When you’re feeling overly-stressed or overwhelmed, it’s a clear indicator that you’re in some dire need of TLC. But don’t be mistaken; self-care isn’t just about forking over cash for some bath bombs that’ll turn the water a vibrant hue.
Instead, it’s about taking the time to do something for you; something that allows your mind, body and spirit to completely let go of the things that have been weighing you down. If that’s sparkling-blue bath water, then by all means – make yourself a bath! However, the following self care tasks are more-so geared towards trading in a stressful life and mindset for a lifestyle regime that’ll extend the benefits far beyond 30 minutes in a tub.
Meditate to Relax Your Mind
Meditation is, inarguably, one of the best and most important self care rituals. Science has proven it to exceptionally powerful for your brain and mental health, as it essentially trains your mind to handle situations better and more mindfully. The best part? You only need 15 minutes a day to experience the benefits!
However, if you find it too difficult to shut off your thoughts, start meditating in smaller doses and use the meditation tools readily available to you, such as mala beads and relaxation music. These little adjustments can help you slip deeper into that meditative state, allowing you to truly reap the benefits of mindful breathing. So, grab your mala bead necklace and find a comfy place to sit. This is one self care ritual you don’t want to skip over.
Practice Yoga to Release Physical Tension
You’ve heard it time and time again – daily exercise is the key to feeling great! But with so many workouts to choose from, and a lack of motivation due to stress, it can seem impossible to crawl off the couch. However, let yoga be your motivation and your choice of exercise because it truly works wonders for your mind, body and spirit.
There’s also many different types of yoga to try, so you’re bound to find one that you become completely obsessed with.
Take a Walk in the Great Outdoors for a Mood Boost
Forget the apple a day! It’s all about a walk a day to keep the doctor away… Although, an apple a day never hurts!
Getting outdoors for a minimum of 15 minutes a day is crucial to your mental health, as your brain needs fresh air and all the wonderful elements of the earth in order to function properly. And since you’re outside anyway, might as well take the time to get a little extra physical activity in.
So, take a walk around the block or in a local park each day. You’ll be amazed at what it does for your mind, and for your legs! Who knew a couple more steps could tone your legs so perfectly?
Sing and Dance the Stress Away
It’s time to break out of that stress and break down to a beat. Singing and dancing is an excellent way to shake and belt out all of that stress from your mind, body and spirit. Plus, you simply can’t be unhappy when you’re singing and dancing. Just think about the last time you were sad and singing… It just doesn’t happen.
Read and Restore Your Imaginative Mind
Cozy up on the couch with a nice, soft blanket and finally catch up on that magazine or book you’ve been dying out read. And no, we aren’t talking about reading on your e-reader, which we’ll explain why in just a moment.
Instead, we’re talking about adding some mindfulness to this self care task. By holding a physical book, you’re able to connect to the words on the page, both physically and mentally. Sometimes, it's good to go back to the simple days and reading a physical book in which you have to actually flip the pages is one of those things that simply feels good.
Journal To Write Away All Your Troubling Thoughts
Speaking of books, grab one that has no words in it and create your own story. Journaling has been proven time and time again to be an excellent way to alleviate stress. It allows you to express yourself fully without fear of being judged or rejected, or worse, receiving opinions that you simply didn’t ask for.
However, if you’re not a writer, you may be tempted to skip over this self care ritual. After all, you’re likely thinking “What the heck am I going to write about?” Well, you’ll be happy to know that there are many journals out there now that prompt you into a topic. Some ask you to list the things most important to you or write about your favourite childhood memory, whereas others simply ask you questions that you can answer and reflect on moving forward.
Unplug to Discover Who You Truly Are
Alright, now it’s time to talk about technology. Don’t get us wrong – we love scrolling through our Facebook feeds, checking out awesome photos on Instagram and exploring the endless corners of the interweb – but it’s not healthily.
Technology and all the social media that comes with it has completely stripped our perception of happiness. Everyone has a great life online and you can’t help but compare yours to theirs. Add in all the depressing news stories, drama and eye strain, and it’s safe to say that there is no place for technology when it comes to your self care ritual.
Now, we aren’t saying to shut it down completely for eternity. However, it is recommended to take at least an hour a day, sans a device in your hand. No smartphone; no tablet; no social media; no emails; no desktop; no laptop; no Netflix – you name it. If it charges or plugs into the wall, put it down for a bit.
You’re likely wondering what you’ll do without any technology and that’s precisely the point. We have forgotten how to live and be present in the moment. So, enjoy this time by doing absolutely nothing at all, or complete the other self care rituals mentioned above if you fear boredom taking over.
Self care starts with you and your mindset. If you practice a healthy mind and the rest will follow en suite. So, head on over to Mala Prayer and rebalance your chakras with our new collection of Chakra jewelry or learn how to meditate with mala beads. Commit to this new self care ritual for a minimum of eight weeks, and you’re certain to experience a positive shift in your mind, body and spirit.