There are always those times of the year in which tensions run high and stress peaks. Whether it be due to performance cycles in your job, sports seasons for your kids, or social holiday entertaining, it is important to get a handle on your time and self-care habits in order to prevent an unhealthy overload of stress. Letting stress build up can result in damaging mental and physical affects that may take much longer to heal than taking the time here and there to re-set, release tensions, and indulge in a little self-care.
To help you on your journey to a well-balanced and self-caring lifestyle, we’ve put together a quick guide to give you some ideas. If you’re feeling in need of a full-day of pampering, we recommend following the order of this guide. However, you can also do each of these activities individually or in conjunction with others and out of order. And, just like shampoo (rinse & repeat), it’s best that you repeat these practices, make them habits and regular occurrences, so that self-care becomes a sustainable piece of your new lifestyle. Happy healing!
8 ways to prevent an overload of stress with preventative self-care
1) Get your blood & endorphins pumping with a nature walk or hike
One of the easiest ways to release some tension is with a little physical exertion. Not only does physical activity get your blood pumping and flowing throughout your body, but it also releases endorphins into the bloodstream that physically and mentally make you feel happier. To help get you in the pampering spirit, we recommend disconnecting or unplugging by leaving your phone in the car and taking a walk or hike through nature. The fresh air, natural surroundings, and time either alone or with a friend will give you some good space to clear your thoughts and re-center.
2) Cool down with breathing exercises and meditation
At the end of your walk, find some quiet space either in nature, on your drive, or at home to cool down and practice intentional breathing. Taking control of your breath in a way that is regulated and mindful is a super easy practice that can help clear your mind and bring your heartrate down. Plus, it can be done anywhere, anytime! You can even download an app on your phone that guides you through meditation and helps pace your breathing to put your body into ultimate relaxation mode. We love Calm’s guided meditation and breathing app!!
3) Indulge in a hot, steamy shower or bath
Now that you’ve exerted yourself and cooled down, it’s time to sink deeper into relaxation with a hot, steamy shower or bath. Take the extra time to really utilize and enjoy all of your favorite beauty and shower products. Some of our favorite Apriori Beauty products make for great cleansing and pampering for both hair and body! Treat your tresses with a deep cleanse and conditioning rich with botanicals and essential oils using Apriori Beauty’s ViViD Hair Therapy products. Exfoliate your face and body for an extra smooth finish using Apriori Beauty’s Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub. And, top off the experience with a luxurious lathering of Celloxylin® Hydro-Burst Moisture Intense Body Cleanse.
4) Set the mood – crank your favorite tunes
Before you begin with the hard-core pampering, it’s important to prepare your environment for ultimate relaxation. One way to make your space Zen is to put on your favorite playlist, CD, or audiobook. You know yourself best, but pick some tunes that will continue to maintain a steady, slow heartrate and promote peaceful thoughts and relaxation. Or, if you’re not into music, turn off your phone, alarms, or other distracting noises to make sure your space is nice and quiet.
5) Hydrate and nourish your body with water, tea, and/or a delicious smoothie
Give yourself something nice to sip on while the pampering happens! Make yourself a hot cup of tea, coffee, or fruit infused water. Or, if you’re hungry and feeling bold, nourish your body with a healthy, nutrient-packed smoothie. Check out Apriori Beauty’s Lifeoxylin Smoothie recipe for some inspiration.
6) Delight your digits with an at-home manicure and pedicure
One of the best feelings is having a fresh manicure and pedicure, and there’s no reason you can’t create that for yourself at home! Dig through your nail polish collection, pick a color that makes you happy, and get a nice hot soak running. Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin® Crème Cleanse is a great product to mix into your soaking water as it provides a lavish lather and soft finishing feel. Soak your hands and feet, trim your extra skin and cuticles, and nourish your dry skin around nail beds using Apriori Beauty’s ViViD Hair Therapy Treatment Oil – read about our beauty HACK with this product HERE. Finish the experience off with Celloxylin® Hydro-Burst Moisture Intense Lotion, then sit back and admire your beautiful manicure and pedicure!
7) Pamper your skin with a luxurious facial
When you think of the spa experience at home, you usually think about doing a face mask or some sort of facial. Apriori Beauty has a number of products that take the at-home facial to the next level and make you feel like you’ve stepped into the spa.
For a specialty facial experience consider utilizing the Derma Firm Illuminator Treatment system with PSR Next – Precision Skin Rejuvenator. Topical nutrients from PSR Next synergize with ultrasound wave, galvanic ion, far infrared light, and micro massage created by the Derma Firm Illuminator to visibly reduce the signs of aging. Nutrient absorption is improved. Skin’s texture and tone is returned to its youthful appearance, while cellular nutrition protects from oxidative stress and cell senescence. This treatment system delivers beneficial age advantage nutrients into the upper most layers of the skin, visibly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, increases collagen production to visibly enhance skin’s firmness, reduces inflammation, visibly reduces pore size, and improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin.
For ultimate skin exfoliation and revitalization, we recommend either Celloxylin® Pure Detox, Purifying Clay Masque or Celloxylin® MD 20EX Acid Peel. Treat your skin to the ultimate cleanse with Celloxylin® Pure Detox Purifying Masque. Cleanse, exfoliate, detoxify and pull out impurities with this potent combination of pumice, cleansing clays, nourishing and protecting Nutrient Reservoir™ ingredients, soothing botanicals and the Enviro-Extract™ blend, which removes and guards against exposure to the elements. Skin appearance is immediately improved, refreshed and luminous.
Using the highest active levels possible without a prescription, Celloxylin® MD 20EX Acid Peel has a non-abrasive formula that provides intensive 20% EXfoliation with a potent complex of glycolic acid, lactic acid, glucosamine, and encapsulated salicylic acid. This proprietary complex is clinically-proven to improve skin’s appearance and texture and to reduce the signs of environmental aging, including wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and scarring. Soothing and calming ingredients help make this peel safe and effective, without long-term irritation. A natural alternative to professional treatments, this fast-acting peel provides immediate, visible results. A fantastic alternative to professional treatments, skin is visibly transformed in the comfort of your own home!
Or, you can always take advantage of the everyday facial experience using the Celloxylin® Cellular Age Advantage Set, a 5-step, 6-product system for day and night that leverages the Nutrient Reservoir to deliver and wraps each cell with a patent-pending combination of ingredients that nourish and protect from the outside in. Each ingredient in these products affects one or more of the four core influences of aging.
8) Rest and renew with a full night of beauty sleep
Finally, one of the most important and effective ways to de-stress is with a good night’s sleep. Not only is it a great way to re-new your mind and body, but it is also vital in maintaining a youthful and beautiful appearance. Apriori Beauty’s LifeoxyDream Sleep Mist, a natural dietary supplement, helps you fall asleep quicker, helps to lengthen sleep duration, and helps to enhance overall quality of sleep with a unique combination of Melatonin and the Sweet Dreams Complex, making a full night of beauty sleep more attainable than ever! Read our blog article on the importance of beauty sleep HERE.
Now that you have some ideas for ways to unwind, de-stress, and re-center yourself with a few self-care practices, check your calendar and find a few minutes or hours to make it happen!