Certain senses will have more of an impact on your body and mind than others when in sensory seeking endeavors. For me it’s all about smell and food. Naturally.
My sense of smell is insane. When something is pleasant, it’s amazing. If it smell bad, it’s everything I have not to vomit. Smell is powerful. I’m ever grateful my children are potty trained.
Make use of the oil popularity. A couple of days ago I was walking in a store and noticed a section dedicated to essential oils. It’s not for parties anymore. What you buy is important and needs to be a pure form. However, the more readily available essential oils make scent seeking easier. Rarely is an essential oil on it’s own safe. For safety sake, mix oils and blends (more than one oil) in a carrier oil. Grapeseed oil is my favorite choice but fractioned coconut, almond, jojoba oils all work too. Putting these oils in a diffuser or a few drops in running water for a bath are excellent ways to disperse the scent quickly. In a bath it will absorb in your skin for more potent results. A few oils I blend with oil in a dark glass roller bottle. A 10 mL bottle 80-85 % filled with carrier oil and few drops of each essential oil will do. When needed, I roll the blend on the palms of my hands then rub hands together. Then I cup my hands over my mouth and nose then breathe. From hand to brain, it does the job. Take this quick guide to a few essential oil options and make the most of your smell sense.
Before we leave the sense of smell there are a few incredibly simple ways to find the warm fuzzies. It’s as simple as a memory. Find your comforting scents from the fall arena to floral, woodsy, coffee, or clean. Whatever it is that promotes a positive moment past or now, have it on hand.
From Mouth to Brain
Food! Yay! There is so much my mouth can do other than a sarcastic or off color comment. From taste bud to texture to temperature, our oral senses can be an amazing way to find those fuzzies.
Like your sense of smell, your taste buds have memories too. Feeling down or any similar emotion, comfort foods are not called comfort foods for nothing. It’s okay to indulge in indulging every once and awhile. Bring those memories to the plate, bowl, or cup to trigger happy moments. I would encourage you to create new moments and invited friends and family in those culinary endeavors. Your taste buds will associate with that gathering time for a powerful multi-sensory punch you can draw upon later. Don’t let those comfort foods sabotage you. If your comfort food involves high fats, over processed, too much sodium, and not enough nutrition- eating it more than a day within a week or two it will back fire. They impact your brain and emotions along with nervous system in dreadful ways. Then your comfort food becomes your enemy.
When feeling heavy emotionally go for lighter meals. Less or barely cooked. Reduce your fats. Your fats should primarily focus on monosaturated fat, polysaturated fat, and omega 3 fatty acids on a daily basis. In food forms this is coconut oil, avocados, eggs, fish, nuts, nut butters to name a few. These fats help you but take in just what you need. Cool foods and drinks help wake up the brain. So does caffeine, but too much can over work the nerves. Careful, please. Bitter and spicy tastes aid in uplifting and stimulating your nervous system and brain as well as crunchy foods. An nut has great brain fats, crunchy plus with a spicy seasoning, it will be an alarm system to your senses. A warm fuzzy of the jolting variety.
When finding it difficult to calm, anxiety, or an unsettling condition go the opposite direction. Padded in a couple extra servings of the good fats. Avocado, egg, and a high protein cheese is my breakfast. I have difficulty waking up but quickly switch to jitter mode. I need my nourishment to help out. Warm foods and drinks soothe and give literal warm fuzzies. Sweet in its appropriate forms lend a hand too.
Days and moments are vary so should finding those warm fuzzies when using your senses. Mix it up.
Namaste in your sensory seeking endeavors.