Our mental and emotional wellbeing is just as important our physical health. While we're all at home, separated from many of our loved ones, our friends, our everyday routines out in the world... it's important to take care of ourselves in every way during pregnancy and that includes a healthy head.
Here are 3 simple steps to add into your daily life to help ground you, relax your mind and balance your emotions. Add one, add them all. Either way, you'll feel the benefits, mama.
#1: Touch yourself.
In the PG rated sense, in this instance. A 5 minute self massage before you brush your teeth at night is a small thing that can deliver big results mentally. Studies show that neck, shoulder and lower back pain can be linked to anxiety. Through touch, massage can help to relieve stress, whilst promoting blood flow and helping to regulate hormone levels. Try using a body oil to promote relaxation and nourish skin at the same time. Focus your massage on beginning at your neck and working outwards toward shoulder. Use your body oil to enhance your senses and deeply hydrate skin.
#2: Soothe your senses.
Aromatherapy is one of the most effective ways to recharge, reset or calm our minds, sensorially. Through our sense of smell, we can lift our mood, relieve anxiety and even improve our quality of sleep.
Essential oils like Ylang Ylang and Chamomile can help to reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system, while Lavender is known for its ability to promote better sleep. Try using in a diffuser to fill your home and soothe senses throughout the day. If you find your mind is racing and anxious - as many of us are in these uncertain times - try using a Lavender based product like our soothing oil, Calm It, Baby massaged into pulse points. It's ideal to take care of you physically and mentally with a gentle blend to soothe skin and senses alike. Lavender: to calm the nervous system and relax. Massage into pulse points for added sensorial benefits. Promote deeper more restful sleep.
#3: Detox, detox, detox.
Whether it's your skin, your mind or your social media feed, keeping yourself free from toxins is vital. Keeping skin free from build-up by detoxing weekly, helps to boost cell regeneration and promote a healthy skin barrier. This means less dryness and inflammation, leaving you feeling fresher, which in turn contributes to a better mental state.
It's also important to detox your environment and habits from time to time. Check who you are following on social media - do they spark joy or ignite stress? Take a look at your morning routine - do you have time in there for you? To meditate, to walk outside, to have your tea or coffee, to take space. Find 5 minutes. They're there, we promise. And when you dedicate them to you, you start your day in an entirely different way. Using a mud mask to detoxify skin helps to draw out impurities and unclog pores. A 5 minute meditation focused on breath can help with stress management and anxiety.
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