Dear self, I will be kind to you.
Focusing on self-care + self-love is essential right now
for our soul and sanity. I wanted to check in with you.
Yes YOU, how are you going? (really)
In this strange new norm we find ourselves in, are you being kind and looking after yourself?
Do you have a self-care practise you are following to instill inner peace?
Whether it be meditation, breath work, sinking into a hot bubble bath, journaling or taking time out to read,
it is important check in with ourselves and make self-care a priority right now (and always).
Create space to simply ‘be’, to notice your thoughts and emotions, be present, listen to your body and nourish it where needed.
I invite you to make yourself a priority today.
Below, I have listed the practises that are helping me during this time.
You may already be doing some or all of them (that’s amazing if you are). However, if not I invite you to try them
out and take the time to give yourself some love to cultivate a positive energy for wellbeing, inner peace and happiness.
Let’s use this pause as a time to reset, recover, and nourish.
Take a moment alone to seek out silence and distance yourself from all distractions around you. Take the time now to unplug and focus on your own thoughts and create the space to replenish and clear yourself energetically. Start a journal, note down what you are feeling and what you are grateful for. Read your favourite books, go to bed early and get a solid 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
It may be getting colder as Winter is just around the corner, however, it is imperative to get outdoors breath in fresh air and surround yourself in nature.
If you don’t live nearby a forest, bushland or mountain, bring the plants to you and create an indoor green sanctuary.
Studies have shown indoor plants can:
Boost mood, productivity, concentration and creativity.
Reduce stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds.
Clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen + they just make a room look 100% better.
Personally, it is a way for me to find calmness in my mind and seek clarity.
This paired with the movement of active meditation, just makes your mind feel so much calmer. Whether your physical activity be stretching, yoga, pilates, dancing, walking or maybe you’re a runner (I am not), it feels so good to get your body moving!
DANCING TUNES TO SHAKE YA BOOTY
I cannot explain the effect scents have on transforming my mood.
Whether I want a boost of energy, attain focus or seep into a relaxed mode, scents have the ability to do it all.
Inhaling essential oils activates the hypothalamus – the area of the brain which sends messages to other parts of the body. According to research, a simple inhalation of an aroma can cause many changes in the body, including activating the immune system, affecting blood pressure and stimulating digestion. Light a scented candle, incense or drop some oil into a diffuser and feel the change in your state of mind.
L A V E N D E R
This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.
J A S M I N E
Like lavender, jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.
R O S E M A R Y
This is the perfect Monday morning pick-me-up. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. “It’s excellent to use in the mornings when one needs a bit of help getting going,” says Hawkins. Rosemary can also be used topically to relieve muscular aches and pains.
F R A N K I N C E N S E
Works as an expectorant to clear the nasal passageway, promote the relief of congestion, and encourage easy breathing. It’s sweet, woody aroma is sedative and enhances mood by diminishing feelings of stress and anxiety while improving concentration and memory.
L E M O N
This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you’re feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body’s immune system and improving circulation.
P E P P E R M I N T
Try peppermint when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.
May this post inspire you in some way to take time to do you.
Give yourself an opportunity to slow down, reflect and listen to your inner guidance. I mean really listen to your thoughts, if you feel ‘off’ take time out to just ‘be’ and when you get that boost of energy, flow with it and get all the things done that you’ve been wanting get done.
It might sound like a paradox, but when you withdraw every now and then to have some personal space, your capacity to connect with others will increase enormously. You gain your power back to be your awesome self.
Take care of YOU and have a beautiful weekend / week.