Almost each day, we are bombarded with all types of media pushing us to do this or that to achieve the holy grail of optimal well-being and health. Do Bikram yoga, drink the green smoothies, do a headstand or unplug for thirty minutes to an hour in nature. But despite of all the repeated efforts to do what the latest guru is advocating, most of us still tend to keep falling down on our behind, feeling defeated by what’s beginning to look like mission impossible.
So instead of a total overhaul, why not start tiny, so that you’re not feeling so overwhelmed? I like to call it daily self-love rituals. Rather than investing a lot of time or money upfront, try out new healthy habits for five to ten minutes at a time to see if they stick. That way, whether you’re sleep-deprived, time-starved, or otherwise burdened out, you can get past excuses or fears and finally take that first step toward establishing a healthy lifestyle. Do what you want, what feels good – and what you need.
Commit to performing just one daily self-love ritual in each of three areas – improving your mind, eating well and strengthening your body – and work on each new habit until it becomes a part of your daily routine. Heck, that’s just 15 to 20 minutes a day at the very least. You can do this!
Before you get started, let me first share a few helpful tips:
- All your electronic devices and screens should be turned off unless required for the ritual.
- Do as many self-love rituals as you wish throughout the day.
- Stepping it up: If you’re just beginning, limit any new rituals to ten-minutes or less. Once you get in the practice, you can expand any five-minute rituals that “stick” to 10 or 15 minutes and add more self-love rituals. Finally, as you advance, you can continue to increase the amount of time you spend on a self-love rituals and the number of rituals you do.
To get started, here are some ideas of self-love rituals you might wish to try. Of course, feel free to create your own lists that focus on areas you’d like to improve or address.
Improving Your Mind:
- Make a list of at least ten things for which you are grateful.
- Get to know yourself.
- Take three deep, cleansing breaths before doing tasks.
- Practice meditation or prayer.
- Set intentions in the morning.
- Spend time in silence and be mindful and observant of everything around you.
- Keep a personal journal.
- Write a list of minimum of ten things that bring you joy.
- Integrate at least one of those things that brings you joy into every day.
- Laugh often and laugh out loud.
- Spend time around animals or get a pet.
- Read books (and preferably not on your iPad).
- Go on walks and watch the sunrise or sunset at least once a week.
- Listen to your favorite music that brings you joy.
- Handwrite brief affirmations of love or gratitude as self-love reminders.
- Clean up any mess in your home or your office or working area.
- Write a long and beautiful love letter to yourself.
- Practice forgiveness.
- Before you go to sleep, spend at least ten minutes laying in muted light reflecting on one positive highlight of your day.
- Drink warm lemon water in the morning.
- Remove processed or refined foods from your kitchen.
- Eliminate as much processed sugars as possible from your diet.
- Eat lots of fruits and green vegetables.
- Be present with your food as you prepare it and as you cut your vegetables.
- Clean up and declutter your kitchen and eating area.
- Pull out the best china for tea or coffee, and savor.
- Make green juices.
- Learn how to read nutrition labels.
- Prepare your lunch or snacks at home.
- Create a lovely ambiance for eating by adding music or table flowers.
- TV and all electronic devices and screens should be turned off.
- Identify three to five foods you might binge on and substitute in a tasty, healthy substitute for each.
- Discover your new favorite vegan recipe.
- Schedule a family or friends shared meal date.
Strengthening Your Body:
- Do the Five Tibetan Rites in the morning.
- Take cold showers.
- Do essential oil self-massages.
- Exercise or practice yoga.
- Stretch often. Get up and move your body for at least five minutes after every 45 minutes of sitting
- Go for a run outdoors.
- Listen to uplifting music while you exercise.
- Take a ten-minute walk.
- Take a ride on a bicycle.
- Walk stairs instead of taking elevators.
- Crank up the music and dance.
- Register for a charity walk, run or bike event.
- Soak in a tub and take a self-love bath.
With love & gratitude,
Do you love yourself enough to give these self-love rituals a try?! Let us know how it worked out for you, in the comment section below!