Congratulations on a holiday season well done. Now it’s time to hunker down and start practicing self-care so you can maintain your health and vitality through the long winter ahead.
Don’t have time for self-care? Well, we’ve got news for you. Self-care isn’t optional, it’s an essential wellness tool, helping to lower your stress level and risk for depression, boost your energy and mood, reduce your risk of illness, and much, much more. Here are three simple self-care ideas to help you start off every day on the right foot.
Just say “Om…”
Countless studies indicate that practicing mindfulness offers major benefits, from reducing worry and improving your working memory to helping you focus and perform better on tasks. Mindfulness isn’t hard to do. In the morning, try sitting quietly for a few minutes before rushing off to work. Another way to practice mindfulness is a breathing exercise described in Psychology Today which helps to counteract tension. Find a chair and sit straight up, resting your hands comfortably on your lap. Close your eyes and focus on your breath as it flows in and out. (It doesn’t matter if your mind wanders. Simply being aware of your mind wandering is part of the meditation process.) Continue focusing on your breathing for a few minutes until you are ready to open your eyes and soak up your surroundings.
Practice random acts of kindness.
Being kind to others isn’t as selfless as you might think. It turns out that helping others can literally help your health, boosting your body’s level of the love hormone oxytocin, which helps lower blood pressure and improve your heart health. Being kind also lights up your reward center, giving you a helper’s high, while stimulating your body’s production of serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical. Practicing kindness has also been shown to boost energy and happiness and increase your lifespan.
Coddle your skin.
Save your complexion from the harsh winter winds and schedule a restorative spa facial. We offer clinically-backed facials for every skin type and concern. For example, our Deep Pore Cleansing Facial is ideal for anyone yearning for a clearer, brighter complexion, from acne-prone teens to dads, moms and grandparents. This satisfying treatment deep cleans, exfoliates, and extracts impurities while a gentle vapor soothes your skin and calms your senses. Another favorite is Facial Renew, which uses natural exfoliants like papaya extracts or phytic acid to help minimize brown spots and other signs of aging while smoothing texture, enhancing brightness and smoothing rough patches.