Sometimes it's hard to be a grown up. We have so much going on every day, leaving us with no time to calm down and relax. Kids always seem to have such an easier time remaining stress free, so why not take a tip from them?
All over Pinterest there are recipes for scented playdough that combines the tactile fun of playing with the squishy dough with calming essential oils mixed in that actually help your brain relax!
It doesn't take much to make the dough, a simple recipe of flour, salt, water and oil is all it takes. A couple drops of essential oils is all it takes to help you relax. Essential oils work wonders for a variety of things: Lavender helps calm nerves and might even help you sleep, rosemary is known to assist with anxiety and learning, and orange will help you regain energy.
There are even companies that make them for you, if you are not the most crafty. Pinch Me Therapy Dough is available in different scents and colors that all help you re-center your mind. Creator Nancy Rothner explains how it works:
The way it works is simple and effective, we're using scents to trigger response in the body to have a full open breath. Additionally, redirecting attention to the hands, helps the body to become centered and recalibrated, also the kneading of the fingers helps the dough to be able to de-stress.
It's really easy to DIY this craft at home, and personalize the smells and colors to your own taste. Pick which every smells you like the best or consult Pinterest if you need some advice on which essential oils do what.
Try out a few different scents and see which works best for you! For the base recipe, try this:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp essential oils - try a bunch of different ones!
It's never to early to start thinking about Christmas gifts, and DIY presents are always a good choice!