Mental Health Awareness Month: Less-Stress Spaces

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month with zen spaces and aromatherapy scents that help champion your mental health! With every new subscription signup, Vellabox donates to Mental Health America screenings.
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May 23, 2022

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Read on to see how we connect to this cause, foster wellbeing, and what we’ll be doing to give back.

According to MHA, 1 in 5 Americans lives with a mental health condition.

Mental Health America (MHA)

Since 1949, they have recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month, driving the wave of support for this cause and providing resources, tools, and screenings to those in need.

The theme of the 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit is “Back to Basics.” A lot of us can relate to this theme as our physical, emotional and especially mental health has been tested over the past two years. 

Throughout the pandemic, there was a big boost in the candle industry. This is of course due to the increased amount of time at home, but also to the greater need to feel comforted, safe, & less stressed. We understand that candles are no “cure” for much bigger & more complex factors at hand, but there is a significant connection to the overarching topic of what this year’s theme is all about.

With the toll of the pandemic’s additional stress, isolation, and constant unknowns on our wellbeing, the goal of “Back to Basics” is to take fundamental steps to improve our mental health

Remember that everyone has mental health and everyone can work on their overall well-being: food, exercise, relationships, sleep, coping skills, routines, etc. 

In this post, we’re going to talk about how your space can impact your mental wellness + ways to reduce stress, improve focus, and how candles play a role (of course!)

Zen Spaces: How Your Environment Shapes Your Mind

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One of the fundamental purposes behind our candle subscriptions is relaxation and aiding in the creation of happier spaces for your home.

The physical environment of your home and workspace plays a role in your stress levels and state of your mental health.

Declutter your space, declutter your mind.

By eliminating the clutter of your physical space, you’re making mental space for clarity and focus. This will also make it easier to maintain a cleaning routine – another major source of stress for so many.

Sort it, make it shine, and sustain it.

Create a zen space.

Focus on creating a space that makes you feel happy & relaxed. Add a plant, a pop of color, a scented candle, etc. Rearrange your space for an exciting change.

It’s all about making small changes that feel exciting & refreshing. Plus, putting your mind to fun & productive projects is a great way to boost mental health!

How Candles Can Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

Candles are a staple in home decor not only for their scent but also for their ambiance and mesmerizing glow. The act of burning a candle actually helps our brains to process how we feel mentally, making it an essential part of meditation, self-care, and relaxation.

When you smell a candle, you activate a part of the brain called the limbic system that’s responsible for your memory, mood and emotions.

The Harvard Gazette

Scents to Improve Your Wellbeing

Your favorite candle can help produce happy hormones such as serotonin and dopamine to boost your mood. Say hello to your most valuable work or study buddy with these scents!

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Peppermint

Think back to all the times you popped a mint before a test.

This scent is proven to wake up your mind to enhance focus and increase memory.

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Orange

It’s like opening the first peel of an orange.

Citrus notes help boost energy and make you feel more alert!

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Cinnamon

For the dessert & holiday candle lovers.

It’s great for overcoming mental fatigue and helping with your productivity.

Scents to Help You Relax

According to a study by the American Psychological Association, the majority of Americans encounter stress daily.

Below are scent notes that are known to aid in relaxation. Burn these in your zen space whenever you are feeling overwhelmed.

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Lavender

Its relaxing properties calm your nervous system, so it’s great to add to your nighttime routine.

It also aids in combating depression, anxiety, and headaches.

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Rosemary

This aroma is linked to feelings of contentment.

It has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties when inhaled.

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Sweetgrass

Great for summer!

This herbal scent is known to help relax and cool down your body temperature.

It also helps to reduce anxiety and aid in menstruation symptoms like headaches and muscle cramps.

Filter by scent category in our online candle shop & ignite different parts of the brain to help you live your best, less stressful life!

Mental Health Awareness Month Giveback

For the remainder of Mental Health Awareness Month, Vellabox will be pledging $1.25 to Mental Health America for every new subscription sign-up.

With each signup, MHA is able to screen someone for a mental health condition before a point of crisis.

We are excited to take part in Mental Health Awareness Month and hope this post can provide insight into improving your wellbeing.

Please note that we are not mental health experts. If you or someone you know is in a crisis and want to seek additional help, here are mental health resources: