The Perfect Postpartum Spa Day at Home

“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body”.  –Golda Poretsky

10 steps to enhance your beauty and replenish from the inside out after baby is born.

Did you know that pampering yourself is the best way to recharge from nurturing others? The best part is, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars or hours of time away from your bundle of joy to do so. Your home is your sanctuary — the sacred place where you unwind and let go of the stressors of the outside world. With minimal effort, some of nature’s best ingredients and a vivid imagination, you can create the perfect spa day at home.

Step 1: A hot cup of hot lemon water. Tension, stress and fatigue are your body’s way of letting you know it needs mental and physical rest. It’s good to first cleanse the body while prepping to relax and release. Beginning your pampering session by drinking a cup of hot lemon water or decaffeinated tea will give your insides a good ole’ fashioned rinsing.

Step 2: Set the mood. Set out a robe and turn on some music that sets a serene atmosphere. If reading is soothing to you, be sure to have some magazines or books nearby. Ah! And to add the perfect touch to your day of bliss, no bathroom is complete without a live plant or orchid and a perfectly folded towel.

Step 3: Take a bath. There are many ways to tailor your at home spa. It could be giving yourself a DIY manicure, doing a facial or simply having a moment of total silence and peace just to yourself. I personally find that there’s something very spiritual about taking a bath and visualizing the hot water melting my worries away. Whatever you decide on doing, make sure you have someone to watch after your little one and shut yourself out of the daily grind to allow uninterrupted “me-time.”

Step 4: Don’t forget about bath salts and essential oils. Epson salt is fairy dust for new moms. I sprinkle it in every bath as it not only relaxes aching joints and stiff muscles, but draws out toxins. You can also enliven your senses by putting essential oils in a diffuser or drops directly into the bath tub. My favorite essential oil for bathing and relaxation is lavender — it smells SO good and is a great oil to diffuse for added relaxation, especially before going to bed. Grapefruit oil is a wonderful energizer and mood enhancer.

Step 5: Detoxify and fancy it up. If you’re in search of a more detoxifying experience, add apple cider vinegar to the tub and if you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle some rose petals in your bath water.

Step 6: Moisturize. Coconut oil is one of nature’s finest ingredients. If you suffer from dry skin, it’s the perfect remedy for adding moisture and leaving you with dewy skin. Coconut oil also makes your skin supple enough to rub your own shoulders in between professional massages. Plus, it’s awesome for firming breast tissue and smoothing away stretch marks.

Step 7: Do a facial. While your pores are open, after bathing in hot water, it’s time to apply your facial. A mixture of avocado and sea salt is a great mask for moisturizing and exfoliating at the same time. Honey, lemon, papaya, olive oil, tea bags and fennel are alternate ingredients that make for great DIY facials. You can also experiment with making your own eye crème by blending cucumber and Aloe Vera gel. Yet, in my opinion, the mask of all masks is the pure bentonite clay mixed with apple cider vinegar. This mask has so many benefits it will leave you in awe.

Step 8: Do it all in silence. While your facial is percolating, take some time to sit in silence, focus on your breathing and envision yourself happy and whole. If it’s hard to find a quiet corner in your home, put in your headphones and zone out to a guided meditation on YouTube.

Step 9: Stretch and hydrate. Culminate your hour of serenity by doing a few yoga poses or stretches, and replenish the fluids you lost in your warm bath by drinking some coconut water.

Step 10: Close your eyes for a minute (or ten). When it’s all over, you can climb into your own bed and take a power nap.

The best part about creating the perfect spa day at home is that you can tailor it to fit your growing needs. Carve out some time on your calendar weekly to create a sacred place to unwind. By activating your senses and enhancing your beauty from the inside out, you’ll come out looking and feeling like the glowing goddess that is you!

 

New Moms Should Practice Self-Care

4 tips to taking care of yourself after having a baby

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, my priorities quickly shifted. I immersed myself in books that educated me on what to expect in caring for a new baby. And though I felt prepared for our little one, I could have used a little more wisdom in taking care of myself — from preparing myself for the emotional jolt of bringing my baby home from the hospital to combating the baby blues and dealing with “mommy brain.” Indeed, the level of self-sacrifice required in pregnancy is just a prequel to caring for yourself as a new mama; and after giving birth, nurturing ourselves needs to become our foremost priority.

