As I age, taking care of myself, inside and out, is more important to me than any cosmetic quick fix, for instance I spend more time brushing my teeth than putting on makeup. Once upon a time I would spend a long time getting ready for the day, with perfect makeup and hair, but now I would rather put that time into eating well and taking good care of my body. What I do in a day to keep myself healthy doesn't cost a lot, both in time and actual money, but I always feel better for doing it. Little and often, is the key for me.
I start the day with a couple of big glasses of filtered rain water and a glass of water kefir, the water is virtually free, there is an outlay of a new charcoal filter for the water filter, every three months, but over time the cost is negligible, and the water kefir had an initial cost of $25.98, but with care, it will last me forever.
Ivy Lee method for a while now and it works really well for me.
As far as a "Beauty Routine" I simply wash my face with this solid cleanser, after cleansing, I mist my face with rosewater (homemade from a rosewater concentrate) and then moisturise both face and body with whatever moisturiser I am currently using. Coming into this time of year with the cooler, drier air, my skin dries out even more, so I make sure I slather more moisturiser on, both morning and night. At the moment I am using two homemade moisturisers, one is this solid moisturising bar and the other is a whipped Shea Butter lotion, both cost very little to make and are just beautiful to use on your skin.
I get a little exercise each day in the form of riding to and from work, it's not a lot, I know, but I always think it's better than nothing. My job is quite active as well, with lots of walking and incidental exercise throughout the entire day. I also walk the dogs every afternoon, again it's not very far but I feel it's good for my and the dogs.
Drinking lots of water is another thing I am passionate about, my darling Mum had to have a kidney transplant when I was ten and that made us all hyper aware of how important it is to look after our kidneys. Ironically I found out a few years ago that I only have one kidney, so it makes me even more careful of what I put in my body. I know you can get along just fine with one kidney, but I never want to take my health for granted or jeopardise my one healthy kidney. I quite often go out and pick herbs before I leave home, to put in my glass water bottle at work, with a combination of lemon myrtle, basil, mint, vietnamese mint and kaffir lime leaves, featuring most days. We have a chilled and filtered water fountain at work and I top up my water bottle several times during the day.
All the things I have listed cost nothing or very little, they all add quality and value to my life on a daily basis and I feel blessed and lucky to be able to do so.
What little things do you do everyday, to enhance your happiness and health?