How Emotions Affect Your Skin And How To Handle It

It’s no secret that our physical and mental health go hand-in-hand with each other. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that skin care and mental health are also incredibly intertwined. Just as your emotions affect your skin’s appearance, your skin care can benefit your emotions.

We wanted to help shed some light on how exactly your emotions show up on your skin. And, while we’re at, give you a couple of pointers on combatting these negative emotions’ effects in general.

Emotional Effects on Our Skin

You’ve probably already noticed that feelings of stress, anger, or sadness can wreak havoc on your skin. Our emotions reflect through our skin in acne, hives, and even dryness. And while there will never be a way to just stop feeling these things, there are ways to cope with them.

How to Cope with Them

One of the most important things to remember when you’re feeling stressed, sad, anxious, etc., is to let yourself feel this way. By trying to ignore our emotions, we can actually stress ourselves out more. Instead, try to put a system into place that helps you deal with these feelings, and get yourself back to feeling better.

Set yourself on a schedule, just in general. One thing that really helps to combat stress is consistency. Try to get to bed at the same time each night. Make it a priority to stick to your routine as much as possible.

Give yourself one less thing to do each day. As we said, sticking to your daily routine is important, but cut out one task. Giving yourself one less “to-do” during the day can work wonders when it comes to rest and rejuvenation.

Relax. Make “Self-Care” your number one priority. Now’s the time to focus on you. When you’re not feeling good is when it’s most important to take that extra time to take care of yourself. Stay in and treat yourself to a spa night. We’re talking moisturizers, face masks, foot treatments, the whole nine yards. By taking the time to treat yourself right, you’ll start feeling better.

Skin Care Benefits on Our Emotions

Think about it this way. You’re usually pretty bummed when your skin’s not looking so hot. And no one is comfortable in dry or enflamed skin. When we take care of ourselves in general, skin included, we feel better. Having healthy, happy skin, keeps you feeling confident, and feeling healthy and happy.

Yes, we all get stressed, sad, angry, and anxious, and this will never change. We wouldn’t want it to. What’s important is to be kind to yourself when you’re feeling these things, so you, and your skin, can cope with it.

 

How To Eat Healthy On Vacation

With these warmer months now upon us and with so many fun destinations in your near future, you want to keep feeling your best.  You’ve been working hard to get your body spring break and summer vacation ready, and while now is your time to indulge—which, please do, you deserve it—there are some simple steps you can take to treat yourself, while still treating your body right. 

Because we tend to eat out a lot more when we’re on vacation, we also tend to eat worse, without even being aware of it.  Here are a few of our favorite tricks to eating healthy on vacation, while still fully enjoying yourself.

1. Share Some Small Plates

While on vacation, of course you should be trying all the great foods a new place has to offer.  But let “trying” be the keyword. Try ordering a bunch of small plates to share amongst your friends and family.  This way, everyone gets to try a couple different things and you avoid overeating.  Not to mention, it makes your overall dining experience a lot more social. 

2. Treat Yourself…Once a Day

As we said before, you should be indulging, you’re on vacation.  It would honestly be cruel to ask you to say no to a specialty drink or a dessert menu.  But try to limit yourself to one “treat” a day.  Choosing one thing to splurge on each day gives you the leeway you need to be healthy, while still enjoying the perks of being (and eating) on vacation. 

3. Don’t Forget About Fruits and Vegetables

This probably sounds silly, but yes, make sure that you’re still getting your daily serving of fruits and vegetables.  This tip is exceptionally fun when you’re traveling to a warmer destination (um, can you say tropical fruit platter).  While you’re busy sampling all types of new snacks, remember to order a salad for the table as well, or start your day with a smoothie, and rejuvenate your body with those tasty nutrients it needs.

4. Lots of Water, Lots of Walking

Drink a lot of water, as this is our number one tip on how to keep yourself feeling good.  When you’re on the go, forgetting to keep your body hydrated happens more easily than we think.  So, whether you’re running around sight-seeing or lounging on the beach, bring a water bottle to remind yourself to stay hydrated.  And as an added bonus, drinking water helps burn more calories.

It all really just comes down to moderation.  You shouldn’t deprive yourself.  You’ve worked hard, you live healthy, and you’re on vacation, so let yourself snack a little, and order that dessert you’ve been dying to try.  Just remember there’s a difference between treating yourself and overdoing it, and your body will thank you for being aware of this.

Benefits Of Having A Homegrown Garden

We’re sure you love seeing everything bloom in the springtime as much as we do, so what better time to plant your own garden at home?  Having a home garden can benefit your life mentally, physically, and financially. 

It’s proven that gardening can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and depression.  Plus, it always feels nice to give a little something back to the environment, right?  Here are just a few of the ways having a garden can bring some serious good into your home.

Benefits for Your Overall Health

There have been multiple studies conducted on the benefits gardening can have on your physical and mental health.  Gardening itself, is a physical activity, so in doing so, you’re getting some exercise. 

Now, this doesn’t mean just watering your plants (however, that is part of it).  This is referring to the weeding, digging, planting, and everything else that goes into creating your full, at-home garden. You can actually burn 150-300 calories gardening for just 30-45 minutes a day.  Not to mention, it helps strengthen your bones, muscles, and joints.

Even just looking at a garden can help stimulate a healthy and positive mental state.  There’s a reason why gardening is described as being “good for the body and soul.”  You can tweak an at-home garden to cater to your own emotional needs.  There are different gardening styles and techniques to help stimulate calmness, tranquility, focus, happiness, and creativity.

Benefits for Your Wallet

There’s the obvious way that having an at-home garden can benefit your wallet.  Yep, growing your own fruits and vegetables means that you don’t have to buy them.  And, it’s honestly pretty rewarding to be self-sustaining. There’s also another way having an at-home garden can benefit your wallet.

Gardening can help raise the property value of your home, too.  Investing your time in your at-home garden, is really an investment into your home.  Think “curb-appeal.”  When you drive past a home with a well-kept and gardened outside, the house itself automatically looks that much more welcoming.

Benefits for Mother Nature

We’re always hearing about the negative effects our actions have on the environment, so it feels good to turn that around and do something nice for Mother Nature for a change. Plants and mulch help to hold soil in place, which reduces erosion.

Plants help cleanse our air of carbon dioxide and other various air pollutants. You can give back to the planet while giving a little something to yourself, when you plant an at-home garden.

Starting an at-home garden is pretty simple, and it can benefit your health, happiness, and home.  So if you’re feeling inspired by all these spring flowers, go grab some of your own and get that garden started.