6 Simple Self Care Rituals That Keep Me Healthy & Sane During Times of Transition
As many of you know, I have just transitioned from being a practitioner in a small wellness centre to going out on my own. I love learning new things, and working with my designer on my new logo, website, cards, etc. has been both super fun and a little bit scary. The amount of work that has gone into the move has been – a lot. While I take seriously my role as an ND who walks the talk and can give my patients recommendation based on my own experience of living a healthy, fulfilling life, I have to admit that I have not been making time for the same amount of self care I ask my patients to prioritize over the past couple of weeks. There are however, 3 simple rituals I do morning and night that take so little time that I do them unconsciously. And they keep me healthy and sane.
On waking, I drink 2 cups of water that I brought up to bed with me the night before in a lidded mason jar. Sometimes I squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it, sometimes a couple of drops of liquid chlorophyll. Whatever I put into my water, it’s going to help detox and refresh me.
As soon as my feet hit the floor, I do 3 sun salutations, incorporating my breath into my movement. Sometimes I do more than 3, but never less. A cycle of 3 takes less than 5 minutes but it wakes up my tired body and gets me breathing deeply.
Next I step into the shower. But before I turn the water on I dry skin brush. Using circular strokes, I gently scrub from the soles of my feet up, and from my hands down, always brushing toward my heart. This increases circulation, and is deeply invigorating. It gets the lymphatics moving and detoxes the skin. I got my brush at the Peanut Mill for less than $10.
I have an alarm on my phone that sends me upstairs to get ready for bed, no matter what I’m in the middle of. It gives me an hour to wind down, and ensures I get 8 hours of sleep. Once it sounds, I make my way upstairs and get into a warm Epsom Salt bath. I put between 1-2 cups of salts in the bath, depending on how sore my muscles are. If I just did a yoga ballet barre class, it’ll be 2 cups!
Once my body temperature is optimal for sleeping from my bath, I get into bed and rub my feet with coconut oil. This warms my feet even further and gets even more tension out of them. It’s really difficult to get to sleep with cold feet, am I right?
No matter how much I’ve had on my to-do list, I make time to read for pleasure before going to sleep. Even if it’s for 10 minutes, it still resets my nervous system to relax. In my profession, I’m constantly reading research and other non-fiction texts to keep me abreast of the world of natural medicine. To relax my busy mind, it’s essential to feed my imagination by reading fiction. Right now I’m reading The Orenda by Joseph Boyden with my book club.