Tip 1: Increase your emotional well-being
Reduce your isolation, join a group, participate in a physical activity, smile often and laugh freely. There’s no better way to improve your sense of connection than meeting new people and spending time with those you love. Your happiness will be reflected in your health and appearance.
Tip 2: Reflect on the positive
Studies have shown that optimistic people live longer and more fulfilling lives. Even when you feel down, focusing on one positive thing can instantly improve your mood. Each night before you go to bed, write down three good things that happened to you that day. This is my #1 recommendation to improve your emotional outlook.
Tip 3: Pamper yourself
Your health and appearance are positively influenced by increasing your emotional and mental well-being. Whether it’s for a facial, massage or even a pedicure, a visit to the spa is a fool-proof way to promote stress relief and relaxation. Book an appointment at your local spa. It’s just what the Doctor ordered.
Tip 4: Optimize your sleep
Use topical and internal products with ingredients such as melatonin and GABA that add depth to your sleep and your skin’s sleep repair cycle. Getting the right amount of sleep helps ensure that you are alert and focused. Try to get a minimum of eight hours a night.
Tip 5: Get regular exercise
Exercise improves digestion, metabolism and endocrine function so that your entire body is functioning at an optimal level. Yoga and hiking are great ways to exercise your body and to calm your mind and spirit. But, most importantly, you should find an exercise you love so you will stick with it. Try to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes every day.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.