Self-care is an increasingly popular concept, and with Mother’s Day on the horizon, we thought we’d explore what it means, why it matters, and how to choose a self-care gift for the special woman in your life.
In the fast-paced world we live in, self-care has never been more important – especially self-care for women. Did you know, women in the UK work longer hours than men when taking into account both paid work and unpaid caring responsibilities? And, many other studies have found that women are more likely than men to face burnout, especially from juggling work and home life.
That means that for many women, a self-care gift is one of the best things they could receive for simply any occasion.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care refers to a whole range of things you can do to promote your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being. It involves taking conscious steps to look after yourself, such as pampering, eating nourishing food, meditating, reading a book or enjoying a hobby.
Self-care can be social or solitary: you might go for a massage, a lone walk, or a manicure – or you could spend time with the people you love. Essentially, self-care is about taking time out to do things that make you feel better, prioritising your needs, and taking responsibility for your own well-being.
Revolutionising Self-Care Products
Why don’t you show her what she means to you? Whether it’s your mum or your partner, a treat that offers pampering, enjoyment, or stress relief is a perfect way to remind her how much she means to you.
There’s a huge market for self-care gifts for women these days. Some of the most obvious choices are spa and beauty products, scented candles and bubble baths. But maybe it’s time for a rethink. Instead of products that care for your loved one from the outside, how about self-care gifts that care for her from the inside – gifts that can get to the root of issues like stress, fatigue, and hormonal imbalance?
Upgrade your Mum's Self Care Gift this Mother's Day
Many of our products are ideal self-care gifts for women, delivering the benefits of superfoods, adaptogens and other natural ingredients known to promote health and hormonal balance. Rather than package them in boring supplements, we’ve turned them into delicious food and drink, including CBD chocolate, CBD-infused coffee, mushroom coffee and superfood lattes.
Here’s the low-down on the ingredients that give our products their superpowers and make them ideal self-care gifts for women.
Ashwagandha, also known as withania somnifera, is an ancient medicinal herb that’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It’s commonly used for health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia – and it has specific benefits for women’s health.
Ashwagandha and menopause is one area of particular interest. Ashwagandha may reduce symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes and urinary symptoms. Ashwagandha and PMS is another hot topic, although more research is needed to fully confirm its benefits.
Ashwagandha may also be helpful for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), alleviating symptoms like fatigue and anxiety and balancing blood sugar.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant. It’s gained popularity in recent years due to its potential therapeutic benefits, including reducing pain, inflammation, anxiety, and stress. And, what’s more, women's health is a particular area of investigation.
There are signs that CBD may help with period pain, and with some of the symptoms of PMS such as stress and low mood. There is some early evidence that CBD may help with some of the symptoms of PCOS. CBD and menopause is another hot topic – and while the evidence is still inconclusive, many people report benefits from taking CBD to manage mood swings and aches and pains.
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Lion's Mane mushrooms have long been revered for their reputed health benefits – including supporting women through menopause. One study found that taking Lion’s Mane for menopause reduced feelings of irritation and anxiety, and some reported reduced brain fog.
Mushrooms and PCOS is another popular topic: Lion’s Mane has been anecdotally reported to help women manage some of its symptoms.
Chaga mushrooms have been traditionally used for their health benefits for centuries. Recent research has looked at Chaga mushrooms and PCOS, finding that they may be beneficial for women with this condition, due to their effect on hormonal balance and insulin levels.
These mushrooms have been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may mean these mushrooms are good for women going through menopause. It has been proven that low-grade, chronic inflammation can be related as a contributing factor to PCOS. Some women with PCOS will also experience higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in their bodies. When elevated levels of this protein are present, it is a sign that the body is experiencing inflammation. With Chaga’s anti-inflammatory properties, research is looking into the benefits this mushroom can offer PCOS patients.
If you’d like to give the benefits of Chaga mushrooms to a loved one as a gift, our nutrient-packed Chaga Latte, Chaga Mushroom Superfood Coffee Blend or Cacao Bliss Superfood Hot Chocolate are great choices.
Reishi mushroom, also known as lingzhi, is another medicinal mushroom that has become increasingly popular with women struggling with issues such as menopause, PCOS and hormonal fluctuations.
There are also some indications that reishi could combat fatigue and depression – both common problems during menopause.
We’ve made taking Reishi mushrooms delicious by using them in our Reishi Mushroom Superfood Coffee Blend.
At Cheerful Buddha, we aim to make everyone feel good, helping to improve their overall well-being. Through our use of superfood ingredients and extracts, our products help you to feel better, putting a bigger smile on your face. Let us help you, give the special women in your life the gift of self-care. Explore our self-care products today.
What are self-care products and what do they include?
Self-care products are products that enable a person to restore, replenish and take some time out from the daily grind. Examples include home spa products, beauty products and nutritious food and drink such as our superfood coffee blends or CBD chocolate.
I need some ideas, what are examples of self-care activities?
Some of the most restorative and beneficial forms of self-care include:
- Spending time with friends and family
- Gentle exercise
- Taking a bubble bath
- Enjoying some quiet time with a delicious hot drink with added benefits
What are the 8 different types of self-care and what do they involve?
The various types of self-care are commonly divided into eight categories:
- Physical – anything that benefits your body (and through it, your mind) such as exercise, time in nature, and taking vitamins and superfoods.
- Mental – for example, meditation, journaling or reading a book.
- Emotional – activities that help you express and process your feelings, such as talking to a therapist or keeping a journal.
- Environmental – making your surroundings better, for example by making your bed or decluttering.
- Financial – looking after your finances with activities such as setting financial goals or saving money.
- Social self-care – catching up with your loved ones, setting good boundaries and limiting time with negative people.
- Recreational self-care – fun activities such as going to a movie or playing board games.
- Spiritual – nurturing your spirit through activities such as meditation, yoga or spiritual study.
What are good examples of self-care gifts?Self-care gifts are gifts that encourage someone to take a break from the stresses of the day and indulge in something that nurtures and enriches them. Ideal self-care gifts include Cheerful Buddha CBD-Infused coffees, which support relaxation and mental well-being, and Cheerful Buddha Superfood Lattes and Hot Chocolate, which are packed with nutritious superfood ingredients including antioxidants and adaptogenic mushrooms.