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Dealing with pandemic stress? Engage your 5 senses to destress and look after your mental health

26-Jan-2021

Dealing with pandemic stress? Engage your 5 senses to destress and look after your mental health

It's clear that the pandemic has affected mental health and you are not alone. These experiences are all understandable in the face of this significant challenge. Therefore, we suggest to engage your 5 senses in order to look after your mental health.

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The 5 senses involved are hearing, sight, smell, touch & taste.

Hearing

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Nature walks & short hikes to surround yourself with the sound of mother nature can also reduce negativity

Sounds plays a big part in calming our mind and bodies.  Tunes such as instrumental music could calm the mind and aid in destressing. Alternatively, go for nature walks & short hikes to surround yourself with the sound of mother nature can also reduce negativity. Do remember to bring along your mosquito repellents to ward off pesky bloodsuckers.

Sight

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Sight is the dominant human sense and is created by your brain and a pair of sensory organs—your eyes. The eyes and the brain process visuals together, working back and forth to find meaning. The Behuetiful Zen-Doodling, an activity book which will engage you for hours with mindfulness exercises through drawing repeated patterns would be great for destressing as visuals can excite, engage and entertain.

Smell

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There is always a strong link between fragrance and emotions. Smell also trigger a certain event that is associate with a certain scent, which our brain then interprets its message. There are many scents that have been proven effective for relaxation, mood enhancement, alertness, deeper relaxation, sleep & etc. Inhaling essential oil stimulate your nerves which then communicate with the limbic system within your brain. For destressing , we would recommend scent such as rosemary, lavender, peppermint & ylang ylang.

Touch

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It is widely known that massages reduce tension, promote healing and help us unwind. Essential oil can be applied to your skin by mixing it with a cream or a carrier oil like sweet almond oil , jojoba oil etc. Mixing carrier oil with essential oil helps in relieving muscle tension as well as body aches due to stress.

Besides, creating art and the simple act of colouring has a calming effect on our brains. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work. Try the  Behuetiful Expressions Of Hues, An activity book which promotes relaxation through colouring. There are both free form and guided colouring technique that you can follow. Learn about the different meaning of colours in the Secret Personalities of Hue, and express yourself in the colour that best defines you. 

Source: Health Benefits of Coloring for Adults

Taste

 

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A stressful and hectic lifestyle often have a negative effect on our eating habits. Incorporating the concept of mindful eating into your mealtime aids in de-stressing. Studies have shown that paying more attention to your meals can effectively reduce stress levels and improve digestive health!