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    Here's How Blending My Beauty And Self-Care Routines Reduced My Anxiety

    I love beauty products and I love self-care, so I combined them!

    Hello, my name is Jamé, and I am an anxious, beauty-loving person.

    One thing that has helped me is putting together an anti-anxiety self-care routine.

    The beautiful thing about self-care is it's not "one size fits all" and you can tailor it to your liking. I wanted to feel less anxious, get better sleep at night, and spend more time enjoying the present rather than stressing out about the future.

    Something I noticed is that I always felt relaxed while doing my beauty routine, so it made me wonder: Could I combine self-care with beauty? Could I somehow merge beauty products with lessening stress?

    My goal was to see if, after a week of trying different things, I could feel less anxious and more energized by combining my two favorite activities: beauty and self-care.

    Here's what I learned throughout my week of blending self-care with my beauty routine.

    Oh, and I'll note that this is just my personal experience! This is not Biblical text, so understand that you'll have to find your own unique beauty path to enlightenment. :)

    My mind is constantly in work mode, so I tried meditation while doing my face sheet masks to focus my thoughts.

    I ditched coffee and most caffeinated drinks for the whole week to see if my skin cleared up and stress went down.

    I listened to podcasts while cleansing my face to get my daily dose of active — and passive — listening.

    I slathered my face with hyaluronic acid and ate water-rich veggies before I went to bed so that I could wake up to fresh, moisturized skin.

    Lastly, I ditched the late night technology ~itch~, like checking my emails, text messages, or social media, so that I could get more sleep and wake up less anxious.

    Overall, I felt like I hadn't made any extreme changes in my life, but I did feel like a brand new person with a fresh perspective on health and beauty.