I wanted to start my blog lift knowing definitively the direction I wanted to go. After a minute of introspection I laughed as I realized the answer was right in front of my nose. You see two weeks ago I had rhinoplasty surgery.
I have been obsessed with skincare and makeup since I was 13. The care of my skin and keeping it youthful has been my mission. I don’t care if you are 8 or 80 the way you are feeling physically and mentally manifests body-wide.
My Friend depression has come for an unexpected visit. Perfect timing for Postcards segue to her new theme, Beauty a mind-body experience, Therefore, depression and the effect it can have on your appearance is our debut post.
When depressed I am different inside and out. One minute I am energetic, getting things done. Thinking normal thoughts. Then I am not. I am nervous, shaking, tears flow for no apparent reason. The marvelous fatigue sets in and my bed beckons. My skin looks swollen and puffy. Eyes are red rimmed slits. The PTSD causes stuttering and an inability to function. Taking care of my appearance is not a thought. Sometimes a bath is to much to handle.
So for my friends in depression, this first post will share tips I use to de-stress and try to keep a modicum of beauty while awaiting the return of my mind. Looking good makes you feel good. The thought process it takes to follow your beauty routine is time you are not dwelling on depression.
A few of my tried and true favorites:
Number One – Sleep. A day in bed is not a bad thing. Sleep allows your mind and body to rest. This can give you energy and a more positive outlook. It can also help you manage stress. Research in the journal SLEEP showed that people who snoozed 7-9 hours a night had fewer symptoms of depression.
When sleep eludes I find that listening to a meditation app can relax you into sweet slumber. One that works for me is “Relax and Rest”. I am usually fast asleep halfway through the “Whole Body 24 Minute Meditation.”
Number Two – Hydrate. I don’t mean hydrate with wine to oblivion. Water. Our bodies are made up of 50-65% water. It helps our skin regulate temperature through sweating. Water also serves as the body’s transportation system circulating essential nutrients. As skin is our largest organ; regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly.
Number Three – Exercise. I don’t care if it is a walk with your dog or best friend. The saying “a body in motion stays in motion” holds merit. Use it or lose it.
Walking outdoors absorbing Vitamin D from the sun is a feel good experience that is good for you as well. Vitamin D is unique in that is a vitamin and also a hormone your body makes from the sun. An estimated 40-75% of people are Vitamin D deficient. Throw on that sunscreen, a hat and head out the door, healing Vitamin D awaits.
If indoor work outs are more your style, force yourself to go to the gym. That means getting dressed and driving or walking to the location. Once those feel good endorphins start flowing you will be glad you went.
Number Four – Medication. It is easy when you are in the middle of a crisis to forget or say to yourself, these meds don’t work. Yes they do! They were prescribed because you need them and these situations are one of the reasons. Take your meds!
Number Five – Stick with your skin care regime. Feeling good mentally takes a full body experience. Start with a hot bath. I like to use Epsom Salt as it is a naturally occurring mineral known as “magnesium sulfate”. Epsom Salt used in the tub as a soak can help relax you and draw toxins from your body.
Cleanse, scrub and moisturize your face. Use sunscreen if it is daytime, Your sunscreen should be put on before your foundation. Use your sunscreen even if the foundation you use has an spf listed.
Many of the new sunscreens are lightly tinted to even out your skin tone. I am mad about SkinCeuticals Physical Fusison UV Defenses. It is lightweight and has a neutral tint that works well enough that I could skip foundation if I wanted a more minimalistic look,
Number Six – Fragrance. Our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional center of our brain causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff. So as a finishing touch a marvelous fragrance does wonders. A perfect fragrance match is one that you can not smell on yourself but others ask what perfume you are wearing. This lets you know the fragrance agrees with your body’s natural chemicals.
I also love to rub a frangranced essential oil throughout my dry hair. Be stingy a dab will do! Your fly away hair and frizz is controlled. A bonus is you will be getting a whiff of the fragranced oil for hours,
Number Seven – Reach out, call a relative or close friend who understands your frame of mind. Try not to spend the whole conversation talking about you. Ask questions about their lives. Get out of your head. This helps put things in perspective, as much as you may feel it is all about you, it isn’t.
Remember no-one can make you feel anything. We are in charge of our feelings and in turn the way we look. Knowing that you may be depressed but can still look damn good is a most undepressing feeling.