Why VIIcode beauty eye mask is my must have beauty product

I haven’t had a proper sleep in 7 months, hello new mom life. While it is slowly getting better and now I am having one 5am wake up instead of a 1, 3, 5, and 7 – it is still an adjustment. Oh and on top of that I then am required to entertain a tiny human for an entire day. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job as mom but it sure is exhausting.

While pre baby I would find the time to take care of myself, that has now been put on the back burner. Gone are the days where I would have time for a facial, I mean I barely have time to wash my face twice a day anymore, and it was starting to show (the bags – oh the bags). That is why I was excited when I came across VIIcode eye masks.

About the VIIcode Eye Masks

I ended up getting the VIIcode 02M Oxygen Eye Mask for all night repair. You apply these gentle eye pads under your eyes and they go to work right away. The best part is, is you put them on at night and can leave them overnight for the best results so it doesn’t take away anytime from playing with my son.

The pads are made up of natural antioxidants that help  nourish and rejuvenate the skin. They are safe for the eye area and can be on for up to 8 hours. I woke up the next morning noticing such a difference in my eyes. The skin around them was soft and smooth. And since using them for the last 3 months I have felt that my eyes just look more awake – even after a sleepless night.

You can find out more about these eye masks on their website: https://www.viicode.com/ but from one mom to another I have to say this is one must have postpartum beauty item

xo

Mia

3 Tips for successfully treating your body like a temple

Image by Hà Cao from Pixabay

This last year has felt like 10 combined into one. It hasn’t been easy for any of us and during this time I feel a lot of us (or I know at least myself) have at times neglected to take care of ourselves. Pouring that extra glass of wine on a weeknight, order fried take out for the 4th night in a row. I am guilty.

It would probably be accurate to say that everyone has heard the phrase “treat your body as your temple,” or alternatively “my body is my temple.” Sometimes these concepts are dismissed or laughed off, but in many cases they are more or less embraced – at least in theory – as a good basic ethos to carry around in life.

Whether you notice issues with your eyesight and decide to consult an eye doctor, or just know that you would feel better if you tidied up your diet or got more exercise, there are a lot of benefits to be had from treating your body as your temple.But how do you actually go about embracing that ethos successfully, without driving yourself crazy?

Here are some tips.

 

Have fun with the process, rather than making it a form of self punishment

“Health practices,” in general, tend to be associated with difficulty and struggle in a variety of different ways.

Last year I decided I was going to run my first half marathon. I did it, but in the process realized how much I dreaded running. And so after reaching my goal I fell back into old habits, coming up with excuses not to exercise.

When you think of “living healthy” or “living clean” there is a good chance that the images that come to mind are things like relatively unappetizing looking salads, difficult early morning runs, and having to turn down birthday cake when it’s on offer.

 

Rather than viewing the concept of “treating your body as your temple” in terms of self punishment, look for ways to have fun with the process, and don’t be too rigid and dogmatic with yourself, either.

I traded in my running shoes for a spin bike and have never been happier.

If you can take up some physically active pastimes that you really enjoy for their own sake, and can find ways of tidying up your diet in a way that you find tasty and manageable, and that you can stick with about 80% of the time, then you’re off to a great start.

 

Begin with the basics – by getting your sleep cycle right, and then moving on to food, breathing, et cetera

There are many different pastimes and practices that contribute to good overall health, but it is generally a good idea to start with certain fundamentals before getting carried away with all the fine tuning.

First and foremost, start by getting your sleep cycle right so that you can wake up each morning feeling rested, and can be relatively in sync with the natural rhythms of the world around you, and of society as well.

To do this, avoid eating for a few hours before bed, go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning, expose yourself to bright light first thing in the morning, and limit your exposure to blue light in the evening.

Once you have this pillar of health sorted out, it will be a lot easier to get the rest of the pieces lined up.

 

Pace yourself, and avoid overexertion

There’s a very detrimental idea that is fairly common and popular these days, which is that – particularly with regards things like exercise – more is always better, and that the idea of “pacing yourself” a code word for laziness.

Ultimately, however, pacing yourself – ensuring that you are pushing yourself, but not too much – is essential for avoiding both physical trouble, and also psychological burnout.

 

And just remember friends, your body truly is a temple so take care of it and give it a hug every once in a while.

xo

Mia

Faster Healing After A Joint Injury – What Can You Do?

When was the last time you stopped to think about how your body does what it does every day? Back when I was a professional athlete I used to think about it all the time. The aches and pains, taking care of them right away so that they don’t explode into something larger. But now that my tennis days are over, I hardly take the time really think about my body, and unless you work in the health care professional, I am sure you don’t either. 

