Making Self Care a Lifestyle: Self-Soothing Through the Five Senses (Part 2)

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Erin Jacklin“Our five senses are a powerful tool for relaxation. These exercises can be added into your life even if you don’t have much extra time in to devote to self-care.” ~ Dr. Erin Jacklin

Self-Soothing With the Five Senses

Smell: Notice all the different smells around you. Walk in a garden or in the woods after it rains, and breathe in the smells of nature. Light a scented candle or incense. Bake some bread or a cake, and take in all the smells.

Taste: Have a special treat, and eat it slowly, savoring each bite. Cook a favorite meal. Drink a soothing drink like herbal tea or hot chocolate. Let the taste run over your tongue and slowly down your throat.

Touch: Take a bubble bath. Pet your dog or cat or cuddle a baby. Put on a silk shirt or blouse, and feel its softness and smoothness. Sink into a really comfortable bed. Float or swim in a pool, and feel the water caress your body.

Combine multiple senses: Use a favorite scented lotion and experience the scents as you give yourself a hand or foot massage.



Erin Jacklin

Erin Jacklin is the owner and clinical director of The Catalyst Center. She has hand-picked each therapist and staff member for their expertise, generosity of spirit, and willingness to embrace the philosophy of being a true catalyst for healing in the world. Though she is no longer taking on new clients, she is deeply involved in the work of The Catalyst Center and consults closely with each staff member to ensure each client receives personalized care of the highest caliber.