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At Melinda Menezes, MD we believe that self care isn’t just important but a critical element of your overall health and wellbeing. Between long to-do lists at home and work, travel, school, and caregiving we all have things that cause stress to spike this time of year.

It is easy to put ourselves second and sacrifice self care when overwhelmed but doing so won’t help you get that to-do list done any sooner. Here are a few of our favorite ways to add self care into your routine so you can refresh and refocus. 

Follow a Healthy Skin Fitness Plan

Taking care of your skin is an excellent way to add self care into your daily routine. Start each morning cleansing and toning your skin and applying products that will protect you from the sun, even tone and improve texture. It takes just a few minutes and is not only great for your skin, but also gives you a little time to yourself each day. Not sure how to get started? Call us and schedule a Skin Fitness consultation. You’ll get a scientific analysis of your skin with our VISIA camera and customized skincare plan with medical-grade products and treatments proven to get you results.

Bust a Move or Break A Sweat

We all know that regular exercise is a healthy habit but did you know it is great self care too? Try a new fitness class you have been curious about, run around with your kids or take a walk with your dog. A few of our staff’s favorite ways to break a sweat on Kauai include indoor cycling at Island Ride Kauai, weight lifting and circuit training at Adapt Fitness and yoga at Ala Yoga and Wellness.

Boost Your Confidence

Confidence is your best accessory. When we look great we feel great, but stress has a way of showing up in our bodies and on our faces that can zap energy and make us feel self-conscious. Seeking aesthetic treatments for lines, wrinkles, unwanted fat or anything that makes you feel less than your best is a positive step for your health and great way to care for yourself. 

Retreat and Eat Well

Take a trip or schedule regular staycations to refresh and focus on your goals. Make or enjoy a healthy meal and share it with friends or family. Read a book, meditate, craft, listen to music or podcasts that inspire your creativity.

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Keep a Self Care Diary

Don’t let selfcare become another item on a to-do list that doesn’t get done and creates stress instead of reducing it. Create a list of self care activities you enjoy and keep it in a smartphone or journal so it is nearby whenever you need it. Have a few minutes? Open your list and pick an activity.

Self care is a healthy, important part of your routine every day, week and month of the year. It is our passion to help men and women care for themselves, rejuvenate and refresh. It is why we do what we do! Make an appointment and ask about a treatment you’ve been curious about now.