“Self-care is how you take your power back.”~Lalah Delia, Vibrate Higher Daily
The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year - a time when giving to everyone is not only expected, but as many of us do - we put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own.
Enter 2020, a year when not only were our daily routines turned upside down, but life as we knew it ceased to exist. We were forced to adapt to a new reality, and even had the ability to live true to our values, such as our ability to use recyclable bags, spending time in nature and around the community, taken away.
Like a helium balloon with a slow air leakage, you may be feeling a bit deflated and like that leaky balloon, just blowing in the wind, waiting for the next shoe to drop.
You can’t give from an empty cup, and now with the holidays before us, there never has been a better time to talk about self-care, recharging your life force and empowering yourself so you have more to give to your friends and family, and surprisingly as a side effect, give to the planet too.
Self care after all, when you understand our connection to humanity and the world around us, can have an impact on each of our lives, in our community, and beyond.
INVESTING IN YOURSELF
Guilt-free self care. What a concept.
If you’re like most of us, you’re short on time and energy. Those things are finite and scarce. What is not scarce and in fact is overabundant, is the endless amount of content, media, distraction, that many people spend their days and limited time consuming.
Guilt-free self care is about reconnecting to our own values so that we have more time, focus, and energy to do and invest in the things we love - our families, friends, and time spent in nature.
DON’T SPEND TIME SHOPPING
As a sustainable and natural clothing company, you would think we should be telling you to shop more. But in fact, spending your precious time mindlessly shopping is a waste of your precious limited time, and can in fact, end up leaving you feeling guilty and frustrated.
Mindful shopping for sustainable clothing, on the other hand, makes you look and feel your best, plus it is intelligently designed to last a long time and never pollute the environment, so you spend less time shopping, and no time worrying about the ramifications of your purchase.
That is what guilt-free self care is all about.
Intentional giving to yourself is about investing in things that get better over time. It’s surprising to see how much having a minimalist wardrobe of natural fiber clothing you love makes you feel good about yourself every time you get dressed. Plus the extra time you have not spent shopping for replacements of worn out fast fashion, can now be enjoyed with friends and family and doing things you love outside.
INDULGENCES YOU’LL HAVE AND WEAR FOREVER
If you’re ready to give yourself a gift you’ll feel good about and one that just gets better over time, here is our list!
Everybody needs a long sleeved favorite top you can wear alone or as a base layer under clothes when the weather is cold.
Loungewear is what is trending now, but good thing this trend never goes out of style. The Merino silk blend is one you can wear day after day, as it is silky soft against your skin, regulates your body temperature, and feels luxuriously breathable in case you want to wear it to bed too.
It’s 70% organic merino wool, 30% silk, GOTS, Bluesign and Okeo-Tex certified. This is a basic you will want in every color.
NUI ORGANIC HOPU KNIT SWEATER
A longtime favorite in our kids winter collection, the Merino Wool Hopu top is now available for women. It’s the perfect winter wardrobe essential, lightweight, temperature regulating, naturally hypoallergenic and fire resistant. So classically stylish you’ll want to wear it everyday.
And if so, you’re in luck! Another benefit of merino wool is that it airs out overnight and is naturally antimicrobial, so you can make this your go to sweater weather outfit.
The Hector Sweater is a double layer contrast color knit you can wear with either color facing out. The exposed seams and speckled knit pattern create texture and variety in your look, and the reversible style makes these two looks in one.
BERNARD CHUNKY MERINO WOOL CARDIGAN
The special Bernard Cardigan is a wonderful piece you will want to keep forever. A chunky knit in 100% merino wool, this cardigan is serious about keeping you WARM. Whether you want to wear it oversized or fitted, the beautifully soft and chunky merino wool will last a lifetime. It’s our thickest, warmest knit cardigan.
THE MERINO WOOL FISHLINE SWEATER
The timeless styling of the Fishline Sweater ensures this will be a versatile and treasured part of your winter wardrobe. A chunky knit in 100% merino wool, this sweater holds you like a hug.Heirloom quality, it is incredibly soft and warm yet breathable, regulates your body temperature, and resists odor.
THE MOANA WRAP
You’ll feel wrapped in luxury in this lovely, fluid and very soft merino stole. In Maori MOANA means ocean. So we named this wrap Moana because of its lovely flow. Upgrade any outfit with this beautiful wrap, made to be the perfect fit for your head, shoulders and neck.
THE DORY BEANIE
The Dory Beanie is a classic winter staple for all your outdoor adventures. Made from 100% merino wool that is superior to cotton or synthetics for a head covering in that it will help regulate body temperature, manage moisture and resist body odors - making it perfect for even the most active nature lovers.
A GIFT FOR YOURSELF IS A GIFT TO THE PLANET
“Resilience is how you recharge, not how you endure,”- Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage
You can’t give from an empty cup. And while looking and feeling your best everyday is a small part of each of our big lives, you can see how one small investment in a natural and sustainable piece of clothing, can impact your self esteem, your time, your environmental footprint, and your own ability to recharge your spirit.
For us at Nui, self-care is about the circular outcome of our decisions and how those decisions affect the chain of life. Everything is interconnected, and when we are fulfilled - taking care of ourselves, of our loved ones, and making positive change for the betterment of the planet - the world is better.
So we want to know, how will you give to yourself this holiday season? Self care isn’t selfish. It’s self empowering.