Yet sometimes things go wrong within the body, and accidents can cause all kinds of problems, including joint injury. These kinds of injuries can cause massive disruption to your daily life, and ideally you will want them to heal as quickly as possible, I would know, I am dealing with chronicle joint pain in my wrist form years and years of sports.  Although you must be careful not to damage yourself further, there are some things you can do that will help your body heal more quickly; read on to find out what they are.

Have A Massage

My mom used to be a massage therapist and would help relieve muscle pain after every big match. A massage from the experts at I Am Health will definitely help when it comes to your joint injury and the pain it leaves behind. A massage doesn’t touch the joint itself, but rather the muscles around it, so it’s usually a safe option (especially when you engage a professional massage therapist to help you). The great thing about a massage is that it will reduce the pain you are feeling and also make the muscles around the joint that has been injured stronger. This means that there is less chance of the injury occurring again once it has healed, and on top of helping your muscles loosen up, it also feels incredible. 

Rest 

It is imprinted in my mind: RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate). It is what I was told to do after every injury when I played tennis.  This isn’t just good advice; it’s crucial if you want your injury to heal faster. When you rest and don’t put any weight on the joint that should be healing, your body can regenerate more quickly. The more you can rest, no matter how hard that might be if you are usually an active person, the more quickly your body can heal. 

This is an important thing to note. Although you might want to get back to work or your hobbies quickly after an injury, if you rush things and don’t allow enough resting time after you have been hurt, it will take you longer to get well, and you can even make things worse, as the body won’t have a chance to repair itself. It might be hard to stay still and do nothing for what seems like a long time, but it will take even longer if you don’t do it at all.

Eat The Right Foods 

To heal properly, and more quickly, the body needs to have all the right nutrients. These nutrients come from the food we eat, which is why, if you want to heal faster, you need to eat the right foods. 

Vitamin C is particularly useful when it comes to your joints, and this can be found in citrus fruits, broccoli, berries, and kiwis, for example. Vitamin A is also excellent, and for this, you should ensure your diet contains carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes, as well as many other foods. 

It’s only natural that, when we are injured, we want to put our lives back together as quickly as possible, and there are – as you can see from the list above – several ways this can be done. However, you must always be careful to check with your doctor before trying any additional measures to speed up the healing process, as you may cause more harm than good.

 

The Self Care Domino Effect: Look Good, Feel Good

I know these last few months have been hard for all of us. Dealing with isolation, social distancing, and working from home. There are days where I don’t even get out of my PJs! But here is the thing I have found lately, the lack of effort I have put into my physical appearance and well being has had a much more negative effect than just my hair looking a little on the greasy side.

When you’ve made an effort with your appearance, you’ve more than likely felt the association between looking good and feeling good. You feel confident and ready to take on what the day has to throw at you. Be it an interview to land a promotion or a date with a crush you’ve been swooning over for months; your appearance plays a large part in influencing the way you feel about yourself. When we have something important in our lives, we usually put in the effort to look our best, because it helps us feel our best. 

Another example of how the way we look affects our emotions is that a bad haircut can reduce many to tears (first world problems I know, but oh so true). In fact, I can’t deny I shed a few tears when I dyed my hair a little to dark.  Frustration strikes when a splodge of mascara lands on your foundation. Or your nails you’ve committed to growing for some time begin to chip!

The main point being, whether you like it or not, appearance to a degree matters, from fashion choices to skincare regimes, it influences the way you think and feel about yourself. So let’s delve into more about why that is, and why spending time to beautify and love yourself just a bit more, will boost your health and wellbeing.

Self Love

Primarily, paying attention to the way you look is about self-love. Self-care can include a myriad of positive activities, from morning and night beauty rituals, dedicating time to sleep more, getting in that hour of exercise, and being mindful about what you eat. Above all, Self-love is essential for our wellbeing. When you’re old enough to fend for yourself, the one person in the world that should love, and take care of you the most, is you! The positive effects of self-care manifest throughout your life, affecting the way you feel, look, and act. 

Taking Back Control

Plus, taking care of yourself also gives you back control of your feelings, particularly when you’ve had a bad day. Familiarity, such as applying your favourite night time serum with an aroma of lavender, makes you feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable. Or getting active every day after work is something you can look forward to, to round off a hard day of work, and shake off any stress and negativity. Which also releases those feel-good endorphins and helps you keep your body in shape. Knowing what is going to make you happy, and applying it is you being in control of your well-being. 

