Develop Rituals for Healthy Self-Care

For most of my adult life I thought self-care was deciding to take a bubble bath every time I felt stressed. It was an eye-opener to learn that healthy people actually practice small acts of self-care daily. Do you struggle to make self-care ritualistic?

I like to delineate the difference between ritualistic & habitual because ritual is defined as being prescribed...even ceremonial. The word ritual carries a deeper meaning which implies these acts are religious in nature.

Tell me, what is more holy than the ceremonial act of caring for your own body, mind, soul & spirit? The only set you'll ever have to carry you through life? It's ALL holy. If nothing else, our bodies are holy; the temple of God.

I believe we must first see our self-care as ritualistic before it becomes habitual. Once our self-care is so habitual we rarely have to think about it, we are truly living our best life.

When I began my self-care journey I incorporated a few practical steps: journaling, daily gratitude lists, daily positive affirmations, bulletproof coffee & becoming Vegan. (I will eventually do posts on each of these).

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Find your focus, then begin to practice ritualistically...religiously. Honor your body by showing up.

Try this strategy: decrease one thing + increase another.

If you smoke, reduce it. If you drink, cut back. If you’re addicted to sugar cut back. If you watch too much t.v., step away.

If you sleep 6 hours a night, move up to 7. If you only drink water once a day, move to twice. If you sit all day, walk during your lunch break. If you never read, start reading...any genre. Just read (or listen) to a book on a topic that fascinates you.

Radical self-love starts with highly intentional, ritualistic self-care.

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