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The Pursuit of Self-love: Loving the Skin You’re In

I’m privileged to share a second guest post from the lovely Briannan Dean.  Briannan’s first article was all about the benefits of cacao and a delicious and super-quick recipe! Read it here.

Back to self-love…Over to you, Briannan…

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The Pursuit of Self-Love: Loving the Skin You’re In

It seems that in this day and age of glossy magazine perfection and technological disconnect, self love is a concept almost as abstract as the idea of the perfect soul mate. We’re all familiar with these ideas of love, but they seem far fetched and unattainable to the average person. We think self-love is something that only the likes of Victoria’s Secret supermodels have, but in reality, self-love has nothing to do with external beauty. Rather, it has everything to do with the unconditional acceptance of yourself exactly as you are. It is not self-indulgent, it is self-affirming.

To be perfectly honest, I found this article a little difficult to get going – an indication that I am still not quite there yet with the whole self-love thing either.

Life teaches us to be resistant to the concept. We learn self-deprecation from an early age and fear being the tall poppy.

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For the Love of Chocolate: Magical Cacao

I’m privileged to share this guest post from the lovely Briannan Dean all about the benefits of cacao and a delicious and super-quick recipe!

For the Love of Chocolate: Magical Cacao

“Chocolate truly is food for the heart – it is the heart’s “blood”, due to its magnesium, antioxidants, love chemicals and esoteric properties” ~ Naked Chocolate, David Wolfe and Shazzie, 2005

One of the deep mystical magics of cacao is that it has long been associated with love, sexuality and the heart, and for good reason. The complex chemical and energetic properties of cacao make it beneficial to the heart, induce feelings of love and euphoria, and also act as an aphrodisiac.

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Stress, Sleep and Sex

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One of the most underrated negative effects on health is stress. I recently attend a live event by the lovely Nat Kringoudis which focussed on the impact of stress on our bodies.

Often when we think of stress, we think of deadlines at work, or being late and stuck in traffic. But what about the silent stressors that you have no idea are lurking around, wreaking havoc on your body? I’m talking things like pollution, artificial light emitted from our iphones, and chemical stressors.

For me, sleep is one of the first things to be affected by my stress levels. I just can’t seem to switch my mind off, and I endlessly toss and turn until I finally fall asleep 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go off! Talk about frustrating!

Do you know that over an average lifetime, we will sleep for 229,961 hours!? That is an average for someone who sleeps for 8 hours a night, which is about right. Anything less, and there are some worrying health implications. Some of us might get the recommended 8 hours a night, but what about the quality of that sleep? Some spend the first few hours trying to fall asleep, with no luck. If this is you, read on my friend!

Today, I want to share with you my night time routine, and some tips for getting a good night’s rest. I found this stuff particularly crucial when healing from the likes of adrenal fatigue, where sleep and recovery is just sooo important.

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After dinner, try turning off all the main lights. Perhaps even light a few candles! “Back in the day”, once the sun had set, the only light we had access to was fire.

Artificial light (in particular, the blue light emitted from your iphone, ipad, computers and tv) in the wrong setting can have a negative effect your sleep quality,  specifically through disruptions to melatonin production and circadian rhythm.

I turn on my Himalayan Salt Lamps for mood lighting and wear my blue blockers when watching TV or reading my ipad!

To find out more about how artificial light is impacting your melatonin levels, Dr Chris Kresser has written this excellent article.

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