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There are 12 zodiac signs. And they are grouped into four zodiac elements: Water, Air, Fire, and Earth. While anyone can be who they want to be, these astrology elements reflect the innate personalities of the zodiac signs under them. They affect our personality and behavior, for example, ways to reset when we need to. Constant rejuvenation too is important. In fact, the most ideal way is to regularly restore oneself and not necessarily wait for the cup to run empty.

So, how can you rejuvenate based on your element?

Water signs

Many people undoubtedly love the ocean. For a Water sign, going to the ocean is instinctive. As a Pisces, Cancer, and a Scorpio, you are likely to crave the waters when you want to press pause.

You feel the most refreshed when you around water bodies. Dipping in the sea, watching the waves hit your feet, or have an intimate picnic can leave you restored. If the thought of visiting a lake, sea, ocean, or a river as a weekend getaway crossed your mind, then this is an affirmation. Aside from being around water bodies, you also feel the most alive when you engage in deep emotional connections. Reconnecting with loved ones is that antidote.

Fire signs

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Adventure and spontaneity is the name of the fame for Fire signs. These are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

As a Fire sign, you are led by fiery passion, energy, and thrill. You are enthusiastic about hopping onto vibrant parties (well, small and safe) or go on a road trip to an unfamiliar place for the kick of it. Your aggressive and competitive nature makes extreme sports like bungee jumping, zip lining, paintball and mountain biking very much ideal for you. You would need to break monotony to recharge your soul. For a light activity over the weekend, you can also try out a new hobby. This can still surge adrenaline that would rejuvenate you.

Air signs

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Air signs are birds of the zodiac. These are Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra.

You are a free thinker and thrive in nonconformity. For an Air sign, you enjoy a walk in the forest or a hike in the mountains to breathe the fresh air. While you can also bask in the morning sun at the ocean and go on road trips, these activities are driven by the need for some air. You will wonder at the blue waters and especially the vast, space above it that represents freedom. You are likely to enjoy opening the car windows when driving on road trips for airflow. Feeling the light breeze can be the best thing about that long drive for you. Apart from this, you can explore activities centered on creative freedom and mental stimulation. You love to go to see places that are rich in art like architectural sites, museums, and art galleries, or excite your mind by reading about things that are of interest to you.

Earth signs

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We think that the Earth whispers its secrets to these signs. If there is anything about the Earth that the world is yet to know, we can ask a Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorns. These signs rejuvenate their best then they are close to the Earth. They are grounded, composed, and stable signs. For you who is one, familiarity and security are a big deal for you. These probably guide you when making choices, such as how to refill your cup. Self-care to you looks like going on a nature trail, a walk in the park, yoga at the beach, or sitting quietly by the falls. And if you would like to do a simpler activity, gardening at home is one of the things to consider.

It has been a long time since our last post and we missed you. We hope that you are living a blissful life full of ease and you are constantly restored. See you here. Happy Saturday!

Any day is a good day to schedule in some TLC but Sundays have become synonymous with self-care. And the hashtag #SelfCareSunday is pushing this necessary idea forward. 

The idea of self-care first originated in the 1950s for patients who were staying in medical institutions. It was then recommended to people in careers which exposed them to pain and trauma, such as healthcare workers. Over the years it has been practiced by different kinds of people only that it was not yet identified as self-care. It has since grown to become a global phenomenon.

Self-care looks different for everyone. Any good thing that you love to do to rejuvenate can count as self-care. We initially thought that only has to go to a spa to get personal care. But personal care really can be that visit to a spa, or a nap, a cuddle with a book, preparation of a meal that you love, listening to a podcast, doing something nice for someone else, or even taking a bath.

The idea of infusing self-care in daily activities such as taking a bath makes rejuvenation much more accessible and the activity more fun. If you are looking to step up your bath game, here are some of the ideas to consider:

Get nice bath towels

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We think that getting these soft and fluffy bath and face towels in colours that you love is worth an effort to make. 

Towels need to be changed at least twice a year. A bathrobe is also a good idea to take all of this to the next level.

Self-massage

Soak a bath cloth or sponge into hot water. Massage the parts that you experience body tension, rigidity or ache. You could massage your head using bare hands. This is a treat especially when you are using your bare hands. 

You could also go for hot essential oils, which have healing properties, to massage yourself. 

Self-massage helps the body and mind to relax, eases off fatigue and improves sleep.

Play music

Playing music and singing along to your favourite songs while taking a bath has been a common thing to do. Studies have shown that it promotes wellbeing too. Who would have thought that singing in the shower is a self-care practice?

Catch up on some reading

Well, not all homes have bathrubs. You can use a spaious bath basin if you want to or invest in a portable bathtub. That makes reading while taking a bath a practical activity.

Take an ice bath

Have you ever tried an ice bath? 

