How often do you put yourself first??
This is proving even more of a struggle most recently due to lockdown situation, as we find ourselves confined to our homes with our family members, leaving us feeling overwhelmed without any personal space to retreat to.
Remember you cannot pour from an empty cup, so its important to keep our energies topped by making sure we commit to daily self-care. Here are a few simple self-care practices to keep your cup overflowing with energy over the coming weeks:
- Conscious Mindful Walking
A walking meditation practice. Normally when we walk, we tend to daydream or ruminate over our recent problems or upsets. Instead of letting this happen keep your mind in the present by focusing on your surroundings. Notice how the ground feels underfoot, the wind in your hair or how the sun feels on your face. Be more aware of your environment, the flowers, the birds, the sounds, and the smells. And when your loose your focus and your mind wanders, freeze on the spot and take a conscious deep breath.
Switch off from your technical devices for at least an hour “digital detox”. Tech within our lives can be stressful and addictive, it can lower our energies when we are constantly plugged in.
- Mindful journaling
This is the practise of expressively examining what is in your head and in your heart. Put pen to paper and allow your thoughts and feelings to flow, once on paper they are freed from your thoughts and you are enabled to move past them. My favourite time to do this is at bedtime so my mind is then empty of worries and negativity which aids a restful night’s sleep.
- Mindful bathing
My personal favourite for topping up my “self-care-o-meter”. Is there anything more relaxing than a warm bath or shower after a stressful day? It can be practised in a bath or even a shower, firstly light some candles and pour a few drops of aromatherapy oils as you run your bath or use scented bath/shower oils instead. Once in your bath/shower close your eyes and give yourself a minute to clear your head, let go the worries of the day and allow them to wash away into the water. Focus on your breathing. Take a deep breath into the lungs allowing the chest and the stomach to rise. Control the breath by breathing in slowly for five seconds, then hold your breath for five seconds and then breath out very slowly. Repeat this process focusing only on the breath for a few minutes or for how every long is needed. Bring your attention back into the room and stay in your bathing retreat until you feel ready to get out.
I some of my little tips might help during these exceedingly difficult times, and I hope to see you all soon.
Love and Light