As women, we are famous for taking care of everyone else – except ourselves. Self care is not a luxury or something you do once a year. Self care is scheduled in your weekly planner. You must take care of yourself before you can take care of others.
I am often confused when a mother will bring her daughter in for a facial. I ask the mother if she would like to schedule a facial for herself. She usually laughs at the thought. What, I take care of myself? What message do you think that sends to your daughters? We should be teaching our daughters how important it is to take care of ourselves.
Living a healthy lifestyle is a beginning to self care, but not the end. Teaching our children that diet, exercise, and sleep are essential to well being should not be argued. One of the best things a mother with a daughter struggling with acne can do is to teach her how to control her diet so she can have great skin for a lifetime.
My #1 self care habit for gorgeous skin is mediation. Consistent meditation releases stress levels in the body. Reduced stress lowers inflammation in the body which leads to better skin. What we see on the skin as breakouts, redness, or dry patches starts as inflammation in the body.
Have you ever commented to someone how great they look and found out they were “in love” or pregnant – that “pregnancy glow”. Meditation can give you that same “glow” without being pregnant! Stress free, blissful lifestyle shows up on the skin as that “glow”.
Not ready to dive into mediation, then try a yoga class. Connecting the mind and body through movement will also relieve stress and calm the spirit. Look for a class which focuses on breath and moving with your breath. Some yoga classes can be more competitive than a marathon. Give those up. We don’t need more stress in our lives.
Make self care activities part of your weekly schedule – every week. The more you try it, the more you will want. Your mind, body, and your skin will thank you.