So to help nurture your physical, spiritual and emotional selves, here are four tips that will help you put self-care on your to-do list and guide you through your daily pursuit of balance.

1. Plan Ahead. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Before baby, I found freedom in flying by the seat of my coat tails. Unfortunately, the outside world makes little concession for hormonal, flustered mamas. Thus, planning is essential! If you have difficulty keeping your commitments, are frequently losing things or have trouble making decisions, you may be experiencing mommy brain. Write everything down, keep a working to do list, and schedule everything 30 minutes in advance. I say, “if the appointment isn’t in my Google calendar, it doesn’t exist.”

You can also do yourself a favor by planning for the unexpected. Prepare healthy meals and snacks the night before so you can grab and go. Keep your diaper bag and car stocked with mommy and baby essentials. I inherently panicked when my baby had her first public diaper blowout. Yet, having a pre-prepared bag on deck (which included a spare change of clothing for myself) was a major win in my role as a new mom.

2. Ground Your Energy. While it’s important to never leave the house without moisturizer, lip gloss and mascara, self-care begins from the inside out. Create a safe place to feed your dreams and purge negative energy. Journaling is a great way to express your thoughts and release pent up emotions.

Once your baby is on somewhat of a schedule, set your alarm to wake up 30 minutes early. While this isn’t always possible, you’ll thank yourself on the days you can. During this time, meditate or pray, say your affirmations, take a shower, make your coffee, and set your intentions for the day. Find solace in simple things such as lighting a candle or taking a bath. Furthermore, getting a dose of fresh air and keeping flowers on deck does wonders for lifting your spirits.

3. Be patient with yourself. Society puts far too much pressure on new moms to snap back into shape and into our previous commitments. But jumping back into rigorous exercise or social commitments can lead to burnouts. So give yourself a year or two to settle into motherhood. We want so badly to hold onto to the woman we once were. The reality is, we’ve evolved into a new and improved life-bringing force.

With that, I still battle the anxiety that comes with measuring up to my old self. There are some days I just don’t have the energy to work out. On my hardest days, I allow caring for myself and being present for my husband and baby to be enough.

4. Learn to be your own best friend. Once the baby arrives, people forget new mamas need love too! We must learn to give ourselves the attention we seek. So affirm your strength and beauty daily. Everyone has a unique postpartum experience. Honor yours, and resist the urge to compare it. Embrace everything about the new woman you are becoming. Be honest and communicate your new limitations, and don’t be afraid to slow down and set boundaries. Saying no is really saying yes to your peace of mind. Go easy on yourself. Finally, if no one’s told you lately, sit quietly with your eyes closed and your hand over your heart and simply say, “I’m proud of you.”

Check out the original article on Well Rounded NY.

You Can’t Fight the Season

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3  

Next to the creator, the one sheer thing constant in this life is change. God has predestined different seasons of life to ultimately take His children from glory to glory. Yet, those with a paralyzing fear of transition block this divine flow of life. Yielding to the season provides a deeper sense of peace and a renewed fellowship with God. By overcoming fear, trusting the source and seeking the Lord for revelation, we are positioned to experience the fullness of God’s power operating in and through our lives.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4: 6-7

It is natural for one to fear seasons of loss or darkness. Some even experience angst in the midst of joyful seasons, unable to shake off feelings of impending doom. Either way, fear is the greatest culprit behind our resistance towards seemingly incommodious seasons of life. Yet, there is nothing to gain by resisting the orchestrated plans of the very one who is the author and finisher of our faith. We are encouraged to lean not upon our own understanding, but to acknowledge God in all of our ways. By walking out onto the deep waters during times of darkness or perplexity, we join God in the supernatural natural realm of the impossible.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

This Christian walk is no easy path as we are called to rely on our faith, not our understanding. When connected to the source, there is no need to have it all figured out. There is a reason we are instructed to “Enter through the narrow gate”. A lifestyle of faith requires an acute sensitivity to the leading of the Shepherd’s voice and a surrendered soul to follow the road less traveled. When recently asked how I feel about entering this new season of motherhood, I described it as being an adventure. Despite my personal reservations about entering vast uncharted territory, I’ve found peace in knowing my steps have been ordered by God.

