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Psychology Behind Self Care

Self care has become a rising sensation among normal people and health gurus alike. But how much psychological backing does self-care actually have? Is there any evidence that eating healthier and taking more bubble baths will lead to a happier and more mentally stable version of yourself? Does self care help people with mental disorders, not just normal people seeking to be happier? Ive done plenty of research so you dont have to, to answer all of these questions and more.

Meditation, scientifically does a lot for your body and mind. Ever feel stressed or anxious? Practically all the time if youre like me. Meditation is actually proven to help reduce stress and anxiety. Not only that but some of the psychological effects of meditation on the brain are also extremly useful. Not just for those of us with mental illness but pretty much anyone who feels stressed or anxious at anytime. Psychologically meditation can help increase creativity, decreased irritability, improved memory and increased happiness and emotional stability. So in terms of self care linked with scientific evidence we give this a 10/10.shutterstock_142334290web.jpg (1000×666)

It makes sense that yoga would be healthy for you. It is exercise after all right? Yoga can lead to denser bones and improved brain function though that doesnt seem especially shocking. The main selling point for yoga is the fact that it strengthens your body and helps you relax, the funny part is, theyre not just saying that. It really works, and it isnt that tiring as other exercise is. The science behind this? Yoga can increase the thickness of the cerebral cortex and increase neuroplasticity which can help soothe the body and mind. Perhaps an 6/10 for this gem seeing as we dont always have the motivation to do yoga, and because of well known this is.yoga.jpg (1200×627)

Eating well is one of the basics of self care. Not exactly eating like youre an olympic athlete but at least making sure you eat and eat fruit and vegetables etc. Healthier eating isnt always tied to self care because its good for your body however, what youre eating can also make a difference in your psychological health. As they say, you are what you eat. For example, in people with a gluten allergy, eating gluten can make them feel sluggish or even depressed. Because of this many people with mental disorders such as ADHD are suggested to have diet changes. So do it! Get out there and eat an apple or something. We give this an 8/10 for being pretty well known and numerous these days. eatright.png (1152×670)

Bathes are the epitomy of relaxation for many. You add a few candles, some bath salts, bombs or bubble bath and suddendly youre soaking in your own personal spa. This may help with physical care, such as some skin care and helping release tension in the muscles and that seems obvious, but what is the scientific evidence behind the self care involved in bathes? Some scientists say that even as little as 30 minutes of relaxation, no matter its form, can greatly make a difference of how you will see the rest of your day. Not only that but bathes can tie in with other self care methods that are well known such as aromatherapy and mindfullness. With all of these additions combined, whats to loose from taking a 30 minute bath? We give this form of self care a 9/10 just for the bubbles alone. f2d89b960c1e357c1646872dc719a497.jpg (500×500)

Candles are a great invention. Whether the scent be the seasonal candy cane, or the great of every season, Lavender Sunrise, candles are super popular especially in the self care community. But do scents, or in other terms aromatherapy, actually help the mind and the body relax? Studies show that scented candles can alter your moods. Scents are a strong relation to memory, so when you smell a candle that you were smelling when you were relaxed then when you smell it when youre stressed itll help you relax. Nothing like the good old brain to help you relax after a long day. We give this a 10/10, we just love candles and the science of memory.
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Written by Marissa Layne

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Im a psychology major at Central New Mexico Community College and I love psychology! Ive always found it super interesting and decided to pursue it as a career after I was diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder a few years ago.

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