Over the past few years, the term self-care has been a hot topic in the health and wellness sphere. A practice that was once considered indulgent and only attainable to those who could afford lavish days at an overpriced spa or travel to remote retreat centers has now become mainstream and is more accessible than ever before.
"Me time" is defined as time spent relaxing on one's own to help reduce stress and restore energy and it comes in a variety of forms. Self-care can be as simple as carving out some quiet time alone each morning to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and journaling, taking a short afternoon nap or spending an evening alone at home with a face mask and a bowl of popcorn while watching a movie. Me time could also be indulging in services such as a facial, massage, a therapeutic soak in a spa or even a weekend away.
While self-care is a practice that tends to the needs of the physical body, it has been proven to have a powerful impact on emotional and mental health too. The constant busyness of juggling school, a career, children and their many activities and needs, tending to the day-to-day responsibilities at home, as well as caring for aging parents, holidays, and a number of other life stressors take a toll on one's wellbeing. Often, me time is neglected because justifying some time alone whether at home or for a professional service such as a massage, can be challenging for some people; this is especially true for mothers with young children and people climbing the career ladder.
However, if you've ever flown and heard the flight crew advise the importance of securing your own oxygen mask if the cabin loses pressure before assisting others, the same philosophy is true when it comes to self-care. In no way is self-care selfish. In fact, taking good care of yourself assures that you'll be able to help take good care of others as well as handle life's many nuances.
In forthcoming blog posts, we'll dive into the topic a little deeper and look at how high-quality botanical products can help reduce signs of stress on the skin and promote overall well-being for both body and mind.