As we go through life, our bodies seem to absorb all the bumps and bruises from the hardships we occasionally have to endure. Big events, such as suddenly losing your job or facing eviction or foreclosure on your home, take a toll on us that is clearly reflected in our body and on our face. Even the daily stress from juggling money and trying to make ends meet or having to deal with endless pressure at work wear us down over time. At times it seems we are more like a hamster running on a wheel than a human who truly gets to enjoy their life.
One of the most amazing things about this whole process is that we are often the last ones to notice what all the struggles and stress are doing to us. We seldom have time to think or reflect, and when we are in the middle of everything going on it’s hard to take a step back and have a clear perspective. Perhaps that’s why so many people quit their jobs and changed their lives after the pandemic. The quarantine and lockdowns that came during that crisis gave us time to turn inward, and truly ask ourselves if this was the way we wanted to live.
1Nourishing and Caring for Your Skin
Sometimes we start the journey to self-improvement and self-care by taking small, meaningful steps. One change we can make in our lives is to begin nourishing and caring for the health of our skin. This is especially important as we age and as we face climate-induced stressors such as increased heat, harsher sun exposure and airborne environmental irritants.
It’s important to use a clinically proven product that can provide long-lasting hydrating moisture to your skin for an extended period of time. These formulas will help improve the smoothness of your skin and can help maintain moisture for up to eight hours. Hydrating moisturizers are especially ideal when you need help for dry skin. Look for a product that is gentle, hypoallergenic and has been tested by dermatologists.
2Schedule a Spa Day
Another way to honor and nurture your body is to schedule a spa day. Ideally, you can make this a regular part of your health routine rather than a once every year or two event. Taking a day away from work and leaving all your cares behind is the perfect way to shift from crisis mode to a time of healing. From the moment you walk through the spa doors you’ll breathe a sigh of welcome relief.
Spas offer a variety of treatments that can help your body, nurture your skin and keep you feeling young. The pampering is wonderful, and you’ll feel incredibly relaxed too. If you look at your face the day before the treatments, when you are at work, and compare it to how you look after your spa day, you’ll be truly amazed. It will seem like you’ve rolled back the clock and become miraculously younger.
3Spend Time on a Tropical Beach
If you want to take an even bigger step toward caring for your body, and your mind and soul, then consider taking a break from it all and spending time on a tropical beach. If you are fortunate to live in a location like that, you are pretty well set. But if you are like most of us, you may have to jet off to an island for a vacation respite to make this healing option come true.
When you visit a tropical island, you’ll find that all your cares and concerns simply melt away. You can feel your body begin to unwind, and your spirit expand far beyond how it feels in your everyday life. When you are on the beach, there is nothing to do and no work or responsibilities to deal with. There is only the warmth of the sun and the rhythm of the sea. You become entrained by nature and the scene, and your body gets to unwind, relax and reset.
In our lives, we need to find a balance between achievement and responsibilities and having time to honor and care for ourselves too. When we spend time nurturing and rejuvenating ourselves, we are investing in our long-term wellness and health.