In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, this article focuses on the importance of maintaining a balanced emotional and psychological well-being and the simple things you can do to achieve it.
In Othello, Shakespeare said that “our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners”.
When your mind is happy and inspired, it becomes easier to work on the physical and social aspects of your life. It creates a ripple effect; having a healthy mind motivates you to take care of your body more, improves your relationships with others, and even helps you do your job more efficiently.
When the gardener is happy and inspired, the garden flourishes to its maximum potential.
The good news is that you only need to make a few tweaks on how you go about your daily habits for you to take care of your mind. Below are some suggestions on how you can pamper yourself.
Here’s a great place to start: enhance your routine activities by practicing mindfulness. Being mindful is being fully present in terms of where you are and what you’re doing. It’s like the opposite of being on auto-pilot; it’s when you’re completely aware of what’s happening. When you incorporate mindfulness into ordinary activities such as, say, brushing your teeth, that means you’re focusing on the senses involved in that process. Linger over the minty flavor of the toothpaste, feel the soft brushes as they touch the inner walls of your mouth, listen to the faint scrubbing noise of each brushstroke! It’s good for the brain and it’s something you can do anywhere, anytime!
Here are some easy-to-do mindfulness exercises to start you off:
Yawn and do some stretching for 10 seconds every hour (you can do a fake yawn to trigger a real one). Say “ahh” as you exhale. You will notice how a yawn interrupts your thoughts and feelings, bringing you into the present.
Look out the window and choose a natural object (flower, insect, clouds, etc). Focus on it for a minute or two. Look at it as if you are seeing it for the first time. Explore every aspect of its form and structure, and allow yourself to be consumed by its presence.
Mentally list down 5 things in your day that usually go unappreciated. It can be objects, events, or people. The goal is to appreciate things that support our existence but seldom get attention. For example: the electricity that powers your kettle, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, your blankets that provide you warmth, your nose that lets you smell food, and so on!
Take time to (completely) disconnect from work
We get it — some of us may find it tough to draw the line between work and personal life. Simply turning off work email notifications or ignoring work-related calls may give you feelings of anxiety and ultimately ruin the “me” time you’ve set for yourself.
Research has proven that poor work-life balance can adversely affect our leisure pursuits and our interpersonal relationships. Yikes. That’s a big “nope, can’t let that happen”, right? You deserve to grant yourself the ultimate treat: downtime.
You can maintain a healthy work-life balance with a few simple steps to gain more time:
Prioritize tasks — meaning, don’t do everything at once. Separate out urgent, important, and non-time-sensitive tasks.
Stick to your plotted work and personal hours. Create a realistic deadline for tasks, and make it a habit to give your schedule regular glances so you won’t get sidetracked. Block out times for appointments that can’t be changed or pushed back.
Make technology your friend; use task management apps like Todoist or OmniFocus to help you stick to your schedules.
New rule: Deflect negativity
If you’ve been very generous with your time and allowing negativity to eat up your time and energy, perhaps it’s high time you steer clear of things that bring you down. You can start by guarding your time. For instance, if you feel like a certain activity or conversation has left you feeling drained or exhausted, you can follow it with something fun and productive to regain the positive energy you’ve lost.
The key is to consciously choose the way you deal with negative energy. Choose to follow social media accounts that make you feel calm and relaxed. Choose the company of positive people — those who are guaranteed to make you laugh, think creatively, or generally make you happy. Notice how a day or two without negativity can go a long way!
Learn a new skill
Keeping your brain young means you need to keep using its magic, but not for the same old tricks! Surely, there’s always that one thing you’ve wanted to learn since forever. Maybe you want to learn how to cook, or how to drive a stick shift, or how to play the piano. Maybe you want to learn graphics design or video editing. The possibilities are endless, and it’s not just about expanding your skillset but also keeping your brain young!
Your brain chemistry changes when it acquires new knowledge. The white matter in your brain, called myelin, is the part that deals with performing tasks. When you learn a new skill and you keep practicing it, the myelin becomes denser. That means you learn faster and you adapt easier, which makes you less susceptible to stress! EXTRA TIP: You can find lots of free skills classes online, like Duolingo.com if you want to learn a new language, or Origami.me if you want to go the artsy route. Skillshare offers courses on technical subjects, business, and entrepreneurship, programming, but also writing, painting, personal branding, and other creative topics.
