Do you struggle to find time in your busy day to look after yourself? If the answer is yes, here is a simple technique for fitting some "me-time" to your day. All you have to do is make sure that you have your favourite hand cream with you and, when you apply it, concentrate on what you are doing and how it makes you feel.
It almost sounds too easy, doesn't it? That's because it is easy. It's also quick, repeatable, and has the added benefit of being good for your skin. All you have to do is pay attention to yourself for the few moments it takes to apply your hand cream.
What to do
While you are applying your hand cream, take a few extra moments to think about what is happening. Notice the luxuriant softness of the cream as you smooth it over the backs of your hands. Feel the way that your skin absorbs the cream. Pay attention to the improvement in your skin as the moisture changes your hands from dry and careworn to soft and smoothe. Rub the cream into your cuticles one by one, taking your time to look after each finger nail instead of rushing through the action. Enjoy the fragrance of your hand cream.
Why it works
By concentrating on what you are doing and how it feels, instead of what you are going to do next, you create a small oasis of time that helps you to relax and take a few moments for yourself in the middle of your hectic busy day. As it only takes a short time to apply the hand cream you are able to give yourself permission to enjoy your "me-time" instead of feeling obliged to think about the next thing that you have to do in your busy day. When you are finished applying the hand cream, you will feel refreshed and your soft smooth hands will be evidence that you are looking after yourself.
How to do it
- Place a small amount of cream on the back of one hand, then spread the cream evenly on hands and fingers using the back of the other hand.
- Thread the fingers together a couple of times to make sure that the cream gets between the fingers.
- With the thumb of one hand, rub the cream onto the nails, cuticles and tips of the fingers.
- Finally, rub the palms over the hands as though you are washing them.
- If there is any excess hand cream left on your palms, remove it by rubbing it on your arms or by wiping your hands on a soft towel.
- When you are finished your hands will feel smoother and softer.
As an extra treat, pull gently on each finger, one at a time. Take the base of the finger between the thumb and forefinger of the other hand, squeeze gently and pull your hands apart.
What to do with your rings
Many people who wear rings will take them off before applying hand cream and put them back on when they have finished. If you prefer not to do this, and you wear a ring with a stone setting, turn the setting in towards your palm before you start to apply the hand cream and return it to its normal position when you have finished. This will make it easier to apply the hand cream evenly and reduce the amount of cream that has to be wiped off the setting later.
Keep a jar of hand cream where you will see it during the day, such as on your desk at work or on the kitchen counter top, to make it easier to remember to apply it. Your hands will thank you for looking after them.
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Author: Kathy Creaner
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