Create your self-care ritual

Creating time for ourselves, making space for our own needs is a choice, not a lucky coincidence every once in a while. Reorganising the wardrobe, cleaning the house, tidying up the children’s room, catching up on emails or getting some work done are not options. While they are tempting and many times we fall for them, I have found on more than one opportunity that using time off for these purposes is counterproductive. We end up frustrated and with no energy for anything else. Investing quality time in yourself is the key to success in all other areas of life, even if it’s only 5 minutes a day.

But when we decide to take a break, sometimes we are so overwhelmed by the options that we don’t know where to start or what to do.

I have created a self-care map that can help you find something you like, or at least point you in the right direction.

Reflect on the following questions to find out what better adjusts to your needs and desires:
  • What type of activities bring you joy?
  • What time of the day would suit you better to accommodate a short ritual?
  • Do you enjoy more being indoors or outdoors?
  • What is the best way for you to express yourself?
  • How can you explore and materialise your creativity?
  • What can you do to move your body and release stagnant energy?
  • What kind of therapy or practices can support you to improve or maintain your health?
  • What tools can help your self-development and evolve emotionally and spiritually?
  • What relaxation techniques are available to you?
  • How do you take care of your body?

Ideas for your own self-care ritual

If you have 5 minutes:

Expressive: Sing along a catchy song

Active: Walk around the block

Therapeutic: Massage your feet

Reflective: Brain dump on you journal

Relaxing: Lie on Savasana or adopt Child’s pose

Pampering: File your nails

If you have 15 minutes:

Expressive: Create a mandala or put together a flower bouquet

Active: Dance to five of your favourite songs

Therapeutic: Prepare and enjoy a herbal tea

Reflective: Read a couple of pages of a book

Relaxing: Listen to a guided meditation

Pampering: Use a body scrub during your shower or put on a face mask

If you have less than 60 minutes:

Creative: Take up knitting or crocheting

Active: Practice online yoga

Therapeutic: Re-pot a houseplant or sew seeds

Reflective: Listen to a podcast

Relaxing: Take a hot bath

Gratifying: Cook yourself a nice and healthy meal

If you have more than an hour:

Creative: Join a pottery or painting class; learn something new

Active: Go for a hike or practice a sport

Therapeutic: Go to your doctor’s/dentist’s appointment

Reflective: Create a manifestation board

Relaxing: Get a professional massage or take a nap

Pampering: Visit the nail or hair salon

Use these ideas to reflect on and create your own rituals.

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