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Why Candles are Good for Men’s Mental Health

Men’s mental health is not discussed enough. They are taught to suppress any feelings of anxiety, and women are encouraged to seek out therapy and self-care routines. Why is this? Now more than ever our mental health is so important. As COVID-19 continues to burden our lives, we are faced with new challenges everyday, and men should be encouraged to embrace their mental health needs and practice self-care.


Planning ahead has become difficult as we are thrown new curve balls everyday and we must adapt. Don’t underestimate the power of treating yourself to something nice like a candle to help you relax and care for your mind and soul, even if you’re encouraged to put on a “manly” front. Candles have been used for centuries in alternative healing methods.


One way men can take care of their mental health is to use candles. It might sound silly but at The Pine Door we can attest to the benefits of incorporating candles into your life. From creating a routine, promoting a calming ambience and actually helping your brain, candles are excellent for men’s mental health. Help us break down the stigma around men’s mental health and encourage self-care for people of all genders!


They Help You Relax


Have you ever taken the time to sit down and look at the flame of the candle? Watching the embers dance around while you’re encompassed in a lovely scent is one of the simplest ways to relax, but it can make such a difference. Taking time for yourself is more important than ever, and lighting a candle instead of using electric lights will help you slow down your mind and take a second to breathe.


Reduce Anxiety


Men can feel anxious too, but they are taught not to show it, or get the help they need. Candles are a known stress reducer and can ease anxiety. Some scents known to reduce anxiety are:


  • Lavender

  • Cinnamon

  • Peppermint

  • Orange

  • Lemon


Lighting a candle with these fragrances can help you reduce anxiety. Try pairing them with breathing exercises or light meditation. No one is too manly to take a second to catch their breath.


Exercise Your Mind


If you’ve been feeling ‘off’ lately or unable to focus, certain candle scents have been known to improve memory stimulation and can sharpen your mind. One of the effects of bad mental health is brain fog which can make it hard to get anything done. Being stuck at home or unable to do things like travel or go to the office for work can leave us feeling idle and stunted. It’s important to keep your mind sharp for your mental health.


Scents like cinnamon are great for helping you focus. Most of us are working from home now, and it can be very distracting to be at a desk across from your couch or bed. Utilise citrus scents or cinnamon to help keep your mind on task.


Create a Nightly Routine to Help with Sleep


By now we all know the negative effects that can be caused by using electronics and staring at a screen before bed. Instead of turning on the TV before bed or staring at your phone, try lighting some scented candles as a new bedtime ritual.


Creating a new routine to help you wind down before bed is an excellent form of self-care and can help with your mental health. You’ll also save some money on your electric bill. Along with your candles, you can try to incorporate light yoga or meditation before bed if you want an activity to slow your mind down. You won’t even think about staring at your phone before bed anymore.


Candles are Energy/Mood Boosters


If you’re having a difficult time staying positive, and who isn’t these days, certain candle scents are known to boost moods and energise you. Citrus scents such as lemon and orange are great to burn during the day to keep your energy up.


If you’re feeling down, try lighting a lemon scented candle and let yourself waft in the fragrance. You should feel energised and refreshed from the delicious scent, and hopefully gain some motivation to complete your tasks.


Conclusion


To sum it up, mental health is so important even for men. Just because society tells you to hide your feelings of anxiety or depression doesn’t mean you should. Self-care items like candles should be for everyone, including men. If you are struggling to stay positive right now, grab a citrus candle to boost your mood.


Using candles for therapy is an incredible way to get the benefits of scents while encouraging yourself to relax. Candles create a delightful ambience while calming down your mind. Not to mention they look great on a shelf, and it will look like you know how to decorate.


Check out our candle shop at The Pine Door today and browse our selection of candles with eco friendly fragrances. Self-care is important for men, too!



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