West Palm Beach sunrisePeople who know me personally know that I have been going through a very difficult time in my life. It started one Friday afternoon in late April when my perfectly constructed world crumbled in a few careless text messages, and it recently culminated in the stifling heat of July. Throughout this time, I’ve became aware of how much I’ve been relying on my beauty rituals to lift my mood. In the midst of tears, sadness, and anger, I’ve been using my crazy beauty obsession as an anchor in my day.

The point of this post is not to compare difficult times, or to belittle your personal experiences, or to throw a pity party for myself. I can point out a million examples of people who are struggling more than me. It’s also not to say that something little is going to take away your stress or grief. I know that it is not easy to take care of yourself when your world seems like it’s falling apart. The point is that there are some little things that you can focus on to pull you through. It’s so easy to say that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. In times of stress, it’s easy to let these little habits slip. But these little habits are the ones that don’t have to take a long time but can have huge effects on the way you feel about yourself in down times.

These are some little habits that I’ve been relying on to pick my mood up, even if just for a quick minute.

Finding small pampering moments for yourself won’t put more money in your checking account or make the kids stop screaming. But finding two to five minutes to maintain a beauty ritual can boost self-esteem and confidence, as well as temporarily lifting your mood. I speak from personal experience when I say that I know how hard it can be to take care of yourself, but I also know how much it can help. Build healthy habits now that you can lean on in tough times. If your tough time is now, be sure to take some time and effort to take care of yourself.


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  1. I think we can all relate to this! I know most people like to get a mani-pedi.. and I do as well. But when I am feeling life’s pressure I love to sit down and paint my nails. There is something about it that really calms me and keeps me in the moment!

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