Whether you suffer from a mental illness, stressful life or world events - we all have those days when you feel not-so-great about yourself or your day in general. Here I've gathered things you can do to improve your mood or just get you through the day from beauty and self-care perspective. This post was partly inspired by my own life, the Snailcast podcast episode 25 and Myra's suggestion in my giveaway post.
Accept you need to take care of yourself
Quit thinking you're selfish and let yourself be mindful about your own feelings and thoughts. In great distress it's easy to forget you are as good and valuable as everyone else. Think about an airplane: when the cabin pressure goes down you need to put the oxygen mask first on yourself – only then you can help the others.
Focus on the little things
If everything in life feels like a turmoil, sometimes it's helpful to focus on the little things to improve your mood. Take off 10 minutes for yourself and do something to relax your senses. It can be lighting a scented candle, rubbing essential oil on your pulse points, pouring a cup of flavourful tea or filing and painting your nails.
Look at things in a neutral way
Sometimes it can feel immoderate to look at yourself in a positive way, but what you can do is try silencing the negative, overly critical voice. Just let it be, even for a little while. Instead of focusing on your "horrible" eye bags and dark circles, accept your fatigue and do something soothing and comforting for your eyes: use cold eye drops, do a soothing eye mask or allow yourself a power nap.
Swap into cozy and warm outfit. Run a bath, get a warm compress or heat a hot water bottle to sooth any aching muscles or just feel nice. Think about cleansing your face as a mini pamper, not a chore: wet a flannel/washcloth under hot water and use it to remove any dirt, grime and make up residue. Preferably do this with a luxurious cleansing balm and perform a little massage on yourself. Feeling warm and clean, curl on a couch and tune out for a moment.
I've noticed if I feel like crap, I look like crap and vice versa. Minimal make up routine can bring some life back to my face and I don't feel like the mirror is going to crack if I peek at my reflection. Concealer, blusher and groomed brows can instantly bring life back to the face. If you have the energy, add some bronzer to look extra healthy.
Power make up
If colors make you happy, energised or you simply enjoy doing your make up, try adding something to boost your confidence. Wear a statement lipstick (red, orange, coral, fuchsia, purple), a thick winged eyeliner, experiment with eyeshadow or take an inspiration from a photograph. Put some music or a video on the background and enjoy the process of playing with your stash - it doesn't matter if you're not even planing to leave the house.
When exhausted, washing your face might be the last thing you want to do. Take your make up off quickly with a micellar water and an emulsifying cleansing balm/oil. If you're too tired to do a full skincare routine then grab an antioxidant rich facial oil. Oils do wonders for all skin types: protect, calm, nourish and moisturise. You're ready to crash into bed.
What's your beauty or self-care advice for the days you're feeling down? I'd love to hear! I understand some of these tips are superficial and sometimes on my bad days I couldn't care less about beauty. In that scenario I cuddle with my cat or go climbing. I still enjoyed writing this post, it felt almost therapeutic for me. I'll have a separate post all about the importance about self-care once I've pencilled down my thoughts. Have a lovely day!