Bedtime Routine, Per Experts

    Marjorie Arnold

    “During the worst phase of my adult life, veganism served as my life raft. It made me realise that I was worthy of life despite a niggly voice whispering, ‘Your body failed you from a very young age.’” 

    I was raised by a single mother, in a small town. My mother was a teacher and our home a hive of activity. We always had learners come in and out of our house for all sorts of help. And I quickly internalised that being in service to others determined one’s worth. My, was I wrong! It was only later that I discovered that self-love was not a frivolous marketing concept aimed at persuading consumers to keep buying more stuff. When my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 breast and lymph cancer in 2010, she came to stay with me at the height of my freelance career in publishing, advertising and reality TV. I had just resigned from a toxic permanent job in magazines.

    In between full-time caregiving, I worked Monday right through to Sunday. It never occurred to me that my own well-being mattered, despite my slew of past and present chronic health issues. I had Perthes Disease as a child and was wheelchair-bound; I was always undergoing one op or another. I’ve had a limp, chronic body pain and anxiety disorder all my life. When my mother survived chemo and her cancer, I thought I’d have a moment to catch my breath. I’d been operating in survival mode for so long that trying to return to the groove of just living was impossible. However, losing myself in caregiving and my freelance gigs turned out to be my lifeline. Had I not, I wouldn’t have noticed the urgency of the lifestyle changes I owed myself. Going vegan was what ultimately flung open the doors of self-worth for me.

    As a nurturer and giver, traits I inherited from my mother, redirecting my compassion to learning about cruelty to animals and really caring for the environment made me feel good. My journey to better self-care (and it has been loooong!) has taught me that, sometimes, prioritising myself will come in the form of taking a step back – even if it means regressing. I’m grateful for the many bold steps that I took along the way because I’m currently in a career that aligns perfectly with my values and personality. I’ve also learnt that I can’t help others before helping myself (basic, I know!) During this journey, I also allowed myself to cry more, something I have come to understand is an essential part of healing.

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    Easy Daily Self-Care Practises To Adopt

    Practise guided meditation

    Do some breathwork throughout the day

    Dress up (please do, even with nowhere to go)

    Incorporate one fun activity on your to-do list

    Declutter your space (even if it’s just one room per day)

    Read a book

    Eat a balanced diet

    Give yourself a break in between meetings (where you don’t feel guilty about doing absolutely nothing. Stare into space if you must!)

    Keep a gratitude journal

    Take a walk

    Listen to music that uplifts you

    Exercise regularly

    Take a social media break

    Plan a holiday (even though you can’t afford one at the moment)

    Do at least one thing that contributes to a bigger goal

    Treat yourself to an at-home spa day

    Work from a new spot or coffee shop

    Do a random act of kindness

    Switch off your phone an hour or two before bedtime

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    Mercury is in retrograde: Buckle up, here’s how to protect your mental health


    by Ruman Baig
    25 mins ago

    Navigating the Annual Phase of Mercury Retrograde.
    This frequently memed celestial phenomenon alludes to a series of disruptions that tend to crop up during specific periods annually.
    Proponents of astrology believe that when Mercury is in retrograde, a vulnerable window opens up for communication breakdowns, relationship hiccups, and misunderstandings with those close to us. It’s as if cosmic interference temporarily disturbs our usual patterns of interaction.
    But what exactly does “Mercury in retrograde” signify? Beyond its meme-worthy reputation, this expression refers to an astrological event where Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, appears to move slower than the Earth as they both orbit around the sun.

    Normally, Mercury completes its orbit in 88 days, while Earth takes 365 days. However, during retrograde, Mercury’s slower pace creates an optical illusion that it’s moving backward. This phenomenon holds significance in astrology as Mercury is said to govern areas such as communication, technology, travel, news, and information. Therefore, when retrograde occurs, a series of mishaps—missed connections, miscommunications—can be expected.
    Wondering why people react strongly to Mercury retrograde? It’s because Mercury’s influence over communication is believed to take on negative undertones during retrograde motion. This can manifest in lost emails, disrupted travel plans, and even shifts in relationships and misunderstandings. Some effects attributed to this period include brain fog, anxiety, headaches, and uncertainties in work and personal projects.

    What can one do—or not do—during Mercury retrograde to navigate these challenges?

