How Manicures Benefit Your Mental Health (So Do Other Care Tasks)

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When you’ve had a long day at work or class, treating yourself to a manicure is a simple and quick fix.  While this habit is a short-lived distraction, painting your nails can really help your mental health. In this blog, we’ll discuss all the positive effects polishing your nails has on the brain and share how manicures benefit your mental health.

Of course, other care or beauty tasks work similarly, such as getting your eyebrows, hair, or eyelashes done. However, in this article, we focus on manicures.

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Reinforces Self-Care

One of the most immediate ways manicures benefit your mental health is by reminding you to take more time to perform self-care. When you feel down or stressed, you may forget the small acts of mental and physical kindness your body needs.

Paying attention to things like your hair, skin, and nails might seem pointless compared to your overwhelming schedule. However, your mental health is significantly impacted by your physical wellness. So, while painting your nails may seem unnecessary, it could help your mind focus more time on simple yet rejuvenating routines.

Choosing to be more conscious of your physical health during periods of mental stress can also help prevent any illness or infections that might otherwise go unnoticed. For example, if your hygiene suffers during down mental moods, you could be at a higher risk for infections in your nails and skin. Avoiding these infections is one of the reasons practicing proper nail care truly matters. Consider scheduling routine manicures to establish more routines of self-care and check your mental and physical health. 

Encourages Socialization

Mental stress can often lead to self-isolation. Avoid these patterns by inviting your friends to join you during your next manicure. Whether you sit together and hover over a kit of colorful polishes or visit your local salon together, manicures are a calm activity that can eliminate social stress. Even if you prefer to visit a salon alone, sitting in public with a salon full of people can keep your mind grounded and social.

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Boosts Mood

When you have a bad day, your brain benefits from having something fun and exciting to look forward to. Although painting your nails may seem fickle, trying new colors, nail shapes, and designs can energize your day. Also, consider planning manicures after stressful work or class events as a mental reward for enduring your day. Even though painting your nails or getting a manicure is a short escape, it reminds your brain to prioritize your happiness. 

Showing extra care and love to our brains during times of stress is vital to our physical and mental health. So the next time you have a bad day, consider grabbing your favorite polish or inviting a trusted friend to a nail salon. A manicure will show your brain the compassion it deserves.

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Meet the Author: Kayla

Kayla is a writer, artist, and designer from the Chicagoland area. She incorporates her creativity to produce work that is informative and thought-provoking.
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