Five ways to practice self-care 

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Self-care has become a popular trend, especially among millennials. Self-care is the practice of maintaining health and well-being through activities such as reading, taking bubble baths, journaling, and any other thing the individual enjoys.   

According to Psychology Today, “self-care is a continuous process of proactively considering and tending to your needs and maintaining your wellness.” 

Self-care can look different for everyone. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas to help you unwind and relax.  

Light a candle and enjoy a show
Light one of our 100% handcrafted natural soy candles hand poured by artisans in Arizona. Choose from five inviting fragrances, including sage, sweetgrass, lavender lemongrass, patchouli or cedarwood juniper berry. Turn on your favorite TV series and enjoy the relaxation…we highly recommend Reservation Dogs on Hulu! 

Cook a homemade meal 
A hearty, comforting homemade meal can be the perfect way to practice self-care. From shopping for ingredients, to cooking the meal, to sitting down with someone you love and enjoying it—the entire process can be relaxing and fun. Need recipe inspiration? Check out our recipes on our website, or purchase one of the indigenous cookbooks we offer: The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen or Tawaw Progressive Indigenous Cuisine.  

Sip on tea and read a good book 
Drinking tea has been found to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone and increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream during high stress situations and is responsible for an increased heart rate during these times. All of this may lead to a greater chance of relaxation in the mind and body.  Sip on a cup of Tribal Tea and read a good book…here’s a list of 20 of the best books by Native American authors to enjoy in 2022.  

Take a bubble bath  
It goes without saying that a relaxing bubble bath can put anyone at ease after a long, stressful day.  Start with a Haipazaza Phezuta sweetgrass scented bath bomb. In the past, some Native people used sweetgrass tea and put in the bath water to help cleanse their bodies and spirits, so using a sweetgrass bath bomb in modern times makes sense. Simply drop the bath bomb in your tub and soak up the skin-loving organic oils that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky. 

Put on a face mask  
Your skin can pay the price when you’re tired, stressed or need to take a moment to unwind. Our Sakari Botanicals Hopi Blue Corn Mask gently cleanses the skin, gently removes dead skin cells and moisturizes. Simply add equal parts mask with water and apply to face for 10 minutes before washing off.   

How do you practice self-care? Let us know in the comments! 

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