Making Progress To Be A Better You

But self-love isn’t just about taking control of a chaotic day; it’s also about making progress. In each area of our lives, we seek to make progress in one way or another. Whether building wealth and working towards financial independence. Going back to college to improve our education and get a better job. To calm addictive behaviours that impair our lives, such as constantly checking social media (guilty) or maybe it is one too many glasses of wine with friends. Our appearance is no different. And so whether you’re committing the next 6 to 12 months to invisalign treatment to enhance your smile, or cutting out some sugar to have a more well balanced diet. Feeling as though you’re taking steps to improve your body, boosts self-esteem, and makes us feel like we’re making progress to be the best versions of ourselves.

Tell-Tale Signs

I know the last few months our appearance hasn’t really been a top priority, but it can say a lot about a person. On top of that looking our best just helps us feel our best. I mean my wedding day I felt my most beautiful, from my hair staying in place to having just the right amount of blush. I know I am guilty of looking back at old photos and wishing I still had the same body from when I was playing professional tennis, or the long locks I had when I was younger, but but maintaining beauty as we age, is a work of art (key word there work). It takes time, dedication, and commitment to make healthy choices for your body and groom regularly. 

For example concerning our largest, external organ;

“The skin is an extremely sensitive organ that, unfortunately, reveals a lot about how we feel both physically and emotionally.” – Isabella Koretz, founder of Ciel Spa in Beverly Hills.

The statement above couldn’t be more accurate. I can notice changes within hours, like if I didn’t get a good night’s sleep I see the bags the next morning, or if I am dehydrated and drained, my skin looks lifeless. 

The way our body looks gives us a strong indication of whether we’re taking care of ourselves. For example, thinning hair could be due to stress. Emerging wrinkles could be due to not using sun protection cream. Red puffy eyes could be due to drinking too much. 

Beauty is more than skin deep. It reflects the effort, time, and love you put into looking after your whole body. If you feed your body nutritious food, drink lots of water, sleep 8 hours a night, exercise, take time to unwind and pamper you will undoubtedly look better, Your skin will glow, fine lines will reduce, and you’ll smile more! Continuous self-care forms a cycle of positivity. From making an effort to look great, your appearance improves, and you’ll feel happier.

 

My love/hate relationship with ‘Shredding for the Wedding’

He liked it so much he put a ring on it. That is right I am a fiancée, at least for another three weeks. The moment we got engaged I started looking at venues, dresses, oh and I finally got a gym membership because I had to start “Shredding for the Wedding.”

I had heard that term before used in magazines and by other friends that have gotten married and would always joke about it but now it was my turn and I was determined to shred some pounds for the big day.

I started hitting up the gym at least five times a week, combining my favourite SoulCycle classes, Kondi HIIT classes, F45, you name it I was trying it all, doing it all, and sweating it all out.

On top of upping my fitness game, I was also paying more attention to the food I was eating. Cutting out carbs and sugars and eating smaller more nutritional portions and meals.

In just a matter of weeks I was starting to see the pounds fall off but I also started to notice other changes. I had more energy, my skin was clearer than every before, I was in a happier mood, and feeling more confident about myself overall.

It was in that moment that I didn’t need to shred anything for the wedding, I needed to start living a healthier lifestyle in general for my own well being and personal relationships.

After quitting tennis, I had always been a bit of a yoyo dieter and had always struggled with self image and confidence because I wasn’t the athlete I used to be. However when the wedding came up, I had real motivation to stick to a plan and to better myself.

I am not going to lie, I was disappointed that it took a proposal to motivate me, I should of wanted to do this for myself but at the end of the day at least I got the push I needed and can start this journey back to a healthier me.

The best part about it all, is it has been relatively easy. Sure I wish I could drink an extra glass of wine or indulge in another scoop of ice cream but I haven’t done any actual dieting. I have let myself have cheat days, eat chocolate, drink wine but just in smaller portions. I also enjoy working out but would always make excuses if I got to busy. Since I got engaged I have stopped making excuses and have been making time.

Now the last thing I want anything to do while reading this is think that you need to lose weight if you are getting married, or need to lose weight period. What I want people to realize is that life can get busy and we can get distracted and lose sense of ourselves and that is ok. What is not ok is if we don’t check in every once in a while and reconnect with ourselves and make sure we are taking care of ourselves and if we aren’t well then it is time to make the changes. For me that change was leading a healthier and more active lifestyle and that might not be the same change for you but no matter what it is important to be aware.

I am three weeks away from my wedding and I have lost 20 pounds and am back down to a healthy weight. But besides the pounds I lost I have gained energy, confidence, and overall happiness. So while I don’t necessarily agree with shredding for the wedding, I do agree about shredding for yourself, or really anything for yourself if it is going to improve yourself.

xo

Mia