All of us lose sleep on occasion, or forget to eat a proper meal during a busy day, or don’t drink enough water. And beyond those more internal health concerns, we often don’t put our physical needs first as well, like skin or hair care for example.
You might be thinking what the heck does hair or skin have to do with women’s health, or even mental health, but it truly does. It’s the little things, the “self care” that is the difference between feeling run down, stressed and frumpy to feeling confident and ready to take on the day. And that is mental health.
We’ve been using Walgreens for our family prescriptions for almost 10 years, but its also a one-stop-shop for all things women’s health, especially the self care stuff. This week I headed over to pick up a few things to help take better care of me with my sweet companion.
I’ve been in the process of changing my meds…again…and having trouble sleeping in the process. In fact, I’m having a bought of insomnia right now as I write this, so I’m pretty run down. It sucks, but it is what it is, and I have to try to take care of me the best I can in other ways while going through this weaning process.
So what are my suggestions for healthy habits that help take care of me from the inside out?
I really believe in Vitamin D for enhancing mental health. Often times people who are depressed have low vitamin D levels, but also D3 is great for skin, bone health and a bevy of other things. So as I was looking for some I spotted this “Hair, Skin and Nails” vitamin combo.
Not only does it have a perfect amount of D3, it also includes many other much needed vitamins like Folic Acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin C among others. They were even Buy One Get One Free (as you can see many were,) so for $9.99 I got a 90-day supply. I’m very interested to see how they affect my hair, skin and nails too.
Another piece of advice is drinking lots of water. I am so bad at this typically because I just forget or its annoying having to pee all of the time. Am I right?! But I know I really need to focus on it. The new medication I started has the risk of dehydration, so this is a big one for me. It’s not just about the meds. When I drink enough water, I have less headaches, my skin feels better, and I lose weight easier. My tip is to pick up a nice water bottle from Walgreens and keep it by your side at all times as a reminder.
Another issue I have is adult acne. I am FORTY people, and I still get acne like a teenager. I absolutely hate it. It makes me lose confidence in public situations and just stresses me out. My tip if you have skin problems is to visit the vast skincare aisle at Walgreens and find a skin care system that appeals to you.
You’re not investing hundreds of dollars on skin care systems “as seen on TV,” so it’s kind of fun to choose something new and just try it out. The prices are great so you really don’t have to worry about wasting money. I saw these, they looked cool, and I wanted to give them a try. It’s only been a few days and already the acne I had is starting to clear. I tend of bounce around when it comes to skincare regimes because I find they stop working after a while. So being able to find quality cost-effective systems at Walgreens makes perfect sense for me.
For hair I wanted to try out Nexxus because I know it’s a great professional line, and sure enough, they had slightly-bigger-than-sample-size bottles. I picked them up test it out and I didn’t have to spend a fortune on the full size versions just yet.
SAVE MONEY AT WALGREENS:
Honestly the reason that I do my “take care of me” shopping at Walgreens is because I can find items that won’t break the bank. And with the Balance Rewards program, you get extra savings and build up points for dollars off. That’s how I got those vitamins buy one get one free. And it’s free to join, pretty simple.
What ways do you focus on self care? Maybe for you it’s nails. I know a nice manicure always cheers me up. Or perhaps you get massages, or acupuncture or go to the chiropractor. I’d love to hear your favorites. I can always up the ante with my own self care.
Here’s to our mental health mamas!