The Finer Things in Life: Time Spent Invested in Yourself Is Time Well Spent
Self-care is important not only for our own well-being, but also for the people we love, and ultimately for the entire world. By taking care of ourselves, we make sure that we are the best version of ourselves, a version we love and of which we are proud. Many modern women spend a lot of time on their careers, their families, their kids, and ever-so busy, forget that the time they spend on themselves also matters, and it has nothing to do with being selfish. And, no matter how busy you get, the time you spend on yourself, can be as long or as short as you like. Even small changes and otherwise ordinary activities, if done right, can make a huge change in your life.
Take Advantage of Your Sense of Smell with Essential Oils
If you lead a very busy life, whether it is staying at the office for hours and hours, working at home all day, taking care of your children, or any other thing that makes you very tired or stressed out at the end of the day, it’s important that you find a way to relax. But relaxing, ironically, for many can be a hard thing to do.
One small thing that you can do to help yourself be with yourself, quiet down your mind, and de-stress, is to get an essential oil subscription box. Essential oils are known to help people relax or even meditate and stay mindful. While they aren’t some magical potions that will get you de-stressed on cue, using them can help you learn how to bring yourself to a state in which you can start relaxing.
As you have probably noticed, the smell is a sense that can have a huge impact on us. You smell some food and you are immediately transferred in your grandmother’s home, you smell a perfume, and you can almost see a person it reminds you of, smells can make us happy or sad, they can call us or they can even upset us.
This is because the smell is the most rudimentary sense, out of all five and, unlike the other four, it’s directly connected to the brain. The smell can cause a powerful emotional response, and aromatherapy basically takes advantage of this. The best thing about essential oils is that you can use them in many different ways. For instance, you can defuse them in the air with a vaporiser or a diffuser, or simply smell them directly from the bottle, and simply try some breathing exercises, in between two important or stressful tasks. You can use them while you are taking a bath or a shower while reading, or doing some other hobby.
Take Advantage of Your Sense of Touch with a Selfcare Routine
Another way to take better care of yourself is to get skincare cosmetics that will help you feel and look fresher and younger. Of course, using good face and body creams is important, not only because it may keep you pretty for a longer time, but also because it promotes good skin health. Skin irritation or more serious skin issues can be annoying and distracting, and they can even negatively affect your life in small or big ways. They can diminish your performance at work, your self-confidence, etc.
But developing a habit to take care of your skin with good skincare cosmetics also comes with additional benefits for both your physical and your mental health. For instance, when you have a routine, however short it may be, it can give you a sense of order in your life. Developing a morning or a bedtime skincare routine and sticking to it requires a special kind of discipline, that doesn’t come easily to everyone.
It has been proven over and over again that discipline can calm our minds in a very profound and significant way. And even if your morning or bedtime skincare routine only takes you five minutes, those five minutes is time you spend only on yourself. If you find the right cosmetics, develop a habit and learn how to stay present at the moment as you put the moisturiser on your face or the lotion on your body, five minutes of skincare can be worth a lot.
Take Advantage of Your Sense of Sight with Plants
A third thing you can do to spend quality time relaxing, breathing, being mindful, is to start planting if you aren’t already. Planting helps our minds in many ways. Simply looking at plants has positive effects on our phycological health, and handling dirt has also been proven to be good for our well-being. Moreover, both plants and pots are a great addition to your home décor, regardless of your style, your taste, the size of your home, etc.
Tending to plants has the ability to give us a unique sense of purpose, gratitude, as well as an unparalleled relationship and appreciation towards nature. To make this stress-relieving and satisfying hobby even more special, you can also find unique flower planters. Beauty has a positive effect on our mood and even our performance, even for the most stressed out amongst us.
Both man-made and natural beauty can calm our minds, not only because for some still unexplained reason we enjoy looking at things we find beautiful, but also because it causes real physical and chemical reactions in us. For instance, studies have found that when we see something we find beautiful our body produces dopamine, one of the so-called happy hormones.
Even if you are really busy and don’t have enough time for yourself, to do what you love, whether it’s reading, walking, watching a movie, you can find small simple things that can help you relax and spend some quality time on yourself. You can take these small things and spread them out throughout the day, or do them all at once. It can be just one thing, or several at once, you can combine them with other activities, whether they are tasks or other relaxing techniques you have, and so on.
Take a few moments in the morning and at night for yourself, which correspond to your skincare routines. A few moments taking in the small part of nature, growing it in your unique flower planters and tending to yourself by tending to your plants. A few moments breathing in and out, taking advantage of your essential oil subscription box, feeling your favourite scent – while being quiet with yourself, while meditating, while watering your plants, after finishing one and before starting another task, while exercising or while taking a bath, etc.