The end of summer is approaching, which can be a hectic time for many of us. The best way to combat stress and overwhelm is by prioritizing well-being. So as summer begins to wind down, take some time to unwind as well. Here are some simple ways to create space for self-care activities that will help you transition through the seasons with ease.
Morning Rituals for Relaxation
Start your day with activities that energize your body and mind, and create a sense of calm and positivity.
When in Doubt, Stretch It out
A wake-up stretch helps relieve physical and emotional tension, creating a clean slate to start anew. If you're looking to achieve a wider range of motion and open up tight muscles, bolsters and straps are great yoga accessories to have around. Check out these tips for using a yoga bolster to open up and unwind the body.
Energize with Essential Oils
Diffusing energizing essential oils is an easy and effective way to give yourself a boost in the morning. Some of the best essential oils for increased happiness and energy include: bergamot, orange, peppermint, frankincense, and lemon.
Hydrate for a Happy Day
For a healthy body and clear mind, start each morning by drinking a glass of water. Use a reusable water bottle that you can bring with you on-the-go, and keep it next to your bed to help you remember to drink water first thing in the morning.
Rituals for a Mid-Day Reset
Create more space in your afternoons by eliminating some things that deplete your energy, and replace them with activities that help keep you centered and clear-minded.
Immersing yourself in nature—even for five minutes—can help calm and clear the mind.
A Few Minutes of Meditation
A few minutes of meditation is all you need for increased inner peace. For a simple and calming meditation, check out this five-minute guided meditation by yoga teacher, Sara Clark. Keep a meditation cushion in your home to support a comfortable seated position while you meditate.
Rest & Restore
If you're feeling tired, sluggish, or burnt out, say yes to siesta! Getting adequate rest is very important, so don't hesitate to treat yourself to a midday nap, savasana, or restorative yoga sesh.
Evening Activities for Inner Peace
It's important to get a good night's rest, but that can be hard to achieve with an overly active mind. Here are some rituals that can help you fall asleep feeling peaceful, fulfilled, and loved.
Engage Your Senses with a Sense of Peace
Take a Salt Bath or Foot Soak
Salted baths and foot soaks help bring energy down from our heads and ground us so we can feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Add the following to your bathtub or a large cooking pot (for a foot soak):
- Warm to hot water
- Epsom salts
- Body oil
- Essential oils of your choice
- Body scrub
Increase your comfort by wearing clothes that feel good on your skin, such as cozy joggers and sweatpants. Next, infuse your space with calming essential oils using a diffuser. Some of the best essential oils for relaxation are: lavender, bergamot, and ylang ylang. Finally, place a weighted eye pillow over your eyes. The light eye pressure triggers a reflex that lowers heart rates and regulates moods. This will put your body and mind at rest and allow you to enjoy a deep, sweet sleep.
Self care isn't a one time act. Make wellness part of your regular routine so your body, mind, and soul can stay happy, healthy, and calm throughout every season!