Day 1: SimplifyDr. Wechsler says many people come into her office with a bag full of products they use daily, but she says all you need for your skincare routine are these three items:
- Gentle cleanser
- Moisturizer with antioxidants
- Sunscreen made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
Day 2: RelaxPut yourself first and try to unwind. Dr. Wechsler says these are great ways to relax:
- Book a massage
- Have sex
- Try yoga or breathing
Day 3: Go GreenGet out into nature and enjoy yourself, Dr. Wechsler says. "Get out of the office for 10 minutes and look at the sky and the tress—it's relaxing," she says. "There are some studies that show that physiologically, your stress hormone levels go down if you can get outside."
Day 4: Eat CleanBy concentrating on eating well, stress will dissipate, Dr. Wechsler says. "When people are stressed, they are driven to eat high-carb, fatty, fried foods with high sugar, and they binge eat more when they are stressed," she says.
Day 5: ExerciseTake 30 minutes out of your day to exercise, Dr. Wechsler says. You don't have to do an extreme workout—just move your body, she says.
Day 6: Foster FriendshipsMake plans to see your friends, Dr. Wechsler says. "Not just texting and e-mailing your friends, but actually making plans to see a friend in person—we don't do that enough these days," she says.
Day 7: Pamper YourselfYou don't have to go out to an expensive spa and get a massage to indulge, Dr. Wechsler says. "Just do a [face] mask at home," she says. Mixing whole milk and honey together as a moisturizing face mask is something Dr. Wechsler says you can do in seconds.
Day 8: Sleep InTry to sleep in or take a 20-minute nap, Dr. Wechsler says. "Plan it. If you are a working mom or stay-at-home mom, plan with your partner to let you sleep in," she says.
Day 9: ReflectThink back on the nine days and determine what worked for you and what didn't. "What can you take with you for the rest of your life that seemed to help?" Dr. Wechsler asks. "We are talking about this more as a whole life renewal plan, not just a nine-day plan."