There are so many ways to practice wellness and self care. Each person is individual, and the ways that they choose to practice wellness for themselves is individual, too.
Many people are turning more toward natural ways to light up their soul and take care of both their mind and body.
Stone Face Rollers
One natural wellness practice for facial skin care is using a stone face roller. Stone face rollers have increased in popularity not only for the benefits that they provide, but the fact that no chemicals are needed to enjoy them. Jade rollers specifically have even been featured on CNN!
Stone face rollers are said to have a number of different natural benefits. Some believe that they can help reduce the appearance of puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles, and can soothe your skin for an overall brighter complexion.
With the addition of jade, the face roller calms while also helping to provide clarity and align the chakras. Jade is known to be able to stay cool to the touch, which is why it is so great at helping to soothe your face.
The technique used when using a stone face roller can play a major part in how effective it will be.
When using a face roller, always start with a freshly cleaned face and an essential oil (with carrier oil) or serum of your choosing. You’ll want to use medium pressure on the roller and go slowly, not rushing through the process. The direction that you’ll use the roller will differ depending on where on your face you’re using it.
- Neck - Using the larger stone, roll in an up and down pattern moving from one side of the neck to the other. This helps to jump start the lymphatic system.
- Jawline - Still using the larger stone, start at the center of your chin at the jawline. Roll out toward the ear, using long, medium strokes as you move up your face. Repeat on the other side of the face.
- Forehead - Once you’ve finished your neck and jawline, move on to the forehead, still using the large stone. Start in the center of the forehead, and move out toward the temples. Repeat on the other side, then do the same in an up and down motion from the eyebrows to the hairline.
- Eyes - Finally, switch to the smaller stone and roll from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner, moving up toward the brow bone. Use the same motion to do the undereye area.
Always sanitize the stone face roller after use, as it may spread bacteria around the face if not cleaned properly.
Crystals are another natural way to promote wellness and light up your soul.
One of the best things about crystals is how incredibly diverse and adaptable they are. While this may seem overwhelming for beginners, over time it becomes like second nature. Crystals work great for a variety of different self care routines, but we’ll focus on two of our favorites today.
Crystals are a great way to help activate and even heal the chakras in the body. The chakras are essentially energy centers located in the body, which allow energy to pass both into and out of the aura and the body.
There are seven of them, and they start at the base of the spine and run up through the top of the head. Each has a different focus and relates to different emotions, and there are specific crystals that correspond with them as well.
Here’s a very brief overview:
- The first (root, or Muladhara) chakra - Stability, basic needs, security. Located at the base of the spine, corresponding with the color red, the Earth element, and red stones like fire agate and red jasper. Relates to the spine and reproductive organs.
- The second (sacral, or Svadhisthana) chakra - Creativity, emotion and desire regulation, sexuality. Located between the naval and pubic bone, corresponding with the color orange, the Water element, and orange stones like carnelian and golden topaz. Relates to the bladder, kidneys, spleen, and bowels.
- The third (solar plexus, or Manipura) chakra - Personal power, digestion, confidence. Located at the naval, corresponding with the color yellow, the Fire element, and yellow stones like citrine and Tiger’s Eye. Relates to the pancreas, upper spine, and liver.
- The fourth (heart, or Anahata) chakra - Love, connection, peace, openness. Located at the heart center, corresponding with the color green, the Air element, and green stones like jade and aventurine. Relates to the heart and lungs.
- The fifth (throat, or Vishuddha) chakra - Verbal expression, speaking truth. Located at the throat, corresponding with the color blue, the Ether or Space element, and blue stones like aquamarine and blue lace agate. Relates to the mouth and respiratory system.
- The sixth (third-eye, or Ajna) chakra - Intuition, sixth sense, unconscious awareness. Located between the eyebrows, corresponding with the color indigo and indigo stones like lapis lazuli and azurite. It is not associated with any element. Relates to the eyes and brain.
- The seventh (crown, or Sahasrara) chakra - Enlightenment, higher self, connection with the divine. Located on the crown of the heat, corresponding with the color violet and violet stones like labradorite and amethyst. It is also not associated with any element. Relates to the spinal cord and brainstem.
To work with crystals and your chakras, identify the area or areas that you feel are causing troubles or feeling blocked. Then, gather a stone or stones that correspond with that specific chakra.
Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed, lay comfortably, and place the crystal on that chakra.
Spend time in quiet meditation, feeling the chakra unblocking.
Our Crystal Energy Candles® are another great way to work with your chakras through self care. Lighting a candle and slipping into a calming bath, perhaps one that also has some soothing essential oils to help further relax you.
Plus, once our candle is finished burning, you’ll have a crystal that works great for meditating and focusing on different types of vibes and energies--for example, our Abundance Crystal Energy Candle® includes Citrine to increase your ability to attract money and prosperity.
Find What Sparks Joy
Another natural way to light your soul is to really focus on what sparks joy in your life. You might be surprised by how little you know about yourself this way, because so much of life revolves around our day to day routines and the things we need to do to get through the day like working, sleeping, eating, etc.
We spend so little time actually thinking about what makes us happy that we often end up detaching from that part of our lives entirely.
It’s time to get back to that, though. Finding the things in your life that create feelings of joy and happiness can help you better identify ways in which you can practice better self care.
Whether this is just turning the music on full blast and dancing around the house, taking a yoga class, or just having a cup of coffee with friends, spending a little time making yourself happy is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Meditation and Mindfulness
One last way to promote both physical and mental wellness in a natural way is by practicing both meditation and mindfulness. While they sound the same, both are subtly different from each other.
Meditation is a practice, kind of like an exercise for your brain. The best part about meditation is that it can be done literally anywhere that you have a few minutes free and are likely to be undisturbed. Even just two minutes of meditation is enough to start to feel calmer, slow your breathing, and learn how to be more mindful of both your feelings and what’s going on around you. On a physical level, meditation can also lower the blood pressure, control pain, and improve sleep. It’s really an amazing practice that has so many incredible, natural benefits.
Mindfulness, on the other hand, is more of a quality or way of living in the moment. Mindfulness is often achieved through regular meditation practice, where you learn how to quiet your mind enough to be able to pay attention to what’s happening around you. The benefit of mindfulness is that you get more comfortable with what your mind normally does, so that you can more quickly recognize if it starts to spin out of control. It also makes you more compassionate in general, and more able to see the positive side of life.
Practicing meditation leads to being better able to live mindfully, and both are able to be done completely free of charge. Once you’re able to free yourself from some of the traps that the mind likes to throw at you, you’ll feel much more centered and at peace, so that you can live your life without all of the baggage of your past and worry of what the future may bring. It’s a real gift.
Natural wellness allows for people to open up their souls and practice quality self care without the need for chemicals or artificial products.
It is a return to the way that our ancestors likely took care of themselves, and it connects us with ourselves in a whole other, organic way.