Self-care has become a popular topic in recent years. Everywhere, you see images of women in clay masks, relaxing in bubble baths, perhaps drinking a glass of champagne, with the hashtag #SelfCareSunday in the caption. This makes self-care seem like quite a luxury. In reality, though, self-care is a necessity for people who work hard every day to ensure they’re taking care of themselves and making healthy choices to help get them through stress.
While bubble baths and face masks do go a long way in helping you feel better and giving you a break from a daily grind, there’s a lot more to it than cutesy posts on Instagram. Here at Samano Aesthetics, we take self-care and wellness seriously. Here are a few reasons why self-care is so important, and how to squeeze it in if you have a busy schedule:
Why you need self-care in your life
To top the list of reasons why self-care is so important, stress is a staple of the American workweek, and it is often not very healthy for us. We’ve discussed the effects of common stressors on your skin before, but it goes more than skin deep: Chronic stress can cause weight gain, insomnia, headaches, chest pain, and the list goes on. Self-care, whether it’s in the form of a 15-minute walk or a spa day, helps trigger your relaxation response, lowering your body’s cortisol levels and reducing the impact of stress on your body.
It’s also so important for your mental health. Having a clear, calm, and alert mind can leave you primed to face the day and give you confidence in your decisions. When your body feels good, you’re able to function at higher levels. You’re also better able to care for those around you, making it crucial for anyone in leadership roles.
Finally, self-care gives you a moment to reflect, which is so crucial for your personal growth. By setting aside a quiet moment in our schedules, we earn the chance to organize our thoughts, pinpoint areas that need improvement, and begin planning our next steps. Self-care allows you to slip into a state of meditation so that you can work out what’s troubling you without directing all your conscious thought toward it.
That may be all well and good, but your life is busy. You may be juggling a full-time job, school, work, kids, family, and so on. How are you supposed to get any self-care in?
How to care for yourself during a stressful workweek
As we mentioned before, self-care doesn’t have to be bubble baths and spa getaways. Self-care means investing in yourself. That involves taking the time to assess what you really need to make your life better and usher more positivity into your life. This could involve finding a therapist, joining a gym, or speaking with a dietitian. It’s more than OK to seek help when you need it.
If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to quiet it when it screams. A big part of self-care is listening to what your body is telling you. Do you have any unusual soreness? New aches and pains? A fresh breakout? In particular, noting the condition of your skin can tell you a lot about your overall health. Set aside ten minutes first thing in the morning to meditate, get ready for your day, and really listen to your body.
Caring for your appearance can be really beneficial for your overall wellness. Luckily, we have a plethora of non-invasive treatments available to knock out common skin concerns, from wrinkles to sagging skin and loss of volume. Many of these treatments, like the TempSure RF skin tightening treatment, can be performed on your lunch break with no downtime.
Take some time out for yourself today. Give Samano Aesthetics in Winter Park a call at 321-397-0692 and talk to us about how your skincare treatment will fit into your overall self-care program.
Do you have a solid self-care routine in place? Tell us about it in the comments below!