Many of us are feeling the effects of the current political turmoil at a deep and personal level. It is a destabilizing time that is calling on each of us to wake up and step up for what is important in our lives. While anxiety and sadness may be the go-to emotions at this moment, it's important to remember that self care is critical if we want to remain effective and healthy.
In addition to taking breaks from the news cycle and choosing a sustainable strategy for where and when you want to take action, here are some simple ways to calm your nervous system and tune into your inner wisdom:
Run a hot bath and add epsom salts and coconut oil to the water. The salts will help to relax your muscles while the oil will hydrate your skin. Light a candle and soak for at least twenty minutes. You can also add flowers or a few drops of essential oil to the bath. Hold your favorite stone or crystal or place it on the side of the tub so you can look at it while you relax. Trying listening to calming music, a guided meditation or just enjoy the silence.
According to ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, oil is food for the skin. It is very calming for the nervous system when you slowly rub oils onto your body. Coconut oil is an easy one to use from head to toe. If you only have a little bit of time, massage your feet with coconut oil or for a relaxing treat, try mixing almond oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil. This is great to do after your bath!
In challenging times, don't forget that beauty is medicine. There's a good reason we bring fresh flowers to someone who is sick. Flowers are uplifting in appearance, smell and presence. They are a wonderful way to tune into nature and remind us to shine our own unique light into the world. Cheer up your space with one flower or a whole bouquet. You can pick a few petals and add them to your ritual bath!
At the end of a long day, there is nothing better than a hot cup of tea. There are so many delicious herbal teas that are perfect for winding down. Chamomile and peppermint teas are both helpful for digestion and soothing the senses. If you need something stronger, kava or passionflower teas are known to relieve anxiety. Add some honey and creamer for extra comfort.
What other simple things do you do to take care of yourself? What is keeping you grounded these days? We'd love to hear from you in the comments!