Why is the mind so important?
How can a medspa help with our mental health?
Maybe the answer doesn’t exactly lie in skincare, but in the action of realizing that you deserve love and care. Although important to understand that we have many responsibilities beyond self-care, it is near impossible to pour from an empty cup.
So how does one fill their cup?
There are many different ways to do this, but the form of self-care that one would want is entirely up to them!
Here at Mind Body Soul Med, the treatments we give are purely natural, and we want to keep it that way. Our goal is not to focus on outward beauty, but rather to allow you to rid the skin of the everyday toxins, and rejuvenate from the inside out using the body's own natural healing properties. We hope to give you this all while enjoying a relaxing and calming environment.
So where does the connection lie?
It has been found that mindful self-care practices coupled with an appreciation for the body and all that it does, is related to higher levels of positive body image as well as more positive feelings towards oneself in general (Andrew et al, 2014; Gillen, 2015; Tylka, 2015). These practices can include exercise, yoga, various levels of skincare, etc. It is no secret that our society struggles with the negative perception of oneself, but this research shows that having gratitude for the body and taking care of it does wonders for maintaining positive self-perception. It can even help combat certain levels of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and disordered eating (Cook-Cottone, 2015).
As our skin is the largest organ in our body and provides various essential functions, it is no wonder that we invest so much time into taking care of it. Taking care of the skin, however, not only helps the skin to be healthier from the inside out, but it also helps to improve mental health. The impact of pampering the skin, and having something to look forward to, can lead to the release of feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain (Migala, 2020).
Who doesn't need a few extra feel-good transmitters?
Especially during these times, it is important to find positive and relaxing things to look forward to. These simple acts of self-care can do wonders for a mood in need of boosting. Although we are not saying that skin-care/self-care can solve all mental health issues, it sure can help to know that you also deserve to be taken care of!
Take a load off, and enjoy being pampered here at Mind Body Soul Med. We hope you enjoy your little slice of self-care!
Note about the author:
Alexi Gonzalez is a Senior at Brigham Young University and is obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and is planning on obtaining her Master's Degree at Arizona State University.
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