Mindful Relaxation

Research shows modern life has us, we are now more stressed than ever. Add to that the economic uncertainty and changes we are experiencing thanks to COVID it’s more important than ever that we focus on self-care rituals to look after our mental well-being.

Keeping stress at away  has a number of physical, emotional and mental benefits, including focus, productivity, and greater emotional regulation, it boosts our immunity, improves sleep and less stress equates to clear, glowing skin. When our body isn’t busy producing stress hormones, it has more resources and energy to heal and renew our beauty bits.

Yoga is praised for its physical benefits, and we’re now learning more about the positive physiological effect this ancient practice has on not just our body, but our minds too. Yoga has been found to reduce stress, relieve anxiety and symptoms of  insomnia. 

Simply by breathing deeply as we practice yoga and as we hold the long, slow poses, we can turn off the ‘fight or flight’ response.

Mindful eating
Many of us eat the same way we do everything else amid a busy day...mindlessly, whilst rushing or still sitting at our desks and probably multitasking. Mindful eating is simply being in the present moment, whilst being fully attentive and engaged with what we are eating, using all our senses. Bringing our minds back to our food when our thoughts start taking over. 

There are many benefits of mindful eating, including that we simply enjoy our food more and we can digest the nutrients more efficiently. 

Mindful colouring
Research has shown it can help to lower stress and anxiety, increase focus, enhance creativity and even slow our heart rate.

There’s something about the small, repetitive strokes and use of colour that calms the brain and participants report finding it very hard to think about anything else whilst they are colouring – it really encourages our minds to be present, resting and restoring our mental and emotional energy amid a busy day. 

Nature time 
Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing.  Whatever you call it – forest bathing, ecotherapy, mindfulness in nature, green time or the wilderness cure - humans evolved in the great outdoors, and your brain benefits from spending time in nature.

Whether watching a sunset, sitting by a stream, walking the beach, camping in the bush or even eating your lunch in the garden or park during your workday, make some time each week to leave your phone inside and connect with the great outdoors.

Mindful skincare ritual
With days full,schedules bursting and mum's being busy from the time the get up it often means rushing through your beauty routine without really being present.  Skin Essentials skincare is there to remind you to find moments in your day to relax, and enjoy your products. Our morning and evening skincare routine offer a lovely opportunity for daily mindfulness and to turn your routine into a mindful ritual.

Simply shut out any distractions, slow down and take a few minutes to tune into each of your senses and really soak up the beautiful sights, smells and feel of your products, the water and your skin. By doing this, we can reconnect with ourselves and find a little space in our busy day, whilst looking after our mind, and our skin.