You know that rush you feel after doing something nice for a friend? Followed by being motivated to do more? You noticed how, even after several hours of volunteering, you still feel relaxed?
There’s a science behind that. People who frequently perform acts of kindness to others have 23% less cortisol (the hormone responsible for stress). That means having a habit of doing good deeds is actually a form of caring for your mind! When you do something nice for someone, it lights up your brain’s pleasure and reward centers, as if you were the recipient of the favor and not the giver. Scientists call it “helper’s high”.
You can do random acts of kindness by sparing just a few minutes of your day! With your phone, you can play “Free Rice”, a trivia app that lets you donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Progamme for every question answered correctly! EXTRA TIP: Since 2014, Free Rice has already donated more than 100 billion grains of rice to combat world hunger! Here’s another good one: UNICEF’s Tap Project asks for phone users to stay off their phones for 15 minutes and they will donate a day of water to a child in need. Not only is this a good deed, but it also keeps people off of their phones and focused on more important things! These simple acts can add a great deal of value to your day without costing you anything other than just a little bit of time!
It’s important to keep looking for ways to give your brain the pampering it deserves. If you want to be a better person for yourself and others, you need to have a healthy mind and body. You know what they say — you can’t pour from an empty cup!
Hooray! We just turned 3 last April 26th! Words can’t even begin to express the gratitude and appreciation we have for each and every one of you (yes, you!). This has truly been an amazing journey, and having all of you along made it extra spectacular.
Let’s get this party started with over $165+ worth of birthday treats! Check out all the goodies included in the ANNIVERSARY Box below!
Treat yourself to a much-deserved facial and turn your bathroom into a temporary oasis of aromatherapy with the Calming Chamomile Mask from Flower Mill. Suitable for sensitive skin types, this must-have mask thoughtfully combines white kaolin clay with chamomile and calendula flowers which help hydrate, strengthen, and soothe the skin as pores are being cleared. Made with the most gentle form of Kaolin clay, this mask is a powerhouse as it still takes on the task of heavy-lifting by helping to draw out dirt, grime, and blackheads. Chamomile meanwhile has anti-inflammatory properties and is one of the most important herbal ingredients for sensitive skin as it does wonder to help soothe irritation. The answer to the respite-seeking masker’s dilemma– this mask smooths on easily and slightly tingles as it sits on skin as if to remind you to sit still and not touch it as it clears and tightens your pores! TO USE: Use ideally in the PM, no more than 2 times per week, and follow up with your favorite moisturizer. NOTE: The appearance of lightly reddish or flushed skin 30-50 minutes after the treatment is normal, and indicates the intended boost in blood circulation.
PLEASE NOTE:Members will receive either the:(1) Wellness BoxOR the (2) Mini Makeover Box.
We’re always on the lookout for ways to revamp your wellness routine. This season, let’s take care of your body with favored blends for a prosperous mind, body, and soul. An Australian company bringing traditional herbal medicine back to the 21st century, Your Tea’s every blend is created by qualified traditional medicine practitioners and accompanied by endless health resources to complement this restorative herbal journey. Your Tea creates their blends based on an ancient modality that acknowledges the mind, body, and soul as one unit. The food we eat. The words we say. The way we move. The thoughts we think. The universal energies we live amongst. Energy flows through our bodies in the form of “Qi” and to be healthy, our energetic system must be in harmony. The nourishment we receive from food goes deeper than just fueling our bodies and these blends from Your Tea are created specifically for different times of the day (or night) to combat your different body needs. Let this be a jump start to your own highway to harmonic health!
WORTH NOTING FACT: Charitea is the yin to Your Tea’s business yang. Every quarter they make a donation based on the pledges they receive and the charity with the highest pledges receives double donation. They currently support Womankind Worldwide, Children’s Fortress Africa, and The Good Farm. They have donated a whopping $140,624 as of the end of March 2020!
