With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are all confronted with the fragility of our lives.

Suddenly, humans are the ones that are still, while the planet is in motion.

We are reminded that everyone in this world are our brothers and sisters, we are one family.
People will be struggling to make ends meet. We need to help each other.

Donating to food banks, shelters and charities in your area is more important than ever at this time.
Our heart aches for the world, and those that are ill, and those that have passed.

We will get through this, and be stronger than before.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
-Martin Luther King

With love,
American Vanity

Our attempt to do more…
We are currently exploring various ways in which we can further our impact. To date, we have been making several donations to local charities, but are looking to do more. If you or your organization would like to partner with us and discuss ways in which we can better our community, please do so at info@americanvanity.co

Self-care is always important, but even more so in these stressful times.

Self-care is a huge part of what’s missing in the life of someone who’s busy and stressed.
We may not be as busy in normal times, but we’re definitely stressed.

So, what is self-care?

Self-care in essence is the mindful taking of time to pay attention to you, not in a narcissistic way, but in a way that ensures that you are being cared for by you.

Self-care goes a long way in managing stress and living your best life.

  • Take a self-care trip

    Taking a self-care trip can make a huge difference in your life. Even if you’re not feeling particularly stressed, getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect, relax, and be rejuvenated.

    These self-care trips don’t have to be costly; simply drive to the next town over and see the sights, or go camping nearby. The goal is to veer away from your normal schedule and take the time to do something just for yourself.

  • Make sleep part of your self-care routine

    Sleep can have a huge effect on how you feel both emotionally and physically. Not getting enough can even cause major health issues. But stress and other distractions can wreak havoc on our sleep.

    Develop a sleep routine: go to bed and get up at approximately the same time each day, even on weekends. Do the same thing before bed each night, e.g. reading for 15 minutes.

  • Take care of yourself by getting organized

    Getting organized is often the first step to becoming a healthier you, because it allows you to figure out exactly what you need to do to take better care of yourself.

    A small change, like keeping a planner or a calendar on the fridge, can help you write down all your responsibilities and appointments, while at the same time keeping your life a bit more organized.

    You can also create an area to keep keys, purses, backpacks, briefcases, and coats, and make sure they’re ready to go for the next day.

  • Read a book

    In today’s fast-paced world, we tend to turn to our phones for entertainment or comfort, scrolling through news feeds that can contribute to our stress and anxiety rather than helping it.

    Instead, consider bringing a book with you when you leave the house. ou might be amazed at the difference it can make when you slow down instead of always looking at your phone. Not only can it help improve your mood, but it can also help you to stay more present and mindful.

  • Cook at home to care for yourself

    Many people don’t take the time to make themselves meals, preferring instead to stop for fast food or popping a pre-made meal in the microwave. But these “fast” meals aren’t usually sufficient when it comes to feeding your body the right kinds of calories and nutrients.

    Even if it’s only once a week, consider making a healthy meal for yourself or your whole family. You could even look into a meal delivery service or meal kit that can help you get started.

  • Schedule your self-care time

    Make #SelfcareSunday your thing.

    It can be hard for us all to find extra time. But it’s extremely important to plan regular self-care time.

    Moments alone can help you to ponder the best ways to move forward in your life and keep you grounded. And moments with friends can help you feel more connected and relaxed.

    Maybe this is when you plan your at-home facial, or when you decide you want to go for a long walk, take a hot bath, or enjoy a good movie with friends, taking self-care time is imperative.

    Look for small ways you can incorporate it into everyday life; for example, you might wake up 15 minutes earlier to sit with a cup of tea and practice deep breathing before the chaos of the day begins, or you might take a walk around the block on your lunch break. The more you can work self-care time into your schedule, the better you’ll be able to grow, enjoy your life, and thrive.

  • Take care of yourself by taking care of your gut

    Your gut health can have a significant impact on your health, well-being, and feelings of vitality.

    The types of foods you eat crucially impact the bacteria that live in your stomach, resulting in a cascade of either positive or negative outcomes. An unhappy gut can lead to an unhappy person, and vice-versa.

  • Let a pet help you with your self-care

    Pets can bring a boost to our lives. From giving unconditional love to providing companionship, pets can be hugely beneficial for our self-care. Dogs especially can help reduce stress and feelings of anxiety and can even lower blood pressure. In fact, many people who suffer from disorders like PTSD have benefited from working daily with animals, which is why service dogs have become so helpful for these individuals.

  • Take a self-care break by getting outside

    Spending time outside can help you reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, and be more mindful.

    Studies have even shown that getting outside can help reduce fatigue, making it a great way to overcome symptoms of depression or burnout.

    Getting outside can also help you sleep better at night, especially if you do some physical activity, like hiking or walking, while you are outside.

  • Say no to others, and say yes to your self-care

    Learning to say no is really hard; many of us feel obligated to say yes when someone asks for our time or energy.

    However, if you’re already stressed or overworked, saying yes to loved ones or coworkers can lead to burnout, anxiety, and irritability.

    It may take a little practice, but once you learn how to politely say no, you’ll start to feel more empowered, and you’ll have more time for your self-care.

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