Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to do, but have been feeling too depressed to do anything about it? Read more below on simple hygiene hacks for when you’re depressed.
I get it. I can relate as I’ve had a very hard life where I’m constantly transforming my mindset. There’s days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed.
You only have the energy to brush your teeth, but not wash your face and put your hair in a protective style before going to sleep. You just want to lay in bed, watch Netflix, scroll through social media and fall asleep.
How can you focus on your responsibilities when you have other things constantly on your mind that keep you up at night?
This post is all about helping you create an easier routine for taking care of your hygiene.
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1. Use a shower caddy or storage cart for your go-to items
If you have all your hygiene items in random places in a disorganized mess, you’re doing it wrong. This adds extra effort for you to collect your items and start your routine.
Get a shower caddy or bucket and put all of your hygiene items in there that you use per day. That way you save time not trying to find things.
I recently got a 3-tier storage cart that has been very helpful for me to separate my hygiene products by section: facial skincare, haircare, and body care.
I color-coded things into pink which is my favorite color and included relaxing products like epsom salt with essential oils for days that I feel down.
2. Use products known for lifting your mood or helping you sleep
When I started using more scents that I found addicting, I started taking better care of myself. I also use the scents on routine.
When I’m stressed, I like to use the method body wash: simply nourish that includes shea butter, coconut and rice milk.
When I want to wake up, I use a body wash with coffee. Scents have such a powerful effect on my moods.
Some relaxing scents you can try:
My favorite brand at the moment is Dr. Teal’s epsom salt and foaming bath.
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3. Keep your bathroom clear from clutter
When your bathroom feels too crowded, you don’t even like being in there, right? Make sure everything has a place and downsize the amount of unnecessary items you have out.
For example, your toothbrush can be put in the cabinet and your face wash can be put on your storage cart. This makes it easy to clean your bathroom with a quick wipe because barely anything will be in the way.
So it will be easier to do things you need to without everything in your way.
4. Use more products that have two or more features in one
You don’t need a 10-step skincare routine. You can cut it down to way less. Choose products that have multiple steps in one product.
Do multiple things at once like washing your face in the shower so you can just put your serum and moisturizer on when you get out.
There are also other things you can do like using an in-shower body lotion before you get out of the shower.
5. Blast your favorite upbeat playlist during your routine
This is one of the only ways I can get up when I don’t feel like it. Especially when it’s music about taking care of yourself or feeling your best.
I have a ton of female empowerment playlists so I can feel inspired.
Some theme ideas for your playlists:
- Calm Morning
- Upbeat Energetic Morning
- Relaxing Evening
- Luxury Hygiene Routine
6. Carry a small travel bag to put your hygiene products in
You should be doing small hygiene hacks throughout the day to prevent having too much to do at night. Carrying the items you need during the day helps you maintain your hygiene in case of emergencies.
Some good things to always carry:
- Pads / tampons
- Wet wipes
- Hand Lotion
7. Carry floss with you at all times
This has got to be one of the things most people slack on. My dentist always got on my case about flossing.
I don’t know about you, but I hate flossing at night. So to make it easier, just floss after you’re done eating.
You can try to make it a habit to floss after meals so you don’t have to do it before you go to sleep.
This is probably one of the best hygiene hacks for when you’re depressed because it prevents unhealthy teeth.
8. Use a high-quality electric toothbrush to get rid of plaque build-up faster
A few years ago, I switched from a manual toothbrush to a Philips Sonicare Electric toothbrush and I’m not going back. It felt like too much effort to brush my teeth when I was using a manual toothbrush because I had to scrub for longer.
With the electric toothbrush, you protect your gums from harsh scrubbing and this one cleans 5x more plaque. When I started using an electric toothbrush, it was the first time the dentist told me there was nothing wrong with the way I was taking care of my teeth.
It’s definitely an upgrade for getting healthier teeth and gums.
9. If you have strong body odor, immediately take care of your clothes after you get home
Soak the areas of your clothes that have body odor with white vinegar and baking soda before your laundry day.
If you don’t eliminate the odor and repeatedly wait until laundry day, your clothes might smell long-term and be stained.
Taking care of your clothes is important in your hygiene upkeep too.
It’s okay if you miss some steps. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Just have a routine for doing the bare minimum. Like at least washing your face and moisturizing it even if you can’t exfoliate or apply serum.
Also, reach out to others for tips on how to take care of yourself. Don’t know how to take care of your hair type? Ask someone who has similar hair that knows how to.
You got this!
What are your simple hygiene hacks for when you’re depressed?