Our skin. It’s the barrier between our inner and outer worlds, and when in harmony, is an indication of health, vitality & longevity. When skin issues arise, it’s an indicator that one or more areas of our life are out of balance.
Here are a few ways to keep your body, mind & spirit in balance, for healthy, harmonious skin that radiates from within:
You may have heard it before: health begins in the gut. Proper digestion and balanced gut flora are responsible for absorption, conversion and production of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates & essential fatty acids that provide the building blocks to nourish our cells, give us energy, create our hormones & detoxify our organs. Poor digestion or lack of proper nutrients can cause toxicity and inflammation, malnutrition, hormone imbalance or liver congestion, and show up on our skin as Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Wrinkles, Dry Skin, and more. Keep your digestion & nutrition in tip-top shape by healing gut issues, supplementing with fermented foods or probiotics, and eating a high vegetable diet with moderate protein from pastured and grass fed meats, wild caught fish, healthy fats like coconut, flax, hemp and avocado, and low glycemic carbohydrates such as squash, pumpkin, and sweet potato.
Not only is our skin a reflection of our inner health, but so is the space we inhabit. It’s a reflection of how we regard ourselves and the world. From over-consumption, to toxic household and toiletry products, to chemical laden furniture and functional items, the products we use and surround ourselves with on a daily basis have a great effect on our wellbeing. Raise your home vibes by decluttering your space, replacing toxic household items with eco-friendly products, adding plants for better oxygen and air filtering, and supporting companies who share your values. This works both ways. A high vibe environment is refreshing to hang out in, and that reflects back at you whenever you’re in it!
Prolonged cardio exercise has been debunked, but it is important to move your body regularly. Things like stretching morning and evening, a 30 minute brisk walk 5 days a week, jumping on a rebounder, or even gardening or yard work. Essentially, anything can be good exercise if it loosens up your limbs or gets your heart rate up to 60-85% of your maximum heart rate, and you do it for 30-ish minutes a few times or more a week.
Getting done everything on our to-do list can seem like a thankless job. When it comes to getting the thanks you deserve, the best person to give it to you is you. So, go ahead. Give yourself some love. Start a nightly hot-bath-and-a-cup-of-tea ritual. Crochet yourself some comfy socks. Go to bed at 8pm sometimes. Learn to say no, and be ok with it (you’re allowed). You getting the picture? The point is, slow down and concentrate on yourself, and during that time let everything else go. Little tweaks like this can have massive effects on your sense of self-worth, your energy level, your digestion (yep) and your stress management.
It’s natural to want to reduce or eliminate the stressors in our lives. But, how much can we truly cut out before it’s just plain old avoidance? Life is always happening. So, instead of avoiding stress, learn to adapt to it. Self-worth and acceptance play big here. When we’re comfortable with who we are (would you believe spell check wants me to say “whom” there? No, I say! See how easy that is…), we’re less apt to feel unstable or threatened when the poop hits the fan. We tend to see the world around us as a safe place, and the people in it as generally pretty swell. How we see the world depends greatly on how we feel about ourselves. To get your stress adaptation mojo working, set the tone for each day with a 10 minute meditation session, practice self-hypnosis with daily mantras, and get to work on those self-love rituals.
While breathing happens automatically, most of us habitually breathe shallow. This deprives us of brain and energy boosting oxygen, negates detoxification through the lungs, and fails to stimulate lymph flow. Mindful, deep breathing restores these functions, as well as slows heart rate and lowers cortisol levels (stress hormone), keeping us calm yet energized, and able to take life as it comes.
Which helps with our mindset. Which gives us self-worth. Which gives us energy to move well. Which helps with digestion and assimilation of nutrients. And all of which work together, holistically, to balance body, mind & spirit, radiating outward as the healthy, glowing barrier between our inner and outer worlds. Our skin.