Stimulate Your Senses for the Ultimate Self Care Sunday
Does your go-to self care serve only one or two of your senses? This weekend, let’s get creative and try to reach all five, for the ultimate Self Care Sunday.
Lately I’ve been making more of an effort to seek out clothing and household items made from natural fibres. Bamboo is a staple, particularly in the bathroom. Besides bamboo towels, I also love these reusable bamboo cotton rounds for removing makeup, applying toner, and wiping away my favourite facial treatment. They’re soft, gentle, and don’t irritate the skin.
Research indicates that looking at art triggers the release of dopamine, the “feel-good chemical” that’s also released when we’re in love. Since visiting museums has been out of the question for much of the past year and a half, I’ve been spending more time with art books from past exhibitions (this one was a favourite) and looking for more ways to incorporate art into my daily life. These furoshiki wraps featuring designs by independent artists are meant for gifting, but you can also wear one as a scarf, loop it around your wrist as a bracelet, or tie it to your handbag for a pretty pop of colour.
Who hasn’t used music to cheer themselves up, calm themselves down, or feel not quite so alone? But did you know music can also reduce stress, improve symptoms of depression, help you sleep better, and even improve pain tolerance? Not all types of music work for all purposes, and soft music appears to offer the most wide-ranging benefits. Check out my go-to daytime playlist for some relaxing, cheerful tunes.
Scent can trigger memories and associations to a greater degree than any of our other senses. So why not use that to improve our wellbeing? According to psychologist Daryl Appleton, “Our signature scent is more than just something we like; it can be tied into our confidence and linked to our ability to self-soothe by reminding us of times when we felt powerful.” Multiply that effect by choosing a perfume with an inspiring name, like these scents from Canadian vegan perfumer Bailly. My favourite is ‘Discover.’
A few years ago, I visited a hotel that had the most gorgeous water dispenser filled with beautifully-arranged fresh fruit - a different mix each day. It was a feast for the eyes and so delicious to drink. Since then, infused water has seemed the height of luxury to me. It can help to break the monotony if you’re trying to drink more water (and boost your vitamin intake if you infuse it for long enough). Check out this page for some infusion suggestions, and try this tumbler to keep your creation cold and refreshing for hours.
Take care of yourself,
Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a beauty and self care boutique located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her mission is to help you thrive through self care you can feel good about. For more self care tips delivered to your inbox and a special birthday treat, click here to subscribe.