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When we sit down to enjoy our Thanksgiving meal, you can be sure that everyone here at Privai, will be giving thanks for the gifts of nature (as well as Aunt Lucy’s apple pie!). After all, natural skincare products for your face and body – including Nourishing Face & Body Oil, Herbal Body Scrub and Skin Brightening Serum – are our world.

But nature’s gift can do more than nourish your skin. According to the American Heart Association, “There are undeniable benefits for your mental health when you spend time in nature, like lower stress and better memory.”

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s likely that stress or anxiety may begin creeping into your life (if they haven’t already taken a firm hold!). Fortunately, nature has the ability not only to inspire the nourishing face and body skincare products Privai offers, but also to help you relax and maintain your balance – even when Aunt Tilly starts criticizing your outfit. 


Stress, of course, can have negative impacts on your overall health and wellbeing, so it’s not just about keeping your cool when your in-laws drop in announced. It’s about ensuring you can enjoy the magic and wonder of the season. “The way you spend time out in nature can affect how much your physical, emotional and mental health will benefit from it,’ the experts at the American Heart Association say. 

If you need a little help managing the inevitable stress associated with the holidays season, nature can help! The American Heart Association offers a number of ways to relax in nature and stress less:


Holiday lights and festive decorations can be beautiful, but if you want to de-stress look to nature. “When was the last time you got up early to watch the sunrise, or ventured to the nearest hilltop to watch it set? The scenery will mentally prepare you for the morning or help you de-stress after a busy day so you’re ready for the night,” the AHA says.


“Walking is good for you, but not all walks are created equal,” the AHA says. Working your way through the crowd on a busy city street isn’t the same as a walk with nature. For a mental boost, the AHA recommends “hiking a local trail or feeling the sandy beach between your toes. You don’t have to have a specific destination in mind, either – your goal isn’t to hike X miles, but to aimlessly immerse yourself in the natural world around you.”  


The sounds of nature can be music to your ears. If you’re fortunate enough to have a babbling brook or trees that whisper in the wind, take time to pay attention to what they’re saying. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the rain drumming on the roof or enjoy the sound of birdsong. If you’re in an urban setting, you can find apps that will let you enjoy these and other sounds from the natural world. “It’s a lot more relaxing than the honking horns and text message alerts you’re used to, and it offers the opportunity to practice some meditative mindfulness in your tranquil surroundings,” the AHA says. 

We like to think that a little “me time” – perhaps with our Phyto Clay Skincare Masque or Gentle Foaming Cleanser – certainly can’t hurt either!

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