Healthy Self-care Tips for Better Hair and Skin
A lot of people live busy, stressful and overwhelming lives. So, to be able to rejuvenate yourself and go a long time without breaking down, you need to push the reset button sometimes and reboot. And you do this through Self-care!
Practising self-care means taking time out to address your personal needs and catering to yourself so that you can rejuvenate your body, mind and soul and find a happy balance in your life. Self-care is vital because, it allows you to equip yourself better physically, emotionally and mentally to handle life’s challenges and prevent burnout.
Self-care doesn’t need to be an over the top event. Regular ‘me’ times like devoting a few minutes in a day to relax, taking a long lazy bath, reading a book, or even hanging out with friends, can help your release stress and make life easier for you.
Self-care involves, pampering yourself, taking care of your needs, reducing stress and anxiety, and prioritising yourself. Taking care of yourself sill improve all other aspects of your life, and you would blossom into the best version of yourself.
However, it is essential to note that self-care can be subjective and personal, so it varies for people depending on their needs. It could be physical self-care to enhance the body and outward appearance. It could be mental self-care which is a mindful approach to nourish and take care of emotional and mental well-being. Although some people might argue that they are all ultimately linked together because they balance and affect each other, and I agree.
According to several studies and my personal feeling, there is a relationship between mental wellness and beauty routines. This is because I personally and lots of women use beauty routines as a form of self-care. So, achieving glowing skin and healthy hair by taking care of yourself is also self-care.
Here are some self-care tips that are important for healthy skin and hair as well as general well-being;
Review your diet
A healthy diet is always a no brainer when it comes to taking better care of yourself. You should put down the burgers and fries and adopt healthier meals that include, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and avocado; these are just a few healthy alternatives that would help increase your energy and glow levels.
You can see a nutritionist to help balance your meals and incorporate more protein and fatty acids which are vital for healthy skin and hair. Fast breakfast options of seed, fruit and nut-milk smoothie are also popular for a healthy start to your day and good for the body.
Kick your feet up and relax
Sometimes you should take a break from work to relieve your stress. Instead of putting it off and planning an elaborate self-care jamboree, you could take simples steps and have a long lazy bath, a relaxing evening with aromatherapy scented candles and essential oils, a simple lounging relaxation, etc. You would be surprised the wonders these can work on your body, mind and soul.
For long term self-care and wellness plans, you should put in a bit more effort. Draw up schedules for activities that promote healthy living, e.g., running, hiking, yoga or signing up for exercises. Exercise is good for the body because it helps release endorphins, which are hormones that improve mood, lower stress levels and step-up circulation, which is good for a healthier body, skin and hair.
Beauty routines have been lauded as being therapeutic for both men and women. Taking care of yourself can impact how you feel; and when you look good, it brings about more confidence and self-worth. Whether it’s through hair, skincare or even makeup, beauty routines can be enjoyable, soothing and exhilarating, helping to boost your mood and energy. It also serves as stress and anxiety reduction.
So, if you intend to take care of yourself through beauty therapy, choose the routine that best suits you, it could be related to skincare, hair, makeup, men’s grooming, or even men’s hair care, if you are up to it.
There are several therapeutic ways to take care of yourself and improve your well-being. Detox and bubble baths, hair pomades and masks, face masks and DIY facials, daily skincare remedies, sweet-smelling soaps and candles or even trying out makeup ideas. Whatever makes you feel confident, beautiful, pampered and happy.
In addition to your vigorous fitness self-care routines, you can treat yourself occasionally to body massages. This helps to relieve muscle tensions and stress. As a bonus, you are massaged with nourishing oils that are good for the skin. Relaxation and feeling good all round.
Self-care and healthy well-being are like the search for a relaxed and calmer approach to life, and to achieve this, you need less anxiety and enough sleep. This is why you should try your best to stop taking caffeine as it induces anxiety and inhibits sleep. Take up healthy alternatives like herbal tea, and more water, the extra hydration would be a bonus.
Lack of sleep can lead to a lot of health issues. Sleep deprivation prevents the body from functioning correctly and triggers adverse reactions as well as anxiety and lack of focus. Make sure to get at least 6-8 hours’ sleep every day. A good night's sleep is essential for a healthy body and mind.
Practising self-care is one of the most important things you need in your life.
Start with simple things like giving up unhealthy eating habits, exercising, getting enough sleep daily etc. From reducing anxiety, stress, and depression to increasing self-esteem, self-awareness, and productivity, the benefits of self-care are numerous as they all work together to boost your health and wellness physically and mentally.
Self-care plays a significant role in your life and has a big impact on your physical, emotional and mental well-being.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Loretta Osakwe Awosika