How painting your nails can be good for your mental health

With World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2018, we are taking a moment to acknowledge the importance of taking care of our mental health and wellbeing, whether we suffer with mental health issues or not.

There is less of a stigma attached to talking about issues with mental health these days, and it is important for all of us to build positive relationships and spend time focussing on the things that make ourselves feel good.

What are the signs?

There are a few signs to look out for, which indicate mental health problems may be affecting us such as feeling anxious, stressed or struggling with a lack of sleep. If you’re feeling isolated and don’t have any desire to spend time with friends and family, let alone keep up a beauty or health regime, then these are often indicators that you should talk to someone about how you are feeling.

Beauty rituals can help

It may seem trivial, but having a regular beauty ritual can be one way of relaxing and feeling better about yourself when feeling stressed. This has nothing to do with the consumption of commercial products, but is a way to practice personal wellbeing that can supplement other forms of mental care like therapy and medication. In a book on the Essentials of Mental Health Nursing, Sue Barker and Sophie Williams write: “sometimes if a service user is distressed, refocusing their attention on something positive can help.

Doing an activity like playing music, painting nails, doing a jigsaw or even cleaning can refocus their energy. This gives them a meaningful activity which makes them feel valued and can also leave them feeling calmer and happier and reconnect them with how they were before they came into care”.


Stepping away from a stressful situation, putting on some of your favourite music, and going through the rhythmic process of preparing and painting your nails can be really therapeutic. You could use the time to focus on breathing more deeply to help you feel calmer, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Being creative and getting in touch with your artistic side is also a proven way for you to feel more relaxed. Why not check out our blog for a few nail art ideas, such as our latest Galaxy Nails post, to get the creative juices flowing.

Take care of yourself 

Look after your nails with our new Gel Rescue Nail Rejuvenator Treatment, infused with the latest nail repairing superfoods: Acai, Bamboo and Avocado.

Gentle exercise is a way unwind, so you could try going for a short walk, run or looking for a local class that you may like to get involved with such as pilates or yoga. Spending time outside surrounded by nature is another way to have a mindful moment, taking time to notice the trees, plants and animals.

But most importantly, if you are finding things hard right now and the tips on this page don’t feel possible, it’s okay to ask for help. We recommend speaking to a trusted friend, family member, your GP, or getting in touch with a charity such as Mind for further guidance.

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