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7 Self-Care Rituals to Invite into Your Daily Life

February 8, 2016

You’ve had a stressful day and haven’t found a moment to relax. Do you just keep truckin’ on? Or do you invite a daily ritual, inspired by self-care into your life and take must-needed moments of pause?

In the words of Eleanor Brown, “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

The following self-care rituals should only take an hour or less and should help you refuel your vessel, allowing you to be more present in your life for others and everything else you may have going on.

7 Self-Care Rituals to Invite into Your Daily Life

1. Take a Bath

Soaking in healing, warm waters can help invigorate your body and relieve the stress from your day. Water has traditionally been known as a healing element across cultures and traditions, and it is associated with purify and detoxification.

Spending 20 minutes to soak your cares away can help fuel healing and reset your body, mind and spirit, as well as to improve your mood.

For an added bonus, consider adding essential oils or herbs into the mix and receive their benefits as well.

2. Light a Candle 

The use of candles in rituals is almost a universal practice across countries, cultures and religions. They are symbols of celebration, calming, mourning, spirituality and the soul at large. Their use is also vital in reiki, meditation, chakra-balancing and general self-improvement.

When choicing a candle, be sure to be mindful of the color, as each color candle has specific properties and intentions. Find out more.

3. Meditate

They say if you have time to be busy, you have time to meditate. Meditation is known for its amazing powers to focus the mind, turn off the flight or flight response and generally help a person find relaxation. If you are struggling to add meditation to your life, start small and try five minutes of silence to begin this powerful ritual.

4. Commit to your Yoga Practice

The moving meditation practice’s benefits are well-known and can relieve stress, anxiety and promote general feelings of happiness. Moving energy and helping clear energetic blockages can help energize you and prepare you for life’s events.

5. Repeat a Mantra

Mantras are tools used to get from a place of scattered through and outward focus to stillness and inner peace. Focusing on a single word or phrase helps invite that word, i.e., shanti or peace, into your life as well as to focus and still the mind.

Even just repeating a mantra 108 times by using mala beads can be a sacred, daily ritual.

 

6. Spend Time in Nature

Nature therapy through hiking, biking, walking or simply just sitting and being can be extremely healing. Make time every day to feel fresh air, walk on dirt and simply appreciate the gifts Mother Earth gave you can be transformative and is certain to brighten your day.

7. Leave Time to Unplug

We’re living in a society where we are connected to our phones and computers from the time we awake in the morning to the time we go to sleep. Try unplugging for an hour a day and simply being, whether you are alone or surrounded by a loved one. It’ll make a world of difference.

What’s your favorite self-care ritual?

Living every single day for the mat, Sara is a yoga teacher, a published yoga writer and storyteller, an innovative yoga marketer, a YOGANONYMOUS and YOGASCAPES editor, and a dedicated yoga student.

Sara strives to live from the connection of her head and her heart and encourages her students and clients to do the same by motivating them to step into their full powerful purpose through the transformational magic of yoga.

When not on the mat, you can find this earth sign hiking up a mountain in the beautiful Boulder, Colo., where she’s based or shredding down a ski hill.

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