Self-Care is Not A Facemask

By Minerve Jean

You see it everywhere, on Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram, this idea that self-care is a day where you pamper yourself with a facemask, wine and a bubble bath (not that it doesn’t sound appealing). Regimens only made for outward beauty. There is nothing wrong with wanting to pamper yourself and look good. But it’s also important to remind yourself about your inner wellbeing. You could be looking great, but do you feel just as good on the inside?

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Self-care is more than just a facemask. It encompasses both your mental and physical health.

Here are three tips that you can incorporate into your self-care days (or just in general) that will match how great you look on the outside to how well you feel on the inside.

  1. Take a breath

No really, besides the breathing we do every day, sometimes you don’t realize that you’ve been holding a lot of tension in your body. Taking a few deep breaths when you feel overly stressed will help clear your mind and better your mental state.

  1. Let’s meditate

Meditation has benefits. This includes helping you to manage your anxiety and stress. Studies done at the University of Wisconsin show that when practicing meditation consistently, shrink the part of the brain that regulates stress and anxiety. In addition, meditation helps you get a better night’s rest and improves your memory (I’m looking at you college students!)

  1. Write it down

Rather than tuning out your stress via YouTube videos or watching Netflix, write down your worries. The power of the pen is underrated, but when used can greatly improve your mental health as it helps with clarity and stress. When you write down your problems, worries, fears, etc. it can help you manage your emotions and figure out what to do next.

So, the next time you go do a facemask, while you’re waiting to wash off that clay goodness, take a deep breath, mediate or grab your journal. By the time you wash it off, both your skin and mind will glow radiantly.