1. Ease Into Your Day
Everyone needs time unplug and practice self-care. Starting every day with that same intentional peacefulness can help set the stage to Keep Calm and Carry On.
Create 20 minutes of morning peace. Resist the urge to reach for technology and electronics. Start your day with a warm glass of fresh squeezed lemon water, which assists the immune system, and metabolism. Set a daily intention, create a mantra or find a helpful quote.
2. Environmental Expressions
Construct a nurturing spa-like ambience at home with sight, sound, and scent. Use a diffuser with calming oils, create your very own specialty blend for relaxation. Download a “spa sounds” playlists or run an indoor water fountain for relaxing accents.
3. Mind Over Matter
Feed the mind with positivity. Create a daily routine that has a positive read, an empowering biography, or an optimistic podcast.
4. Change Your Clothes to Change Your Mood
Putting on a favorite outfit, fixing your hair and applying one’s best makeup is a mood changer. Even science has confirmed that wearing “happy clothes” will conjure a more joyful demeanor.
Don’t sit around day after day in the previous night’s pjs or college sweatpants. Find an outfit that has garnered compliments or something from an occasion that brings back fond memories. Look good, feel good with wardrobe, hair, and makeup. This is also a great lure for an at home date time with a significant other or a dress-up luncheon with the kids!
5. “The Lipstick Effect”
A fun cosmetic term that alludes to the psychological phenomenon that wearing makeup not only gives a confidence boost but increases self-esteem, attitude, and personality–so bring on the lipstick!
Adding a touch of daily color to the skin can brighten one’s complexion, but also their day. Bronzers can quickly add depth and nice at-home color; brush the brows up, groom and lightly shade to give instant shape and the face a natural lift; brighten the eyes with a splash of liner in the lash line; and experiment with blush and lip tones in roses and berries.
6. Face Mask Monday
When we feel stressed, our skin is the palette for what is going on inside our hearts and minds. Anxiety increases cortisol which can lead to breakouts, acne or other skin problems. During these times, our skin can begin to dull and not appear as radiant and refreshed.
Set aside a weekly ritual of either a purchased or at home exfoliant, peel or mask. Follow with a light massage of nourishing serum and hydrating cream.
7. Permission to Pamper
Need a personal recharge? Inform your family you need some time to refresh. Get your softest, fluffiest towels; fill the tub; light the candles; play some soothing tunes; add your favorite bath fizz, and pour yourself your favorite tea or wine. Pampering is not a material need; studies show it increases dopamine and oxytocin to restore the soul. Self-care is not selfish