Heed these self-care tips and your hair will thank you!
May is Mental Health Awareness month and the goal of this national movement is to raise awareness, fight the stigma around discussing mental health issues, provide support, educate, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
The challenges of the past year have been trying for all of us, but the most sensitive among us have had it particularly rough. If you or anyone you know is battling mental illness - please know that You Are Not Alone and it's totally okay to not be okay. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has some great resources and is doing incredible work to normalize the conversation around these issues.
We've heard from so many EVOLVhers and women in our community that prioritizing self-care and making time for themselves has helped keep their anxieties at bay - so, as always, we encourage you to carve out some mindful moments allocated to "me" time. It'll not only serve you, but also help you show up for those around you.
Need another reason? It's good for your hair. Stress can affect our health, skin, and locks as well. Anxiety and stress can even lead to hair loss and thinning over time. But don't fret - we’ve come up with some ways to reset and pump positivity out to those follicles.
Even if you aren’t a master yogi or meditator, you can look up simple breathing practices that you can refer to in times of need. It seems like the most obvious thing, but a lot of our pain lies in our breathing and in the trying times, we hold a lot of that pain in. There are dozens of free apps you can use for guided meditation as well - all you have to do is hit the “play” button and be talked through to a calmer sense of being and a more mindful outlook. Your overall health, microbiome, skin, and hair will all benefit!
Many of us haven’t practiced journaling since middle school, but sometimes writing our thoughts down is easier than speaking them. You can keep a journal by your bed to make a habit of writing down whatever is on your mind before going to sleep or whenever you feel the need for a release. You can also find smaller journals to bring with you on the go for whenever you have free time. When in doubt - write it out!
EATING RIGHT & EXERCISING
You don’t need an expensive gym membership to accomplish this one! Moving around helps release endorphins so just taking a long walk can be a great way to detoxify. Try to leave your phone at home (or in airplane mode) and just unplug. Opting for the stairs instead of elevators/escalators whenever possible is a quick and easy swap that pays off, and tracking your steps with a bracelet or your phone (set to “do not disturb” mode when feasible) can be a great motivator and provides a sense of instant gratification to reward your good choices!
Similarly, try not to rely on simple sugars or carbs for quick bursts of energy, but instead, indulge in healthier, more nutritious options that will give you longer lasting strength and won’t lead to mood swings or crashes a few hours later.
ESTABLISHING A SELF-CARE RITUAL
Whether it’s your favorite workout class, curling up with your pet and a great book, taking a luxurious bubble bath while donning a sheet mask, or indulging in whatever your ritual of choice is - self-care is an amazing gift that we ALL owe to ourselves at least once a week.
May we suggest incorporating our UltraRepair Reconstructing Masque as a multitasker that can easily be added to your relaxation routine. This intensive treatment is reparative for hair that has been compromised by color or bleach processing, heat styling, or environmental factors - especially wind and winter weather or the sun and salt/pool water. It’s highly effective for smoothing coarse, curly, or frizz-prone hair and protecting it from breakage, dehydration, tangles, and split ends. We call it a “time-traveler” because this clean beauty favorite results in bouncy, shiny, silky, and strong hair, no matter its previous condition!
And above all else, don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help or confide in a close friend. We are all human, experiencing a lot of the same things, and going through the same emotions. Isolation can usually make things worse, so surround yourself with people who care about you.
The EVOLVh Team
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