Wearing perfume can improve your mental health during a pandemic – here’s why
Have you checked the news lately? It’s crazy there. Whatever your zip code, we’ll venture to guess that life is upside down right now. While we’re all in a state of limbo, waiting for life to get back to normal, there are a few things you can do to help create a sense of normalcy – start by spraying your favorite scent.
There are benefits to honoring your morning scent ritual, even if your usual weekday commute has been swapped for a long, romantic stroll to the fridge. Sure, there might not be anyone else around to smell the scent, but you’ll know it’s there – and the mental health benefits are priceless.
1. Applying perfume can boost our self-esteem
Before, that is to say before Covid-19, we chose a perfume according to how we wanted to be perceived in the world. A sensual scent makes a strong first date impression; while a fresh and bright scent gives a modern and fashionable vibe.
Today, the role of perfume has changed, but it is just as important. Applying your favorite scent helps create a sense of ordinary life and can remind us of who we are. Take the time to stop, spray, and enjoy the moment you tell. The scent lends weight to your morning and helps move your headspace, signaling that the work day is about to begin.
2. Certain scents can boost your mood
Scent is a sure-fire mood booster and can make us happier and more energized with just one puff. This is for two reasons: nostalgia (there is a strong physical connection between our sense of smell and the memory center in the brain) and the fragrance notes themselves.
The scent of the gardenia flower, in particular, can reduce stress and induce relaxation, making Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum the obvious choice for lightening the mental load during times of uncertainty. With Miley Cyrus at the forefront of the latest Gucci Flora campaign, this recently relaunched fragrance is decidedly cheerful. The delicate, soothing floral note of gardenia is the first note you’ll notice, followed by a just sweet enough blend of grandiflorum solar jasmine absolute, pear blossom accord and brown sugar.
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia’s new elongated bottle (with a pink lacquered glass and shiny gold cap to boot) is the kind of eye-catching object that sparks joy. Place it on your dresser to make this morning ritual an event you won’t want to miss.
3. Morning rituals have an anchoring effect
When nothing is certain, daily rituals help to create a sense of normalcy; as humans, our brains crave routine. Some people may think of mornings as a chore, but if you start the day right, you will reap the benefits throughout the day. Taking the time to follow the same wellness routine day in and day out will help you feel more calm and relaxed. Try waking up a little earlier to exercise, drink a full glass of water and yes spray your favorite scent and see how you feel after a few days, weeks or months.
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