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Peek Inside My Daily Self-Care Rituals

I’ve noticed that I seem to be having an easier time with some of life’s big challenges compared to other people my age. Some of it may just be who I am. I’ve always been a “roll with it” kind of person. But I believe an even bigger X factor is my daily self-care rituals. Here’s a peek into what my day looks like, and some of the reasons behind each of my non-negotiable rituals. I encourage you to try some of them, especially if you’re struggling or plodding through life. Steal what you like, leave what you don’t, and let me know how it’s going. I'd love to hear from you!

5:00am Get Up, use the bathroom, scrape my tongue, brush my teeth. Early wake up is key for me. I need lots of “me” time before I’m ready to play nice with others. I love how quiet and peaceful the morning is. Tongue scraping is an Ayurvedic practice. The tongue collects toxins overnight, so getting them off keeps me from chugging them down with my first glass of water.

5:10am Slowly wake up as I drink 2 glasses of water. Sometimes I read, sometimes I sit, sometimes I scroll (but I try not to!) while I hydrate. We wake up dehydrated, so the water really helps me get ready to move. You can add a pinch of salt, some lemon or lime, and even some maple syrup to your water if it helps you.

5:30am Get moving. I start with an energy routine that involves tapping, then I do my spinal warmups just like we do in class. Next, I tune in, and practice yoga poses to support what I need, i.e. standing poses for warmth and grounding, twists for digestion, forward and back bends to help my back feel good, or floor work if I’m feeling exhausted. I always finish with Headstand and Shoulderstand for about 3 minutes each (but I’ve been doing those poses almost daily since I was in my twenties, and I do not recommend it if you’ve never learned how to do them properly!)

6:15am Rest. After my movement practice, I like to take a long savasana. Typically, I use my Yoga International app to choose a yoga nidra or other guided relaxation practice. Resting after practice allows for my energy to settle, and gets me ready for meditation.

6:30am Pray Then Sit. While sitting on a meditation cushion for comfort, I pray, then move right into Pranayama for a few minutes. I change my breathwork depending on the season. Alternate Nostril breathing is good year-round as well as box breathing. Without shifting or opening my eyes, I go straight into concentration either with a mantra, a candle, or my breath as a focal point. Eventually, I allow myself to slip into a mindfulness meditation. Pranayama and Meditation are the two main keys to maintaining mental health. They will change your life more than anything else. Ten out of ten stars. Highly recommend.

6:50am Soul Inquiry. While I’m still in my calm and connected state of mind, I pick up my journal and ask, “what does my soul yearn for today?” This is an exercise recommended by Rebecca Campbell (check her out!) I allow my hand to write seemingly on its own as I answer how to best follow my heart’s desire for the day.

7:00am Tarot Card Reading for the day. Asking my spirit guides, “What is the most important thing for me to know today?” I will pull a single card and reflect on it.

7:10am Homemade Spiced Tea followed by breakfast. Then it’s on with the day’s activities until lunch.

12:00pm Make a good, hot lunch with plenty of veggies. I eat my largest meal of the day at lunch because this is when the digestive fire is the strongest. I snack on fruit around 4pm if I’m hungry by then. Ayurvedic guidelines encourage eating fruit alone and not mixing with non-fruit. I try to chew slowly and mindfully, so I enjoy my food and don’t overeat. Ayurveda recommends filling your stomach with 1/3 food, 1/3 drink, and 1/3 left empty for optimum digestion.

6:00pm Dinner. I eat an earlier, lighter dinner so I’m fully digested by bedtime.

9:00pm Head toward bed. First, I practice Abhyanga, or self-massage with medicated oil. This Ayurvedic practice has made a huge difference in keeping my skin hydrated, but it’s also excellent for awakening the consciousness or your body. Plus, there is no greater act of self-love than caring for your body with massage. After a quick shower and teeth brushing, I’m in bed.

9:45 Lights out and sleep. I’m strict with myself most days because I have to be. My circadian rhythms are very strong, and I don’t do well with pushing myself beyond my tired time. The good news is that I almost always have plenty of energy for my whole day! Plus, I have to get to bed early to be ready for my 5:00am wake up time.

I hope you found this helpful and motivating. The most important thing when you’re trying to set up good self-care habits is to do it slowly and expect it to take time. My routine developed over the past 25 years. In fact, 25 years ago I didn’t do ANY of these things, but I did start experimenting with changing routines and habits in order to have more energy and more peace of mind. Let me know how I can support you.

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