mindfulness – self care rituals- what do you do to keep yourself well?
Finding balance in life can be a challenge. How does one not only survive, but thrive in home and career, while not allowing those “out of your control external forces” to take their toll on your body, mind and spirit?
I often ask my clients that come to me for Stress Management, whether they have any rituals or practices in place to support them. Most people don’t understand the concept or importance of ritual or practice.
Let me tell you now, I am not talking about witchy new-age stuff, I am talking boundaries and self honoring and putting yourself first. So, to clarify, what do you do or perform often for yourself to unwind, ground or de-stress?
My Morning Ritual:
For me, my phone gets turned off at 9pm and only turned on again one hour after waking. My morning ritual begins with a body scan or belly unwinding, a cuddle and a coffee or a half hour reading literature in the spa. I find water a great medium for me to meditate and create a plan for my day. Water has a way of detangling my thoughts and settling my emotions. Side note…I also make sure to make the bed and tidy my sleep space, before getting on with the rest of my day.
My Evening Ritual to prepare for sleep:
In the evening before bed, I often enjoy a spa with my beloved, where we can chat about our day and enjoy the sounds of the local morepork calling to each other. If my body is hurting, I may even request a massage or run an aromatherapy bath. I keep my bedroom clean & clear of clutter or tech. My sheets are always clean and comfy. Restful deep sleep is a priority for my wellbeing, so my environment needs to support this.
My other mindfulness practices that keep my energy high:
Whenever I can I love to dance barefoot and outside. I have a sensual qi qong practice that connects me to my feminine body. I practice Orgasmic Meditation. Yoga. Walk the mountain with my dog to connect in with mother earth. Shake my body and make sound with mantras. Belly Breathing & Unwinding the Belly.
Back to you…what do you do to keep yourself in thrive mode?
When you shop for food, are you conscious of your choices? When you create your meals, are they mindfully made with love or just thrown together in a rush? When you eat your mindfully created meal, do you chew slowly with gratitude, that you have the ability to bring this meal to the table?
Do you know where the ingredients came from, or what the farmer’s have been through to get that food to you? Were these farmers given a fair rate for their crop? Or are you blissfully unaware like so many others?
If so, perhaps its time to create more awareness to the world around and within you. Mindfulness in itself is a practice. You can start this now by taking a deep breath in, and a long sigh out…
Other Ideas for Mindful Practices:
- Creating Art
- Qi Qong
- Forest Bathing
- Bike Rides
- Swimming or Surfing
- Spending time with positive people can uplift the spirit’s too
Creating a mindful way of living isn’t hard to implement, it allows one presence and compassion. I suggest you try just one mindful practice at a time and see how if improves your state of being.
Good luck and let me know how you go.