After going through the big exciting transition of starting work in clinic again I quickly began to see how I needed to reshuffle a few things in life. One of those being my self care rituals.
I love the fact that (like anything we do regularly and then have a break from) with self care you can see in it's absence how powerful it is.
Sometimes it's not until we break from a habit that we can truly see the benefits it has been offering us in it's presence.
I noticed this about a month ago when my 'to do' list for work was as long as my arm and I was feeling stretched to do all the things around family life, even with some extra babysitting.
I began to turn off my 6am alarm and get some more rest, and then started not even turning it on the night before, but not making up for it during the day.
After about a week I realized how powerful my am routine actually is in setting me up in a positive, energized and intentional space for the day to come.
So I decided to let my self care be malleable and added in some pockets of self care during the day.
These looked like:
- Self Reiki in bed and a meditation with my earphones on and sometimes a crystal on my chest before getting up in the morning,
- Riding my scooter (soooo much fun!) along side my son on his bike for 45 mins or so every few days,
- Midday meditations,
- Meditations in the car between work and school pick up,
- Small yoga sessions in the evening,
- And a couple of long walks on the weekends.
I have to say, it has taken me years to learn to become self compassionate and flexible enough with my routine to not beat myself up for sleeping in and not sticking to a rigid routine.
These days I am more compassionate when life changes and my routines need to flow with the changes too.
If you'd like to hear more about this topic I recorded a couple of podcast episodes #13 & #14 titled "Creating Intuitive Rituals Part 1 & 2" where I share about:
- The difference between intuitive rituals and everyday habits and routines,
- 3 simple steps to create your own intuitive rituals,
- Ritual resentment: what it is and how to work with it,
- Ritual resilience: how to create it, and
- Ritual flexibility: why it's so important for our personal evolution.
You can head over HERE and click your preferred podcast host to check out episodes #13 and #14.
I hope you enjoy them:)
Big love and hugs,