From Mississippi Heroes
We all know caregivers tend to not spend a lot of time or money on themselves, so we asked them what self-care rituals would help them feel their best. Here are some of their suggestions:
CARE FOR DRY, HARD WORKING HANDS
Slather on some coconut oil, Vaseline or your favorite lotion, and wear cotton gloves overnight to reduce dryness hands and signs of aging.
INDULGE IN A COFFEE FACIAL
Combine one tablespoon of coffee powder, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, and one tablespoon of yogurt in a bowl to form a paste. Apply to your face, and rinse off after 30 minutes.
BANISH UNDER-EYE BAGS
Here are some quick, easy ways to reduce under-eye bags:
- Place cucumber slices on eyes.
- Drink more water, and reduce your salt intake.
- Eat more fruits and veggies that are high in Vitamin C.
ATTEND TO CRACKED HEELS
Moisturize your heels two to three times a day. Rubbing calluses gently with a pumice stone and applying a moisturizer also can help, but do not overuse. Wear cotton socks to bed after applying Vaseline, and repeat for a few days as needed.
FOLLOW THIS BEDTIME ROUTINE
Massage your body from head to toe with coconut oil, at least your lower legs, and massage your feet for a great relaxation technique. You can use the oil in place of Vaseline before putting on cotton socks.
HYDRATE BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER
Drinking large amounts of water keeps the skin moist from within. Experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about two liters or half a gallon, per day.
Mississippi Heroes celebrates professional and nonprofessional caregivers by giving them a guilt-free day of relaxation and fun — allowing them to refresh, refocus and rejuvenate their minds, bodies and spirits so they can continue the invaluable service they provide. To learn more, visit www.mississippiheroes.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.