15 August 2018

My Cosmetic Self Care Tips

 
I've mentioned briefly on my blog before that I have been diagnosed with and I'm on medication for depression and anxiety. For the most part, the medication I'm on has improved my moods greatly, but sometimes it doesn't work quite as well as we would hope. I have lapses in my moods for hours, days, or even weeks, and when this happens my mood becomes low, and I feel unmotivated, tired, and all round miserable. However, there are a few things that I've noticed I do to try and lift my spirits, and I'd like to pass these things on to you.
I've also got a similar post for those of you who aren't as interested in cosmetics, or if you just want even more tips!

Even if you don't suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses, I'm sure you have bad days and low moods of your own. Therefore, this advice is for everyone, to help get you feeling funky and take care of yourself when it may be difficult to do so.

Take a pampering bath
I know that for many people struggling with mental health problems, even simple things like taking care of your personal hygiene can feel like climbing a mountain. However, it really lifts my mood when I feel clean and pampered, which is why I recommend taking a long bath when your mood is low.

Really take the time to take care of yourself: I like to apply a face mask before I hop in, and I usually apply a hair mask when I've finished washing my hair and leave it on for a good fifteen minutes while I get on with other things. When I shave, I apply a shaving cream before, and exfoliate after. Adding in these extra steps just makes the whole thing feel more luxurious. Finally, when I get out, I slather myself in body lotion or body butter so that my skin feels like a sleek, sleek dolphin in the morning. Of course, while I'm doing this, I've got a bath bomb fizzing away, and I've usually got a podcast or YouTube video on in the background.

Taking this time to distract myself from chores or jobs I have to do is something I find really beneficial to my moods; I feel clean, relaxed, and smell gorgeous (if I do say so myself). It's a simple thing that's well worth trying.

Give yourself a manicure and/or pedicure
When I say this, I don't just mean doing a coat of nail polish that you smudge two minutes later. Treat yo'self.


Make sure your hands and nails are clean, and file the nails into the shape you want. Then gently push back your cuticles. A tip I picked up from watching when I get a professional manicure is to use nail clippers to gently snip off the dead skin you've pushed back, or that surrounds your nails. This not only prevents painful hangnails, but also helps your manicure look neater. Apply a basecoat, then two layers of polish, and finally a top coat. Finish off by using hand cream and/or foot cream, and a dab of nail/cuticle oil around each nail.


One top tip with this: take your time. Allow each layer of polish to dry thoroughly, and make sure you're painting neatly. I find that this amount of focus and attention to detail distracts my mind from negative thoughts and feelings, and looking at my perfect manicure afterwards gives me a sense of satisfaction and pride. It may seem superficial, but I find that looking good can help me feel good, and a neat and tidy manicure is one thing I think makes me look good.

Practise a new makeup look
When I'm feeling low, it can be hard for me to find the fun in things I normally enjoy, such as applying my makeup. However, I know for a fact that when I'm all done and I look FIERCE, my mood is better, even if only by a little bit.


Since I stop seeing the fun side to looks I frequently do, it's the perfect time to find a new look to experiment with. My go-to palettes aren't making me happy at the moment, so I reach for one I've not used for a while, and go for shades I don't normally play around with.


You don't have to leave the house with this makeup on. You don't even have to leave your bed. But you can take the time to experiment and try something different and shake things up without any pressure. If you're weren't planning on going anywhere anyway, why not try something crazy? You may have found your new favourite makeup look, and if you haven't, at least you've taken the time to try something new and distract yourself from negativity.

Change up your perfume
If you're the sort of person who wears the same perfume day in, day out, a time of low mood could be a good time to switch it up. It's possible that if you don't, you may start to associate your signature scent with feeling rubbish.


I personally have quite the collection of perfumes, and I definitely associate different smells with different times in my life. This is partly because I'm in Performing Arts, and wear a different perfume for each role I play in the various shows I do. However, since these scents help me to recall the different periods of my life, I wouldn't want to wear the same one every day when I feel like crap. Whenever I smelled it afterwards I know I'd remember feeling negative.

Because of that, I recommend either giving the perfume a miss or changing it up every day. Hopefully this would prevent the association of a scent to low moods. It may sound ridiculous, but I feel this tip could be beneficial for someone out there, and that's why I'm sharing it!

Of course I don't think that any of these tips are a cure for mental illness. These are just little tips that I feel benefit me when my mood is low, and I thought they could benefit some other people too. Mental illness is difficult but it can be treated, so if you feel you are struggling with your moods to the point where it is affecting your life, speak to your GP. You're not alone in this.

Lots of love,
Hannah

2 comments:

  1. Yes depression cab be a struggle but pampering yourself can help and love your tips in particular trying new makeup that really can help get over a slump.

    Allie of
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    1. Pampering can definitely help from time to time! It can both cheer you up and give you a brand new look to play around with, so it's definitely something I whole-heartedly recommend!
      Hannah

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