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January 02, 2018
We write many blog posts about being kinder to your skin; how to gently cleanse it, how to keep in moisturized, how to protect it from harmful UV rays, how eating right and drinking plenty of water is an important part of a healthy skincare regime.
We also recently blogged about holiday stress, how that disruption to your normal routine, combined with cold weather can wreck havoc on your skin.
What about the rest of the year?
The beginning of January is the time we reflect on the past year and commit to being better about something; Eating better, getting more exercise, saving more money, getting more sleep. Practicing better "self-care" by focusing on improving those basic life habits in 2018 is always a good idea.
Are they the same resolutions you made last year? Did you "fall off the wagon" something in February and then just give up?
What if something that's less obvious is subconsciously sabotaging your efforts?
"You're Only Human."
It's a phrase often used for saying someone has been weak in the ways that most people are weak and shouldn't be blamed for their behavior. The word "only" in that context is a negative word; "less than" superhuman." But you weren't created to be a superhuman. So why are you hard on yourself when you can't perform superhuman feats?
Harsh self-criticism keeps you focused on the negative. If you're already feeling negative about yourself, how can you expect your system to find the energy to do the hard work of developing better long term lifestyle habits you listed in your resolutions?
Practicing compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our own actions. It just releases us from self-hatred. Focus on being the best you can be in the moment. If that moment means you need a break from the hectic pace of modern adulting, then take that break. Treat yourself to a simple pleasure.
Like a cup of hot cocoa.
And then don't beat yourself up for it.
There will be another moment for you to be the best at something else as soon as you finish that cup.
April 01, 2020
As we all do our part to help contain the spread of COVID-19 by self-isolateing and social distancing, it's easy to to feel overwhelmed, anxious and stressed. We also suddenly more aware of how often we need to washing our hands, how we frequently we need to wipe down “high-touch” surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, toilets, phones, and keyboards using household cleaners and wipes. We suddenly need to be aware of how often we touch our faces, and how often All that awareness can increase stress levels.
March 15, 2020
A recent in-depth analysis by market intelligence agency firm Mintel reported that bar-soap sales in the U.S. declined 2.2% from 2014 to 2015 against an overall sales increase of 2.7% in the broader bath-and-shower category. Further, according to the report, the percentage of households using bar soap dropped five percentage points between 2010 and 2015 from 89% to 84%. What's causing the market for bar soap to continue to fall?
March 06, 2020
For several weeks now we've all been hearing the guidance from the CDC, federal and local governments and other public health officials.
Frequently. For twenty seconds. But have you been wondering why these scientists and public health experts are currently telling you, to clean your hands of dirt, grease, bacteria and viruses "plain soap and water works?"
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