We now understand more than ever about the links between our bodies and minds and the importance of taking the time to look after ourselves. In a 2017 study published by Social Science & Medicine journal, researchers found that participants with better physical and mental health were more likely to complete further physical activity, which in turn contributed to further improvement in both physical and mental health, showing the two to be directly linked in a complex cycle. But how do you fit ‘me time’ around a busy work schedule and hectic home life?
Here are some of our favourite self care ideas which you can use to create a quick and easy routine which improves overall wellbeing.
3 Easy Self Care ideas To Implement At Home
Establishing a simple daily routine which you can stick to can drastically benefit your mood. A 2018 study published by the Lancet Psychiatry, showed that participants who had a consistent circadian rhythm which consisted of waking and sleeping at the same time and having regular amounts of rest and exercise were more likely to sleep better and have greater mood stability. This is especially important if an old routine has been disrupted by Covid-19. It is easy to lose daily structure and find blurred lines between work and homelife. Mental health charity Mind suggests that a simple way to combat this is to create a Wellness Action Plan. It consists of identifying any new pressures as well as taking the time to look after yourself.
Grooming is an important part of a regular self care routine. Mind states that, ‘having a 5-minute grooming session is an easy boost for your self-esteem’. This works by producing endorphins, powerful neurochemicals. They travel to the opiate receptors of the brain, boosting pleasure and reducing pain to create an instant mood boost. Moreover, a simple daily skincare routine provide stability and a sense of accomplishment. It can also be great for the body. According to clinical psychotherapist and psychodermatologist Matt Traube, ‘Physical relaxation sends your brain the message that it’s time to be calm and mellow, reducing the fight-or-flight stress response’. Enjoying a warm bath helps both by relaxing our minds and our muscles.
Add a few drops of Malée’s Verdure Moisturising Oil to nourishing the skin. It enhanced the experience while providing an intense fragrance which helps you to unwind. Packed full of essential oils from natural sources, such as coconut, avocado and almond. This is a great way to care for your skin whilst looking after your mind. Each ingredient has properties with the abilities to hydrate, protect and smooth the skin. And it provides a boost to the body both inside and out.
Taking some time out to reflect on your day can be an easy. Consistent way to reflect on the positives of the day whilst identifying the factors that can directly impact your mood. In a 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found a direct correlation between good mental health and positive writing. Participants who wrote about their feelings daily showing lower depression scores than those who did not. There are plenty of free apps which allow you to write daily. Whether you choose to make use of a traditional diary or would benefit from something more modern.
For those short on time, popular free app Daylio allows you to write daily entries. It keeps a record of the changes in your mood and the activities which have the biggest impact. Record how you’re feeling alongside the activities of the day. Also, Daylio will build up a personal profile, helping you discover the activities which make you happiest whilst making suggestions on how to improve your mood for the long-term.
Aromatherapy is a long-practiced method to relax the body and mind through the smell or skin absorption of essential oils. Stimulus receptors in the nose are sent to the limbic system. It is the part of the brain controlling instinct, emotion and drive. There are many natural fragrances to choose from, each contributing to a different mood boost. Some such as citrus can help to uplift and energise. Whilst others such as floral scents help us to relax and unwind. A 2013 study published by the American Society for Horticultural Science showed that exposing patients to a floral scent had a positive effect on their cerebral activity and reported mood. It evokes joyful images and suppresses feelings of depression.
Malée’s award-winning Polyanthes Soybean Candle provides a subtle, sensual scent which can be used to aid relaxation. The alluring fragrance of floral tuberose, gardenia and lotus flower has been blended with warm vanilla and blonde woods. It offers a comforting and soothing scent. Made from 100% soybean oil, this candle contains no manmade or animal derived ingredients. It offers you an aromatherapy treatment which is as natural as possible. The scent is an excellent self care tip to boost your mood. Whether you choose to unwind with a book, meditate or spend time journaling, calming the brain.
Regularly practicing self care has shown to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. You don’t need to take a lot of time out of your day to benefit. As there are many self care ideas. A consistent sleep pattern and regular routine can be enhanced by Natural essential oils . This works to stimulate the areas of the brain directly linked to our emotions. Moreover, it creates an ongoing mood boost which can lower the risk of developing issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.