Tips for a healthy happy mind, part 2
Hi, I was excited to continue writing about how I make myself have a healthy happy mind. If you missed my first post, you can catch up here. Instead of posting to the Crohn’s category, I decided part 2 would actually be better in Mental Health. As previously mentioned, the snowball effect happens when I do these small things. All together I am thinking and feeling much better.
Have you ever been hospitalized? If so, do you remember what they want you to do everyday when possible? Each time I have had to stay, they had me take a shower every day. This alone will make me feel so much better- right state of mind. If you have not been in the hospital, lucky you! But you probably have a pet, maybe even a pet dog. After we give our dog a bath, he runs like crazy- in circles one direction, then in the other and even straight out like he’s doing a figure eight. Baths and showers makes us all happy, even for just a moment.
1. Take a shower/bath daily.
Common sense I know- however, when I am depressed I have to force myself to take a shower. By showering, this will assist with taking care of your skin, exfoliate. I use two different brushes- one for my body and the other for my face- including my eyebrows!
2. Moisturizing your body and face.
Proper hydration makes skin look healthy. Using moisturizer has proven benefits for the skin over the long haul. Hydration is what allows skin to function at peak performance. Skin cells in this condition can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which means huge anti-aging benefits down the road. Plus it just feels wonderful!
3. Applying make-up. (or shaving/grooming for guys)
Yes, apply make-up every single day. Let me explain. On days I go to work or go to an appointment, I wear it all; base, eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss or lip color, blush- you get the idea. Now on the weekends I may only wear the blush and lip gloss. But at my age, I need color! Besides that, the best advice I was given during my chemo days by my hairdresser- “Wear your make-up, it will make you feel better!”.
Now that I have explained what I do in the mornings, let me now tell you what and why I use the items I do. Looking like a million bucks is what I like. Unfortunately, I don’t have a million bucks to spend (sigh).
Please understand, I am past my youthful acne years. So if you are in your teens or have adult acne, you probably do not want to use the same products I will be writing about. Mary Kay skincare products got me through my acne years as well as the Equate brand of facial wash from Wal-Mart. And of course, consult your doctor with any questions you may have.
I am a Wal-Mart, Dollar General and Dollar Tree kind of girl. Remember I like to look a million bucks, but can’t spend that kind of money! Here’s how I do it:
For facial care:
Nightly I use the Dollar General brand of skin cream (compare to Ponds). Notice the price difference. I have used the Ponds; the Dollar General brand feels just as good on my face. And look at how much price difference there is. I do not live in the city, so in the small town not too far is a Dollar General. This is a huge factor for me; I do not like driving into the city on my days off from work. In case I run out, it’s a quick trip to the local Dollar General store!
In the mornings, I use the Dollar General brand of moisturizing beauty lotion. Again notice the price difference. The nightly and morning application of skin care is the best feeling for my face. It’s right there with brushing my teeth- couldn’t go without doing this every day.
Once my face is feeling smooth and moisturized, I apply my makeup. Yet again notice the prices. Much less then name brand makeup, which in turn makes me very happy.
The base makeup I use, they were out of stock. Even without a picture, I think you get the idea the cost is less than the name brand. Oh, the next time you buy your makeup, take a look at the ingredients. Compare both the name brand and off brand (be sure to compare the normal with normal or sensitive with sensitive).
Each morning my routine is the same. Takes me one hour exactly!
· Get up
· Eat breakfast
· Take shower
· Blow dry hair/style
· Moisturize face and body
· Get dressed
· Apply makeup
I am sure there is an off brand for the body lotion I use – Bath and Body Works. However, this is one item I spurge on. Usually there are good sales and I love the buy 3, get 3. On another note, it’s much less expensive than most perfumes.
When combined, taking my meds along with all showered and cleaned up, I like the way I feel and look. I am happy! See what I mean by a snowball affect? I’ll share what I do for clothing on my next post. You’ll be amazed where I shop and how super the outfits look.
Take care and best wishes.