Lately there has been a lot of talk about the importance of mental health. So I started researching if there was a link between mental health and your appearance.
You know- a mind and body connection and I discovered that there is!
We all know that when our skin looks good we feel good, but what about when we feel bad can that take a toll on our appearance?
I found that there are many skin conditions that are actually caused be stress. Such as acne, alopecia areata (hair loss), psoriasis, urticaria (hives), rosacea, hyperhidrosis (profuse sweating) and basic dullness.
Stress and negativity cause cortisol levels to rise. Elevated cortisol levels weaken the skin barrior, causing slow cell turnover and water loss. This will cause your skin to appear dull.
But do not worry!
Even though our life may not be normal right now and that can be really hard on us, we can figure out how to take care of our mental health and appearance no matter what is going on!
Below is what I do to keep a healthy mental state and I hope that my tips can help you to stay positive as well!
One of the first things I did during the beginning of quarantine was getting a calendar and creating a schedule for everyday.
My schedule consists of:
*A daily morning positive affirmations mediation.
(You can listen to this while sitting in bed, making the bed, or during your morning routine.)
(wash. tone. serums, eye cream, lotion.)
*Drinking matcha tea.
(You can drink whatever you like!)
*I do a daily workout routine or I dance around to pop songs.
*I have daily goals.
(For example, I started this month with a goal of getting to 100 while jump roping. But each day I increase it by 5.)
*Some days I do chores that keep the house clean and organized.
(A clean and organized home helps you to feel better and think better.)
*I eat healthy meals that are mostly homemade.
*I learn something new or do something creative.
(ex. learn a new language, try to cook a new recipe, write something, draw something, etc)
*I call up my family and friends.
*I spend time outdoors while following social distancing rules.
*I finish off the day (and also start it sometimes) by having a nice shower or bath experience.
(I try to make it feel like a spa. Light some candles, use quality products like bath oils or a skin scrub. After I shower I put on my super cute satin robe and do my skin care routine and take care of my hair)
*If I start feeling badly or stressed I do another positive affirmation exercise, listen to happy music, call a loved one, or practice gratitude.
For me practicing gratitude is writing down all the great things that happened so far no matter how small they seem.
Last but not least. It is very important for your mental health and for your skin health to make sure you get enough sleep!
I hope that my tips can help you!
Feel free to email me if you have any questions about maintaining a healthy mind and skin connection during this time!
Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional!
I am just a person trying to help by sharing what I do to stay happy with you.
Always reach out to a professional if you are feeling really depressed!