Indulgence is a good thing!
If you’re lucky enough to have a few days break over the extended bank holiday weekend, it may give you a little bit of space to think about some small things you can do to make yourself feel happier. With busy lives and demanding diaries it can be tricky to find the time to rebalance, but let’s face it – it’s a fabulous alternative to D.I.Y. all bank holiday weekend!
Many of us feel that caring for our ourselves is just another pressure and failure to do it just makes us feel worse. I don’t think that the things on this list will be new to you but it might be a gentle reminder that taking care of your wellbeing is achievable regardless of your lifestyle and its demands
Three steps for simple self-care
It’s not a luxury to feel good about yourself. It’s easy to assume emotional well-being is an expensive luxury afforded only by those with a subscription to a swanky gym or a health retreat in a remote location. But we all have the tools for true self care – keep it simple and realistic, setting little goals which will contribute to overall happiness. Be kinder to yourself – don’t say or tell yourself things you wouldn’t say to a friend and allow yourself some time to do the things you enjoy. Why not take the time to create self-care rituals at home – like an indulgent facial massage with our Gentle Cleansing Balm. It’s melting texture elevates an essential skincare step into a more mindful moment.
Moving helps you feel better. Even gentle exercise increases endorphins and enhances our mood and although it can be hard to start, you always feel better for having done it. Keep it fun and don’t expect too much of yourself. An army-style boot camp may be your thing and that’s great, but it’s also OK to want something more low key. Dancing, cycling, a brisk walk or an online class are all fabulous. Do this to feel good about yourself and not with the view to getting the perfect body. Of-course your health and strength is important but it will become a fabulous side effect of doing something you love and that what we’re focussing on here for now.
After exercise your microcirculation will be working extra hard to bring oxygen to to the skin surface and remove toxins so it’s a great time to massage a rich body cream into warm skin – try the skinSense Toning Body Cream.
Sleep is essential for your health. Your body and mind need rest to function so creating a good bedtime routine that allows time to decompress before sleep essential. Our previous point about moving a little more will really help you to sleep more soundly so the positives are already starting to ripple out. Try to make your bedroom a sanctuary; Open your windows during the day for at least an hour to allow fresh oxygen and air into your room. Our body’s natural circadian rhythms respond to light so keep it soft, dim in the evening and allow natural light into your room in the morning to help to stimulate your cortisol levels.
Limit time on electronic devices at least an hour before bed and ideally aim to get 7 hours sleep per night with regular bedtimes. If you’re struggling to sleep, a deep bath with your favourite aromatics will help. As you inhale the steam vapours, allow your breathing to slow as the warm water alleviates muscle tension. After your bath and whilst your skin is still damp, apply skinSense Nourishing Facial Oil to your décolleté, neck and face. The nourishing botanical extracts penetrate deep into steam-cleansed skin and locks in essential moisture.