Have you ever wondered what life would be like without any of our five senses? What if one day you woke up without being able to see, hear, taste, smell, or touch? It’s definitely a frightening thought.

We rely on our senses to live our lives, and they are some of the most powerful tools to help us feel healthier, fitter, and more beautiful; their job is to make our lives more enjoyable. They can also keep us from harm if we listen to that “inner voice” we sometimes get when something is amiss. Unfortunately we live in an era where everyone is always in a rush with endless tasks to complete, and we tend to forget to take care of our mind, body and spirit. We were given five senses to use them and enjoy their benefits, so stop for a minute and reconnect. Here are some ways to stimulate your senses and help you release some stress:

Sight

Sight is a powerful sense because it controls so much of what’s going on around us. Take a look around and watch the things that really bring you joy and tranquility. We tend to walk like zombies, ignoring everything in our surroundings. Start paying attention and live a conscious life.

Take care of your appearance as well. What you see when you stand in front of the mirror may determine how you feel about yourself; it could make you very confident or it could bring your self-esteem to rock bottom. You don’t have to spend all day at the gym to look & feel beautiful; do a quick pick-me-up and walk for 15 to 30 minutes a day, “smell the roses”, release stress and get some endorphins!

Smell

Have you ever smelled something and immediately thought of someone or a previous experience? That’s how powerful the sense of smell is; it can influence your mood, memory, and emotions. Sometimes we can’t choose what we smell because, well, its just in the air we breathe, but fortunately there are practices like aromatherapy that can help you release some tension and bring yourself to a better mood.

There are different aspects of aromatherapy, the most important being medical and holistic. The medical aspect involves the use of essential oils which can assist in wound healing, fever reduction, skin problems, varicose veins, hay fever, menstrual pains, digestive problems, muscle aches, and so much more. On the other hand, the holistic aspect focuses not only on the physical body, but it also takes into consideration the mind and spirit. Techniques that will help you feel like new both physically and mentally, so why not start using it?

Although many people think the sense of smell is not as important, it has been proven to be just as powerful as the other senses. So, surround yourself with smells you like; buy flowers, aromatic candles, your favorite perfume, and just start breathing a better, tranquil you.

Taste

The sense of taste is connected in a way to the sense of smell. When you are going to eat something, you first smell it and then you can get an idea if you’ll like it or not. It’s a good idea to eat healthy, so have some colorful fruits & vegetables, add a handful of nuts, as these will benefit your body and make you feel more energized during the day. Nowadays, breakfast, lunch, and dinner have become an activity that is done on the go. It is important to take the time to enjoy your meal, notice its flavors and textures, and also notice how you feel after eating. Eat more of the things that make you feel good, and avoid foods that might taste good but make you feel down. They say you can change your taste buds in as little as 3 weeks. So, perhaps you’ll start enjoying the more healthful foods such as fruits rather than ‘junky’ sweets.

Hearing

Studies have shown that listening to music could decrease heart rate and blood pressure. We are bombarded with noise everywhere we go and this might be one that is the cause of your stress.

Listening to half an hour of music each day may significantly lower your blood pressure. Try to find the time to listen to some soothing music and just relax. Start practicing meditation, put on a nice, relaxing melody and just sit back and close your eyes and think about all the things that make you feel good, or try to not think at all. This practice will make you feel lighter and will allow you to concentrate more during the day.

Another good practice is to listen to your favorite music while you exercise. Listening to music while you exercise can help you last longer, be less bored, and allows you to actually enjoy the activity. So make a playlist with all your favorite tunes and start losing those extra pounds.

Touch

Being able to touch and feel can bring a lot of satisfaction to your life. Just think about how you feel when you hug someone you love; it is an indescribable feeling that makes you feel so good that sometimes you don’t even want to let go. The reason you feel this good is because the human touch releases endorphins which can physically help reduce blood pressure, stress, and anxiety, they can also boost your immune system, and best of all they can slow down much of the aging process. So go ahead, give that someone special a great big hug! Also, treat yourself to a nice relaxing day either at home or at a spa, take a bubble bath, exfoliate your skin, get a massage, and just enjoy how your body reacts to all this pampering. Taking care of yourself will heal your mind, body, and spirit, help you gain self-confidence, and you’ll be glowing too.

Use all your senses to your advantage. Get out of that same old routine and don’t be afraid of trying new things; be more curious and get to know yourself on a deeper level. Life can get hectic at times, but with the help of our senses we can become better versions of ourselves.

As always, consult with your doctor before starting any new diet or exercise regimen, and ask if you can incorporate aromatherapy/essential oils as well.