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You know in old TV shows and movies when women would talk about needing their beauty rest? It’s always played off as a joke, or the woman being vain. Well let me tell you something: That sh*t is real. You need to rest to look and feel beautiful. I’m learning this life lesson right now. The reason I’m writing this is because I have been stressed and lacking rest lately, and It’s taking a toll. And it’s not a matter of not having the time to rest, it’s more like I can’t shut my brain off for five minutes to give myself a break. In turn I haven’t been sleeping well, my shoulders have been extremely tight, causing tension headaches AND yesterday I pulled my lower back (which is sometimes closely tied to excess of stress). Now I’m walking like Quasi Modo, I can barely stand long enough to blow dry my hair, and I can’t get to the gym. Not cute. I am not feeling beautiful.
Of course there are exceptions to every rule, so if you are some sort of powerhouse woman who can work a few jobs and sleep three hours a night and feel pretty, then more power to you. As a matter of fact can I come hang out for a week and see what you’re doing that makes you so amazing? I’ll bring a notebook and everything.
For most of us lack of sleep, lack of rest or a surplus of stress (which always seem to go hand in hand, no?) will eventually catch up to us and make us feel less than 100%. And when I say less than 100% I mean inside and outside, because SO much beauty comes from within as well. Yeah, that’s totally cheesy, I know. I’m not a sappy person AT ALL, like I bet my family and close friends are reading that and wondering if someone who likes lifetime movies took over my blog. But as a very practical person, I can tell you first hand that I see more of the beauty in a person after I see how good they are to others or how vibrant their personality is. That much is a fact.
The toll this kind of stuff takes on us as a whole, is completely real. I mean you can read from from a medical perspective what lack of rest does to your looks, or the effects of stress on your mind and body. So that guy who rolled his eyes at the old timey actress needing her rest can basically bite me.
Unfortunately a lot of us have a hard time getting a good nights sleep, taking a ‘mental health day’, or even just clearing our mind for a little while (like yours truly) due to everyday circumstances. So here are a few tricks and ideas provided by my loving family and friends. To be honest I knew most of them already, but sometimes you need to be reminded to do these things for yourself. Luckily most of them don’t take a terribly long time so hopefully even the busiest among us can get some use out of them.
This is what I’ll be doing this weekend to try to regain some of my inner and outer beauty (or at least walk upright again, maybe?) Let me know in the comments if you have any little tricks you do to help yourself unwind and get some beauty rest, I would love some new things to try!