Why are home spa rituals beneficial for wellbeing?
In addition to the obvious benefits of caring for your skin to boost its health, home spa rituals also play a key part in balancing your nervous system. Regardless of our gender, we all have a masculine and feminine side, each which adjusts our release of hormones.
Our masculine side is what we connect with when we are working hard, being strong or undergoing stress (fight or flight mode).
Our feminine side is the opposite- we let go and connect with softness.
Connecting with our feminine side helps reset our nervous system.
It’s amazing how different we can feel in a short time after some self-care.
DID YOU KNOW STRESS AFFECTS WOMEN DIFFERENTLY?
One of the effects of stress is it robs us of our connection with our soft side and makes us sacrifice self-care. Stress connects us with our strong side, so we can fight through- and the more we do this, the more disconnected we become to feeling radiant, feminine beauty.
And as women particularly, we give so much to others that we often forget to leave time to care for ourselves.
Women have a special stress response that overrides “Fight or Flight”.. it’s called "Tend and Befriend”. It's prompted by a hormone called “oxytocin” (often called the “Hug Hormone”.)
Women release more oxytocin than men, and the higher the levels we have in our bodies, the less stress affects us.
The great news is- oxytocin is released in rituals of self-care!
And even more interestingly, did you know we release oxytocin even just planning and anticipating self-care?