10 EASY SELF-CARE TIPS THAT WILL LEAVE YOU FEELING LIGHTER, BRIGHTER AND MORE CONFIDENT.
Sometimes you need a reminder that taking time out for yourself is important for your overall wellbeing. Before the silly season starts here are a few tips to turn into habits over the coming months. They will not only help you stay sane, but healthy, happy and confident in your skin!
1. Engage in activities that you find relaxing and create joyful rituals.
In the midst of a busy life full of obligations, taking the time to do something that you find comfort and pleasure in will help to ground you. Creating a ritual like lighting a candle and having a cup of tea when you get home is a small and easy thing that you can do. It is important however to schedule it in so it becomes a natural part of your daily routine.
Making your DMK at home skin care regime your relaxing activity is a great way to do this. Already it is something you are doing morning and night and rather than looking at it like a chore, approach it as a joyful ritual. It will not only ground you before and after a busy day but is also something that is great for your skin and is going to help you achieve your skin goals! Kate started with DMK six months ago and has come to love her DMK Home Prescriptive regime.
‘The whole process was definitely an adjustment because before this experience my routine was just a pump of moisturiser and I was done. Now I use five or six DMK products. Going through the motions of applying each product, then when I get to the final product my skin feels great!’
A great way to get into the groove of your DMK Home Prescriptive regime is to line up your products in order of use and to keep the steps your DMK Skin Technician wrote out for you nearby. Which brings us to our second tip.
2. Ask and accept help when you need it.
Your DMK Skin Technician is always there to support you through your skin journey so if you are every feeling confused a bit overwhelmed by your DMK Home Prescriptive regime ask them for help. Don’t wait till your next treatment to do so either, give them a call, send a text or email. Dispel any uncertainty you may have so as not to add anymore anxiety or stress in your life. This goes for everything else as well. Trying to navigate through life without any help can be incredibly isolating, which is not good for us humans who survive on connection.
3. Connect with your friends and family.
Surround yourself with supportive and loving people and do things together that you all enjoy for a great dopamine boost.
4. Make plans that you can look forward to.
This could be the lunch plans you made with friends for the weekend, your next DMK treatment, or it could be something as big as an overseas trip. Whatever it is, looking forward to something helps you navigate through the whirlwind of work and life and to keep things in perspective.
5. Take the time to be still and meditate.
Our society today thrives on over-stimulation, but our minds don’t. Just taking 5-10 minutes to sit still and practice breathing deeply will help to relieve anxiety, and ease any sense of overwhelm you may be feeling. Did you know that many skin conditions, eczema in particular, can be triggered by emotional distress? You could listen to a guided meditation, enjoy sitting on your favourite beach watching the waves roll in, or if you are a bit more restless a yoga class is a great alternative.
Another way to escape our over-stimulated society is to unplug for a period of time each day. No Social Media, no emails, no internet. Always having to be mentally switched on because of all our communication gadgets can be mentally exhausting. Just by unplugging an hour before you go to bed can help relax your mind and unwind your emotions for a better sleep, which is our next tip.
7. Get a good night’s rest.
Your entire body resets as you sleep so you are refreshed and clear minded for the next day. A good sleep will grant you greater capacity to deal with problems more rationally, will boost your energy, and will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is true what they say, a good night’s sleep can do wonders for you skin as your body enters repair mode as it rests.
8. Maintain a balanced diet.
This is not new information, it is a universal truth. A balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, complex carbs and clean proteins can help to manage your energy and stress levels. Reducing the amount of animal products you consume can help to take stress off the body as well as they are not easily digestible. Dairy in particular has been linked to causing many skin conditions. Try not to have too much processed foods and sugars, and most importantly keep hydrated!
9. Regular Exercise.
Even if it is just a ten-minute walk, getting some exercise each day does wonders for improving your health and reducing your stress levels. Harvard Health explains that ‘exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.’*
Find something you enjoy, grab a buddy or set a goal to help you stay motivated.
10. Feel confident in your skin!
This means being kind to yourself when you don’t feel at your best, forgiving yourself, and acknowledging how you are feeling rather than pushing it down. Believe in your values and be confident in yourself because you are enough as you are.
Try out just a few of these selfcare tips at first, no need to get stressed over selfcare. If you are doing some of them already, great! Try adding another one for that extra boost of confidence. Life is too short to not be living it as your brightest and most confident self and it is never too late to start; it is never too late to be happy.
*Harvard Health, 13 July 2018, ‘Exercising to relax’, Harvard Men’s Health Watch, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercising-to-relax