…along with many other self-care rituals. For many of us, this has been a week (or a month rather) where self-care practices have come in very handy.
I base this on what I’ve been going through, my conversations with others, and what’s going on in the cosmos of course! There is a lot happening in outer space that is reflecting what we’ve been witnessing and experiencing here on Earth.
For many of us, it’s been a big couple of weeks for old stuff to come to the surface. You may be experiencing this in your life as feeling a bit more emotional, or maybe an old pattern has resurfaced that you thought you healed, or perhaps the “stuff” is manifesting itself as more aches and pains in your body.
Like many of you, I’ve spent years collecting tools and techniques to help support myself, especially in these times where it feels like the Universe is giving me a squeeze. And while I don’t have a scientific study to prove their efficacy, I can tell you that they have been a tremendous help lately.
You learn some of these techniques when you step on your mat: Breath, focus, intention, strength, flexibility, balance… many of these are physical descriptions and yet they also transfer into our emotional and mental well-being. Then there are some more practical things you can do that are very powerful.
Here are 3 of my favorite practices that offer support in times of challenge:
Positive Affirmations -
What are some things you are wanting to cultivate in your life?
How do you want to feel in your day?
What belief do you want to adopt about yourself?
Write these things in a place where you can refer to them. And say them to yourself with consistency. I like to write mine on post-it notes and put them on my mirror so I can see them when I am getting ready in the morning. I have also begun the ritual of saying them to myself in the mirror first thing when I wake up and right before I go to bed. Words have power. It is important to watch how we speak to ourselves and use the power in a positive way.
- Gratitude Lists -
When things are challenging it is easy to be pulled down the rabbit hole of doubt, longing, and even jealousy. Make it a practice to notice when your thoughts are spiraling. Press the pause button so you can make a quick list of the things that you are grateful for. Let it be simple and let it be true. You can write it down or just make the list in your head. Avoid inner dialogue that says, "I have no right to feel bad, because compared to ____(fill in the blank)____ my life is pretty good." This only denies some real feelings that you are having. Instead, focus on the gratitudes and allow them to be a healing balm that help transform the pain.
This is a practice I learned from Rochelle Schieck, founder of Qoya. Our bodies are a record of our past experiences and our current fears. Sometimes it can be hard to move past a thought or emotional pattern if our body is clinging to the feeling and energy associated with it. When we shake our bodies we give ourselves permission to release what we no longer need. Practice the exercise in the video below. Then just notice how you feel afterwards.
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