For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:3 

Failure to fully trust God as the source, results in fear-based decision making. By remaining in dead situations, careers and relationships, we are simply not trusting the source. The place we’re in right now is not where God intended us to stay forever.  We can answer the call to launch out into the deep with hopeful expectation that the Shepherd is always leading us to a place of promise.

All in all, its all about accepting, not resisting. I encourage you to ask God for revelation regarding your present season of life. When fall turns to winter, the leaves begin to change color and the temperature gets colder alerting us to prepare for change. In this same way, God provides revelation of when an old season is ending or a new season is beginning. This awareness equips and empowers us to make sound decisions in step with the Holy Spirit and in accordance with God’s perfect will. As uncomfortable as we may become, we must trust that He is leading us along the best pathway for our lives. Whatever the season, count it all joy!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

 

 

“1st Trimester Survival Kit”

Dear Faith Rocker,

It was a warm autumn day and I’d spent most of it in bed, quite fatigued. Drained for no apparent reason, I painstakingly peeled myself out from under the covers in preparation for a fancy girls night out. Although over a week late for my cycle, the thought of pregnancy hadn’t crossed my mind. I’d spoken to my mother-in-law who mentioned my hair and skin having a healthy glow and remarked in jest, “are you sure you’re not pregnant?” I casually rejected her notion and let out a hearty belly laugh. After hanging up the phone, a light bulb went off about how tired and feverish I’d been feeling lately. Right away, I begged my husband to scoop up a home pregnancy test…or two.

Welcome new age digital testing! So much for having to differentiate fading pink or blue lines. It was my first time seeing a digital pregnancy test and BAM!

Moments later the test  read “PREGNANT”. A surge of shock and joy came over me and my heart began to race. “OMG, I can’t believe this is happening NOW”. Heavily preoccupied with haughty career aspirations, pregnancy had not yet made my to-do list. But ready or not, my season for parenthood had come.

Initial reactions of joy were quickly overtaken by feelings of fear, inadequacy and doubt. Yet, I instinctively knew if I wanted to have a happy, healthy pregnancy I couldn’t afford to allow my crippling fears of parenthood take hold. God had blown the whistle and it was time to take a time out from my plans in order to muster up enough faith to mentally and physically survive the 1st trimester. Since the first trimester is when you and baby are most vulnerable, I’d like to give you some of my most tangible survival tips which truly made mine a lot more manageable.

“God’s blessing of a new baby felt like more like a daunting inconvenience, until I was truly willing to release fear and surrender to His perfect timing”.

Pregnancy requires your entire life force, devoid of toxic blockages or negative emotions. In order to survive the first trimester, you must first be willing to surrender anything or anyone not serving you or the new life you’re carrying. Know that you already possess the power to be a vessel for a purpose greater than you can imagine. Be grateful for such a calling and surrender to life as it is happening now. I encourage you to allow your body to do what it was created to do without interference. Give yourself the freedom to surrender any and all dependencies on harmful substances to you and your baby. Faith Rocks because God will give you the strength to endure 10 months without abusing drugs or alcohol. You won’t believe how good it feels to experience the strength of your body in its purist form and the fullness of joy which comes from being fully present and in the moment once you’ve simply surrendered.

“Next, be open to challenge and change knowing that uncomfortable change is often the gateway for life’s greatest blessings”.

During this stage of pregnancy, discomfort is a healthy sign that the divine process of growing a baby is at work. While each woman may experience varying degrees of physical discomfort, prepare to be uncomfortable. The most crippling symptoms I experienced were that of fatigue, nausea, breast tenderness, and involuntary gagging. Good ol’ fashioned ginger ale soda and crackers weren’t quite doing the trick. I quickly began praying for God to lead me to natural remedies that would help alleviate morning sickness. As always, God answered my prayer and led me to try Sea-Bands. I cannot express my gratitude for such a life saving invention in the form of a wrist band. I truly do not know how I would have been able to carry out my normal daily activities without these miraculous bands which provided almost instant, natural relief without any side-effects!

