Yesterday (10th October) marked Mental Health Awareness Day, internationally recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a day dedicated to drawing attention to all aspects of mental health and wellbeing, and the support that you can offer to yourself (and loved ones) during difficult times.
As Autumn sees the clocks ‘fall back’, the nights draw in and the weather turn cooler, it’s inevitable that seasonal changes can affect mood – after all, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a medically recognised condition that scientifically links symptoms of depression to the yearly seasonal shifts.
Whether it is persistent low mood, anxiety, feelings of lethargy, oversleeping or lack of sleep, unhealthy food cravings – such symptoms can have a detrimental effect on the wellbeing of a person. Therefore, it is more important than ever to recognise these tell-tale signs and take measures to counteract them.
Self-care is becoming an acknowledged and frequently talked about subject in the sphere of mental health wellbeing, especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-care is the process of taking simple daily steps to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself - engaging in activities that promote the wellbeing of mind, body and soul in order to reduce stress and increase happiness. The daily practice of self-care will enhance your ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively.
Our top 5 Self-Care Tips for balanced mind, body and soul:
Immerse yourself in nature – this activity hits on so many beneficial notes -walking offers exercise (physical), and nature presents spiritual stimuli (mind). Whether it’s a stroll in open countryside, a leafy woodland or sandy beach, Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy all the soothing qualities that the great outdoors provides. Owen Drew recommends the 'Anglesey' Candle to bring the magic of being outdoors, indoors.
Read a book – there’s no better escape than a good book, or a magazine if you prefer lighter reading. Create a safe, quiet and comfortable space away from distraction, put on your cosiest loungewear and make yourself a warming cup of green tea whilst you read. Owen Drew recommends the 'Reading Room' Candle to set the perfect reading room ambience.
Meditate – meditation is a universally proven activity to increase wellbeing using breathing techniques (to increase oxygen into the body and mind function) and visualisation (to break unhealthy patterns of thought) to reduce anxiety and stress. Owen Drew recommends the Luxury Soy Wax Melts to inspire a focused, healthy mindset whilst you connect with your inner calm.
Take a bath – there's nothing more relaxing than taking a hot bath to soak away the stresses of a long day. Owen Drew recommends the 'Calm' Luxury Bath Oil to soften and nourish skin and prepare mind and body before bedtime.
Get a good night’s sleep – it's no secret that getting 7-8 hours sleep per night leads to improved attention and concentration, productivity and general physical and mental wellbeing. Owen Drew recommends the 'Sleep' White Reed Diffuser and the Luxury Royal Blue Silk Sleep Mask to encourage a peaceful and consistent night’s slumber.