The Benefits of Unplugging
Should you unplug?
You sit staring at a computer screen all day at work. You text back and forth. You answer emails. You’d think that once the work day is over and the dinner dishes have been cleared that you’d be ready to sit and relax.
The reality, though, is that most people are still plugged into their tablets and phones in the evening. Texts continue. Work emails are read and answered long after the work day has ended. Then you just have to check your Facebook feed, pin recipes and DIY projects over on Pinterest, and share the latest photo on Instagram.
We are constantly plugged into technology.
It is almost as if we panic at the thought of missing out on something important if we put the phone down. What would happen if you stayed away from social media for an evening?
Would it be the end of the world? Absolutely not.
By spending a few hours unplugged, you will find that you have more time to engage in conversation, play with your children, get lost in the pages of a good book or maybe even head to bed early.
If the thought of cutting that cord seems scary, take baby steps. Schedule hours of being unplugged to focus on your self care. For example, start with just one evening a week. Commit to this small block of time and see what happens.
Having trouble taking a break?
It is understandable. Experts say that social media addiction is real -- and it is a growing problem that impacts everything from our personal relationships to our jobs. It is only natural that some people feel real anxiety over being away from the popular social networks.
We know that the use of Essential Oils in Aromatherapy can help impact certain emotions.
At Seed, our expert mixologist has created several synergistic blends that you can add to our products to help you experience the best in aromatherapy. If you are having a hard time feeling food about unplugging, here are the blends that may benefit you the most:
- Lavender is soothing and relaxing.
- Patchouli is used for meditation and helps instill a sense of peace and calm.
- Clary Sage is believed to help combat mild signs of anxiety and depression.
- Orange is calming and relaxing.
- Lavender soothes the senses and brings about a bit of tranquility.
- Patchouli has mild sedative properties and may help you feel more relaxed.
- Grapefruit induces feelings of hope and positivity.
- Rosemary helps to clear the mind.
- Peppermint is naturally uplifting and refreshing.
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Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.