We put our skin through a lot and sometimes it fights back in the form of angry red marks, itchy bumps, or dryness. Imported all the way from London to help alleviate your skin’s SOS, the Lemon Superfood All-in-One Rescue Butter is a multi-use, high-performance botanical body balm that works three ways: as a moisturizer, as a treatment, or as a cleanser. Made with a 96% natural formula packed full of minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins including Lemongrass, this wonder balm features antioxidant protection which helps soothe and replenish dry skin. The perfect evening ritual for restoring health back into the skin in need of extra healing, this balm goes on smooth and soaks right in without clogging pores + it’s vegan and cruelty-free! TO USE: As a moisturizer: Rub small amounts between your fingers and apply to the face, massaging it until absorbed. As a treatment: Apply to any dry or cracked areas such as lips, elbows, and heels. As a cleanser: Massage a generous amount throughout your face and gently wipe away with a cotton pad or a cloth. Rinse with clean water afterward.
Attention all coffee and wine lovers, meet your new BFF charcoal toothpaste — a gentle, organic charcoal toothpaste that’s great for even those with sensitive teeth and gums. The Brilliant Organic Charcoal Toothpaste is a fresh-tasting fluoride-free blend of high-quality, activated charcoal, which works to help brighten your pearly whites. This organic charcoal teeth whitening toothpaste also combines coconut and tea tree oils to remove plaque build-up, combat bacteria, and promote healthy oral care. Additionally, xylitol works to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent cavities by fighting cavity-causing caries. This “little black magic” will inevitably turn your mouth a tinge of midnight black while brushing, but not to worry! After you brush and rinse, it will leave your teeth clean, polished, and brilliantly white. Vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the U.S.A, this toothpaste is completely non-toxic and made with natural ingredients that are healthy for you, your teeth, and the environment + it’s clinically tested and is safe for enamel – twice per day, every day!
WORTH NOTING FACT: Terra & Co. is a woman-owned company, conceptualized and founded by two sisters, Amra & Azra Hajdarevic. They also donated to the DWC Downtown Women Center in Los Angeles.
Your chapped lips have officially met their match. Don’t be fooled by the ridiculously cute packaging and yummy smell (in celebration of our 3rd birthday!)— This lip scrub is a force to be reckoned with! The Birthday Cake Lip Scrub from Aminnah Skin-care is infused with natural ingredients that help remove dead skin cells, boost circulation, and increase collagen production. It buffs away dry skin and conditions the lips, leaving them supple and perfectly prepped for your favorite lip products. The blend of sugar and essential oils also help hydrate, firm, and protect lips from future drying, cracking, or chapping + it’s gentle enough to use weekly, or whenever the mood strikes! Treat your lips with this birthday cake & give it the extra oomph it deserves! Tip: Use this scrub before going to bed & apply any lip balm before going to bed for bouncy soft lips after your beauty slumber.
WORTH NOTING FACT: Aminnah Skincare donates to 200MW — an organization that donates $20,000 every 3 months to needy organizations in Tampa)
We’re big fans of bathing, especially after a long day to celebrate a job well done. There’s nothing quite relaxing like lighting up a few candles, pouring yourself a glass of red wine, and soaking in a tub of warm water — especially with divine bath salts! Transform your bath time (or detox foot bath, if you don’t have a tub) into a buoyant sea of relaxation. The Divination Soaking Salts are created to enhance your senses with an aromatic blend sandalwood + sage and the skin-softening sensation of select soaking salts. Sage melts layers of tension away and sets the mood for relaxation while sandalwood helps reduce anxiety and stresses after a long day. Sandalwood has also been known to have healing properties that cure coughs, indigestion, and even insomnia!Truly a calming salt blend that will give you a sense of well being and tranquility while softening and rejuvenating your body — a winning combo if you ask us! Make hot soaks a meditativeself-care ritual!
WORTH NOTING FACT: Tub Tonics donates to alicekids.org.
Ever reapply a lip balm all week long, then realize later that your lips are still chapped and it makes absolutely no sense? Or experienced a minor lip rash after switching balm brands? More than just a dry lip savior, a lip salve that pampers your lips, leaving soft, fresh, and moisturized, the Aromatic Mint CBD Salve combines organic coconut oil and beeswax with high-quality hemp oil to keep your lips supple and hydrated. This lip salve goes on smoothly and while there are some days when you might want ultra-pigmented balms, sometimes there’s nothing better than a barely-there salve that enhances the natural color of your moisturized lips.
