Hello there, Vie Readers! We’re nearing the end of summer and I’m sure most of us are piling up the lists of to-dos. With going back to school, whether it’s for the kids or for us, it’s a lot. Not to mention, making sure the family has cooked meals, the house is tidy, the bills are paid, the lawn is mowed, the laundry is clean, and the work is getting done. It’s a lot to do and a lot on our plates all at once. We can feel totally exhausted and burnt-out by the end of the day, the end of the week, and the end of the month! I get it.
We must remember though, how important it is for us to take out the extra time to care for our skin and ourselves. Yes, this is a busy time of our life and we are tired, but if we can just shift that perspective just a tad, we can create space for more self-care and energy in our daily lives!
Okay, so yes, with life there comes a lot of work and then there comes rest. But what happens during the times in between? I know that I catch myself scrolling through social media a lot, or I catch myself saying to myself, “You really don’t need to go to the gym. Instead you can lay here and read or play or the Internet, etc.” And then I feel bad for not taking out the time to do something that is good for me because I either wasted my time playing on my phone or talking myself out of it.
You see, when we skip over the things we need to do for ourselves because we don’t feel like it in that moment, we end up reaping the guilt we have sown for ourselves. We reap the effects of what we fail to do now in the long-term. There is that short-term feeling of “I don’t want to” when we push ourselves to get up and spend fifteen minutes in the bathroom lathering our bodies with the goods to keep our skin moisturized, and then the long-term feeling we get the next day, the next week, the end of the year, and even the end of our lives. When we do this, reap the rewards of healthy, and alive skin! We have the short-term feeling of “I don’t want to go to the gym. Oh please don’t make me” when we’re lacing up our tennis shoes and listening to the top 30 on blast in our car on the way there. Then there is the long-term rewarding feeling of “Yes! I did it. I went to the gym and I feel amazing because of my endorphins are being released and I did something great for my mind, body, and overall health today. This is going to affect me for the rest of my life!”
After a long day, it can be trying to get all of the home chores completed, eat dinner, and then take a shower. After that you just want to be best friends with your bed and not do a thing else! So the sound of fifteen more minutes in the bathroom to scrub, exfoliate, completely taking off the grime and makeup, and moisturize is awful. It’s the last thing you feel like doing. But let’s say, in that moment of exhaustion, you chose to take fifteen minutes (give or take), and you took your time with your skin, using all of your favorite Fleur de Vie products, and you gave yourself and your skin the care it deserves. Afterwards, how do you think you would feel? I’d assume you’d feel like a brand new person. Like you just peeled this long day right off of your skin. Maybe even relaxed, knowing that you are going to wake up feeling refreshed, clean, and energized. Your skin has a mind of it’s own and will probably be saying, “Oh thank you so, so much! I want to look and feel good for you for the rest of your life. In fact, because you are taking such good care of me, I am going to be so energized you just wait and see! The moment you wake up, you will feel amazing!”
So, do it ESPECIALLY when you don’t feel like doing it. Because I’m going to tell you a little secret: It is 99% in your head. Meaning, the moment you get up and do the very thing you were dreading; you realize that you weren’t really dreading this at all! This is amazing and feels amazing! It feels amazing in the moment and it feels really amazing in all of the moments after. So just remember that whenever your mind begins to replay that old, tired story of how difficult it is going to be to do this or that and how you’re so tired, and blah-blah-blah, YOU can decide what’s good for you rather than letting the same story decide for you. This is the power you have been given.