Squish Therapy Dough - A beginners guide
We all get stressed, its comes part and parcel with modern life. But left untreated that stress can start to have a more damaging effect on your mental health.
In this post I wanted to explain how adding something as simple as aromatherapy playdough to your daily routine can help break the cycle of stress and anxiety and lead to a mentally stronger and happier you.
How does it work?
Squish uses three basic senses to interrupt negative thoughts and emotions you may be having and bring your mind back to the here and now. This technique is part of what some people call ‘grounding’ and is a quick and effective way of providing instant relief to mental chaos. Here is a quick overview of how this works.
Scent is one of the most powerful senses we have. Unlike the others it is linked directly to our most primitive part of the brain that controls memories and basic emotions such as the fight or flight instinct.This is also the part of the brain that impacts anxiety levels and how we react to different stresses. Using different combinations of aromatherapy oils Squish refocus your attention from the thoughts in your head to what you are experiencing in the here and now.
Your eyes are powerful tools providing us with a never ending stream of data during our waking hours. In turn our brains have to interpret this information. If you take a moment to really look at your surroundings you will become aware of just how much information is ignored by your brain. While working Squish in your hands really pay attention to how it looks, colour, shape size etc.. By doing this you are redirecting your thoughts to what is actually in front of you.
When you think of other calming aids you can buy they nearly all centre around touch. Stress balls, fidget spinners/cubes etc. have long been used to as a way of distracting your mind and realigning your thoughts. The beauty of Squish is it goes through many different tactile changes as you play with it, for example think about how cool it when you first bring it out of its tin and how it warms the more you play with it. These changes help focus the mind on what is in your hands rather than what is buzzing through your mind.
Squish Therapy Dough combines all of the benefits above as well as being
- Portable and discreet
- Made from food grade, natural ingredients
- Suitable for vegans
- Sold in environmentally friendly packaging
- Handmade in small batches
So if you are looking for an instant boost to your mental health give Squish Therapy Dough a try. It is currently available in three scents - Relax (lavender and vanilla) Restore (eucalyptus and mint) and Revive (lemon and grapefruit).
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