I make a lot of soap while live streaming. But did you know I first fell in love with soap making as a form of meditation? I used it as my end of the work day stress relief and have found that many soap makers get the same benefit whether they are doing it as a hobby or a business.
Meditation is a practice that has been shown to have numerous benefits for stress reduction and overall well-being. And while many people associate meditation with sitting still and clearing the mind, it’s actually possible to find mindfulness and relaxation through a variety of activities. One such activity is soap making.
As you watch the video above of my soap making process, notice the calm serenity you may feel. Imagine if you could create this for yourself when making your own soap, whenever you want. What you may not realize is that it’s possible to find mindfulness and relaxation through other activities as well, such as soap making.
Slowing down and focusing on the present moment
Soap making requires concentration and attention to detail. From measuring ingredients to monitoring the temperature of the soap mixture, the process demands your full attention. And the repetitive motions involved in soap making can be soothing and calming. Check out this article for additional tips on meditation.
Sense of accomplishment and creativity
There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something with your own hands, and soap making is no exception. Whether you’re following a tried-and-true recipe or experimenting with your own combination of ingredients, there’s a sense of pride that comes from making something that you can use or give as a gift. And the process of soap making allows for plenty of creativity – you can try different recipes and techniques to come up with your own unique creations.
Working with natural ingredients
One of the benefits of making soap at home is the opportunity to use natural ingredients. Plant-based oils, essential oils, and natural colorants provide not only a soothing and relaxing experience, but also benefits for your skin and the environment.
So the next time you’re looking for a calming and rewarding hobby, consider giving soap making a try. Not only will you have the satisfaction of creating something with your own hands, but you’ll also have the opportunity to slow down, focus on the present moment, and work with natural ingredients. And of course, you’ll have beautiful handmade soap to use or give as gifts. Join us for a hands-on soap making class or virtual workshop to get started.
Bonus Tip: Pair soap making with your favorite music or other calming activities, such as deep breathing or mindfulness meditation for an even more relaxing experience.