Science Has Proved Self Care Has Its Benefits

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The term ‘self care’ might have some people rolling their eyes and complaining about the snowflake millennial generation, but this week science has come out in defense of being kind to yourself. While previous research has emphasised that those who show self compassion tend to have higher levels of wellbeing and better mental health, the latest study by Exeter University goes further to explain why.  

The study split 135 people into five groups and each group had to listen to an 11 minute audio. Two of the groups listened to recordings that encouraged them to be more self-compassionate. Whereas the remaining groups listened to recordings designed to induce a critical inner voice; encouraging them to be positive but competitive and an emotionally neutral shopping scenario.

Unsurprisingly the former were deemed to be happier, more relaxed and had lower heart and sweat rates. The group that listened to the audio promoting a positive but competitive approach did show some signs of relaxation, in terms of heart and sweat rate, but it wasn’t to the same degree.

“These findings suggest that being kind to oneself switches off the threat response and puts the body in a state of safety and relaxation that is important for regeneration and healing,” says Dr Hans Kirschner, co-author of the study. So, how can you up your self care game and switch off your threat response? Here are some tips…

Take a bath…

It’s advice we’ve all heard over and over again, but a long, hot soak in the tub can help you switch off both mentally and physically, especially if you add a sprinkling of Soapsmith Lavender Hill Bath Soak. For tips on how to up your bathing game, read How To Take The Perfect Bath.

Brush your teeth…

If the meditation app on your phone works you up into more of a fury and thought of a 75 minute yoga class feels you with dread, then it might be worth taking a more practical approach to ‘being present’. When you brush your teeth this evening, rather than mentally checking off your to-do list or mulling over the stresses of the day, focus on each and every tooth you’re brushing. It’s not nearly as glamorous as visualising the waves softly hitting golden sands, but when your two minutes is up you’ll feel equally as satisfied and your mind will have calmed.

Take 15 minutes out…

This month, Carolyn Asome wrote about The Utter Joy And Transformative Effect Of Listening To Music and highlighted that listening to just 15 minutes of music a day can help relax you. Whether it’s on your commute or the quarter of an hour before you go to sleep, it’s worth downloading Soul Medicine’s 432 track

Have your cake…

Because denying yourself the simple pleasures in life can be just as frustrating as a huge to-do list. And life is too short.

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