All in all, cultivating a new life can feel like the survival of the fittest. Rightfully so, as the first trimester is when the majority of miscarriages occur. It is imperative you prepare to rest mentally, physically, and emotionally. Your body needs more energy and rest to cook up a healthy bun in the oven. I was so fatigued and in shock, it often felt as if I was having a bizarre outer body experience. Stop and give yourself the time and space to accept all that is taking place. It’s a good idea to keep your sacred news private until your body has well adjusted. While you’re at it, get a blanket for impromptu naps in the car or whenever the mood strikes 🙂

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  • Enter to win and have your Sea-Bands Mama pack mailed to you, by first subscribing to the Faith Rocks YouTube Channel!
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Dear Faith Rocker

Dear Faith Rocker,

Just last year my nervous system was doing some really scary things. The doctors first thought it was a brain tumor and then once that was ruled out, possibly M.S. I had to go through various tests to rule them all out. In the midst of the testing, my faith was truly being tested. I understand how easy it is to let your mind run off and get sucked into thinking and preparing for the worst.

I encourage you to prepare for the best and stay in faith no matter what the Doctor’s report says. I’m believing with you and praying for a healthy report! You already know that God is able and willing to heal, so know that YOU are ALREADY healed. I truly believe in the power of prayer because I’ve seen so much healing and difficult situations completely turn around as a result of it.

My issue ended up just being Degenerative Disc Disease. While it can be very uncomfortable at times, it’s nothing life altering or threatening like the things they thought at first. The Lord showed me the scripture below of which I held on to with all of my faith, through the medical testing. I believe God wants you to hold onto this word, also. Go in tomorrow with PEACE and ASSURANCE that by His stripes and through His blood you are HEALED!! There’s a great chance He just wants to get your attention and activate your faith a bit right now. : )

20 In those days Hezekiah became [a]mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept[b]bitterly. Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your [c]life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”’” Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. 2 Kings 20:1-7

May angels of protection guard you at the Doctor’s and may the hand of the Lord guide your Doctor’s with wisdom and power! I’m always here to pray!!!

Always,

Your Faith Girl

Open the Gift of Gratitude

Happy December!!!

I pray your Thanksgiving Holiday was full of rest, peace and quiet meditation. If you felt anything less than blessed over the Holiday, lack of gratitude could be the culprit. My husband and I started Thursday morning with a gratitude exercise where we both took turns saying all the things we were grateful for. We were amazed at how easy it was to come up with a laundry list of blessings, large and small, of which to be grateful. As the day progressed, I was astounded at the sobering affect the gratitude exercise was having upon my heart. As a matter of fact, an overwhelming surge of gratitude continued throughout the weekend, guiding me into deep reflection and repentance for often having an ungrateful spirit. Previously, sayings like “If the Lord never does anything else for me he has already done enough” never rang true for me due to my false sense of entitlement…ouch! It’s hard to appreciate the little things when our focus is set on personal longings. With a slight change in perspective over the weekend, I was able to deeply reflect on how gracious God has been to me throughout my entire life.

We have the power to shift the amount of joy we feel daily by simply changing our perspective. Choosing to be unhappy because we don’t have everything we want right now is like saying God’s blessings are not good enough. God desires to bless His children, abundantly. Yet, He can’t get much glory from our lives so long as we behave like ungrateful children. Imagine taking the time to create a one of a kind gift for a small child by hand. After receiving the gift, the child responds in an ungrateful manner, whining and complaining because you didn’t purchase them a generic gift from the store. While I bet you would be less inclined to create a custom made present for them again, God’s love and mercy allows Him to see us beyond our faults. Yet, we do ourselves a disservice by failing to recognize His custom blessings in small or unconventional packages. By refusing to see all of the ways we are already blessed, we are in a sense saying, we aren’t ready to be blessed with more.

Our society is addicted to a lifestyle of comparison and the pain of complaining. Nonetheless, one cannot complain and feel grateful at the same time. We have a choice, daily, to open the gift of life and look upon it with either a grateful heart or a bitter spirit. If you have trouble finding things to be grateful for, realize everything you have (life, health, strength, clothing, food, shelter)  is the hand of God resting on your life. God’s grace is not only sufficient in our weaknesses, but it is everything that we need. I encourage you to find peace in knowing you have everything you need and to be grateful for even that in which you do not have because God knows what’s best for you. We accept the gift of gratitude by simply being happy and content with the ways in which God chooses to bless us daily. Faith Rocks because life in itself is a miracle and the gift of salvation is the greatest treasure we could ever possess!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:7

Signing Off,

Your Faith Girl

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