FUN FACT: A full-service, seed-to-table CBD facility located in Colorado, My CBD Lab uses the highest quality hemp oil in all of their products, which are made using hemp grown in their 10,000-acre farm.
Riddle us this trendy leafy green isn’t just a nutritious addition for your green juice, smoothies & salad, but it’s also super good for your skin-care routine. When you need to quickly bring life back to dull skin, this mask won’t ever “KALE” your vibe! Like a juice cleanse but for your face, the Sweet Chef Kale + Vitamin B Fresh Pressed Sheet Mask dishes ultimate hydration for bouncy, selfie-approved results. Superfood antioxidant- and nutrient-rich Kale contains skin-loving phytonutrients and vitamins C, E, and K that naturally calms the skin, Vitamin B which strengthens the skin’s natural barrier, and anti-inflammatory aloe barbadensis flower extract which soothes and moisturizes. Oh and this mask is vegan, sensitive-skin approved, cruelty-free, and doesn’t contain any harsh shenanigans quenching your skin has never been so easy and leafy!
2020 has taken all of us for a wild ride. In what may have felt like a blink of an eye, the world shifted dramatically, unexpectedly, and overwhelmingly. Emotions may still run high amid these unpredictable times. It’s not at all easy and neither should it be. Moments like these may bring up feelings of loneliness, sadness, grief, despair, anger and it literally can take a physical toll on just about any of us. We all have such different needs during this time and we are all navigating our lives the best way we can.
It’s important more than ever to be still and recognize that what you are currently feeling is valid. Feel your feelings and when you’re ready, channel those energies to focus on yourself. Use this time to take care of you. Be gentle with your body and mind and breathe through your fears or anxieties. Find ways to stay positive and create small moments of joy. Get cozy, take lots of naps, move slowly and enjoy the stillness, practice 10-minute daily meditations or sing and dance ‘til your lungs give up! Whatever it looks like for you, let yourself be and focus on what you need. When you become aware that you have unique needs and goals, you discover how to better accept and love yourself.
Loving yourself can feel like a long journey―but you’re not alone. A pilgrimage for anyone who has ever lost their way or anyone looking to start a compassionate and loving journey to reclaim their authentic self, our custom-designed More Self Love Journal is rooted in prompts and practices proven to build self-esteem and reduce self-doubt. Within these pages are topics dedicated to establishing routine, introspection, and trackers to aid in your journey of self-discovery and self-care. This journal will help you identify obstacles in the way of healthy self-love and unearth and explore the deepest, truest best parts of ourselves — an easy to follow and inspiring way to chronicle your own journey to creating more self-compassion and self-understanding.
Go through the pages and enjoy the journey. Looking for the light in everything does not mean seeing how everything will suddenly be perfect or easy. Looking where the light pours in is realizing what a gift it is to be alive, once again. Open your heart and embrace new discoveries about yourself. Deepen your understanding and develop your self-love practice. Even in uncertainty, you have the capacity for love. There is such power in the small decisions we make and the accumulation of these decisions always creates big-picture changes.
As the Buddhist saying goes, “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” and when times are difficult, seeking comfort in our unconditional goodwill towards ourselves could become a lifeline for our well-being. Cheers to more. self. love!
FUN FACT:Daily journaling is an incredible stress-management tool and a powerful vehicle for self-discovery. Studies show that spending as little as 5-10 minutes a day writing can increase your long-term well being physically and emotionally by more than 10%. Journaling practices have been linked to improvements in mood, increased immune system function, sharper memory, and reduced stress-related disorders. It has even been reported to help wounds heal faster! Pretty incredible what expressive writing and releasing pent up thoughts can do!
Cheers to another year of self-care, joy, and love! A BIG telepathic hug to our tens of thousands of members over the past three years. Your kindness and generosity is the greatest gift of all and there’s nothing we’d rather do than to continue to spread positivity, love, joy, and self-care to each and every one of you. You are the best part about TheraBox and we wouldn’t be here without you!
The world shifted dramatically in the past few weeks and while we’re currently living in very uncertain times, it is more important than ever to shower ourselves with all the love and self-care that we can. The PAMPER Box is filled with over $170+ worth of goodies to help you get closer to yourself, one self-care act at a time. Boxes start shipping on May 24 until 29th and are expected to sell out super soon!
