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All this time spent at home seems to be the new norm, but if something still feels a bit off, it’s probably because we underestimate the amount of time it can take to adjust to this new lifestyle. We are all too familiar with the comparisons we often make with our lives today; how things used to be or what could have been; and this can be stressful.

Amidst all the chaos, it can be comforting to find solace in the little accomplishments we make day-over-day. You might not be at your best right now, but it is so important to be gentle and kind to yourself. Everyone has their worries and anxieties and these can be amplified by current events. There are things you can do to ease your mind, take time for yourself, and mitigate the stress and uncertainty. 

Prioritizing mental wellness can be a stepping stone to restoring your sense of calm and coping with change. In this article, you will find ways that can help boost your mood, some you may have tried and others you may be more apprehensive, and that’s okay! It is all about finding the moments that bring you happiness and putting your wellness at the forefront of your priorities. Practice these five self-care activities as much or as little as you need. 

Here are 5 ways you can boost your mood and enjoy your extra time at home: 

1. Breath the right aromas

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses scent to promote physical and emotional wellness. Diffusing scents throughout your home can be very powerful and has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine. There are close to 100 types of essential oils available and these can positively affect our moods, help with recurring pain, sleep, and so much more. 

Essential oils work directly with our brain and our limbic system. Our sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than any other senses[1]. This is why certain smells activate different memories or emotions and transport you to a childhood picnic or your first trip abroad. 

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If you are looking to boost your mood or refresh your mind, here are some different oils you can try to improve your headspace:

Lavender Essential Oil - To calm, for increased relaxation and better sleep 
Bergamot Essential Oil - To boost mood and reduce stress
Chamomile Essential Oil - To soothe, for anxiety reduction
Eucalyptus Essential Oil - To refresh the air, stimulate the mind, and boost the spirit.
 
The best thing about diffusing essential oils; you can set and forget. Choose your oils and they’ll do the rest of the work! How’s that for efficiency?

2. Be Mindful

Sometimes meditation can feel counterintuitive as it can feel like trying nothing at all. Convincing yourself to take a minute to meditate can be difficult when you have many things on the go. 
However, finding a spare moment to be present and to reflect on your day, your mood, and your motivations can be very transformative. Mindfulness has become increasingly more mainstream as it can reduce stress, increase wellbeing, and help you see things from a new perspective. It even helps with focus and concentration. [2]
 
So, turn on that diffuser, light a candle, and get your meditation on. You will begin to reap all the benefits that this practice has to offer. For some extra relaxation, try these Province Apothecary essential oil infused charcoal incense sticks and wellness roll-on bundles. 

3. Declutter

It’s no secret that we’ve all become better acquainted with our humble abodes. And that means staring at the clutter that begins to pile up and wondering when we will get around to messes that have accumulated.
 
Our brains like order, which is why clutter and disorganization can have a cumulative effect on mental state. Visual reminders of disorganization can drain our cognitive resources, reducing our ability to focus[3]. And that is the last thing we need right now.
 
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Don’t panic! You don’t have to throw everything out at once. Take small steps towards your goal of reducing clutter. This way, you can make practical decisions on what you need in your space and what can be released, relieving your mind and allowing you to check that pesky task off of your list.
Once you've reorganized, invite things into your space that evoke happiness, positive feelings, and joy. Pictures, candles, and even plants are excellent items to bring life and personality into your home. 
 

4. Taking a bath

Baths are so underrated and we are here for them this winter. They are a great way to relax, improve your breathing, and take care of your nervous system. They can also relieve headaches, regulate core body temperature, tackle cold and flu, and release stress-fighting chemicals[4].
 
There is a bounty of reasons to indulge in a bath and there are many ways to elevate this self-care experience. The addition of bath salts, soaks, and teas are an excellent way to combine the soothing experience of the bath with the healing properties of aromatherapy.  With the right addition to your bath, you can feel invigorated, deeply cleansed and nourished, or ready for a restful sleep[5].
 
If this sounds up your alley, grab your bath accoutrements and get your self-care on!
 
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5. Unplug 

And finally, the suggestion that can be daunting to us all… taking a break from our screens. Let me just say that we are with you. These days it seems like our devices are our best friends; they keep us connected, productive, and entertained. Imagine what life would be like if we had to quarantine in 2003; a lot more wall staring that’s for sure.
 
With all the benefits our devices bring, enter the side-effects. Technology can feel all-consuming at times. Every update has become this addictive hit of dopamine that can feel impossible to go without.
 
Taking some time without our electronics can be freeing. Leaving the devices at home, going for a walk, taking a bath, or enjoying technology-free moments can be very beneficial. It has been proven to reduce stress, feelings of jealousy and loneliness[6]. Not to mention how liberating it can feel to step away from the constant news and social media updates. 
Leaving your phone outside your bedroom at night may also be something to consider if you haven’t already adopted this habit. This gives us more time to disconnect, allowing us the time to reflect on our day. In the morning, it allows for some healthy space, giving us time before we jump into the chaos of the day. 
The conclusion; time away from our screens can give us the much needed space to reconnect with our friends, our families, and ourselves.
 

So, take a break, relax, and relish in all the ways these habits can improve your mood.

 

[1] Smith, J. (2020, March 17). Here's How Essential Oils Can Boost Your Mood. Retrieved November 21, 2020, from https://explore.mindbodyonline.com/blog/wellness/heres-how-essential-oils-can-boost-your-mood

[2] Kuyken, W., Weare, K., Ukoumunne, O., Vicary, R., Motton, N., Burnett, R., . . . Huppert, F. (2018, January 02). Effectiveness of the Mindfulness in Schools Programme: Non-randomised controlled feasibility study: The British Journal of Psychiatry. Retrieved November 21, 2020, from https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry/article/effectiveness-of-the-mindfulness-in-schools-programme-nonrandomised-controlled-feasibility-study/BEB4925E41DEB31345A4FB14FA264A09

[3] Smith, J. (2020, March 17). Here's How Essential Oils Can Boost Your Mood. Retrieved November 21, 2020, from https://explore.mindbodyonline.com/blog/wellness/heres-how-essential-oils-can-boost-your-mood

[4] Staff), E., Staff)Hi, E., Subramaniam, S., Batala, B., & Campos, Z. (2020, March 12). 20 Health Benefits of Taking a Bath or Shower. Retrieved November 21, 2020, from https://www.sunrisespecialty.com/bath-benefits

[5] Chen, A. (2019, October 07). The benefits of bath salts. Retrieved November 21, 2020, from https://getmaude.com/blogs/themaudern/the-benefits-of-bath-salts

[6] Becker, J., Says, M., Says, S., Says, K., Says, L., Says, M., . . . Says, T. (2019, October 26). 7 Important Reasons to Unplug, Find Space, and Fight Technology... Retrieved November 21, 2020, from https://www.becomingminimalist.com/unplug-please/

 
November 23, 2020 — Cassia Antoniw