My Favorite Tools for Self-Care
Let me tell you, I have been doing a lot of self-care the past few weeks! As we gear up into the holiday season (it will be here before we know it!) it’s important to make sure our self-care routines are in tip top shape, because we all know they’re the first thing to go when life starts to get hectic.
As I’ve been slowly recovering from surgery, I’ve found that a good self-care routine has been vital to my mental well-being, as I can become frustrated with my lack of endurance just to do simple things like sitting upright, and so I’ve had to adapt to find ways to soothe my mind which wants me to hit the ground running and jump back into work.
I’ve been doing my best to take things slowly. My routine now looks something like this: getting up at dawn to watch the sun rise, drinking some herbal tea and writing in my journal, eating a small breakfast and perhaps reading a little before working for an hour or so. Then honestly, I usually need a nap. I wake up from my nap to for lunch, followed by a couple more hours of work. Then it’s time for more rest, followed by dinner.
Beyond my typical self-care of tea, writing, and naps, I’ve implemented a few new things into my daily routine that I had been doing occasionally, but are now firmly rooted in my habits.
To start my day, I’ve started pulling a card from the Daily Tending deck while I sip my morning herbal tea. It helps set the tone for my day, and reminds me to check in with myself. This deck is so sweet and nourishing, and each day when I pull a card it’s always a joyful reminder to connect with myself and my needs.
I apply Stress Relief from Eden’s Garden as needed throughout the day, and I carry a tiger’s eye worry stone in my pocket ti give my hands something to do when I’m feeling a bit fidgety. I use the roller ball version of Stress Relief, so I just have to apply and go, and it’s got a wonderful aroma of bergamot, patchouli, ylang ylang and citrus.
As night I take a little Joy Tonic from Urban Moonshine if I’m feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated by the day’s events. It’s a wonderful way to mindfully relax at night. I’ve also started mixing a little of my Sweet Dreams perfume into my nighttime body lotion, so my skin smells of lavender and bergamot, which are such wonderful smells to help relax my mind and help me drift off to sleep.
I’d love to hear what your favorite tools and rituals for self-care are. Feel free to leave a note in the comments!