Updated: Oct 3
Stop where you are. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Notice how you feel in this very moment. Is your heart racing? Are you exhausted? Is your stomach growling? Are you worrying about the laundry list of things you need to do today? Did you realize some pain in your body for the first time? On the flipside, are you full of energy? Smiling? Feeling as cool as a cucumber?
Now ask yourself what you really need right now. Food? Sleep? 5 minutes of quiet? Even if you're having the best day ever, what would perpetuate the awesomeness?
The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is being preventive rather than reactive. We give so much of ourselves to our friends, family, work and passions, but we often run on empty and hardly realize it. Keep your cup full as best as you can with some self-care instructions (inspired by my teacher, Yellow Wolf Nieves) to nourish and nurture your mind, body and soul.
Honor Your Basic Needs
Rest Sleep is crucial for healing. Try to get between 7-8 hours of a night's sleep, but hey, naps are great too.
Drink lots of Water The majority of our bodies is made up of water (+/-60%). Stay hydrated and flush out toxins from your body. If possible, drink warm instead of cold water to keep your digestive fire burning throughout the day.
I can't tell you enough how therapeutic journaling can be especially when you need to get things off your chest. Additionally, journaling can help you gain clarity on your thoughts and feelings as you see how things unfold on paper.
Movement You don't have to do vigorous exercise to keep your body physically healthy. Gentle movement helps release endorphins too. Dance, do some yoga, or take a walk around the block. Just be consistent and incorporate movement in a daily practice.
Deep Breathing Breathing pattern changes when we're stressed. A person who is anxious, for example, typically takes shallow breaths up in the chest. When you're under stress, take a moment to breathe deeply into your belly.
Who doesn't love a spa day? If a spa day is unavailable to you, then self-massage does the trick - seriously! I massage my feet, hands, arms, legs and head with moisturuzing sesame oil (not the cooking kind) to help me relax before I go to bed.
Receive a Limpia or an Energy Cleansing Our subtle bodies need cleansing too. Release the negative energies you are ready to give away so that you can create space for healing and positive change in your life.
Eat Chocolate "Chocolate is the Foods of the Gods"...a little can helps in so many ways.
Use Your Tools
Pray Light Candles. Burn Sage, Copal, Palo Santo, Cedar and incense. Play soothing music. Express what is in your heart.
Baths Epsom salt baths are so relaxing, and you get the benefits from the properties of salt. Enhance the experience by adding herbs and oils. Be sure to trust your instincts on which herbs and oils to use.
Blue Lace Agate
Balance (doTerra blend)
Breathe (doTerra blend)
Serenity (doTerra blend)
Food is Medicine
Eat Real Food Put into your body higher vibrational energy that supports and sustains you.
Choose to eat whole foods, which are unprocessed and free from chemicals and additives
Eat food that reduces inflammation in your body (do research)
Plant your own indoor and/or outdoor organic garden
Most importantly, trust what your body knows it needs and how your body reacts to certain food groups