The LINK BETWEEN MENTAL WELLNESS AND BEAUTY
If you were to think about mental wellness and beauty as cities on a map, you would probably imagine them being pretty far apart and pretty different – like, say Venice Beach and Manhattan, but the surprising truth is that they are a lot more closely linked than you might think.
Aging is something that happens gradually, day after day, whether you like it or not. You likely associate it with the appearance of a new fine line, muscle soreness, or a new gray hair, but the fact is since the day you were born, you have been growing a little bit older. And that’s actually something worth celebrating; if you’re not aging, you’re not living.
Growing older is a beautiful thing. Each year is another one full of memories and unforgettable experiences. As you grow older you gain more wisdom and confidence. With age, you have the opportunity to truly find yourself and become more comfortable and content with who you are. But there is a tipping point, isn’t there?
Since the 5th century BC there have been stories of people hunting for the fountain of youth. Perhaps not all of these stories have been strictly based around the pursuit of beautiful, youthful skin, but if there is something almost everyone – regardless of age or gender – can relate to, it’s the desire for great skin.
Collagen has become a major buzz word over the past couple of years. It seems that everywhere you look, there is another collagen product. From supplements, to powders, to food, to cocktails even – you can find some form of collagen included. Which is great if you’re looking for something that lubricates your joints and helps improve your skin’s hydration, but if you’re looking for more of your own natural collagen, you might want to look elsewhere.
As the summer sun starts to heat up, BBQ’s, weekend trips, and summer holiday plans become the focus. And with that your routines and health-focused eating tends to go out the window. Pair that with delightful excess sun exposure and daily happy hour, summer can take a massive toll on your skin. The good news is that there is one simple ingredient you can add into your plans that will keep your skin healthy and your collagen production strong: antioxidants.
There are two types of aging: intrinsic aging; the natural aging process that takes place over time, regardless of outside influences, and extrinsic aging; which is a result of harmful external factors. Wrinkles are a natural occurrence, and are a normal part of intrinsic aging. And, we would argue vehemently that some wrinkles are downright beautiful. Smile and laugh lines show traces of a life well lived, and should be celebrated.
Have you ever been casually looking for a beauty product, when you suddenly found yourself inundated with heavily photoshopped images of “perfect” looking women? The answer is likely yes, and if you are anything like most of us, you were probably left feeling depleted and depressed – but hey, maybe those products will help, right?
There are so many beauty products out there that promise miraculous results with little to no effort – instant transformation and gratification sounds great, but the problem with these types of promises is that they spur unrealistic expectations and make you feel like a failure when they don’t work – because there really is no such thing as instant when it comes to transformation.
here is definitely something to be said about ‘glowing’. It’s more than just having radiant luminous skin; it’s a feeling. The idea of glowing embodies a sense of wellbeing that runs deeper than just running a highlighter stick along your cheekbones and calling it a day. To glow really means you have your ‘sh$t’ together – you feel balanced, optimistic, satisfied, confident, and of course, radiant.
Confucius once said that everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. In that case it could easily be argued that everyone has beauty too. The definition of what is beautiful has been shaped and – dare we say – warped over centuries. Every culture has its own standard of what the epitome of beauty looks like, and beyond that, each person has their own ideals based on historical, cultural, and societal influence. By the time we’re teenagers we know what beautiful ‘should be’, and we struggle to find ourselves within that definition.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just turn stress and anxiety off? If you could just set your cortisol levels to ‘optimal’ and leave them there? Think of how much better you would sleep without all those thoughts and fears keeping you up at night. Think of all the tension you hold in your body; your neck, your jaw, your stomach, and how great it would feel to just let all that go.
With summer right around the corner, we’re all looking for ways to not only protect our skin, but make it glow too! There is nothing like stepping out of the house with minimal or no make-up and feeling truly radiant. That is why we want to look at four proven steps that will create the type of glow that doesn’t come from a bottle, and won’t wash off at night.
There is something to be said about having a dream. A big, fat, audacious goal. There’s an almost addictive feeling that comes along with having a rose colored vision of your very own glorious future. A sense of comfort, of feeling being untouchable, unbreakable, and unstoppable. It’s a great feeling.
There are so many things that can create setbacks and roadblocks. Even the act of setting a goal can bring a near overpowering sense of doom with it… Maybe you set out to meditate every morning, then end up missing the first three days. Maybe you set a goal to be more patient with yourself, and within five minutes that little voice inside your head is going off. Or maybe you promised to prioritize exercise every day and a week goes by without movement.
It goes without saying that your mind is the most powerful tool in your arsenal. The way you perceive the world around you becomes your reality. It isn’t magic; it’s simply the fact that your perspective dictates how you weigh and extrapolate particular situations. Your mind is constantly at work navigating the world around you, shaping not only how you interact with the world, but how the world interacts with you.
What does courage mean? When we think of someone courageous, a mythical character who overcame an extreme hardship often comes to mind. Someone who single handedly marched into the unknown with little chance of survival, and managed to hold it all together and come out the other side.
‘Those who have a “why” to live, can bear with almost any “how”.’, wrote Viktor Frankl in his book “Man’s search for meaning”. Viktor Frankl, a renowned psychologist and holocaust survivor, certainly had a unique perspective on “meaning”. In fact, the experience of being a prisoner in Auschwitz led him to discover that the desire to find a meaning in life is essential to the human experience, even more than the desire for pleasure or power. To say finding purpose is important may just be an understatement.
How many hours of sleep do you aim for each night? How many are you actually getting? Maybe you’re aiming for six to eight hours; you get into bed around 11pm, turn the lights out around 11:30pm, and set the alarm for 6am. If you’re one of the lucky people who are able to fall asleep fast and stay asleep, then you may just be hitting the six hour mark.