What’s happening in health and BEAUTY at the local level?
By Deslee Matthews
Renee King accesses our HASI service in Tamworth. One day we asked her if she would like to get her hair and make-up done and she said yes!
Which is great because a bit of pampering can be good for your physical and mental health! And our self-esteem, which is how we value and perceive ourselves.
Looking after our physical health is important for us all, but it can be an extra challenge for those who live with mental health issues. This is because of things like the side effects of medication, being distracted by distressing feelings or thoughts, smoking, not getting enough exercise and many other lifestyle factors. Unfortunately, as we are all coming to realise, our physical health problems can often get overlooked when everyone is focusing just on the mental health side.
Once she had her makeover and saw herself in the mirror, Renee was stoked!
The transformation was immediate and when I say transformation, I mean Renee literally came to life! Take a look at the before and after photos. There is a brightness in Renee’s AFTER photo that was previously missing. Her confidence levels went from a four to an eight and her self-esteem was so positive that she even had a bit of attitude!
When I asked Renee how she felt before her makeover she said, ‘not good, I just didn’t feel like doing much at all.’ When I asked her how she felt afterwards she said ‘Like a princess! I feel like I could drive a car!’
‘I could drive a car?’ I’d never heard it put THAT way before. What about ‘I feel like I could rule the world?’
Renee Replied laughing ‘Well, I can’t drive a car and I felt so great it was like I would have just gotten into one and driven it!’
Then I got the message. When we feel good about ourselves, we begin to realise that maybe we CAN do things if we try. We feel like nothing is impossible when we feel like that.