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Simple Ways To Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Daily Rituals

WRITTEN BY LEANNE NOCERA

You don’t have to be a certified essential oils expert or Yoga enthusiast to incorporate self-care and mindfulness into your daily routine. I advocate for this deeply, that’s why I started Scented Drops, for the hard-working humans of the world with minimal time to spare. I felt as though the main topics of conversation surrounding self-care were ‘all or nothing’ approaches, which if anything can create shame for most working individuals humans where switching every area of our lives into an oasis for self-care is just unrealistic. 

I think it’s important to understand that even the smallest or less typical daily rituals of self-care matter most. To feel encouraged and supported, knowing that you can use natural products and unwind with soothing diffusing oils, even if you had one of those days where you felt so busy you fed your kids McDonalds and ate a whole block of chocolate.

  1. Make a brisk walk in the morning, evening or during your lunch break a regular occurrence. Even squeezing in a quick 15-20 minute walk in the fresh air is the perfect way to refocus and clear your mind. Soon enough this can become as habitual as brushing your teeth in the morning!


  2. Call up a friend who makes you belly-laugh that you haven’t seen in a while and organise a brunch date. We all get so caught up in our schedules (I’m guilty of this), our social lives seem to be the first thing to suffer. Something like a coffee catch-up can seem trivial and unnecessary, but blocking out time to spend with people who make you forget about your worries for a while is very important! Plus, scheduling in time to catch-up in advance means that this time can be blocked out ahead of time.


  3. Try journalling! Putting pen to paper and writing down your thoughts is a great tool for self-expression known to lift and empower people, to help us understand our feelings, and reach a sense of clarity. I find diffusing Calm Pure Essential Oil Blend in the room helps restore those feelings of positivity and calmness while I write.

  4. Create a digital curfew. Yep, that’s right, switch your devices off 30 minutes to an hour before bed. I know, as a working individual or business owner, this might seem unrealistic, but I promise it’s so important. The light that our phones, laptops and tablets emit can negatively impact your sleep patterns, which usually leaves you feeling worse for wear the next day. The world won’t implode if you leave replying to an email until the morning! Use your sense of smell to relax, try rolling one of our nifty Wellness Rollers on your wrists before bed too if you have trouble unwinding. I keep my ‘Sleep Easy’ Wellness Roller on my bedside table for easy access for this!


  5. My last, and probably best self-care advice I can give you – get to know your mental limits and to say the big, scary NO when needed. Often times, we fall into the trap of saying ‘Yes!’ to everything and soon enough we have too much on our plates to handle. Slowly learning to be assertive with your time, when to say no, and surrounding yourself with supportive people and practices will work wonders. 

There we are, some equally great, but less common forms of self-care. Your wellness journey is unique to you, and there are so many different paths to wellness, finding what works best for you is always going to be your best solution. And remember, don’t beat yourself up if you forget a daily ritual or can’t resist using your phone before bed, we’re only human! Refocus, breathe, and keep on going.

– Leanne x

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Tips On Low-Waste Living

WRITTEN BY STACEY SULLIVAN

I started my lower-waste journey nearly two months ago now, and it has been such a great experience so far between changing up our usual routines and exploring new ways to lessen our plastic use.
Most people think you have to be absolutely perfect in this process and to change every routine so drastically but I’ve found that taking things slow and eliminating small things a day at a time works best!

I’ve gathered just a few tips together on just some of the changes I’ve made in my home to eliminate plastic use and I hope it will help get an idea on where to start if you’ve been itching to practice more waste-free habits!

Let’s get into it!

// bamboo toothbrushes

This was one of the very first steps we took to getting rid of plastic use in our home.
Being that this is an everyday routine in every persons home, it was important for me to start here!

They are biodegradable / environmentally friendly and are made from sustainable bamboo.


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// stainless steel straws

These were definitely at the top of my list!
I love to make shakes / smoothies very often and enjoy using these to drink out of!
They are reusable and very durable!

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// linen + cotton textiles

These have been amazing to have around!
I am guilty of having OVER used paper towels before going more low-waste.
I didn’t realise how much I was throwing away daily and knew it was something I could definitely do away with.

I purchased some linen + cotton cloths to replace any paper towel usage in our home and they’ve been SO great to have around!
We have a small basket in our kitchen where we will toss our dirty linens in, and just wash them to reuse again!
I got mine from IKEA, but you can find these ANYWHERE!

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// DIY cleaners + saving scraps

This is SO important in our home!
I made a previous blog post about a diy citrus infused all-purpose cleaner I had made for our home and can’t stress enough about not throwing away those peels! They can still be used to make a cleaner to eliminate having to buy some from your local store.
Simple ingredients and no harsh chemicals added whatsoever and it smells GREAT!

(see recipe for cleaner: here)

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// stasher bags

I had been eyeing these for SO long until I finally got a few!
I used to use so many zip-loc bags and it was terrible to know how many I’d actually
throw away once I was finished with them.

These are a perfect replacement if you were like me and used plastic baggies so much!
Although they are a little on the pricier side, I do think they are very useful and I enjoy having these in my home.
These are made from 100% non-toxic silicone / dishwasher + microwave safe and reusable!

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// bee’s wrap

These are an absolute MUST!!
I am obsessed with these. Ditch that foil paper/plastic wrap and buy you some of these bad boys.
These are made of beeswax / organic cotton / organic jojoba oil and tree resin.
They are reusable and can last up to a year with proper care!

Bee’s wrap can be used for many things like bread, cheese, vegetables, or to cover a jar/bowl that has no lid.

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// REUSE Glass Containers

One of the first things we started doing was see what glass jars/bottles were being thrown out that could be reused instead!
I get so excited about using up a glass container knowing I can reuse if for something else!
One main tip I’ve grasped with me is to USE WHAT YOU HAVE.
Look around and see what you can use that you already have lying around!
It’s been one of the most enjoyable parts to this journey.

These two smaller jars are from apple juice I had drank, that now serve another purpose!
The parmesan cheese jar is just a mason jar but I reused the top from the previous
plastic bottle it was on and it actually fit on the jar perfectly!!

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// reusable bowl + jar covers

This idea is so cute!
I love thrifting and finding different linens + cloths that I can cut up at home and turn into covers!
I got this one for only 99 cents at my local goodwill in the textiles section and its the perfect way to cover any container! Just use a rubberband or some string to tie is shut!

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// reusable shopping bags

This is a huge step!!
EVERYWHERE you go, plastic follows. At your grocery stores, at the mall etc.
By using your own reusable bags for your everyday shopping needs, you’re already making a HUGE difference!

I like to have these readily available to me by the door for when I head out!
It’s so helpful

These are just some of the ways we practice lower-waste habits in our home!
I hope this will help you in your journey as well and make you feel as happy as it makes me. (:

Stacy Sullivan

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