Beauty Products To Help You Focus On Yourself
I’m embarrassed to admit that I used to think depression was fake.
I was someone who believed you could always snap yourself out of sadness, brush your shoulders off and move on.
Then depression hit me. And it hit me hard.
I found myself sitting in the corner of my couch, in the dark and alone. Honestly, I wanted it this way. I wanted to be left alone.
My husband would come home from work and I just wanted him to leave again. It had nothing to do with my love for him, because I have always loved him, but I really wanted to be left alone.
Close friends and family started noticing my tendencies to socially withdraw and questioned my state of mind.
I didn’t know how to tell them I was sick. I didn’t know at this point that I was.
Depression is such a frustrating illness and unless you personally experience it, it can be difficult to understand.
My mood started improving once I switched birth controls, but I still struggle with the occasional mood swings and the feeling of deep, deep sorrow that I can’t shake.
I revert back to moments of seclusion where I slip deep beneath the sheets of my bed and stare blankly at the wall. Sometimes with dark thoughts, other times with no thoughts at all.
Over the years I have learned ways to manage my depression in a healthy way and most importantly, in a way that works for me.
Before we begin, I want to emphasize that I am in no way a professional. I am not licensed to give medical advice, nor is this an attempt to direct you away from seeking medical attention from a licensed professional.
A common recommendation for treating depression is to pick yourself up and go out. Surround yourself with people who love you. Go out with friends and enjoy the company of others. Don’t seclude yourself.
If I’m being completely honest, I know that sometimes when depression hits, I am not going to go out. I am not going to call a friend and have her meet me for a drink to lift my spirits. I am not going to throw myself in a social environment to spark a happier spirit.
I know that I want to be alone. Isolation is my comfort and home is my healing place. The best way for me to pull myself out and get myself to a healthier mindset is to allow myself to stay in a comfortable space and focus on myself. For that reason, I stay secluded.
Again, I am not recommending this. Please do what is best for you. But if you find yourself in a similar situation, perhaps these tips help you.
I have always loved beauty products. To me, beauty is about self-care. Treatment is about self-care. I believe treating depression has to begin with correcting your mindset and beauty products are the center of personal awareness.
Here are some beauty products to help fight depression. These are tips I use to really focus on myself, find joy through my sorrows, and bring myself to a healthier mental state.
Use Essential Oils To Create A Comforting Atmosphere
Hot baths are a must for me when I’m feeling down. The heat of the water helps to ease tension and clear my mind. The sound of the water drowns out any background noise and I can be left to sort through my thoughts and shed a few tears in private, if needed.
I have never been able to use bath bombs or bath crystal because the fragrance usually doesn’t agree with my body. Instead, I use essential oils. Essential oils give off a light fragrance that is soothing to the body without overpowering your senses.
Set your diffuser up on your vanity counter and add a few drops of essential oil to the water in your diffuser. While running, the diffuser will give off a light fragrance that is both rich and relaxing to enhance your experience.
Another way to use essential oils is on your wrists or on your pillow. doTERRA has an oil blend, Console Touch, that is specifically formulated to help set you on a path of emotional healing and calm your spirit.
This blend is available in drop form to use in a diffuser or in a roller ball for easy application to your body or pillow.
Take Time To Have Fun With Makeup
Makeup does wonders for me when I’m depressed. It helps me feel better about myself and boosts my attitude towards everything.
Now please don’t mistake my love for makeup for a lack of confidence. I am not saying that makeup makes me feel better about myself because I have low self-esteem.
I actually feel quite comfortable in my bare skin and feel confident in a clean face.
But, having said that, the act of applying makeup is sooo comforting to me.
When I’m applying my makeup, I feel like I’m in my own world. I’m able to shut everything out and it’s just me and my collection.
It is my therapy. I can take my time and go through my collection, picking out my favorite pieces. There are no rules. I can be whatever I want to be, use any products I want to use.
I can be dramatic, sparkly, bronzed, glowy, colorful, natural. This is a situation I have complete control over and I’m able to relax and enjoy myself.
Makeup is not solely about improving your outer appearance. I don’t think it is vain or selfish to enjoy spending time on the way you look. I think it is healing, actually.
Makeup is such a personal thing and going through the application process is about me taking some time for myself. Allowing myself to forget the worries going on around me and have fun and still stay in my comfort zone.
Pamper Yourself With Body Moisturizers
Depression doesn’t just affect us mentally, but physically as well. Sometime the pain comes in the form of headaches or body aches and is usually accompanied by muscle tension.
One thing that helps me relax and ease the pain is a good body moisturizer. I use a thick cream such as Josie Maran Argon Oil Body Butter and apply it to clean skin. This stuff soaks in beautifully and feels so luxurious.
No one likes dry skin. Depression can make you feel so uncomfortable in your own mind so why not take some time to feel the most comfortable in your own skin.
If there is ever a time to spoil yourself, it’s now. You deserve it.
Take time to focus on your points of tension, specifically your temples and forehead area. Massaging these points will help relieve headaches and relax your entire body.
I also like to focus on my hands. The area between your thumb and pointer finger is believed to contain pressure points that help relieve headaches when massaged.
Depression can be so difficult to overcome. I realize that these methods are not going to work for everyone and I understand that certain levels of depression will require additional attention from medical professionals.
But if you are like me and are not yet ready to throw yourself into society and put on a smile, take your healing into your own hands and start at home. If you’re going through a rough time and really want to pull yourself out of the rut but can’t bring yourself to be around anyone right now, I hope these tips help.
I hope you take some time to really focus on yourself and sort things out. Always remember that you are important and sometimes you just have to make yourself a priority.
Take the time you need to tend to your body and mind. Nothing lasts forever and although you may feel like things may never turn around, I promise you they will.
And, please, always remember to seek help from friends, family, medical professionals, or anyone you feel comfortable with if you feel your situation is no longer in your control.
Tomorrow is a new day. Let’s experience all of its beauty in a positive, healthier mindset.