In the United States, as many as 25 percent of women have experienced domestic abuse, and an act of domestic violence happens nearly every seven minutes. Although almost one in seven men have also experienced domestic abuse, women experience it at the much higher rate. That makes the need for specific care for women that much more significant.
Abuse, both physical and mental, lowers a woman’s self-worth and self-esteem and often creates the violence of self-harm towards herself.
One of the best ways to overcome those symptoms is to use tangible self-care methods that replenish personal worth. Mental health professionals recommend different routines for the betterment of both physical and emotional health after abuse. These include reminding oneself of being loved, worthy, and beautiful. Although it is difficult for an abused woman to believe such affirmations at first, continuing them after experiencing the traumas can eventually change her outlook on herself.
According to chronicleweek, working to keep the body healthy through proper eating, exercise, fitness, and hygiene can also help increase self-worth. Even more helpful is channeling negative energy into the creative expressions of art or dance, which create joyful activities to lift one’s spirit. They are continuing hobbies to occupy one’s mind and body. Feeling confident, happy, and busy are significant parts of the healing process.
To better the expression of the reminder of being beautiful, Genucel, a Chamonix subsidiary, shows support for abused women by providing recipients of the Women Aware organization with “beauty bags.” Those grab bags include Genucel by Chamonix four-step products which work with aged and damaged skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, aging, and under-eye dark circles and puffiness. Domestic abuse, depression, and sleeplessness can take a toll on the skin.
Women Aware is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Middlesex, New Jersey. Since 1981, it has supported area residents who experience physical or emotional spousal abuse by providing emergency shelter, a hotline available 24 hours a day seven days a week, abuse recovery education programs, and more.
Women Aware has also debuted the Moving Beyond Abuse 5K Race and Charity Walk to raise funds for their provided services, and Genucel contributes monetarily to it. Walking, as well as other forms of physical activity, is of benefit to those who experience anxiety, depression, and PTSD after abuse and ease the symptoms. Walking even 30 minutes a day keeps the body healthy and fit, enhances circulation, and improves skin appearance and quality. Ecotherapy offers a way for abuse survivors to come together in groups and go on walks, be outside and be surrounded by nature, identify native plants, and learn about the ecosystem and the environment.