One of my favourite quotes, and a timely reminder as we head towards the end of the year:
"You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day — unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour."
Yes, things do get busier for everyone around this time of year. But please remember that it's entirely up to you what you say yes to each day and what you prioritise in your life. I want to share just a handful of little rituals that I'm personally bringing into my days to keep myself grounded, centred, and energised now that the "silly" season is upon us.
1. Magnesium Foot Soak / 15-20 minutesUntil I started up this ritual again I had forgotten just how blissful it is to soak the feet. By simply adding 1T of Magnesium Flakes into a foot bath, you get all the benefits of Magnesium absorption through the skin with the soothing warmth of the water being deeply restorative to the nervous system.
I step this up a notch by adding in 3 drops of my favourite essential oil or Pure Synergy into the flakes before dispersing into the water. Essential oils enter the body via the skin and also through direct inhalation, which has an immediate effect on the emotional centre of the brain. Yes, this is one of the more time consuming rituals — but oh so worth it. Got a bath? (I'm jealous!) Soak for a full body experience.
2. Aromatic Shower / no extra time requiredA simple ritual that doesn't require you to carve out any extra time in your day. I sprinkle a few drops of a Pure Synergy (depending on what I need or want at that moment) onto the shower floor and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of whatever it is I've chosen — stress relief, help with sleep, or something uplifting and energising. Recently that's been Awaken in the morning before yoga, and Breathe at night before bed.
3. Dry Body Brushing / 7 minutesAs Winter gives way to some warmer weather, it's a lot easier to bring dry body brushing back into your morning regimen. Dry body brushing works on multiple systems in the body making it a truly holistic skin health and wellness ritual. It exfoliates the surface of the skin, assists with movement of lymph, and increases circulation around the body. I turn this into a complete health ritual by having a glass of warm water + lemon juice before hand which is working on the same systems internally.
4. Mindful Breathing / 1-30+ minutesCall it what you will — breath work, meditation, mindfulness — this is a practice I do multiple times throughout the day. It's simple to do and will bring you back to a centred, more grounded, space rather than being in that anxiety-inducing mode of the future.
I like to turn my longer meditation practice into a ritual by lighting Palo Santo to begin with around the space I'll be sitting, followed by a candle, and getting completely comfortable with cushions, blankets, and a hot water bottle... clearly, I like to be cosy! Short on time? No problem. Here's a simple one minute guided meditation to get you started.
5. Self Massage / 3 minutes
If I can give you one tip, and one tip only for optimum skin health — it's massage. Do not underestimate the power of your own healing hands! Our overall health is dependent on and thrives with movement of both blood and lymph, bringing a clear flow of energy and vitality to the skin.
I've formulated the Anahata Facial Balm Concentrate with massage in mind, offering enough glide to spend that extra time guiding your hands over the skin before it melts in. Work with slow, light movements through the chest area first, down the sides of the neck, sweep along the jawline (chin to ears), then work from the centre of the face outwards, before sweeping down the neck again. Repeat. There is no "wrong" way to massage, your hands will intuitively know what to do.
I'd like to finish with a excerpt from the book Thrive by Arianna Huffington (a quote by Iain Thomas) that I keep going back to time and time again.
"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling "This is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!" And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, "No. This is what's important."