It's You Time: Tips to Relax and Reset

We love summer, but too often we find ourselves biting off more than we can chew. Take some time to re-focus on yourself this week: meditate, go for a walk in the gorgeous sunshine, or just spend some time doing something important to you. We've put together our favorite tips and ideas below to make it easy.

Just remind yourself: you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anything else!

Journal your inspirations, aspirations, and dreams.

Writing down your thoughts or feelings at the time can be extremely cathartic. It's important to write down aspirations and goals as well so you can develop a clear vision of what you want to do. 

Wear daily reminders of the things you're working on.

Give yourself physical reminders of your intentions. Perhaps you're pledging to yourself to work on not stressing about the little things, or remaining calm in trying situations. Wearing a physical object on your wrist or finger can not only help remind you throughout the day to practice your new habit, they're darn pretty as well :). 

Make your yoga practice easy and stress-free: create a calming environment when you practice.

When you're doing yoga or meditating, it's important to feel safe and comfortable in your space. Create a calming environment with burning sage, candles, green plants, and stones. It will only enhance the experience!

Place positive reminders around your home or workspace.

Remind yourself of what an awesome job you're doing! Life can be tough - nobody said it was easy - and we need all the encouragement we can get. Find a favorite quote or illustration to hang in your home or workspace to remind yourself of what is important.

Crystals

Certain crystals and stones carry special meanings and are used for specific purposes. Wear them as one-of-a-kind helpers or reminders on your journey.

Our Favorite Crystals & Their Uses

Quartz: Balance, Clarity, Power
Rose Quartz: Unconditional love, Heart-Opening, Self-Love
Druzy: Light, Joy, Harmony
Turquoise: Healing, Stress-Relief, Abundance
Moonstone: Intuition, Calmness, Protection
Amethyst: Peace, Intuition, Sobriety
Amazonite: Communication, Creativity, Trust
Citrine: Success, Abundance, Mental Clarity
Agate: Strength, Courage, Protection

 

Schedule You Time

Spend some time and focus inward. Some of our favorite activities include taking an art class, coloring, picking up a new hobby, taking a bath, reading, and more. Keep your appointment with yourself like you would another person. 

We find mandala painting, drawing, or coloring books to be particularly helpful. A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol used in Buddhism and Hinduism. It represents the cosmos, a microcosm of the universe. In spiritual philosophy, mandalas are used as an aid in meditation.

Good vibes only!

-Amanda

Adult Coloring Books!

Detailed Coloring Books! 

Detailed Coloring Books! 

Hi Everyone!  I am excited to share my favorite adult coloring books and adult coloring supplies! We love this trend that is creative and relaxing.  I first found out about Johanna Basford's amazing book Secret Garden in this New York Time's article about coloring in Spring.  Adult Coloring Books have been popping up everywhere and we are so excited to carry some of our favorites. 

Some of the benefits of coloring include:

Relaxation, stress relief, boosting creativity, and development of fine motor skills.  

Grab a book, some colors, and get to it! 

Adult Coloring Books

This is one of my favorites!  Each page is designed by a different contemporary artist, so every page is a surprise.

This one is really fun because it is made of abstract designs so you can REALLY focus on the colors. 

Amazing gel pens that work on plastic, coated paper, glass, and more!  These dry matte and 3D!  They never clog and will stand out on dark papers too. 

 These are 12 awesome colored gel pens to get into all those pretty little details.  AND they are also scented! 

My favorite book to unwind...why not pop open a bottle of wine too? 

Here is this gem that started the craze.  This one is also designed and hand drawn by an artist. :)

Adult Coloring Supplies

Below are a few of my absolute favorite things to color with.  We love the company International Arrivals at One Strange Bird.  Although their products are mainly marketed towards children, we think they are great quality for adults too.  (and the price is right!)

Remember these peel away crayons?  I am in love like I am 7 all over again!

This article wouldn't be complete without some good ol' fashioned crayons! 


 

Happy Coloring!!!! xoxo, Nicole