The Empowered Women Decalogue - Golden Rules for Positivity in Uncertain Times
We knew girls run the world even before Beyoncé gave us an anthem. If we needed more confirmation, we are getting it - and then some - seeing how countries with female leaders, like New Zealand or Finland, are at the forefront of an efficient response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women who find strength in the toughest of time, who lead with kindness - that is who we look up to and who we aim to be. So we’ve pulled wisdom from our team and our community for the Empowered Women Decalogue, 10 golden rules to help us stay positive and feeling like there’s nothing we can’t handle.
1. Create your own opportunities!
As everything is changing and shifting, make time to set in motion projects you’ve been thinking about for a long time! Tap into the inspiring energy of the world to reshape, rethink and realize all those great ideas. There’s not just risk in the unknown - there are also plenty of opportunities!
2. Care for your body, mind, and spirit!
Not having to commute to work and run around doing errands means some time has freed up when we spend more time at home. The perfect opportunity for some all-around self care! Take advantage of all the fantastic workouts available online and dive into your bookcase for some mental gymnastics. Keep the spirit open with meditation or a gratitude journal. Use this time to create heathy habits that will contribute to your wellbeing in the long run.
3. Get your finances and your budget in order!
Knowing what resources you can count on at any given time is a big source of feeling empowered. Whether you have regular recurring expenses or you’re working up towards launching a big project of your own, budgeting will help you organize and plan for success. Use and app like You Need a Budget to plan your resources and meet your saving and debt-relief goals.
4. Look your best, no matter what!
Bring out your inner stylist, make-up and even hair artist. Show up for every video conference looking your best. Numerous studies have proven that our perception regarding our appearance has a strong impact on how empowered we feel.
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5. Make time for self-care!
Now more than ever it’s important to make time for yourself, with relaxing rituals that help relieve stress. Our favorite is running a bath, lighting a scented candle and soaking in to ease muscle tension while enjoying some aromatherapy. Use the time to also support your hair to grow healthy and strong, by applying the Black Baccara Hair Multiplying Mask on wet hair and letting it act for at least 15 minutes. The Black Baccara Rose Youth Concentrate and Fresh Rose Stem Cells will penetrate the hair and follicles to support healthy growth and build resistance against ageing and environmental aggressors.
6. Get inspired and motivated by other women!
With their elevated levels of emotional intelligence, women are great at leading with kindness and leading by example. Us ladies are really great at learning form each other, so we just need to make sure we’re listening. One of the best sources of inspiring stories from women is Hillary Kerr’s podcast, Second Life. She has candid conversations on everything from career changes and overcoming hurdles with female professionals around the world.
7. Let your hair down every now and then!
We mean it – let those beautiful locks free and get a boost of energy dancing to your favorite song. The joy of music and movement will absolutely count as cardio and will boost endorphins for a lasting positive effect on your spirits.
Once a week, use your dance time to help energy bubble up to the surface for your skin too, with the Glacial White Caviar Oxygen Masque. Its bubble liberating mechanism and Tissue Respiratory Factor will stimulate cutaneous breathing, to oxygenate and revitalize your skin.
8. Be a woman with a plan!
Take out a piece of paper and flesh out exactly where you want to be and what you will do to get there. Plan your short, medium, and long term goals . Then break them down into objectives and action plans. Work into the specifics and figure out what you can already start doing today for what you want to achieve 5 years from now.
9. Use screen time wisely!
It’s important to stay informed, but also to take a break to be uplifted and inspired. We love seeing posts from art accounts pop up on our Instagram feeds for inspiration (check out @iaiaioio_studio). But what screen time is about now more than ever is seeing the faces of your loved ones!
As social distancing means we all spend more time in front of screens, we should protect from the aging effect of the blue light they emit. The Glacial White Caviar Precious Cream and Precious Eye Cream both contain marine bamboo that will help you counter the effects of blue light.
10. Empower others!
From those who surround you at home, to your team, and your community – stay connected, keep your heart open and lend some of your power to others whenever you can. A truly empowered woman is the one that uses her strength to empower others, lifting them up through hard time and championing them when they succeed.