Guest Blog by Dana Brown
If you struggle with growing older – either looking or feeling older than you are – then it’s time to get back to basics. By focusing on your physical and mental health you can feel your age or younger without succumbing to fad diets or trendy (and ineffective) self-care methods. Keep reading for tips.
Learn to relax.
When you stop and take a moment to relax your mind and body, you give yourself a chance to appreciate the world around you. You might literally stop and smell the roses or do something a bit more practical, such as take a warm bath each evening. Using essential oils can make bath time even better. Some oils can, for example, re-energize you while others can ease PMS pain.
Take care of your skin.
No woman (or man) needs to slather their face in makeup each day to look put together. Taking care of your skin is actually the best way to improve your appearance. A few over-the-counter products you can use to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne, and improve skin elasticity and firmness are hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and collagen supplements, the latter of which will also improve joint health and help you have longer and stronger hair and nails. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider prior to introducing any new supplement to your diet.
Do the little things.
There are so many little things that you could do for yourself to improve how you look and feel. Mental Health America suggests, among other things, having a quick cup of coffee in the morning, trying a new Pinterest project, and laughing with friends. You can also make changes within yourself to boost your self-esteem, a move that will help you reaffirm your self-worth. Even decluttering your home and opening up windows or blinds can give you a healthy and positive boost.
Get enough sleep.
Humans need sleep for many purposes. Not only does it improve your body’s ability to heal, but it allows your mind to process and purge all of the information you subconsciously input into your brain during your previous waking hours. To sleep well, start with a warm bath, and don’t be shy about infusing your bedding with soothing scents, such as lavender or mandarin.
Watch your weight.
If you haven’t noticed, people with smaller waists tend to look and act younger than their age. While a huge chunk of this is mental – you tend to act how you feel – there are physical reasons to drop the numbers on the scale. Diet and exercise are, of course, the best ways to keep your BMI at a healthy level. However, you may also consider adding a metabolism booster to help you jumpstart your weight loss efforts. Be cautious here, as some supplements may present with side-effects; this is another instance when talking to your doctor before you make a selection is in your best interest.
Ultimately, being the best version of the person you see in the mirror has nothing to do with makeup, fancy clothing, or name brand accessories. What you truly only need are practical and purposeful actions, such as exercising for weight loss and getting a full night of sleep every night. Find what works for you, and don’t be afraid to put yourself first. You’ll be glad you did, and the image you see and the way you feel will catch up to you in the most glorious way possible.
Special thanks to guest blogger, Dana Brown. For more information visit