A few weeks ago I wrote this post about discovering alternatives to dry-cleaning. I tried one of them out first hand this weekend, with an added twist that turned out splendidly.
I have a beautiful boucle Alapaca sweater from my former boss's beautiful knitwear line Eleven Six. After wearing it for a week in the U.K. because it was the warmest thing I had, it was looking a little rumpled and smelling a little worn (and a little like sheep).
I placed it in the tumble dryer on its own. I wet a washcloth and wrung it out, then sprinkled the washcloth with a few drops of lavender essential oil. I put the washcloth in with the sweater, and turned the dryer on low for about 15 minutes.
The heat creates steam from the washcloth which helps get the odor out of the sweater, as does the heat which kills bacteria. The steam, along with the agitation of the dryer, helped to get the fibers re-fluffed up and the stretched out cuffs to return to their original shape. The lavender essential oil just made the whole thing smell heavenly.
So there's a good $15 saved on dry-cleaning, and a little aromatherapy besides! Gotta say, I patted myself on the back for that one. :)
Anyone who suffers dry skin like mine will understand - when your skin is dry, cracked, and red in the cold winter months, you’re willing to use anything that works.
OK, so I don't flatter myself that anyone actually gives a shit what's in my makeup bag - I'm certainly no beauty expert. I just wanted to show you in order to illustrate a point. This is the makeup bag of a person who is in transition, working toward a less wasteful lifestyle.
When I first decided that I wanted to start working towards zero waste, one of the first things I did was to swap my plastic toothbrush for a natural, compostable, biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. An easy swap, and I don't think anyone will argue that bamboo toothbrushes are just better looking than their plastic counterparts. Double win.
Before my therapist even put any needles into my skin, I felt a huge weight lifted, just having talked to someone whose job it was to listen. Answering her questions helped me to connect the dots between my physical and mental well-being.
What if we were to take just 20 minutes out of our busy days to treat ourselves with some R&R? How might that help us to manage our anxiety? Here are a few self-care ideas that you can accomplish in 20 minutes or less, that might help you to settle down and recharge.