It is an understatement to say that the past year did not go as planned. No matter where we were in our personal lives and careers, the pandemic interrupted any semblance of continuity we had. Still, we had to learn to adjust and keep going.
Lately, the days may have found you overwhelmed by demands at work and at home. Especially in a world as fast-paced as ours, it is easy to get caught up in trying to keep up with everything. This is exhausting and could lead to burnout before you even realize it.
You can’t always control the sources of your stress, but you can decide how to respond to them. A few healthy adjustments here and there can leave you looking and feeling refreshed and even happier amidst all your responsibilities.
Grooming may feel unnecessary when the majority of your time is spent at home. But aside from promoting good hygiene, the act of getting ready for the day as if you were going out simply feels good.
Take the time to shower, do your skincare routine, and even dress up for the day. If you feel like it, you can even put on makeup for a confidence boost. Just remember, though, that you are just as capable even without it.
When you are well-groomed and well-dressed, it affects your self-perception and how others’ perception of you. This then lets you carry yourself better, making you more confident and productive as you work through your tasks.
During your rest days, take time to pamper yourself. This much-needed R&R can leave you feeling relaxed and in a better mood.
There are many ways to do this, too. If you want to give your appearance some touch-ups, a hairstyle change, and mani-pedi could be just what you need to feel rejuvenated. You can even consider getting a non-invasive facelift, which gives your face (and confidence) a boost without the stress of going under the knife!
Pair your grooming habits with healthy ways to cope. Having healthy hobbies may not initially come naturally, but trust us when we say that making an effort can only work in your favor in the long run.
Don’t leave exercising out of your routine when you are busy. When you are overwhelmed with work, you should take time to work out all the more! It is a great way to release all that stress in a way that benefits your health.
Regular exercise keeps you in good shape, and it gives you more energy for the rest of the day. One other benefit is that it gives you a radiant glow due to increased blood circulation.
Still, remember that your exercise habits can also hurt your skin if you don’t practice proper hygiene habits. Take off makeup before exercising to avoid clogging your pores, and don’t wait to take a shower to wash away germs.
Are you prone to stress eating when work and life get tough? Eating sweets and fatty meals can make you feel better in the moment, but too much spells trouble for your health. Not watching what you eat could lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious conditions.
Instead of picking up junk, choose to snack on healthy food instead. Find healthy alternatives to your cravings. For example, when you want to eat something crunchy, opt to snack on nuts instead of chips. Fruits and yogurt are a good alternative to your cravings for sweets, too.
When life starts lacking any excitement, take matters into your own hands and find something new to spend your time on. You must make time for activities that make you happy to keep yourself from burning out.
Think about the interests that you have not had time to pursue. Today is the best day to try out cooking, painting, writing, knitting, and other hobbies that you can turn into a personal project purely for your enjoyment.
The best part about it is that you don’t have to pressure yourself by following a deadline or making sure results look a certain way. You can take your time and do things at your own pace.
Simply put, the way to still feel great in the midst of all the stressors in life is to always carve out space for yourself to rest, to feel good, and to breathe.