April Is Stress Awareness Month

There is no more important beauty tool than self-care. If you’ve been rushing from one obligation to another without taking a moment for yourself, Smart Cover invites you to STOP! April is Stress Awareness Month and it’s time for you to take care of you.

You know that eating right and getting eight quality hours of sleep is vital to your health. But it’s just as critical for you to take a little time each day to decompress, even if it’s just for five or ten minutes. Experts tout the benefits of meditation for stress reduction.

According to ewellnessmag.com, “This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation’s close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.”

Stress Awareness Month

If that’s not your style, there are plenty of other ways to de-stress. Daily exercise, even if it’s just a twenty-minute walk, causes the release of endorphins, also known as the “happy chemicals!” Most of us are guilty of spending too much time staring at our phones, but unplugging is a great way to relax.

Take a break from your newsfeed and let yourself just breathe. “Although the link between stress and heart disease isn’t clear, chronic stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls,” warn the experts at Heart.org. Other stress-induced behaviors that can increase your risk for heart disease include smoking and poor eating habits.

Not sleeping enough? Hide dark eye circles with the Smart Cover Stick. Want to cover fine lines and wrinkles caused by too much worrying? We’ve got Smart Cover Camouflage Crème. We can help you look great… and reducing stress will help you feel great inside and out.

Pamper Yourself

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For most of us, work and family are competing at all times for our mental and physical resources. As we build our careers and strive to create a rewarding home life, certain aspects of life fall by the wayside. For example, if you ask the average working parent how often they pamper themselves, you may get a snort of laughter in response.

That’s because, in today’s work-oriented society, pampering ourselves is considered a decadent indulgence, a selfish waste of time and money. However, research indicates that pampering oneself is a crucial element of self-care, right up there with eating right and getting enough sleep. According to Jeremy McCarthy, the author of The Psychology of Spas and Well-Being: A Guide to the Science of Holistic Healing, “Pampering is not only about indulgence.  Sometimes, it’s just what the doctor ordered.”

Stress has been proven to have detrimental effects on our mental and physical health, causing headaches, eating disorders, weight gain and a compromised immune system, to name just a few. “The Pain Doctor,” a website devoted to health and wellness, states: “Not only does relaxing remove or reduce the ill effects of stress, but it generates positive effects of its own.”

If getting a professional massage isn’t in your budget this month, experts recommend simple, low-cost paths to pampering to reap the same benefits: even something as simple as playing with a beloved pet for fifteen minutes or having a dance party for one in your living room can go a long way toward recharging your batteries.

Giving yourself a few extra minutes to get ready has also been proven to provide a significant mood boost, because when you know you look great, it’s hard not to feel great. Smart Cover can help you on that front! Our Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit comes with 17 different products, so you can hide your skin imperfections and play up your best beauty assets.

There was a time when we didn’t know how beneficial regular exercise was and now that’s common knowledge. Here’s hoping that the self-care associated with pampering will also get its due in the near future.