These Self-Care Mood Enhancers Will Help You Manage World Weariness And Uncertainty
During challenging times such as these, many of us reach for words of wisdom and solace. 2020 continues to present struggles and strife in ways most of us have never seen, especially as cases of COVID-19 spike.
William Wordsworth’s opening sentence in his poem of the same name springs to mind every time a news-related notification pops up on my screen: “The world is too much with us.”
In simple terms, nearly all of us are struggling emotionally and physically, whether while telecommuting, home schooling our children, working long hours while wearing a mask, or just trying to function normally – whatever that is.
If you’re world weary, you’re not alone, and there are several things you can do to carve out a little “me time” that will improve your skin and uplift your spirit.
Break Out The Bubbles, Not The Bubbly
There are many reasons to sink into a bubble bath, but you don’t need a scientific study to confirm that soaking quietly in a soothing, scented tub of water does wonders for your body and brain. If left untreated, the physical tension in your body can lead to headaches, muscle aches, or worse. Close the bathroom door, pour yourself a glass of something delightful, fill the tub with your favorite body care product and relax blissfully alone for a while.
Aromatherapy also has its benefits, especially when quality essential oils are in near proximity to the nose. Your bubble bath may not cure all that ails you, but a decisively-placed diffuser filled with citrus or a combination of rose and lavender . Sherrie Matthews, a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, recommends that her patients take baths after undergoing treatment. “It’s a great way to release toxins. A warm bath is the final step to get rid of anything lingering on the surface.” She recommends making “a full ritual” of the process, including listening to the water as it fills the tub, lighting candles, and adding essential oils and Epson salts.
Consider Pampering Instead Of Prozac
Many of the relaxation services we seek during ordinary times, like a lengthy massage, still aren’t available in some areas. Adopting or creating rituals that calm your mind and allow you to keep the worries of the world at bay can help you function more normally and even sleep better. Balancing your mind, body, and spirit is key. According to Matthews, “Setting a schedule will keep you focused, and committing to your routine will keep you from getting in a rut.” Regular morning meditation can help clear the clutter and taking daily walks when working from home will “release the happy endorphins, which are known to help with depression and even weight loss.” Doing something you love, even via Zoom, like chatting with friends will restore the balance your body craves. “Just having something to look forward to,” Matthews says, “is good for the brain. It releases chemicals that will make you happy and helps combat the stay-at-home blues.”
Create a Skincare Ritual To Feel More In Control
If you’re feeling untethered without the normal routines and habits that help you feel grounded, you’re not alone. Developing a skincare ritual can be mentally and physically therapeutic. In fact, it may be the only time you give to yourself during the day. In addition to applying products that nurture, protect, and soothe your skin, consider adding facial massage to your routine. Matthews regularly uses jade rollers and gua sha tools. “There are specific acupressure points on the face that help people feel relaxed, so I show them where to massage to release tension and manage stress.”
While there may not be a singular approach for coping with the woes of the world, take heart in knowing that you’re not alone. Reach out to your family and friends for support or get in touch with your healthcare provider if you need to speak privately and freely. There’s no shame in seeking support, and, you have everything to gain by keeping yourself healthy and happy.
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