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Article By: Tess DiNapoli
With the start of a new year, many of us are setting goals to take better care of ourselves in 2019. But what does “self-care” really mean? Is it just about eating better, going to the gym more, or making it a point to be a better person? Our wellbeing is influenced by a number of factors, and it is essential that we take a holistic approach to self-improvement in the year ahead. Find the right beauty routine for your schedule, meet your fitness goals, and maintain balance in your life.
Make 2019 your best year yet by following these three trends that will have you looking and, just as importantly, feeling your best.
1. Simplify Your Approach to Beauty
Many beauty trends you see on Pinterest or Instagram will recommend you add a new step or product to your morning routine. There are plenty of times, however, when what you need is to cut some steps out. Keeping up with an extensive makeup regimen every day can be daunting and exhausting. You can release yourself from that pressure by simplifying your approach to beauty and establishing a beauty routine that works for you and your unique schedule. Get yourself to work or school on time without sacrificing your confidence. Beauty is not just about looking good on the outside but also feeling it on the inside, so makeup should be fun and empowering.
You may join the trend toward more minimalist, fresh-faced looks. Focus on a clean brow, long lashes, and a neutral lip to cut down on “get-ready” time while still looking put together. Nailing the “No-Makeup” Makeup Look is all about keeping your skin and hair clean and hydrated while keeping makeup to a more natural-looking minimum. This trend also allows you more time to sleep in and get the rest you need to sport a healthy glow that is all you.
Alternatively, stick to your go-to looks but cut down on the number of products you use by finding dual purposes for what you already have. For example, you can apply blush as eyeshadow or concealer to contour. Try to cut everything down to a smooth and effortless five-minute makeup routine, especially on those busy mornings when stressing about your face will only make you look exhausted.
2. Get Fit, Strong and Independent
We all know that regular exercise is a critical element of taking care of ourselves. By hitting the gym consistently (or squeezing in a quick workout at home when you can’t!), we strengthen our muscles and improve our cardiac and respiratory health. But the effects of daily exercise are not just physical. After a good work out, you will feel more energized and clear-minded. It can be a challenge, however, to start your fitness journey in the biting cold of winter. Windy days and slippery sidewalks do not precisely encourage morning jogs or trips to the gym. To help, check out these 15 ways to stay fit in the winter for some ideas on how to start your year off strong, even during the sometimes terrible weather.
This year’s fitness trend is martial arts and self-defense. During such classes, you will have an exerting workout, getting toned and strong, while also learning practical skills. To get started, consider finding a Krav Maga Worldwide certified location near you. Krav Maga is a great way to relieve stress while building strength, and some classes are specifically designed to teach women how to protect themselves. They emphasize realistic scenarios and provide hands-on education. By training in self-defense, you will gain confidence and learn how to respond mentally and physically during a confrontation.
If nothing else, take advantage of the Fitbit and Apple Watch trend that is still going strong among gym-goers. Stand and stretch for a few seconds every hour, track your steps and set a viable goal for yourself, and try to complete at least 30-minutes of physical activity every day. Even these small changes can make a difference in your body and mind.
3. Practice Self-Care and Find Your Peace
It is so easy to get caught up in the stress of your career and other responsibilities that you may forget to pause and take care of your emotional wellbeing. Put your mental health first in 2019! Start by making a list of activities that make you feel relaxed and happy. Whether it is taking a warm bath, buying fresh flowers, or reading a book, be sure to make time for the things that allow you to de-stress and find your center.
Consider exploring meditation or yoga as one of your new practices this year. Meditation gives you an opportunity to clear your mind and define your intentions. Whether you are struggling with stress, restless sleep, or a lack of motivation, there is an option for you to improve your quality of life. Increasing your mindfulness has been proven to treat depression and manage stress. Of course, yoga is a type of meditation in that it allows you to reconnect with your body. It does, however, include stretching, bending, and other movements that will help towards your physical fitness goals as well.
Before you start, research meditation centers and yoga classes in your area or sign up for a smart-device app designed to help you live a happier and healthier life, these apps and lessons will aid you in enjoying guided meditations and yoga exercises customized to help you meet your particular goals. If you are interested in meditation but not quite ready to commit to a new hobby, learn our 6 simple ways to integrate mindfulness into your busy schedule. Meditation is just one of many strategies you may explore to build your mental strength and care for your emotional health this year.
These three trends are a great way to start building a lifestyle that keeps you happy and healthy inside and out. Keep your beauty routine stress-free, learn to protect yourself and try out meditation. Leave unnecessary stress behind in 2018, and find a balanced routine that works for you!