5 Ways to be Kind to Yourself

Between demanding workloads, unrealistic societal expectations, and the pressure to maintain a personal brand on social media, there are hundreds of daily opportunities for us to tear ourselves down. Focusing on perceived “flaws” and constantly comparing yourself to others can take a toll on your self-esteem, your social life, and even your health.

At Glow Recipe, our philosophy has always been to be kind — to others and to yourself. For many people, the latter is much harder to do simply because it’s not something many of us were taught as kids. That’s something that we think needs to change.

We want to encourage you to take a moment to do something kind for yourself. Here are some easy ways to take care of your mind, body, and, yes, skin.

Stop negative self-talk

Many of us carry around a nagging inner critic; the voice in our heads that belittles us after every mistake. Dr. Jennice Vilhauer writes on Psychology Today to speak to yourself like you would a best friend. After recognizing that this inner voice is holding you back, she recommends separating the inner critic from your identity, talking back to the critic, and finally replacing the critic with a kinder voice that emphasizes your positive traits and accomplishments.

Be kind to your skin

Treat your skin kindly by using products that are not only packed with effective ingredients but also deliver a comforting sensory experience. Incorporating products with fun textures and delicious smells is an easy way to have a little extra fun with your routine, all while keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. Our Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist is enriched with watermelon, hyaluronic acid, and hibiscus AHAs to enhance your natural glow or refresh makeup. Keep a bottle at your desk for whenever you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. 

Prioritize sleep

Ever feel like a zombie at work because you spent last night bingeing that new Netflix show? Then you know how crucial getting enough sleep can be in determining your mood. Not only does getting in your 8 hours make you more alert, but also improves immune function as the body uses our time catching Z’s to repair cells. A good night’s rest is also essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Try to head to bed early tonight — your future self will thank you!

Move your body

Exercise is something we all know improves our physical health, but its impact on our mental health can’t be overlooked. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise can ease depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins and getting you out of your head. Find an activity you genuinely enjoy and can see yourself doing a few times a week, whether that be dancing around your room, yoga, running, or weight training.  

Practice what nourishes you

In a world where stress is almost a badge of honor and burnout is an all too common ailment, taking time to be kind to ourselves can easily fall to the bottom of the to-do list. Try to do something every day that nourishes you and offers some solace on days where you’re feeling overwhelmed. For example, spending time with someone you love, meditating, cooking a meal, getting outside, or practicing a hobby. 

What are your favorite ways to show yourself some love? Tell us in the comments below!

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