Our profession requires us to be kind, patient, nurturing, and supportive. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine of providing the self-care our clients need from us; it’s also just as easy to neglect to take the time to provide it for ourselves.
Self-care for the mind, body, and soul
As estheticians and skincare professionals, we spend a lot of time caring for our clients. Our profession requires us to be kind, patient, nurturing, and supportive. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine of providing the self-care our clients need from us; it’s also just as easy to neglect to take the time to provide it for ourselves. With that in mind, I want you to close your eyes and ask yourself, “What do I need?” Maybe your soul could use an iced coffee, or your feet are dying for a massage. Perhaps your heart wants that one dessert you love or was that your stomach? Regardless of the answer, we must ask and listen once in a while to what we need. In honor of National Aesthetician Day, I thought it would be perfect for us to celebrate by being kind, patient, nurturing, and supportive to ourselves. Below I have provided some ideas and ways for you to do just that. Self-care for the mind:
Go outside, lay on your back, relax, and watch the sky.
Set aside time to meditate. Focus on deep breathing and open your awareness to any thoughts and feelings you may be having.
Write out what’s on your mind. Journaling is a great way to organize your thoughts.
Take a vacation from social media, even if it’s only for a few hours.
Remove or mute any negative accounts on your social media and replace them with ones that add positivity to your feed.
Listen to positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself.
Make time for stillness. Stillness will help you ground yourself when feeling anxious or overwhelmed. When things feel hectic, take a moment to pause and breathe.
Self-care for the body:
Start your day with a good breakfast!
Stretch each part of the body.
Treat yourself to a massage to release any stress carried in the muscles.
Throw on your comfy clothes and take a nap or go to bed early. Your body will appreciate the extra rest.
Soak in a nice warm bath. Throw in some bubbles or a bath bomb to make it extra special!
Exfoliate and moisturize your whole body.
Drink plenty of water.
Energize your body through a form of exercise. Yoga, swimming, or going for a run are a few examples.
Self-care for the soul:
Take yourself on a date; you deserve it!
Indulge in your favorite dessert or drink.
Go out and connect with nature. Try going for a hike, hammocking, spending a day at the lake, or even working in your garden.
Spend some time sitting with your emotions. Acknowledge what you’re feeling without judgment. Once you have allowed yourself to feel your emotions and acknowledge them, set them free!
Blast some music and DANCE!
Sit somewhere quiet and have a conversation with yourself.
The number of things you can do to bring balance to your mind, body, and soul is infinite. All you need to do is take a moment to stop and listen to what you’re telling yourself you need and follow through with it. I encourage all estheticians and skincare professionals to choose at least one thing to ease your mind, another to care for your body, and an activity to bring joy to your soul. When we take the time to provide self-care to ourselves, all other areas of our life reflect the benefits.
If you have any questions and would like to speak to one of our friendly Master Aestheticians in your area please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Addison Kesler