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Cultivating Self-Esteem: 5 Ways

Posted on: February 13th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

Self EsteemToday more than ever, maintaining high self-esteem is easier said than done – after all, through the distorted lens of social media, the world is packed with gorgeous high-achievers boasting perfect families and jet-setter lifestyles. Jokes aside, most of our fellow humans are perfectly imperfect, and that’s a wonderful, beautiful thing. What’s most important is to embrace and celebrate who we are and to feel good about ourselves.

What is self-esteem, anyway? Merriam Webster defines self-esteem as “a confidence and satisfaction in oneself.” We think that’s a worthy aspiration. Without further ado, here are five ways to cultivate self-esteem.

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Send a Card to a Friend Day

Posted on: February 6th, 2019 by actifirm-sales

Send a noteWhat’s an easy way to bring a smile to the face of a friend? Write a note telling them just how special they are! February 7 is Send a Card to a Friend Day, which is the perfect excuse to reach out to someone important in your life.

The benefits of sending a letter or card extend to both the letter writer and recipient – and those perks can be both physical and emotional. Writing down your thoughts can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and loneliness. And of course, anyone who receives a warm letter in their mailbox is practically guaranteed a happiness boost!

While the spirit of the day is to send a traditional letter via snail mail, any personal communication is great, whether via email or an electronic greeting card service. (more…)

Journal Your Way to Wellness

Posted on: January 30th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

journalHave you ever kept a journal? While the practice may bring to mind your teenage years of keeping a drama-filled diary, it turns out that the practice may offer real health and wellness perks. Read on to learn more about how journal writing can benefit you, and how to get started.                                         Journal Writing Benefits                                                       Elevated mental wellbeing: Research from Advances of Psychiatric Treatment indicates that writing about a stressful or emotional event can improve wellbeing. Experts agree that in conjunction with professional help, journaling may help patients to better cope with anxiety and depression.

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Get That Post-Workout Glow

Posted on: January 23rd, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

post workoutIf you’ve gotten into a New Year’s exercise regimen, you know it’s a great feeling. But did you know that observing a few skincare measures before, during, and after exercise is critical to maintaining and improving your skin? Take these tips to assure you have that post-workout glow day after day:

Remove Makeup. You’re going to get sweaty anyway, so why bother washing your face before you hit the gym? Because looking good in that face of makeup isn’t going to help your appearance if it causes breakouts in the end. Keep skin cleanser in your gym bag and use it before exercise – we like Actifirm cleansers for their gentle ability to dissolve makeup, whisk away clogging dead skin cells and impurities, and impart anti-aging benefits. (more…)

The Best Workout for You

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

personal fitnessYou want to get into better shape, but you just haven’t found a routine that inspires you. Or, given your busy life, finding time to exercise seems impossible. While the hurdles to establishing a beneficial exercise routine are many, the challenge isn’t insurmountable. With the right mindset, you can find a fitness regimen that fits your interests, needs, and schedule.

The perfect exercise regimen is far from being one size fits all. First off, think about what activities interest you – a quick Google search will yield myriad possibilities, from hiking and biking to running or tai chi, just for starters. (more…)

Boost Your Confidence

Posted on: January 9th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”   — Eleanor Roosevelt

In the early days of a new year, we tend to have big ideas about becoming better versions of ourselves – but blazing new trails and self-improvement generally boils down to how much self confidence we have. While some personalities may lend themselves to self-assurance, confidence is not something that we’re born with. Rather, confidence is something that can be cultivated over time. To give yourself an instant boost of confidence, try one of these straightforward ideas: (more…)

A Beautiful 2019: Top 5 Skincare Resolutions

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

2019Happy New Year! As we look with anticipation to a calendar full of possibilities, the tradition of making resolutions comes naturally. If you haven’t yet come up with the perfect resolutions for 2019, allow us to suggest improving how you care for your body’s largest organ – your skin. The good news is that making a big impact on your skin’s appearance and health doesn’t have to take hours of your day. With a few simple commitments, you can start the year with a fresh skincare regimen that works.

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Gray Winter Days and Vitamin D

Posted on: December 26th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

If you’re a 122618b-01skin care fanatic, chances are you avoid the sun. After all, too many rays can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer. There are benefits to limited sun exposure, however, and some of these are critical to human health; for example, we humans overwhelmingly rely on sun exposure for our bodies to produce ample Vitamin D. But did you know that according to a study published in Nutrition Research, as many as 41.6% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D?

Here’s why that matters: Vitamin D is used by the body to help absorb essential phosphorous and calcium from the food we eat. These are used constantly to replace bone tissue and repair muscles including the heart. So a lack of Vitamin D can result in weak teeth, bones, and muscles. (more…)

Holiday Revival: Home Spa Day

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Spa DayPlaces to go, people to see, and gifts to buy. It’s a busy season, and all too often our physical and emotional health pay the price. What we all really need right now is some indulgent relaxation, but a day at the spa may not be feasible due to time, not to mention budget.

Our answer? A bit of pampering at home that’s not only blissful to the soul, but also easy on the wallet. Here are just a few ideas to get you started – we’ve chosen rituals that you should be able to perform with supplies found in your home. Pick and choose activities for a customized session that fits your personality, schedule, and supplies: (more…)

Brrr! Workout Motivation Now

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

We’re in thWorkout Motivatione thick of winter storm season, which can make it all the more challenging to muster up workout motivation. However, in the midst of all that weather lies a season of overindulgence – all the more reason exercise is so important right now. If you’re struggling with staying active, take a look at these top five ideas for making that trek to the gym (or wherever your fitness plans take you) a little bit easier:

Make getting out of bed more pleasant. For morning fitness enthusiasts, program your thermostat to kick on before your normal wake time to make crawling out of your cocoon more tolerable. To further this gentle awakening, (more…)