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Adding Self Care Into Your Routine 

When you have kids, your routine can quickly find that your routine goes out of the window. Kids are unpredictable, their wants and needs can change quickly and you will generally have to juggle things around to make everything work. Then when you consider work, socialising and necessary doctor’s appointments, it’s not all too surprising that many of us find it hard to fit much time for ourselves in. However, self care should be a key part of your routine. It will help to maximise your health and wellbeing, keep you positive and happy and generally improve your quality of life. Here are some areas that you can try to incorporate into your week for now!

Time to Relax

Most of us feel like we’re constantly running around and doing something. It’s important that you do take some time to sit back, relax and just do nothing every once in a while. Sure, this can feel difficult, but chances are there is some time in your routine that could be used better. Think about it. Most of us have a period in the day where we mindlessly scroll through social media as a means of escape and procrastination. But do you really enjoy this? This time could be better spent kicking back and taking a nap, reading a book, lounging in the bath, watching a TV show you really enjoy or simply doing genuinely nothing. These moments of respite can really help you to relax and let go of your day’s stresses.

Do Things You Enjoy

When’s the last time you did something that you really enjoy, purely for the sake of it? Not for social value. Not to help your kids. Not for appearances. All too many adults don’t have a hobby, thinking its something for kids. But hobbies can give you time in your schedule to do things that you genuinely enjoy and will look forward to. So, pick something back up that you’ve left behind and miss or try something new. It could be anything. Martial arts. Creative writing. Painting. Pottery. Archery. Team sports. Singing. Playing an instrument. Baking. Cooking. The list goes on.

Grooming

Grooming facial hair can make all the difference to how you look, keeping things neat and tidy and giving your facial hair a style rather than letting it grow loose and free. Now, there are countless beard and moustache styles that you can choose from and there’s inspiration everywhere. From a smooth shave to a lumberjack style beard, the world is your oyster. Consider how your facial hair grows, what kind of looks you like, how committed you are to taking the time to grow longer styles and various other factors to settle on a style that suits you. Then, commit to it. It may take time and you may have to invest in some new shaving and grooming equipment – perhaps a new razor, a beard trimmer, beard waxes and oils or more – but in the end, your new look will be worth it!

You can also focus on your hair in your grooming routine. If you have a hairstyle you’ve stuck with for decades and you love it, there’s no need to really switch things up. But if you’re looking for something new, it’s good to start looking around for inspiration. In the past, men’s hair magazines and celebrities in film or on TV were one of the few places to draw inspiration from. But nowadays, with most of us online, there are countless places that you can look. From Pinterest boards to blogs to social media platforms, there are endless photos of different styles that you might want to try out yourself. Take images to your local barber or hairdresser and they’ll be able to tell you whether it will work well for you, whether they can achieve it, how much it will cost, how often you’ll have to check back in to maintain it and much more. If you’re suffering from hair loss and don’t quite want to go bald yet, there are also solutions, If your hair loss is caused by alopecia, look into A Solution For Alopecia. If you are balding naturally, there are options such as hair transplants. Do your research and contact professional, qualified and well rated clinics. Remember, sometimes it’s better to pay more for treatment you can trust and that others have reviewed well than to choose lower cost options that you may be unsure of and that might not give you the exact results you want.

Skin Care

Do you have a skin care routine? This is something that can really help with issues such as spots, blackheads, rough skin and more. Cleansing your skin is important and it can also help to give you a clearer complexion and help you feel more comfortable on a day to day basis. It’s recommended that everyone at least uses a good cleanser and moisturiser. The best way to find ones that work for you is to understand your skin type. Few of us know our skin type, but the guide below should help you to recognise and determine your own.

  • Normal Skin –  “normal skin” is often considered the most desirable skin type. It is generally balanced.
  • Dry Skin – dry skin doesn’t produce enough sebum, with lower sebum levels than “normal skin”. This can result in dry and flaky skin. It may also appear rough and dull.
  • Oily Skin – at the opposite end of the spectrum, we have oily skin, which produces excessive levels of sebum. This can give your skin an oily and slick texture. When you have oily skin, you are likely to have visible pores and a greasier appearance.
  • Combination Skin – combination skin is a combination of some or all of these multiple skin types. When you have combination skin, you might experience dryness in some areas of their face, oiliness in others, and normal skin elsewhere.

These are just a few, randomly selected, things that you can do to improve your overall lifestyle and simply take a little time to focus on yourself, your happiness and your wellbeing. Hopefully, some of the suggestions come in useful for you!

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