After the revelations of the last couple of weeks, this week’s blog post is less personal and more prescriptive. In fact I’m going to tell you what to do!
You see, in addition to what I blogged about, I have been under a lot of stress due to undertaking a serious search for a new home here in Scotland. This was exacerbated by a minor car accident last week which left me feeling physically fine but emotionally vulnerable.
And, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that when I’m feeling low I have a tendency to reach for the sweets.
This time around I am determined to do things differently. So, the Krispy Kreme donuts have been abandoned in favour of some fresh fruit; I’ve been making healthy comfort foods such as lentil and ham soup and I’m drinking green tea instead of coffee.
I’m also making an effort to go to bed earlier and, as a result, I can actually read books in bed again. I used to go to bed so late that I inevitably fell asleep over my Kindle. Now, I’ve got a great sense of accomplishment because I am finishing books for a change.
I have been spoiling myself with scents and I’m burning Neom candles (as reviewed in this old vlog below)
and using Yogandha oils which were created by Yogini and Aromatherapist Sinead Duffy from Dublin and which I recently discovered. I love their rollerballs for use during my yoga or meditation sessions and their body oils are a great way of pampering myself by massaging into my whole body after a shower.
These little self-care rituals had slipped from my daily life of late and so now, when I am feeling so stressed out, it really helps me physically, mentally and emotionally to bring them back. And it feels very far from selfish! So here’s a quick run-down of what I’m doing:
- Tongue scraping
- Dry body brushing before my shower
- Massaging Yogandha oils in after my shower
- Drinking lemon water
- Eating fresh fruit
- Making soups and stews
- Practicing 10 minutes of Yoga, Pilates or Barre every day
- Going to bed early (for me this looks like 10pm rather than 1am)
- Writing in my gratitude diary
- Reading self-help books and the odd novel 😉
Wow! It sounds like a lot when I list it out! Once again, these are MY self-care rituals. In the following weeks, I will describe each of these in more detail. But why don’t you try one or two of them yourself? Or even suggest some of your own??