Joanna Anastasia

self care

Postpartum mind

While everyone is talking about postpartum body, I’d like to start a conversation about the postpartum mind. The one that at first is blurred by hormones and fatigue. The one that feels lost during pregnancy and the fourth trimester. The one that  thinks about a baby 24/7 . The one that forgets about self dreams and interests for months, if not years. Sometimes burying them forever.

The one that later gets mom shamed for not being as kid-centred as it was. The one that may be called out for being a “bad mom” – for trying to run after a carrier. The one that nevertheless always has those little humans in the back tabs. The one that will always worry now. The one that will always over analyze. The one that will beat itself up in mom guilt. The mom mind.

Our mindset gets completely shaken by becoming a mom. Our priorities, and our ability to focus. The time we dispose now to actually think is so limited. Everything changes.

But hey mama, it’s ok to bring back your interests to the top. It’s ok to give yourself permission to think about other things then motherhood -even though the culture we live in suggest that a good mother is the one that’s always around her kids. You have the right to pursue your passions.

Postpartum mama brain- I see you. Lets not forget about you ok? Because while everyone tells you to get your body back – or to embrace your body as it is, I just want to remind you, that you’re more than a body! And the real you, the one beyond your looks, this one also have gone through a lot. And you have the right to feel the changes, to work through the changes and emerge from them on your own terms!

How to set goals and follow through

After finishing a master’s degree, traveling with a backpack to India, immigration across the globe, five years of successful blogging, countless makeovers and lately writing a book, I think I got this goals setting things pretty well. Not that I never followed through with a plan though – I once opened an Etsy shop that is still empty, I signed for Italian classes only to abandon after 2 months and tried to take on yoga about a million times.

But now, on the eve of my new goal being turned in to a new action plan, I thought I’d share with you how I reach for what I dream about. And how you can too!

So, what is it that turns some dreams into goals and then reality? And why some remain a one-day-I’ll-do-this-fantasy forever?

Here’s what I think has helped me in setting my goals, following through with a plan and turning them in to reality, and here’s how you too can set your goals and follow through.

  1. Start by asking yourself what is it that you REALLY want. How do you want your life to look like? What makes you happy? Let yourself dream beyond where you are now, what you know/have/are. 
  2. Once you name your dream, ask yourself ( and inform yourself ) what has to happen to get there. Is it a degree? Money? New work position? Is it possible and doable or absolutely impossible ( if it’s really absolutely impossible then go back and find another dream.) 
  3. Divide your big goal in to many, many smaller goals. Now you have a Big Plan! Caution- the Big Plan needs to be somehow inspiring/fun on its own. If not, then it’s easy to burn out and abandon the dream.
  4. Now, divide your Big Plan in to small achievable goals. Start as you are, where you are. Find resources, and ask for help. Check of the list even the smallest steps towards your achievable goals. Tell others ( it will make you feel accountable) about your plan. 
  5. Work hard but take it easy. There are many paths, and struggling or not making it right away is a part of a process!
  6. Don’t get lost along the way. Sometimes achieving goals may be distracting from finally reaching for the big dream – if that happens, it’s time to reassess. 
  7. Lastly, remember that you can do anything, but not everything at once! And that the path is as important as the goal aka don’t do immoral things, and don’t lose your integrity!

So , just let yourself dream, set big but realistic goals, call them a plan, divide your plan into small steps, and follow through!

Believe me, anything can happen if you just start with a dream!

Photo by ValerieGBphoto 

How I fight eczema

Be good to your skin, as it’s the only thing that you’ll wear every day for the rest of your life.

tips and tricks ro fight eczema in kids and adults!

Since I was a teen I struggled with eczema breakouts: sometimes it would start in the fall, after a cold and windy day outside without mittens, and sometimes it would happen after me rushing in the kitchen and not drying my hands correctly. I learned to live with it, though it’s always painful and unpleasant. Now I see that my daughters, have eczema-prone skin too. And when winter comes, it somehow always gets even worse. Sometimes I’d discover my Lili scratching herself so much, she’d bled a little, and my mama heart would break in to thousand pieces seeing it.

So I was looking for products to help us cope with eczema for a while now. And  La Roche- Posay is by far my top pick when it comes to keeping our skin nourished and eczema-free. Though for my Lili, breakouts still happen sometimes. Telling her not to scratch really doesn’t work. And we all know that scratching when you have an eczema breakout makes it worse, and causes even more skin inflammation!

That’s why I’m really exited bout this new Lipikar Stick AP+ , as it’s a great solution to break the scratching reflex, while simultaneously hydrating and soothing the skin! It gives an immediate feeling of relief and it substitutes the scratching gesture.

tips and tricks ro fight eczema in kids and adults!

So now, I want to teach a new gesture to Lili and Rose. Instead of scratching their skin, I remind them to apply this Lipikar Stick AP+ on it, and honestly it works great! It’s really super practical: small enough to be brought anywhere and most of all, small enough to be used by my kids. So whenever we are out and about doing errands, playing in the park or at home snuggling and reading in bed, it’s always easy for them to stop scratching and use that little stick instead!

tips and tricks to fight eczema in kids and adults!

 

And I really love how these products are safe for both me and my girls, and how efficient they are in fighting our eczema problem! Not to mention that they are hypoallergenic, fragrance free and paraben free!

And so our daily routine consists now of washing our skin with the washing cream Lipikar Syndet AP+, followed by the Lipikar Balm AP+  after bath, and of course the Lipkar Stick AP+ every time during the day my girls feel like scratching.

