Each ‘FRIENDS’ episode reminds us that: ‘no-one told you life was going to be this way’. However, YOUR friends, family & colleagues, constantly remind you that you need to look after yourself. It seems like such an obvious notion, but as a PA, you are driven by the idea that you need to look after others and run their daily routines. For many, it’s in your nature to put others first, and consider yourself last (which is probably why you’re so good at your job). However, not looking after yourself can lead to lower energy levels; anxiety or the feeling of uncertainty; dwelling in guilt that you haven’t done enough; or performing your functions with less vigour or competence than what you are used to. Don’t worry – we’ll be there for you…
We have a couple of techniques for you to use to pamper yourself (at a cost-effective rate) at home and PIVOT the way you feel about yourself, and #BeFabulous.
Your face is the first thing that you look at each day, and is the first thing that people notice about you. It holds the power to show your emotion, express yourself in conversation and create a slice of your identity. Here are some ways to look after your skin, and your face at home:
Cleanse your skin, and tighten those pores
Mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe.
Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.
The trick is to tone
After you wash your face, mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also create a homemade face mask by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let it dry.
Improve uneven skin texture and tone
Mix 1 tablespoon of natural, plain yogurt; 1 tablespoon of honey; and 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder. Spread the mixture on your face and leave for about 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water
Show acne & blemishes who’s boss
Just mix 1 tablespoon of manuka honey; 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder; and 1/2 teaspoon of Dead Sea salttogether, use a clean foundation brush to apply to your face (paying extra attention to your T-Zone), and let it work its magic for 10-15minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Moisturise dry or oily skin
For a little pampering, head to the refrigerator and grab an egg. If you have dry skin that needs moisturizing, separate the egg and beat the yolk. Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added. For normal skin, use the entire egg. Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. You’ll love your new fresh face
Bring the glow from within
Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda; 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil; and ½ teaspoon honey in a bowl. Apply the mixture on damp face and neck using circular motions. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. Moisturize as usual.
Your nails offer 10 (or 20) small windows into your overall health. Broken, discoloured, or misshapen nails can indicate nutritional deficiencies, infections, or skin conditions. Make the people around you exclaim in envy with these tips and tricks at home:
Mix ¼ cup honey; 2 tablespoons liquid hand soap; and 1 tablespoon olive oil well and store in an airtight container. Add half of mixture to a small bowl then add warm water, stirring until well mixed. Soak hands.
Mix together 1 teaspoon Olive Oil; and 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (Tissue Oil) then gently massage into cuticles.
Dip fingers in a mixture of 1 tablespoon Hydrogen Peroxide; and 1 cup warm water for 15 minutes two times a week until nails are white and then once a week to maintain.
Quick Manicure Tips
- Create your own Quick Dry by dipping your freshly painted nails into ice water for 3 minutes.
- Use circular paper reinforcements to achieve a perfect French manicure.
Your feet carry you wherever you need to go, and are often neglected. Spending some quality time on your toetsies will uplift your body from the ground up, and ensure that you can walk with pride and dignity. See these quick masks that can spread the love down to your toes:
Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Foot Mask
In a food processor, pulse together a quarter cup of rolled oats and a quarter cup of brown sugar. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in a quarter cup of honey, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and one tablespoon of olive oil. Divide the mixture into two Ziploc bags, and place your feet in the bags. Massage the paste into the feet, and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Super-Moisturizing Foot Mask
Mix together a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of cocoa butter, and the contents of three vitamin E capsules. After a shower, while the pores are still open, massage the mask into the feet, covering with socks. The next day, you can rinse with warm water. Your feet will feel silky smooth and moisturized!
Cucumber Foot Treatment
In a blender, combine two small cucumbers, the juice of one lemon, and three tablespoons of olive oil. Divide between two large plastic freezer bags, then place your feet inside and secure around your ankles with rubber bands. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse off.
Peppermint Foot Scrub
In a small bowl, add one cup of sugar and begin drizzling in two to three tablespoons of grape-seed, or another neutral oil, until you have a coarse, damp mixture. Stir in five drops of peppermint oil until well blended. Store in a resealable glass jar, and to use, rub a tablespoon or two onto the soles of your feet.
Vegetable Oil Foot Treatment
Rub down your feet with vegetable oil, then put on some old socks. When you wake up, the oil will be gone and your feet will be super soft.
Unfortunately, your soul is not something that we can mask and fix in just a few minutes. However, I believe that looking after your soul, can aid to looking after your body (and visa versa). Your body is an incredible combination of physical, mental and emotional, so focusing on all aspects will only benefit you, and those around you. Here are a few things to consider on a daily basis to add to your inner beauty:
Explore your surroundings
Get into nature for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Ideally, you should be doing this every day, and observe the tiniest of details out there.
Start a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, list as many things as possible that have either brought you joy or an opportunity for learning and growth.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Everyone has had their own long journey and you don’t know what that journey has been like for them. Where they’ve struggled, what mistakes they’ve made. Use any jealousy you feel as your guide, it’s just showing you what you want in life.
A big part of investing in your emotional health is protecting yourself from the things that can do you harm. No one can live in a bubble and ignore the hard choices life sometimes brings us, but it’s still important to notice the patterns in your life. When a person, activity, or event puts you in a bad place, when it makes you more negative or feel more at risk, it’s time to take stock and see if there’s a way to lessen that effect.
Be in a peaceful sanctuary, away from the noise, crowd and clutter. Whenever you are feeling tense, rather retreat into silence for a while. Practice breath meditation, allowing your mind to relax. Consider incorporating this tip as part of your regular routine too! You will experience the benefits of mediation.
Looking after yourself from head to toe can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, so next time someone asks: “How you doing…?” you can answer honestly, and assure those that care for you. Don’t be afraid to take a break, watch an episode, and #BeYourBestSelf with those who love you most.