In our fast-paced, modern society, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, putting your own personal needs on the back burner. This is one of the many reasons why I am a huge promoter of regular self-care rituals.
Self care extends far beyond simply showering each day. Self care rituals involve all areas of body, mind and spirit, and are extremely important for everyone. They are especially important for women, who are much more prone to anxiety and depression. Taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally, can really improve your daily life, your self-esteem, and your overall well-being.
I often ask clients what self-care rituals they include in their life, and frequently hear, “I’m too busy to take time out for myself”, or instead of telling me what they do for themselves, they start talking about what they do for their children. I’ll be the first to admit that when I had my kids, my entire life focus was on them. But over time, I realized that taking time out for myself was vital in order for me to be a better mother.
Here are some great ideas for self-care rituals that you can implement daily, without feeling guilty:
Take an Epsom Salt Bath
Stress and lack of sleep deplete the levels of magnesium in our bodies. Magnesium is an extremely important mineral that the human body needs. Our modern day diets do not provide us with enough magnesium.
Magnesium actually helps the body regulate over 325 different enzymes. It also helps many areas of the body to function properly, such as muscle repair and control, electrical impulses, energy production, stable moods, and the elimination of toxins from within the body.
Taking a bath in epsom salt helps to replenish the body of this essential mineral. During an epsom salt bath, the magnesium in the epsom salts is absorbed in through our skin and travels directly into our bloodstream. It’s one of the best ways to replenish this essential mineral within the body.
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With the busy, hectic lives that we live nowadays, meditation is a practice that is becoming increasingly popular and increasingly important. If you do not practice meditation, you really should try implementing it into your daily life.
I began learning the practice of meditation when I was 11 years old. My dad taught me the beginning practices of meditation to help me relax and fall asleep at night. As time went on, i realize the benefits of meditation more and more. I try to mediate as often as possible and have already started to teach my children (3 years and 6 years) the importance of deep breathing exercises.
If you feel stressed, over-worked, or if you often feel unhappy, impatient or frustrated, meditation is the perfect self-care ritual for you. Meditation, overtime, will help to make your mind calmer, clearer and more focused. Start out with a simple five minute deep-breathing meditation each day, and as you become more comfortable with the practice, you can increase the time that you meditate for. Another great way to start is through guided meditation.
Go For a Walk In Nature, Alone
Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it is important to spend some time alone once in awhile. My favourite thing to do when I have some alone time, is to go for a walk in nature.
Going for a walk in nature, alone with your thoughts, can be extremely therapeutic. Breathing in fresh air, absorbing some Vitamin D, and getting in some exercise has so many benefits, both physically and mentally. In fact, walking in nature can help to reduce depression and anxiety, and improve your mental health and your overall well-being.
While I admit that I do not do it often enough in the winter (I live in Canada – enough said), I always get so excited when the Spring weather arrives so that I can get outdoors and enjoy my solo walks. I often come up with my best business ideas and action plans when I go for a peaceful walk in nature.
Give Yourself a DIY Facial
Regular facials help to give the skin a nice deep cleanse, improving the appearance of the skin. When our skin is healthy and glowing, we often feel better about ourselves.
Unfortunately, not all of us can visit the spa as often as we’d like to for a facial. Instead of visiting the spa each week, treat yourself to a DIY Facial at home. I always suggest that clients choose a specific day of the week when they pamper themselves, making this into a weekly ritual that is never forgotten.
I give myself a facial every Sunday night. Sunday is my self-care day each week, where I take care of both my mind and body and prepare myself, both mentally and physically, for the week ahead.
If you’re unsure of how to give yourself a Facial, try our DIY R Devine Skin Care Facial for all skin types.
Read a Book
You may not think of reading as a self-care ritual, but it truly can be a fantastic one. Regardless of how much stress you experience in your life, whether it be work-related, in your personal relationships, or any other area of your life, those feelings of stress can quickly disappear when you lose yourself in a good book.
Reading has many benefits and can be a great form of stress-relief. It helps to stimulate your mind, and it can also improve your memory, concentration and focus, which can be invaluable as we age.
There are many other forms of self-care rituals that you can practice daily, but these ones are my personal favourites. It is so important to take time away from your busy schedule, and do something to nurture your mind, body and soul.
If there are any self-care rituals that you enjoy, not listed above, please share them in the comments below.