STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND
Skincare rituals to boost your self-esteem...
Modern living is full of challenges. From digital overload to chronic stress to feeling anxious about (well, just about everything), it’s not always easy to maintain a positive outlook on life. Not to mention our own personal issues- ‘stuff’ to work through. None of this is helped by mainstream media who like to dramatize everything. Truth be told. If you thought the nightly news was a true reflection on our society, you might never leave the house!
With the theme of this year’s Mental Awareness Week focused on ‘body image’, here at ila, we have much to share on the topic. Afterall, our core mission, our ‘raison d’etre’, is to create products that remedy our modern lives.
Our ethos is that mental and emotional wellbeing is now just as important as our exercise routine. There’s no point having a yoga toned body if our mind and emotions are all over the place. We’ve all got issues. Loads of them. Staying strong mentally has to be a daily discipline. Which is why self-care rituals are so essential to modern living. Time out for self-care creates more self-awareness that creates more feelings of gratitude that in turn helps to improve the way we perceive ourselves. It’s all interconnected.
Here are our ilapothecary-inspired organic self-care rituals to honor our body for this year’s mental awareness week.
Did you know we have built an entire Beat the Blues collection around boosting self-esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength? These products are infused with proven mood boosters including homeopathic herbs, essential oils and medicinal flowers. Start your morning with our Beat the Blues Shower Bath Oil. You can carry our Beat the Blues Pulse Point and Beat the Blues Room Spray in your purse, in the car and have at the office – simply apply or spray around the room throughout the day to keep you feeling uplifted.
Even the simple daily ritual of bathing can be a calmative to help remedy a worrying mind. Our Magnesium and Amethyst Deep Relax Bath Soak is just the thing to relax the muscles and ease nervous tension as well as help promote a deep sleep. Use this sacred time wisely – maybe list three things you love or appreciate about your own body. It could well be that you are simply grateful that you are healthy and alive and able to work, walk and live.
Applying your body oil slowly and mindfully can give us respite from our thoughts. We recommend you create a daily self-care ritual of massaging our Feminine Happy Body Oil each morning or evening before or after showering/bathing and count your blessings (ie. Think of three things you are grateful for in your life or three things you are grateful for that happened that day). It’s truly amazing how this simple gratitude ritual can shift our brain and make one feel more positive.
For chronic situations such as when you feel super anxious or fearful or experience a deep trauma, then try our SOS Pearl Drops. Similar to a rescue remedy type product, these feature Aconite, a well-known homeopathic remedy used to alleviate anxiety and worry. Safe for children and the whole family.
Another SOS product to consider to add to your positive self-care routine is our SOS Body Balm, infused with calming Chamomile and healing Arnica – this remedy is recommended for applying for bruised bodies and souls – helps to calm inflammation and swelling, aching muscles as well as soothe hurt and emotional pain – a win win for all.