At The Pine Door, we promote mental health and self care. The timeline we’re living in brings us new challenges everyday, and we must expect the unexpected. People have learned to adapt to an environment they never thought possible. We are stuck in our homes, and have had to learn new ways to cope.
When things get tough, people tend to neglect their mental health first, when it should be at the top of your list. You can make your mental health a priority with simple self-care activities like yoga, getting enough sleep, or even lighting a candle.
Candles have been known to provide mental health benefits such as better sleep, mood boosting and increased focus. We challenge you to light a candle for 60 minutes a day for a few weeks and see if you notice a difference. Here are some of the benefits that come from lighting a candle.
Burning candles that use citrus scents have been known to boost serotonin levels which can improve your mood. Grab a citrus scented candle and light that baby up and immerse yourself in the tropical feeling. If it helps, imagine you’re at the beach sipping a delicious fruity cocktail being warmed by the sun. You should feel a boost in your mood in no time.
Screens and electricity are bad for sleep, there’s no doubt about that. It can be easy to lay there scrolling through tik tok on your phone until you simply can’t keep your eyes open, but we encourage you to NOT do this. Try using your 60 minutes of candle time before bed to improve your sleep quality. Burning candles before bed will help you create a ritual to wind down before bed and help you disconnect from your phone and other technology before bed.
As we continue to live in uncertain times, your mental health should come first. Challenge yourself to light a candle for 60 minutes a day for a few weeks. Before you start, take a second to think about what it is that you want to improve. Is it your mood, sleep, focus, or something else?
We are not doctors, but there are proven benefits to lighting candles for your mental health. If your mental health is at a point of concern, don’t be afraid to ask for help and get the care you need. You should always come first, and so should your mental health.