I've been feeling pretty dang good, so good that I thought I would share my nonnegotiable self-care practices that are working for me right now, because I feel like I'm on to something... ; )
1. Drinking warm lemon water with a pinch of sea salt right when I wake up
This is an oldie, but a goodie.
It is my go-to advice. If you're a client of mine, I know you've heard this. If you're a friend of mine, I know you've heard this. If you're anyone that has ever stood near me, you've probably hear this...
There are four pillars of physical health in my mind:
- nutritious food
- Stress management
We live in the real world though and it’s not very likely that you’re going to be able to do all of these perfectly all of them time.
But when we have these four pillars in mind we can make sure we focus on what we can, when one isn't doable.
This means, that when I know I’m going to be extra stressed or not going to be able to get as much sleep as I know would be best for me, I’ll up the hydration and I’ll up the nutritious food. Or when I’m traveling and I know I won’t be able to eat as well as normal, I’ll make sure I’m doing my stress management and drinking lots of water.
Starting your day off with a large glass of water is one way to make sure you’re always getting a head start on the hydration. If you do the added lemon (I do the juice from half a lemon) then it helps with detox as well as kick starts your digestion. If you do the warm water, it just makes it a little easier for your body to absorb. Drink the water before coffee and you’re golden.
2. Writing down 3 things I’m grateful for every day
Gratitude is literally the antidote to almost everything.
If we can bring ourselves back to gratitude for what we have, we keep our vibe high and our minds focused on all the good things in our lives. If you read my stuff, you know that I’m all for accepting and loving those “negative” emotions, but dwelling on the bad in your life never made anyone feel good.
Gratitude sets you free.
Makes you feel good.
Even in the most trying situations.
I have a special little notebook I carry around with me and every morning I start my day by writing down 3 things I’m grateful for.
Sometimes it’s as simple as, “I am grateful for my pillow,” and other days it’s bigger, “I’m grateful for my purpose.”
The other awesome side effect of actually writing them down and making a habit of writing them down, is that throughout your day you’re looking for things to be grateful for and this keeps your thoughts and mind expecting the best.
You’re asking yourself throughout the day, “What can I be grateful for today?”
3. Dancing every evening. (hey! Dancing DEFINITELY counts as self-care)
This is something that is relatively new and seems kind of comical to actually have on my “to do” list. But here’s why I made it a nonnegotiable.
First off, we all need more fun and play in our lives and dancing is freaking fun for me. It ALWAYS cheers me up.
The second reason for my new dancing obsession is that I found I was getting really stuck in my head all day. All our professional work these days is very mental, cerebral, and that can make us disregard our bodies which leads to feelings of distraction, spacey-ness, feelings of disconnection and a decrease in our ability to be aroused and have sexual desire.
Dancing gives me that playful feeling and allows me to connect back into my body, allowing me to be more sexual, sensual and experience more pleasure. All good things!
4. Check-Ins on the New Moon and on the Full Moon
I love the idea of cycles.
We are cyclical beings. Especially as women.
We need to remember that there is a time for planning; a time for resting and recuperating; and a time for doing.
Our society tends to be very productivity and “doing” oriented and it’s not serving us well. People are stressed out, experiencing high levels of depression and anxiety, dis-ease.
Connecting into our cyclical nature allows us to connect back in to nature, cycles, and gives us permission and regular intervals to reevaluate and take inventory and tap into what we need.
The new moon ritual or check in is based around planting new seeds and intentions for the moon cycle to come. It’s a time for setting goals, getting clear about what I want, and how I am going to get it.
The full moon ritual or check in is based around evaluation and shedding what doesn’t serve. It’s a time to be honest with ourselves about what is and isn’t working and create the space to allow what is not working to fall away and make space for something new.
These new moon and full moon “rituals” typically are just an hour or so in the evening of the day of new moon and the day of the full moon.
It goes like this: My husband and I gather, put on some nice relaxing music, light a candle and a bundle of sage, and go through our check-in worksheets (linked below).
We simply discuss and share what we wrote. Nothing more than that.
This has also had a great unexpected side effect of providing time for my husband and I to connect on the state of our relationship and communicate on deeper levels than we’re normally prompted to do in every day life.
Life can get so “go, go, go” that a month can easily go by without us checking in with our families and our loved ones. These rituals have allowed us to carve out that time to check in with ourselves and each other. Priceless.
Download my New Moon and Full Moon Ritual worksheets here
5. Using Essential Oils throughout the day
So essential oils are becoming a deep, deep love of mine, and you'll definitely be hearing a lot more about them.
They have the ability to change your mood in an instant. They have the ability to change the entire feel of a room.
I’ve started using them throughout my day in so many ways and they’ve literally changed so much about how I experience frustration, exhaustion, food cravings, mediation, sickness.. the list goes on.
To keep it as brief as possible, here’s my typical daily essential oils routine:
- wake up, put water in the diffuser with wild orange and peppermint (hello bright shiny morning vibes!)
- during my morning meditation practice I’ll use rose, jasmine, or frankincense to ground me and clear my chakras.
- Apply the hormone balancing Clary Calm blend to my lower abdomen to keep hormones balanced and healthy throughout stressful days.
- Use passion blend throughout the workday when I’m feeling uninspired or sluggish.
- Diffuse balance, serenity, citrus bliss, elevation blend (all sorts! I can’t really say exactly what I use) throughout the day in my office to keep me feeling like I’m in a spa… ; )
- Use on guard when I’m sick, imortelle on my face for anti-aging benefits, rosemary in my shampoo, deep blue with sore muscles, breathe when I do yoga.. Ok this is just crazy, but you get the point. It’s ALL THE TIME.
- 30 min before bed I always start the bedroom diffuser with something relaxing like lavender and cedar wood or roman chamomile.
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Ok, so those are 5 self-care practices that are working for me right now...
Now let me know, what's working for you?