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming in your boxes:
No matter how meticulous your skin routine is, unwanted dark spots can pop up at any time (even in your twenties), and they’re difficult to prevent or eliminate. But don’t despair because the Lumen Serum Dark Spot Corrector has got you covered! A concentrated blend of vitamins and botanical extracts that help target dark spots and acne scars on the face and body, this celebrated concoction has Bilberry Extract, which promotes smoother, younger-looking skin by increasing collagen, Licorice Root Extract that brightens skin discoloration and hyper-pigmentation, and Chamomile Extract that promotes a healthy glow of the skin as it heals and restores its natural moisture content. Think of a spa-like brightening treatment you can use to pamper your skin in the comfort of your own home! All Minimo products are crafted by #TeamMinimo with love in their Houston, Texas warehouse. TO USE: Massage 2 pumps into the skin in a circular motion for overall application. Let sit for 5 minutes, then massage fully into the skin in a circular motion until fully absorbed.
PLEASE NOTE: Members will receive either the (1) Charcoal Gommage Peeling GelOR the (2) Rose Gommage Peeling Gel.
Forget abrasive, and harsh exfoliators. With gommages, you can gently cleanse the skin of impurities without damaging it. Indulge your skin with these vegan and sensitive-skin friendly Peeling Gel Gommage varieties from Vitamasques. Buff away dead skin cells and excess sebum to reveal smooth and bright skin without irritation. This is the perfect pampering treat your face deserves after a busy week!
(1) Charcoal Gommage Peeling Gel
One of the key practices to a clarifying clear complexion is exfoliation. A gentle charcoal exfoliator designed to purify pores and eliminate impurities for a healthy and glowing complexion, the Charcoal Gommage Peeling Gel is infused with Charcoal, Papaya, and Hyaluronic Acid that detoxifies skin and protects it against pollution. Made with a gentle formula, the gommage de-clogs pores, eliminates dead skin cells, and reveals your supple, hydrated, even, and youthful skin!
(2) Rose Gommage Peeling Gel
Provide your skin with a source of hard-working exfoliation but in the form of the gentle buffing from the Rose Gommage Peeling Gel. Formulated with Rose Extract, Castor Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid, this bonafide sensitive skin exfoliator helps soothe skin and provide an anti-inflammatory action against redness. This mighty multitasker sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal a bright, fresh layer of your skin and gives you time off your skincare routine so you can rack up more time for yourself!
Pampering yourself is one of those things you know you’re supposed to do consistently to avoid burnout- but when it comes to actually getting around to it, we often put it on the back burner. If your schedule is seriously busy, it might seem hopeless to somehow squeeze in a little “me” time. That’s where the challenge comes in because the busier you are, the more important self-care becomes.
It turns out there are simple things you can do to jumpstart a self-pampering mindset amidst the hustle and bustle of daily work life, even on the especially-busy days. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, but it does require another valuable resource: time. There’s no other way around it. If you want to take a break from it all and indulge in your own little world of bliss, you need to set aside time, even if it is just a few minutes a day.
This month’s Happiness Boosting Activity is all about pampering you from head to toe so that you feel rejuvenated and re-energized. This custom-designed TheraBox Pamper Time Card Deck offers 30 days’ worth of ideas and activities to treat yourself, slow down, and maintain a steady self-care routine. You can start your day (or wind it down) by picking a card and doing the “pampering propositions” we’ve carefully laid out for you!
Self-care means putting yourself first from time to time and putting a pause on work, obligations, and caring for others. It’s like operating a machine; it needs to be tuned up regularly for it to be able to function effectively and serve its purpose. Think of self-care as like a do-it-yourself regular tune-up for your mind, body, and spirit.
We hope you discover the beauty of Pamper Time and create a habit of sustainable self-care!
The perfect Mother’s Day gift or treat-yo-self indulgence for yourself or a loved one, the PAMPER box has over $170+ worth of goodies for all your self-pampering needs! Relax your mind, heart, and body, and take the stress away from the world’s current uncertainties. We’ve got a box full of reminders that you need to take care of yourself, too. Shipping starts May 24th until the 29th!