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When I Relax, I Release, Renew & Restore My Energy

Just as the morning sets the stage for your day, evening rituals can help you wind down and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Here are some self-care practices I enjoy at the end of my day:

1. Digital Detox: Limiting screen time before bed can improve sleep quality. The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with your natural sleep-wake cycle, making it harder to fall asleep.

2. Warm Bath or Shower: A warm bath or shower can relax your muscles and calm your mind. Adding essential oils or bath salts can make this a luxurious experience.

3. Reading or Light Journaling: Engaging in a quiet activity like reading a book or journaling can help signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down. Writing about your day can also be a therapeutic way to process events and emotions.

4. Herbal Tea: A cup of herbal tea, such as chamomile or lavender, can have a soothing effect and help prepare your body for sleep.

5. Breathing Exercises: Practicing deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation can help reduce physical tension and promote a state of relaxation conducive to sleep.

The key to effective self-care rituals is personalization. What works for me may not work for you, so it’s important to find practices that resonate with you and fit into your lifestyle. Start with small changes and gradually build a routine that feels natural and sustainable.

The benefits of self-care rituals are most profound when they are practiced consistently. By integrating these routines into your daily life, you create a sense of predictability and stability, which can be incredibly comforting in a chaotic world.

Our mantra for the week is…

When I take time to relax, I release, renew and restore my energy

Our journaling prompts are…

Imagine you are giving advice to a friend who is feeling overwhelmed. What self-care tips would you share with them, and how can you apply this advice to your own life?

List five self-care acivities you rarely make time for. How can you integrate at least one of these into your routine this week?

And our meditation is…

Find a comfortable spot where you can simply be, ideally somewhere you can see or hear the sounds of nature. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing your body to relax with each exhale. Let go of any tension or stress you may be holding onto.*

Imagine roots extending from your body, reaching deep into the earth. Feel the stability and support of the ground beneath you. Sense the connection between your body and the earth.

Focus on the sounds around you. Hear the rustling of leaves, the chirping of birds, the flow of water. Let these sounds wash over you. Notice how you feel.

Next, feel the air on your skin. Notice its temperature, the way it moves, and the way it carries scents. Breathe deeply, inhaling the fresh air, and feel it fill your lungs with life.

Picture yourself in a natural setting that brings you joy and tranquility. It could be a forest, a beach, a mountain, or a meadow. Imagine the colors, textures, and shapes of this place. Feel the presence of the plants, animals, and the earth itself.

Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, the solid earth beneath you, the cool breeze around you, and the water that nourishes all life. Recognize the interconnectedness of these elements and how they sustain you.

Take a moment to thank nature for its beauty and support. Feel a sense of gratitude for the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, and the earth that holds you. Allow this gratitude to fill your heart and radiate outward.

When you are ready, slowly bring your awareness back to your physical surroundings. Wiggle your fingers and toes, and open your eyes. Take a moment to notice how you feel, carrying this sense of connection and peace with you as you go about your day.

Remember, you can return to this place of calm and connection whenever you need to, knowing that nature is always there to support and nurture you.


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