Nine Morning Rituals For The Ultimate Self-Care
Being in your true rhythm ultimately sets a tone for your life and re-introduces your body to a routine that will allow you to truly thrive.
The truth is, starting a business this year has been a massive journey for me, so by maintaining my morning rituals, through these practices, I have created a strong foundation for my everyday life. Even on those heavier days when it all seems too hard, my rituals keep me facing my true North.
Sometimes, the easier path to travel is to ignore the subtle rhythms that quietly influence our state of health. I know myself over the winter months I find there is a shift in my energy and my rituals will look differently for sure. Perhaps a softer approach is necessary in those times. Through experience, waking up each morning knowing how much my daily practices fuel me has been my driving force to create the space for them.
To all the Mumma's out there, the nine to fivers, the business owners - whatever your day looks like, simply allowing yourself at least 10 minutes to begin with in the morning to connect through meditation, the nourishment of dry body brushing or the movement of your body, it will be the beginning of beautiful relationship with yourself.
Taking care of your well-being is a vital way to connect with the people around you, your work, your creativity and most of all yourself. Through feeling this connection again, it gives you the confidence to achieve what you truly desire.
HERE ARE NINE OF MY MORNING RITUALS FOR THE ULTIMATE SELF-CARE:
1. TONGUE SCRAPING
Tongue scraping is part of an ancient Ayurvedic text called the Charaka Samhita, which bring incredible benefits:
• Cleans toxins and bacteria from the tongue
• Helps remove coating on the tongue that leads to bad breath
• Helps eliminate undigested food particles from the tongue
• Cleans the taste buds to enhance the sense of taste
• Promotes overall oral and digestive physical well-being
• Gently stimulates the internal organs
Simply drinking a big glass of filtered water or a warm cup of lemon and ginger in the morning will:
• Flush out toxins - Water is an excellent detoxifier, our digestive system needs it to function properly.
• Improve digestion - Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. Disruptions in your body’s ability to remove waste can be a sign of poor digestion and/or toxins.
• Improves skin complexion - Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin fresh, soft, glowing and smooth.
• Happy fuel - Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Therefore, hydrating will increase your mood and bring clarity into your morning.
2. MEDITATION & BREATHING
20 minutes of meditation will bring calm and presence into your morning, making space to switch off. Transcendental Meditation has been my saving grace for many years now, even when I am stumbling through and can't see the road ahead - it holds my hand and shines the light. I find meditating in the same spot and same time everyday is a powerful way to practice.
3. DIGITAL DETOX
I make a conscious effort to stay away from my phone until after my morning rituals. This allows me to stay present and helps avoid over-stimulation from external influences. I keep my morning space sacred and stay away from social media and emails first thing in the morning, we have the rest of the day to plug in.
4. OIL PULLING
From the roots of Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is an age old ritual that has said to do wonders for your teeth and gums.
Oil pulling is a natural way to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth and improve oral health.
It has a powerful detoxifying effect on your entire system; literally pulling toxins, bacteria and other nasties from the mouth and the entire body, and it helps whiten your teeth!
Simply take a tablespoon and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes. You can do this while you have a shower, then spit it out into the bin and brush and brush with an organic toothpaste.
5. DRY BRUSHING
I have noticed a huge difference in the look and feel of my skin since I have been using this technique over the years. Dry body brushing will help boost your energy, leave your skin glowing and feeling toned.
It stimulates the lymphatic system, helping your body metabolise toxins more efficiently, discouraging fluid retention and cellulite. If practiced daily the benefits are immediate and lasting. It offers remarkable results, and takes only minutes to do.
Brush towards your heart, starting from your feet and working your way up the body. Click here for more about the benefits and instructions on dry body brushing.
6. SELF MASSAGE
Abhyanga, Ayurvedic Self-Massage, preferably before bathing, has become a new ritual in my life, thanks to my gorgeous soul sister Sian from The Light Collective I’m wondering why it took me so long to join the party, it is an incredibly nurturing and simple practice. The benefits are so juicy:
• Calming for the nerves
• Increased mental alertness
• Improved elimination of impurities from the body
• Softer, smoother skin
• Increased levels of stamina through the day
Journaling has become one of my most powerful tools. It increases my focus and releases anxiety by reducing any scatter in my mind so I am clear to set intentions and affirmations for the day.
It's not until I start writing that I realise how fast the wheel is spinning in my mind. It gives me the space to slow down, step off the wheel and pause, I truly believe this practice brings me closer to my truth.
8. YOGA & MOVEMENT
Research indicates that moving your body daily, weather it be going for a walk in nature, heading to the gym, Qigong or yoga is a powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges.
My yoga practice has been my guiding light for fifteen years and perhaps the birthplace for the lifestyle I now lead.
As I show up to the front of my mat in the early hours in complete silence, I am reminded of how different I feel daily; when my body is tired and my mind is busy, breath by breath, pose by pose, without judgement - I am supported physically and emotionally.
"Practice, practice, practice and all is coming" - Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
After all of this I am seriously ready for a big fresh coconut and a smoothie bowl. In the winter months, I nourish with warm quinoa porridge and a spicy chai tea. I try to mix it up wherever I am in the world and source out local seasonal fruit and veggies.
With all of this in mind, it is important not to become rigid and caught up with the "have to's". I have been guilty of this over the years and it takes the pleasure out of it.
Practicing balance and kindness towards myself and my life is becoming very natural rhythm for me. It is through my morning rituals that I gain the clarity of what is most nourishing for my mind, body and spirit.
Remember, this doesn't have to be perfect. Take what works for your own radiant self.
Glow from the inside out beauties!