    If you’re concerned about its potential impact, consider prioritizing self-care and a more deliberate pace.
    Refrain from making significant decisions or starting new projects until after the retrograde has passed.
    Avoid engaging in conflicts, as misunderstandings could be amplified during this time.
    If emotions are running high, practice deep breathing or meditation to alleviate stress. It’s worth noting that even if you don’t personally subscribe to the phenomenon’s effects, those around you might. Thus, offering support and understanding is crucial.
    Maintain perspective and avoid taking things personally

    Remember, Mercury retrograde might be a celestial event with varying beliefs, but its impact on people’s lives is undeniable. Whether you’re a steadfast believer or a skeptic, embracing mindfulness and empathy during this phase is a universally valuable approach.
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    20 self-care and wellness must-haves for modern mindulfness


    by Camille Macawili
    31 mins ago

    Summer is about to end and before we go back to the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, why not savour in the slow sunny afternoons and indulge in three more weeks of pampering?
    These everyone seems to be living for the Gram and taking some time out for yourself seems nearly impossible.

    The good news is that there is no singular self-care method that works for everyone. For a few, it can simply mean lighting incense sticks to ground  themselves. For others, it takes 5-minute journaling to clear your mind – all you have to do is carve out a few minutes of your time.
    Whatever you need, Emirates Woman have culled in cult-favorites from the internet that will help achieve inner calm before the storm.
    Tap the gallery to scroll through 20 of the best mood-boosting must-haves for your self-care and wellness rituals:

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    22 self-care and wellness must-haves for modern mindulfness


    by Camille Macawili
    5 hours ago

    Summer is about to end and before we go back to the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, why not savour in the slow sunny afternoons and indulge in three more weeks of pampering?
    These days everyone seems to be living for the Gram and taking some time out for yourself seems nearly impossible.

    The good news is that there is no singular self-care method that works for everyone. For a few, it can simply mean lighting incense sticks to ground  themselves. For others, it takes 5-minute journaling to clear your mind – all you have to do is carve out a few minutes of your time.
    Whatever you need, Emirates Woman have culled in cult-favorites from the internet that will help achieve inner calm before the storm.
    Tap the gallery to scroll through 22 of the best mood-boosting must-haves for your self-care and wellness rituals:

    – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram
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    Body Fwrd Founder Kenzie Burke on the importance of nourishing within

    As Kenzie Burke launches her first Body Fwrd challenge today, “The Cusp” podcast host, BRÛLÉ designer, and wellness expert shares with Emirates Woman what kickstarted her passion in wellness, overcoming challenges and the importance of “feeding” your skin.
    Tell us about the concept behind Body Fwrd.
    Body Fwrd brings forth practices around food and living in a cleansed body. Using the power of food to clear and cleanse the body to have the space to move forward, with clarity and light energy. I have committed to true transformation, doing the hard work, overcoming myself, and awakening on a spiritual level. I have created Body Fwrd to give the world tools and practices to unleash the core of who you are, transform yourself through nutritional healing, create a balanced mindset, and challenge you to be disciplined to make choices that will help you cultivate the life you truly want to live. Body Fwrd is for those who want to live an elevated life and take the journey towards becoming the very best versions of themselves. It is the home for those who are here for true transformation. Here, we show up, do the hard work, and overcome ourselves daily. As a health and wellness expert and multifaceted entrepreneur, I am here to share the life-transforming nutritional information that has grown from decades of experience, knowledge, and understanding. And no… it’s not only about food! Body Fwrd is the deep dive into the pillars of nutrition that contain the power to transform our lives entirely. What we use to fuel ourselves impacts us in every way – our physical bodies, emotional health, and spiritual balance. Your body is your home; the cleaner it is, the more space you have. Physically and mentally. I have been on a path of improvement my entire life but specifically dove into the power of nutrition, improving and evolving my ways of nourishment since 2018. It hasn’t only been about food and the more I have committed to true transformation, doing the hard work, overcoming myself, and awakening on a spiritual level, the more I have deepened my practices around food and living in a cleansed body. I created my eating method based on realizing that we are meant to clean and clear out the body and live in a cleansed state. It is our birthright to feel abundant, clear, and healthy and create an environment that can thrive. Not one that is prone to illness and disease, and we should all be proud and love the body we live in. We have normalized being sick, eating rubbish, applauding, and hopping on and off different, trendy ways of eating. But I wholeheartedly believe that we are meant to live and embody a cleansed state. We are energetic beings; what you put into your body, the energy and people you have around you, the thoughts you think – these things live inside of us. I look at my body this way: you wouldn’t leave dishes in your sink for weeks, forget to vacuum your rug, or never do your laundry. You want your physical house to be ‘clean’; otherwise, it would affect your life. Your body is no different.

    “Here, we show up, do the hard work, and overcome ourselves daily.”

    Your visuals are stunning – do you create them yourself?
    I do! I have a photographer who has worked with me through all the seasons of my entrepreneurship journey – and it is cool to see how we have evolved throughout the years. But, as far as the images that are not of me – I take them! I love visuals, a vibe, and good branding. All my visuals for Body Fwrd are the easiest for me to create. Body Fwrd is my lifestyle. Every picture and moment is taken in real time as I am about to eat, move my body, do meditation, and the list goes on. My strongest sense of Human Design is ‘taste’. I think that plays a role in creating beautiful environments, visuals, food dishes, the way I dress… I am a natural-born tastemaker.