I already feel that this new winter routine has helped with how our skin looks and feels, and in consequence with how we feel in our own skin, and how we feel in general!

tips and tricks to fight eczema in kids and adults!

tips and tricks to fight eczema in kids and adults!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by La Roche- Posay, all opinion remain entirely my own.

Best home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

If there’s one thing that I do every year in the beginning of summer, in order to prepare myself for the beach season, is making home made body scrubs. Since I believe every body is a beach body, I think that all we really need in order to feel good at the beach is a positive body image. And maybe a pretty swimming suit and smooth skin! Or at least I know that my post-long-winter and after-cold-spring skin, loves body these scrubs! And because these home made body scrubs are made from natural ingredients, they  leave skin smooth, exfoliated and nourished!

And I’m sure that you already have all the ingredients in your pantry!

home made body scrubs

So here’s the fist body scrub that I love making: Coffee and Vanilla sugar scrub! If you’re a coffee lover like I am then you’ll love it too! Because self care and coffee go hand in hand right?

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 tablespoons of  coffee grounds
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Mix coffee grounds and brown sugar. Add coconut oil and in the end add vanilla essence. Mix it all together until really smooth. Pour in a small jar and use within 3 days ( best to keep it in the fridge until use) or make some more and offer as a gift!

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

Second body scrub that I love making is this Green Tea Body Scrub. Smells so good and exfoliates like nothing else!

All you need:

  • 1 cup of green tea
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Mix it all together until smooth. You can keep it for one to two weeks. No need for refrigerating this one, as its more of a dry scrub.

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

So if you haven’t yet tried making your own body scrubs, and are still paying for the super expensive body scrubs, please give these a try! You’ll see how much softer your sin will feel not to mention the money you’ll save!

 

How to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

Summer is the time of days spent in the sun and on the beach, constant exposure to wind, sand and light. And not surprisingly, I find that mine, and my kids skin is as dry if not drier during the summer months as during the winter! On top of our regular, super sensitive, and slightly eczemic skin problems, summer brings us sun burn and bug bites irritation! And while it’s easy to get overwhelmed and then go and buy a ton of disappointing products, there’s also a simpler way to deal with this.

Hydration, protection and nourishment, starts before we even go out in the sun, and can be a part of a daily routine. I discovered the benefits of the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and now I can’t live without it.

So here’s a couple of things that have helped my family to protect our skin during the sunny months:

  1. For every coffee I drink throughout the day, I try to drink ant least 2 glasses of water
  2. I use daily the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water
  3. After every bath / shower we all nourish our skin with the Lipkar lait.
  4. We try to avoid full sun and stick to the shade
  5. We never forget our sunscreen

So me, I discovered the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water spray. It makes me feel fresh on the hot days, hydrated and happy in my skin. It naturally soothes dry skin, so it’s really a perfect match of me!

how to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

And my daughters, they have discovered the Lipikar lait – which means milk in French: the super nourishing and protecting milk for your skin. It’s made with thermal spring water, Shea butter, cold cream and niacinamide, and thanks to its light milky texture, it soothes, repairs and protects even the most sensitive baby skin! 

And you need to see the to believe how much my daughters love creaming each other, and how seriously they take their skin care!

how to deal with dry kids skin

how to deal with dry kids skin

how to deal with dry kids skin

So while these summer months can be tough on our skin, I believe that with the right protection, they don’t have to be! 

This post was brought to you by La Roche-Posay, all opinions remain my own.

Feeling better from the inside out

Probiotics for the win

“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”

― William Shakespeare

Centuries have passed and this quote is as accurate as ever before! And in our busy modern lifestyle, being a gardener to our inner garden is one of our biggest daily challenges!
Because while we try to take care of our body and our mind, it’s never really easy to find time for self-care. We may try to exercise and eat healthy, moisture our skin, and nourish our soul. But none of that will really work in our benefit if we forget about our inner garden: our gut and it’s unique bacterial flora. With the processed food surrounding us and with our sterile environment, there’s less and less good bacteria in our diet and in everyday life. And newest research shows that the right bacteria can help us with our digestive health, boost our immunity, our skin, and even mood!

Probiotics for the win

So while each of us has its own highly diverse ecosystem – the intestinal flora – most of us don’t know that we have less diversity in it then we should! And that in order to flourish it needs a balanced biodiversity!

So even though I’m still figuring out the balance of self-care while caring for my crazy little family, I did make some changes that help me feel better. I drink more water starting from the morning. I take try to slow down a bit, and go outside daily. And I start everyday with my probiotic!

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

And I chose Advanced Gut Health Probiotic 15 billion CFU daily care because they have the highest strain count, targeted delivery and their shelf stable blister pack ( meaning that they don’t need to be refrigerated!) . Also, the friendly bacteria that are in these advanced health probiotic don’t simply add 15 bacterium for the short period of time: they actually allow other depending on them bacteria to flourish! Plus, they are non-gmo, gluten-free, vegan and soy free, so basically everyone can take them!

So now, even when my mornings are always busy and my kids seem to always want something from me (like another chocolate chip muffin, a different color of a cup or a batch of home-made play-dough before breakfast! ) I try to remember about my body and my self-care too. So I teach them to drink water with me, and I take my Advanced Gut Health Probiotic.

Probiotics for the win

If you’d like to try them too, and start to feel better from the inside out, you can find them in your local health food retailer and here online . I’m sure your inner garden will thank you!

Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by Genuine Health, all opinions remain my own.

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