Wellness + Beauty

3 ways to defunk: How I get out of bad moods

When was the last time you were in a funk (bad mood)? Last week? 5 days ago? Or probably as you’re reading this now? Are you looking for ways to bounce back from these bad moods?

Photography by Sefa Nkansah

Stylist & MUA Debbie Beeko

I recently got into one last week which surprised me, surprisingly. This made me realize that even when you try to stay calm in all things, life’s unpredictability can catch you off guard. And that’s ok as long as it you don’t overstay your welcome in funk town. Because what will happen is that you’ll get funked up and that affects the energy you’re giving back into the world. You might be asking, so how do i get back to my usual self? Well, I’ve been experimenting with a few life hacks I’d like to share if you’re interested. Here are 3 ways I defunk and carry on living the best life I can regardless of setbacks.

1. Talk that talk – When you start feeling down, accept and acknowledge it. Even crazier, thank God it’s happening! Next, have someone you trust to offload to (don’t worry if it comes with some tears, crying is therapeutic). It might be a close friend/s, family or even a stranger. It’s not always easy to talk about my feelings to the people closest to me because life can get complicated you know. Personally, I love having “deep” conversations with strangers or people I meet out and about. (My favorite are uber drivers ). A ride and free therapy? Any day honey! Try it out sometime and let me know how it goes!

2. You time – Another way I bounce back from a bad mood is taking time out for myself. Watching a favorite tv show (Rick and Morty or Archer are my go to currently), kick your feet back and drink a glass of wine or juice, escape into a favorite book or video game, bake, spa treatment (on how to give yourself one read my post on Home spa) or simply just take a nap. Take actions to raise your spirits even if it brightens you up , say, as little as 10%.

3. Walk it out – And finally, walking or any physical activity let’s off excessive energy that accumulates in the body. When was the last time you took a walk through your neighborhood? Plug in your earpiece or headphones, put on your favorite playlist and get going!

When next you’ve been kicked down, try any or all of these life hacks and let me know how they work out for you. If you’ve already created a routine that works for you, kindly share! Trusting the process makes it a bit easier for us to better deal with the things we cannot change.

Cheers,

Treating yourself on a budget

If you are looking for ways to treat yourself to some spa effect without breaking the bank,then you’ve come to the right place.

Pampering myself is something I enjoy, who doesn’t! Massages, mani/pedis and facials are relaxing and refreshing as often as being 20something requires. Needless to say that’ll be a lot of money which you could save up for that trip you’ve always been thinking of going on. I developed a routine which is cash friendly and works. I think you’ll love it too!

1. Set the mood

First things first, i suggest your phone goes on airplane mood. I know you’re thinking about all the pictures and videos you’ll like to post. What I try to do is take them and post later. Still on the topic of mood setting, the next step is to change into something comfortable, even better if you have a robe. Put on some good music (I usually play Sade or Osibisa), light some candles and get a glass of wine/juice/water/tea.

Cost Ghc 10-30

2. Scrubs and Facials

A full body scrub and facial is calming and it leaves your skin silky smooth. If you already have products that’ll do the job then that’s great! If not, you can make your own simple scrub with some brown sugar and coconut oil or buy. I’ve seen Skin Gourmet (Baobab Scrub) and Naya Naturals (Sea Salt scrub).

Cost Ghc 20-40

3. Wash

After you’ve left on the scrub for a few minutes and you’re sure your skin has absorbed all that goodness, you give yourself a good wash (if you have a bath and draw yourself a warm one, I say why not!). Don’t forget to take the music with you, relax and enjoy your bath time.

Cost Ghc 10-35

3. Massage

Get yourself a body butter that’ll either target blemishes and/or give your skin a good shine. Shea butter does it well! I sometimes mix it with coconut oil to give my skin an extra glow!

Cost Ghc 15-30

Final cost is between Ghc 55-135 (the price range is based on products I’ve seen or used)

Cheers,

My current skincare routine : Natural + Budget-friendly

Let me know by hands ( emoji hands in the comment box would do) those who want radiant and glowing skin all year round?

Of course we all do darling!

It seems this Ghanaian heat, my hormones and my night scarf (which keeps falling off when I sleep) are fighting against this dream of mine. But I’ll gladly accept the 80-85% i feel good about my skin.

I’ve been getting a number of questions on and off Instagram about my skincare routine which I’m more than happy to share with you in this post. The goal is to glow together!

Before we get into it, I’d like to state 3 important things that need to accompany your regimen to obtain your maximum skin goals;

1. Drink water and mind your business

2. Eat a lot of fruits and veggies

3. Exercise, exercise, exercise

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Bonus point : Stop touching or picking your pimples! (This is where I struggle y’all , pray for me)

My current skincare routine can be described as experimental and natural. Although I don’t mind the other options for skincare, I prefer putting on my skin whatever can go into my body. Usually, I find recipes on Pinterest, group them under a board (Pinterest account up top) which I use to create my routine depending on the condition of my skin at the time (e.g acne, dark spots etc).

So, this is what my daily and weekly regimen looks like and if you read to the end, you’ll find a surprise (before you get any ideas it’s nothing fancy please lol). Just a little something to (literally) brighten your week.

Daily

  1. Sugar,Baobab and Peppermint Scrub (face)- Skin Gourmet
  2. Local Black Soup – Bought from a convenience shop at Ashongman Estates
  3. Coconut oil or Baobab Shea Butter- Skin Gourmet
  4. Mint and Honey Lip Balm- Skin Gourmet

Weekly

  1. Clay Mask- Skin Gourmet
  2. Sugar,Baobab and Peppermint Scrub (full body)- Skin Gourmet
  3. Mixture of Coconut oil/ Baobab Oil/ Hemp Seed Oil (for massage)

Monthly

  1. Visit to a professional dermatologist or facial spa

Simple DIY Recipes you should try

  1. Lemon juice and Honey Mask – Areas used: Face (avoid eye area), Neck, Back, Armpit, Knees and Elbows.
  2. Oatmeal, Honey and Coconut Oil Mask- Areas used: Face and Neck
  3. Avocado, Honey and Coconut Oil Mask (Blend all ingredients into a paste)- Areas used:Hair and Face

So now it’s time for us to play a skincare game, are you ready? Let me know in the comment box below which of the 3 diy recipes you will be trying this week.

Cheers,