ACNE CAN BE A POWERFUL GIFT
It took me quite a long time before I could appreciate that my acne was a gift. It allowed me to view life in a whole different perspective. Before these feelings of acceptance, I was frustrated with myself and my acne.
Trust me, I tried everything.
From becoming a vegan, self-supplementing, to using a minimalist approach to my skin care regimen, nothing seemed to give me lasting results. My frustration turned to anxiety, and I was lost.
But then I finally changed my approach.
My cure for acne had nothing to do with a simple cream or pill, but it was a matter of changing my mindset on life and to STOP STRESSING OUT. After shifting my perspective and viewing my acne through a positive lens, I became more in tune to my body and mind. My journey to clear skin turned into a passion for yoga, meditation, farmer’s markets, health food stores, and organic beauty.
5 SELF CARE PRACTICES THAT HEALED MY ACNE
1. I got involved in the kitchen.
When I started to clear my diet by eliminating artificial, processed, refined food, dairy, and even going sugar-free, I was lost. I was frustrated because everything had sugar and it wasn’t just sugar that I had to be cautious of, but many packaged foods even those deemed organic and healthy contain ingredients that don’t always cooperate with the skin.
After constant experimentation and looking up many recipes on Pinterest, my heart finally found a place in the kitchen.
In the kitchen, I am in control of the ingredients and can cater the meal according to my food sensitivities. The special thing about a home cooked meal is getting connected with each ingredient (this may sound strange but, for me, it’s so satisfying to wash, peel, and cut veggies.), and most importantly knowing that you took the time to make a meal that will nourish your body and soul.
To this day I love cooking up a storm for myself and my family. I would soon learn the importance of balancing my blood sugar levels and that glycemic index and even natural sugars had an impact on my skin.
2. I became mindful of what I ate.
As mentioned above, when I started to cook more meals at home it got me more conscious of what I put on my plate to understanding where certain food originates. It has gotten me more concerned with agriculture and how the system has drastically changed and has turned into a profit crazy business.
I focused on food quality.
I’ve become more aware of what is fed to animals, how they are treated, and how various farming strategies can have an impact on the nutritional value and the overall environment. Overall, I learned to pay attention to the needs of my body, mind, soul and my surroundings. Listening to my body became a crucial component to my road to optimal health.
3. I learned to just let go and move forward.
Being a perfectionist and dealing with acne only fueled my anxiety further. Self-criticism was a part of my daily ritual, and it was destroying my inner peace. During my acne journey, there would be days of praise for how much improvement was happening, but then there were also days when I would just want to give up. I wanted to give up on healthy eating and my passion for holistic nutrition because nothing resulted in long-term clear skin results.
I had to control my stress.
When I started to stress out, I became more stressed because I was afraid that I would break out. I was living in the future as if the breakout was already happening. It finally came to a point where I had to stop getting ahead of myself and certainly stop focusing on the tiniest little things that don’t matter to anyone else. When I changed my mindset, my mind and body thanked me. I began to love myself and accept that fact that I had to take it one day at a time and let nature or fate take its course.
4. I got into yoga and meditation.
Yoga and meditation served as powerful tools for relieving my everyday stress and easing my anxiety. I am so seriously addicted to the practice that I won’t go a day without stretching and taking the time to breathe slowly and deeply.
Yoga is like medicine for your body. It trains your brain to become aware of your surroundings while bringing you a sense of inner peace and joy. There’s something spiritual that draws me to these types of practices and just helps you set your intentions for the day.
5. I started a journaling practice.
I’m the type of person who tends to bottle things up inside of me. I don’t explode with fury, it just keeps getting bottled up. Sometimes you need to explode and let it all out, but for me, it was never vocally. The minute I started to pick up a journal and started writing sentences, I felt so darn GOOD.
The weight that had once been bearing down on my shoulders for quite a while was suddenly lifted and nowhere to be seen. To me writing in my journal brought me the same therapeutic effects as screaming your lungs out into the open wilderness. Even as I’m typing away here, I feel so inspired and overjoyed. Journaling has become a part of my everyday life where I can unplug from reality and recharge. I’ve made it a habit of writing before going to bed because I can feel more at ease and fall asleep faster.
TAKEAWAY: ACNE CAN BE A POWERFUL GIFT OF SELF LOVE
Overall, my acne has taught me to be an open-minded individual and that self-love is the best medicine to heal the body emotionally and physically.