Treat yourself kindly not only with your words, but your actions. Move methodically in light and love. This weekend, make a promise to do something kind for yourself. Below are some self-care practices and rituals that work for me, use these self-care practices frequently and with intention. Also remember to find what works for you, and linger in the process of self-discovery.
Dry Brushing- This invigorating ritual stimulates the lymphatic system* (speeding up the process of eliminating metabolic waste from the body), increases blood circulation, releases toxins and exfoliates dead skin. The feeling of the bristles on your skin stimulates your nervous system and soothes the mind. All you need is a firm bristled brush. Before you bathe, brush your entire body, starting with your feet and moving in large upward stroking motions. Both your skin and the brush should be dry. Always brush towards your heart as this encourages lymph flow to the main ducts of the lymphatic system. Take the time to fully immerse yourself in the experience, embrace your body, radiate care and love with every brush. Light a candle, burn some incense, do whatever you need to help settle yourself into this experience Once you’ve finished your skin should have a pink glow, but shouldn’t feel irritated. Follow this practice us with a nice bath or show to rid your skin’s surface of any toxins that have been released.
Conscious Breathing- Take a minute to be with your breath. Inhale deep into your belly, feel it softly expand, exhale fully without hurry. Center your thoughts on this essential life force. Remain in this practice, focusing on your breath. Feel yourself growing more deeply rooted in your presence as you continue. Stay here as long as your mind allows, and return to this focus as often as it passes your mind.
[This Book is an incredible introduction to this practice]
Fresh Air Reset- This one is simple, get outside. Even if it is only for a few fleeting moments. We spend so much time staring at screens, disconnected from the reality that surrounds us, we can become disconnected from our essential human nature. We were mean to be outside breathing in the fresh air, exploring the world we live. Take a break from behind your desk and break free for a few minutes each day.
*btw if you slept through your 9th-grade bio class and are feeling a little foggy as to exactly what the lymphatic system does, here’s a quick refresher.