Did you know your sense of smell is closely linked with a part of your brain called the limbic system, which is believed to play a major role in emotion and memory?
Have you ever experienced being caught off guard by a strong scent and being instantly taken back to another time, place or feeling?
You can take advantage of this, using smells you associate with positive things to help improve your mood, boost your confidence, calm you at times of stress, and ground you in moments of anxiety or flashbacks.
Why not take some time to explore different scents and figure out which ones make you feel good, and prepare a toolkit for next time you may need it? We recommend the sensory garden at Wollaton Hall and your own kitchen as starting points! Flowers, herbs, spices, perfumes….
You can also buy small bottles of essential oils from most health food stores which are ideal for carrying on-the-go. We provide our new clients with some DoTerra Essential Oils in their wellness packs funded by Gem’s Cash for Kids.
Many people find lavender relaxing, citrus energising, freshly cut grass uplifting and cinnamon focusing!
Your sense of taste is also linked to these old, primitive structures of your brain, so strong flavours like mint can do similar things.
We’d love to know your favourite scents and how they make you feel or what they remind you of – tweet us at @imaranottingham
This was prepared for Day 13 of our #SelfCareWithImara campaign.
September 14th, 2021