In our modern world, it's so easy to forget how to listen to your body
Aches, pains, and mood swings are too often seen as personal failings. We need to disrupt that narrative. These are stress signals from your body, which you're allowed–in fact, encouraged–to listen to.
Listening to what your body tells you is one of the greatest acts of self-care you can perform.
The mind-body connection is so important to overall health. Reconnecting with how your inner thoughts affect your outer self and vice versa can change your life.
If the mind-body connection is new to you, read "What is the Mind-Body Connection?". We cover everything you'll need to understand fully.
Stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, mood swings, and other physical maladies can often be linked back to the calmness of your mind. Stress can even result in dry, dull skin, which should never be ignored.
Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it can alert you to other stressors going on in your life. Taking care of it means taking care of yourself.
One of the best ways to do so is by incorporating a therapeutic skincare ritual into each day.
If you're experiencing these stress signals, it might be time to relax and take some time to rest, reflect, and embrace the powers of aromatherapy and the science of scent.
Frequent headaches shouldn't be brushed off. They can indicate more than just physical aches.
Though frequent headaches can be linked to serious maladies such as aneurysms or brain tumors, this is rare. More frequently, your headaches show something else going on in your life.
Headaches are linked to a lack of sleep, dehydration, depression, and anxiety, among other things.
What do these issues have in common?
They're all a result of forgetting to take care of yourself. Take some time for self-care and pampering, and see if that doesn't ease the frequency and intensity of your pain.
Pain relief creates a positive cycle that allows you to feel better and better until it becomes your new normal.
Muscle tension or pain can be a direct result of mental tension.
Muscle tension links back to headaches as well, as headaches can also result from keeping tension housed in the body. But tension can be relieved, and so can your pain.
A simple physical massage with aromatherapy can relieve your physical and mental pain at the same time.
You don't need to go to a spa to experience relaxation. Read our journal entry about how to massage neck pain yourself and relieve stress to learn about the connection between the vagus nerve and your whole nervous system. It's all about learning how to relax your body and your mind.
If you experience muscle tension, you're not alone. And you can find relief.
If you're experiencing chest pain, take it seriously. But it's not always purely physical.
Before we discuss this stress signal, please take note: if you're experiencing a type of chest pain you haven't felt before, especially if accompanied by tightness or pain in your arms or back, please listen to yourself, take care of yourself, and visit an emergency room near you.
Sudden onset chest pain can signify a heart attack or stroke. Don't brush off your symptoms. Your life matters, and a simple checkup can help ensure you are in good health.
However, if you frequently experience unexplained chest pain, there may be an underlying cause – your own mind.
It can be incredibly frustrating to visit a physician only to be told "it's all in your head" or "there's nothing wrong with you." Because that simply isn't true.
The mind has incredible power over the body. Your symptoms are real.
Sudden onset anxiety, known as "anxiety attacks" or "panic attacks," is a sign that your mind has become so stressed that it must take over your physical self and force you to slow down.
This doesn't mean it isn't real.
It's a sign to engage in some self-care, meditate, and think about your best steps forward, whether slowing down your life or asking for help from a professional.
Chest pain without physical causes is not incurable–the cure simply must come from forming new rituals and taking care of your mind and body.
Fatigue is a clear sign that you need to embrace an evening ritual.
Fatigue is a stress signal that has a clear source: improper sleep and insomnia.
Even if you think you're getting quality sleep, that might not be the case. Something has to change if you're waking up during the night or lying awake too long.
Fatigue can quickly take over your entire life. There are many causes, but the one we can tackle most easily is creating an evening ritual that helps you learn how to sleep better and control your mood.
Mood swings are not a personal failing. they are a stress signal too.
Stress can cause you to feel angry, irritated, sad, or apathetic. It can take over your life, making you unable to recognize yourself.
If this sounds like you, the first step is to forgive yourself. You have not failed. You are simply experiencing hardship.
Stress directly relates to all these emotions, and reducing your stress through a daily therapeutic skincare ritual can heal your mind and your mood.
Finally, lack of motivation an anxiety may also be stress signals to watch out for.
Anxiety can cause a lack of motivation and vice versa. And both of these states of mind can be caused by stress.
So, both mental states are clear stress signals from your body telling you that you must take time to take care of your mind, giving it the priority it deserves.
A therapeutic skincare ritual can address the underlying causes of these stress signals and bring you peace
Aromatherapy has long been known to help improve sleep, balance your mood, and bring you into a more peaceful state of mind.
Our stressors can impact our skin's appearance, which is why cold-pressed botanicals from the earth can usher in a sense of tranquility on our skin that is difficult to reach and maintain without them.
When you apply natural and nutrient-rich ingredients to your skin, you're allowing it to absorb them and giving your body natural hydration that can improve your skin's outer appearance. Natural aromatherapy also triggers your sense of smell and helps relieve stress. Scent is one of our most important senses, yet often the most overlooked. It can trigger memories, enhance flavors, and signal to your mind important linked emotions.
When you pamper your skin in luxurious aromatic hydration, you take care of your physical self and mental being in one motion.
Incorporate powerfully relaxing aromatic body oils like our Evening Body Serum into your daily skincare ritual, and trigger your mind to relax, unwind, and release tension, stress, and anxiety.
You are more powerful than you know. These stress signals cause you real pain and distress, but they are not stronger than you. Simply by making space and time to breathe, think, and embrace your holistic self, you can change the course of your life. We want to help make that happen. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to join us – we value your time and won't clutter your inbox.