Heyyyy, friends. Ok. Those of you who’ve been here for a while know that I’m all about that self-care. And for those of you who are new here (hiya new friends!)- you should know that I am totally #teamself! I believe self-care is one of the most important things in everybody’s life.
The bloggersphere and wellness circles on your Insta feed are great constant reminders that we should all be invested in our own self-care rituals, and with good reason. Nourishing our mind and body will keep us feeling alive & well and on track. In fact, we should pencil self-care nights (or even full days) into our calendars in the same way we schedule any other doctor or hair appointment!
Recently, I’ve been changing up my self-care routines. Why? Because life is always changing and sometimes that shifts where I’m at mentally, emotionally and physically. One day my body might need a rough, sweaty workout while the next day I just wanna channel my inner spa goddess, etc. You get the point.
With that said, I started venturing out of my comfort zone to try new forms of self-care, and I’m loving every minute! So today, I’m sharing with you guys 5 new ways I’m taking care of my body this Winter.
1. Sleeping In
I am such an early bird by nature, but recently I’ve been sleeping in 2 HOURS later than normal, waking up around 8-8:30 a couple days a week. That still probably sounds early to some of you, but it’s a whole new realm for me! After fighting off the nasty cold that recently made it’s rounds here, it just felt right to give my body the extra rest to catch up. Maybe it’s the darker mornings or colder weather, but sleeping in is feeling oh, so right.
2. Early Morning Workouts
On the flip side, the days I am up early, I started fitting in my workouts before diving into the rest of my day. Sometimes as early as 5:30 am, I’ll get my butt up and moving with a HIIT workout class. My schedule has been super busy, so I find that if I don’t make time for it first thing in the (early) morning, I most likely won’t get around to it all day. And we know by now that working up a sweat gets creative juices flowing and helps to de-clutter our brains.
3. More Healthy Fats In My Diet
All my Ayurvedic lovin’ peeps know that Vata season is at full force. One way I’m keeping my mostly-vata body and personality in check is adding more healthy fats into my diet daily. Nut butters, avocado, EVOO, etc. are things I love but typically try to eat in moderation as to balance my diet. Remember every BODY is different, but for me, winter and cold weather calls for more fatty, warm & comforting foods!
4. Abhyanga Self-Massage
It doesn’t get much more personal and self-loving than the practice of Abhyanga, which is actually just a fancy way to say a self-oil massage. I’ve been practicing Abhyanga massage with coconut oil twice a week for a couple months now and have noticed benefits that range from softer & smoother skin, to better sleep (when done before bed), and an increase in my circulation— leaving my toes warmer than usual, yay!
Interested in learning more about Abhyanga? Check out this article from The Chopra Center
I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a while! THIS was a wild card for me. I HATE needles. But when Jason from Summit Acupuncture reached out and offered a couple acupuncture sessions, I was drawn to it. It turned out to be exactly what my body needed to start releasing a lot of built up stress & tension, along with some lingering aches & pains.
During my visits, we focused on mostly stress-relief and a pain in my ankle that I’ve been battling since first grade. You read that right- that’s about 18 years now. I’ve been in and out of doctors about it, tested for childhood arthritis, etc. but nothing ever came up. So it was just something I learned to work around through my active lifestyle of yoga, dance & running. After one acupuncture session, the pain subsided. By the time I came back for my next session, I had gone weeks without noticing that old dull, achey pain! This fact alone had me hooked, and my ankle has been feelin goood since!
Pain management aside, I’ve been personally seeking new benefits of acupuncture that I’ve never received elsewhere, including stress-relief, better sleeping patterns, & ridding myself of nagging headaches.
My favorite method by far has been what Jason called “Buddha’s Triangle” (pictured below!) used for eliminating stress and anxiety. This s*%# leaves me feeling totalIy zen, like a weight just melts right off my shoulders and I leave the table feeling 100% “acu-stoned.” Paired with a relaxing & restorative yoga class after, it’s been my most recent favorite form of new self-care.
Have any acupuncture-related Q’s? Message me on Instagram, let’s chat! I’ll tell you all about my completely irrational fear of needles and how acupuncture does not in fact feel like being stuck with needles, but more so like a little spiritual uplift.
As humans, we get so caught up in our to-do lists that we forget we need a break. We move so fast that self-care often gets put on the back burner. Truly, we all need a reset more often. And as long as we’re setting aside time for that occasional self-care session, it’s perfectly fine for our rituals to change and evolve with seasons of our lives.
What are some of your favorite Winter self-care rituals? Let’s chat!
Sending all love,