Here is how to do that: fill the bathtub with ice cold water and some ice cubes. Throw in dried orchid flowers to make it look inviting. Dip your whole body under the water for as long as you can. It heals every part of the body and increases alertness.

Do a bath meditation

Meditation is a helpful activity but it needs discipline to make it a habit. Incorporating it in your bath is an easy route to turn it into a habit. Meditation can take about ten minutes or even more if you would like. It helps one to stay in the present moment and increases attention focus.

Decorate the bathroom

Simple decor ideas to consider include a piece of art or bathroom accessories like soap dishes and storage racks. There is not really much that can be done in most bathrooms in rental spaces, but simple things like keeping it clean and organized can create a calming bathing exerience. 

Burn a candle

Photo courtesy of Crimson Candles (Kenya)

Spend more time in the bathroom by letting a candle burn. Candles create a calming experience. 

Use scented soaps


Black Chamomile shower gel by His & Her Scents store/ photo courtesy

If you are into fresh-smelling soaps and shower creams, then shower gels could speal to your soul. One good example is this Black chamomile Shower gel also pictured above.

Do a beauty routine

Putting on a face mask, scrubbing your feet with a pumice are some of the ideas for a self-care bath.

Have a cup of tea

Make yourself a cup of tea that you like as you prepare to take a bath. Just like reading, this is definitely an activity that would require an installed bathtub or a portable one. You can also choose to sip tea before or after taking a bath if doing these two together at the same time is too much for you.

We would love to know, what is your go-to self-care ritual?

The main distinctive quality between ambiversion, introversion and extroversion is how people who fall into these personality types recharge.

Introverts gain energy by spending time alone for a good amount of time. They can be in social situations but they easily get overwhelmed and their energy gets drained. And they will need to retreat to solitude to their restore energy.    

Ambiverts can be both, depending on their mood and the amount of time they have lived either of the two unique experiences. While it is a good balance, sometimes it is difficult for an ambivert to know what their soul needs. And paying attention to one of these needs while foregoing another could lead them feeling overwhelmed or underwhelmed.

And extroverts, the social butterflies as they are called, get energy when they are around people for a long period of time. They become livelier and inspired while their energy levels deflate when they are alone.

As we practice social distancing, say, you are an extrovert, how can you gain energy during this time?

Walk around your neighbourhood

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While practicing physical distancing, go on a walk, a jog or a stroll in your neighbourhood. Sitting outside to feel the sun as you hear people going on about their businesses could also uplift your spirit.

Host a virtual get-together with friends

Plan a virtual contest where you can engage in an activity you enjoy. A movie marathon. A dance party. A baking contest. A cooking party. Record videos of what you are doing and send to one another. Anything that you and your friends can participate in from different locations.

Call your family, friends and colleagues. Also, catching up on what others have been up to has a chance of keeping you recharged. Long phone calls with each one of them can uplift your spirit.

Pursue a solo hobby

Photo by Francis Odhiambo who pursues mobile photography while social distancing/ courtesy

Contrary to popular belief, extroverts can spend time alone. It is only that they enjoy the presence of other people more than being alone. There is plenty of time now to learn a new skill and pursue your favourite hobbies. Some of the activities include baking, cooking, home decor, knitting, learning a new language. Or pursue an online course which are mostly free now.

Reconnect with yourself during this time. As one of my good friends said, this can be the time for all of us to rest, reflect and reset.

Open the windows

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Ventilating our homes is crucial for our health. Also, letting in fresh air and light into your space could make you feel more alive. You could also hear the outside world, look outside the window, and possibly remind that we are all in this together.

Watch YouTube videos

Well, we definitely know that YouTube has a variety of content. From music videos, travel vlogs, comedy shows, talk shows, lifestyle shows, and so on, there is something for everyone.You can now actually ‘attend’ a concert you have dreamed of through your phone.

Bring the outdoors inside your home

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Make your home as outdoor-inspiring as you possibly can by bring some aspects of the outdoors inside your home. Have outdoor cues within your reach to display in your home like gallery wall of photos and postcards, getting a plant, use outdoor scents or play outdoor sounds.

View Instagram Live videos

You can now actually ‘attend’ a concert you have dreamed of through your phone.

Instagram Live is a good source of entertainment. It allows a magnitude of people to connect and have fun. So far, DJ D-Nice, Sauti Sol, and DJ Stylez among others have entertained people live.

Many other personalities in Kenya and in other parts of the world are doing live workout videos, dance videos, cooking videos, and singing challenges which you can jump on.

Dress up as if you are outside

Photo courtesy of Gillian Owino

Staying indoors does not mean any of us has to look drab. If you are into make-up, get into it. Make your own hair, do your own manicure, wear what that makes you feel rejuvenated.

Relieve your exciting past

Look at old pictures in your photo album or phone gallery. Re-watch videos you took when you were out and about. Relieving the memories may help you recharge.

We would love to know, how do you stay social while social distancing?