While stress is a natural part of life, there are going to be times when it's totally out of control, and I feel you. As someone who has often struggled with stress, I've learned a lot about how practicing self care can be a total game changer. Today I want to share some things I've learned about how stress can impact your life and how you can make some simple changes to reducing your stress levels.
How Does Stress Impact Your Health + Skin Care?
When I first started learning about stress, I had no idea how much it could impact your health. I've lost count of the number of times I've gone to the doctor for weird problems and left after being told it's related to my stress levels.
While stress is normal, it can become chronic, and that's when you run into health issues. Stress can cause wear and tear on your body, creating health issues like high blood pressure and other heart issues.
It can also impact how you look. I know when I'm stressed my skin is going to break out, and it looks more dull. Oh and my hair falls out. It's lovely.
But it's not all downhill from here. While there will be stressful times, you can incorporate self care rituals into your everyday routines to help you reduce and cope with stress.
How to Incorporate Self Care into Your Everyday
When it comes to reducing and coping with stress, everyone is different. These are some of the ways I practice self care to reduce stress.
Get Enough Sleep.
Your body needs time to rest and repair itself, and your brain needs time to chill out. Find a sleep routine that works for you and stick to it.
Getting your body moving regularly helps keep your body healthy, but it can also work as an outlet for stress and anxiety. And it helps you sleep better. If you're not into the gym, look up yoga videos on YouTube, go for walks, or go rock climbing. Just get your body moving regularly.
My self care changes as the seasons change, but I have a few things I always stick to. I drink lots of calming, herbal teas throughout the day.
I also have baths twice a week. I know baths aren't for everyone, but having two a week helps me to just chill for at least an hour. I always feel like a new human when I get out.
I also like doing things that challenge my brain and make me think, but don't exhaust all of my mental energy. I love reading in the morning, and playing sodoku puzzles at night. Finding ten to twenty minutes to do something you enjoy can really help you breathe and unwind.
How to Incorporate Calm + Healing Practices into Your Skin Care Routine
One of the reasons I was first drawn to personal care routines was because it was a stress reliever. Looking up products, doing a skin care routine, and finding new ways to do my makeup all worked to relieve stress and anxiety. There's nothing like coming home after a bad day and doing a full, luxurious skin care routine to make everything melt away. When it comes to making my beauty routine especially relaxing, there's a few things I really love to do.
Taking time to take care of your skin can be annoying, or it can be the most relaxing routine ever. By finding products that truly work for you, mixing masks, spraying facial mists, and slathering creams all over your face can be the incredibly indulgent. I also love making time for a DIY at home facial each week to really treat myself and give myself time to just enjoy what I'm doing.
Relaxing Personal Care Tools
Taking a few minutes to Dry Brush or use a Jade Facial Roller can be incredibly beneficial. Not only do both help with circulation, but taking those few minutes to massage your skin can give you just a few minutes to do something for you. I love dry brushing before showers and baths for circulation and exfoliation, and a facial roller can help with circulation, headaches, and tension.
Lavender. All Day Everyday.
I do have sensitive skin so I'm not into fragrances, but I love lavender essential oil. I love adding it to baths, face masks, toners, and DIY recipes. It's a very calming, grounding, and soothing scent that really helps me to breathe better and relax more deeply.
I hope these tips help you incorporate more self care into your every day! I'd also love to know if you have any tips and tricks for practicing self care and reducing stress.
Sarah Price is a green beauty and self care writer with an obsession with holistic skincare. She writes about natural beauty, DIY recipes, self care tips, and more on her self titled blog.
Photo Credit: Justine Sweetman
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