    You previously built a business around food and wellness then left it. How did you come to a place where it felt right for you again?
    I built a business in food and wellness and then left it entirely. I resisted it. But I also resisted my own power and had (and am overcoming) an addiction to pain. I self-sabotaged and dimmed my own light quite a bit, and doing this to my old wellness business was a part of that pattern. What many people don’t know is that I went through a massive amount of pain and endured a very dark time after doing that to my business. I cut myself off from making money, I had an entire company that I had put my all into, an assistant, and a large following who supported me, and I left all of that. It was not fun. Not empowering, and it hurt. This result stemmed from my childhood — dimming my own light, not letting myself receive goodness, love, and money without pain. But launching Body Fwrd has unblocked me in more ways than any words could express. Through Body Fwrd I am freeing myself from myself. I have felt this deep sense of frustration ever since I can remember. I have embarked on ten million career journeys, travel, and moved houses, cities, and states. Yet… I would still feel it. And it frustrated me because it does not and has not felt like mine anymore, and I know I can live without it. With Body Fwrd, instead of searching for the next thing and creating something new, I have turned inward and got to the root of where this is stemming from. I have been suppressing myself, not letting myself fully step into my voice, knowledge, and potential. Anyone who has followed me for the last four years has seen the forward motion and journey I have been on of deep soul searching, career searching, etc. All along, there was a knock that would not stop. It just got louder and louder and the more I pushed it down, the more trapped I felt. The ‘body’ and nutritional healing aspect of my life is such a massive part of who I am and my life. I have reached the most embodied version of my body (through diet, cleansing, clearing the body, mind, and life choices). I know so much about the body and how to clear the vessel so we can move forward with clarity, self-love, and feeling embodied in our bodies. How did I know it was time to step back into the wellness world? First, I had to stop resisting. I had to stop the nagging. It was jaw-locking me and my life, and I want to move forward each day, freely in my work and my life.

    “…launching Body Fwrd has unblocked me in more ways than any words could express. With Body Fwrd, instead of searching for the next thing and creating something new, I have turned inward and got to the root of where this is stemming from.”

    How important is food and the way we eat it to our skin?
    I believe your internal reflects your external. Sure, you can use fancy creams, get facials, Botox, do all the things. However, nothing could compare to the sparkle in your eye from a healthy internal state. Food is a powerful tool we can use and harness to not only create how we feel but also how we look. Nourishing with hydrating fruits, colourful vegetables, good water and making that a daily priority will show on the external. I am such a ‘deep diver’, and as each year goes by, I learn more. I do deeper cleanses. I expand my knowledge and transform my ways of eating and living. With each year that goes by, my skin has been reverse ageing. And I feel that the older I get, the better I look. This is a result of how I eat, my wellness practices, and my dedication to my spiritual practices – the internal shows on the external.

    Where do you get the motivation to be consistent and are there any practices which have helped you with this?
    I have always been striving and dedicated to growth, evolution, and transformation. I have been like this ever since I could remember. Some of this is my innate personality and the other part is that I have always known the kind of life I want to live, the results I want to experience, the kind of people I want as my friends, the places I want to live in, the entrepreneur I want to be, the kind of wife and mother I hope to be. I have had to create this life for myself. I was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin. I am the pattern breaker in my family. So, I have had to be disciplined and motivated to grow and evolve from a young age. If you want different results, you must have habits, routines, and rituals to help you create the life you want to live and embody the person you want to be. All the practices that I embody and that help me will be expressed through my sharings with Body Fwrd. I suggest you follow along because I have a lot to give!
    What do you avoid in terms of lifestyle to ensure you have the most balanced skin?
    I avoid processed food including sugar, poor sleep patterns, and stress. I avoid anything that brings me down and does not feel energizing or good to my mind, soul, or life. Life ebbs and flows, but I try my best to remain balanced because I know that how you feel internally is what shows externally.
    If you had to pick three hero products for skin, what would they be?
    Agent Nateur, Barefaced, and Standard Self Care.
    This is The Skin Issue – what does it mean to be comfortable in your own skin?
    It’s having a deep respect for yourself, which translates to self-love. The more work and effort I put into my evolution, the more comfortable I feel in my own skin. We all want to feel good not only in our skin but also in our day-to-day life. When you respect yourself and take the time and effort to nourish your body, move, sleep, meditate, expand your knowledge, work hard, apologize when you mess up, confront the hard conversations, and have compassion for the people around you, you build a strong foundation that deepens the relationship you have with yourself. Being comfortable in my own skin is extremely important to me – I want to live my life as an embodied human being, and that is my ‘why’ each and every day.
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